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Student Center 213

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 1-800-678-5330


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Northern Bound Day?


It's a day to get to know Northern and for us at Northern to meet you. You'll visit and tour the campus, receiving a personal introduction to NSU.


We'll answer any of your questions about admissions and financial aid. You'll meet the director of campus activities, and mingle with current NSU students, of whom you can ask the really tough questions! You also may meet with faculty from your prospective field of study.


How big is Aberdeen, and what is the job market like in Aberdeen for part-time jobs, summer jobs, and internships?


The Aberdeen community is a growing and prospering community with a population of about 27,000 - the third-largest community in South Dakota.


Aberdeen is advertising 1,000 full-time and part-time jobs available in the area, some of which come with sign-on bonuses and tuition reimbursement programs. 


Aberdeen employers are constantly seeking interns. Internships can range from unpaid to full-time paid positions and often result in careers.

How is parking on campus and are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?


We have ample parking spots available throughout campus and there are no reserved parking spots. Parking passes are for sale each year, and freshmen are allowed cars on campus.

Will my dual credits taken while in high school transfer to Northern State University?


The answer is very likely to be yes. For high school students in Minnesota, the school from which courses are taken must be part of the MNSCU system or NACEP-accredited. For high school students from South Dakota, the school from which courses are taken must have an agreement with the South Dakota Board of Regents or be a South Dakota public institution.

Which states have reciprocity with Northern State University?


North Dakota residents pay the same tuition rates as South Dakota residents, and we have a reciprocity agreement for Minnesota residents. Residents of other states pay a separate rate for tuition.

When are the financial aid priority deadlines and the Wolf PACT scholarship deadlines?


The deadline for financial aid and the Wolf PACT scholarship is March 1. To receive the Wolf PACT scholarship, you must have applied and been accepted to Northern by March 1. 


Will I be assigned an advisor?


You'll have a University College advisor your first two years at Northern, after which you'll be assigned an advisor for your major. Visit Academic Advising to learn more.

When is the earliest I can register for classes once I am accepted to Northern State University?


Registration dates are awarded by how many credit hours you have completed. Freshman registration usually starts in mid- to late April.

What are the differences between residence halls?


NSU's residence halls come in two styles: traditional and suite styles. In traditional halls, one or two students share a space. In suite style halls, two or four students share a space that consists of two sleeping areas as well as their own shower and bathroom. This style also includes a mini-fridge and microwave. Visit NSU Residence Life for more information on residence halls. 

Do you have campus security?


Northern State University has a full-time officer on staff throughout the school year. This officer is a member of the Aberdeen Police Department and has extensive training in all areas of law enforcement. NSU has a great relationship with the Aberdeen City Police Department and officers are very visible on campus as well as in nearby neighborhoods.

Which meal plan should I choose?


We offer several choices of meal plans. Your appetite and amount of time spent on campus will help you decide which meal plan is best for you.