NSU Clubs and Organizations

Academic Clubs

Accounting Club

The NSU Accounting Club enhances the learning process of accounting majors through guest speakers, volunteer income assistance and tours of accounting-related businesses.

Annual sponsored events: Volunteer income tax assistance, survival packages during finals week and scholarship drive


Art Club 

The Northern State University Art Club aims to build a community in support of the arts through education and exploration.  We provide creative outlets for students through art workshops, demonstrations and activities, and offer other opportunities to all students, faculty, and community members. We also believe in being active with our community service, which has included Fall Out Art and Music Festival, Empty Bowls, Salvation Army bell ringing, Optimist Club Haunted Forest, and the Aberdeen Area Humane Society.

Membership Requirements: All NSU students are welcome to join.


Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)

At Northern, the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) promotes the development of students in Early Childhood Education through awareness of the rights and needs of children and their families and ways professional people trained in the early childhood field can meet these needs.

Annually Sponsored Events: "Books are Fun" money making sale

Membership Requirements: Northern student


Business Club 

The Business Club promotes business knowledge and interaction among business majors and minors through speakers, trips and events.

Membership requirements: Must be a business major seeking any business degree. Dues are $20 for the year or $10 for fall semester graduates.


Council for Exceptional Children


English Club  

NSU's English Club provides a fun and relaxed environment in which all interested in reading, writing and watching films can meet and exchange ideas. We encourage community involvement and the expression of ideas through reading and writing.

Membership Requirements: Interest in English as a discipline in general. You DO NOT need to be an English major or minor to be a member of the NSU English Club.


German Club  

German Club gives you a chance to enjoy German culture, language, and heritage. Even if you can'€™t say anything beyond €œ"Gesundheit€,"€ you are welcome to join the German Club! Lots of students from the region have German ancestry, and enjoying that -€“ especially the food - is a big part of our mission! We hold our weekly Stammtisch every Wednesday at noon in the Student Center -€“ join us for lunch with some German on the side.


History Club

History Club activities include history field trips, History Quiz bowl and movie nights. The group meets at least once a month, at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday; locations vary.



Honors Club  

Members of the NSU Honors Program are part of the Honors Club, which meets monthly and hosts social events open to all Northern students. Activities and events include annual overnight, off-campus retreat, monthly social events: movie or bowling nights, quiz bowl, international lunches, community service projects, advising/registration assistance, and opportunities for internships and networking.

Honors Program Requirements


National Association for Music Education (NAfME)  

The purpose of NSU NAfME is to improve and support the academic and social environment for future music educators and music education in the area, region and state through community outreach and welcoming music educators and students to our campus.

Membership Requirements: Membership is open to students from any and all majors at Northern. Members must have a passion for music and desire to further the music education program at Northern. Chapter, state and national dues are collected annually.

For more information, please visit National Collegiate NAfME.


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity aims to develop the best and truest fraternal spirit, mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, advancement of music in America and loyalty to the alma mater. See OMA Sinfonia  for more information.

Sponsored Events: Annual recital and semi-annual rummage sale

Membership Requirements: a love for music, semester dues and initiation


Psychology Club


Science Club

The Science Club stimulates interaction between students of a scientific major and between students and instructors of a scientific major; and promotes scientific understanding between students and the community.

Annually Sponsored Events: Fall retreat, plant sale, spring field trip

Membership Requirements: Open to anyone majoring in biology or those who are interested in science


Sigma Alpha Iota

The mission of Sigma Alpha Iota is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. The chapter€™s purpose is to uphold the highest standards of music, and to further the development of music in America and around the world. Sigma Alpha Iota strives to give inspiration and encouragement through music.

Membership requirements: Sincere interest in music, 2.5 G.P.A., annual payment of dues, pledging and initiation to the organization

Annually sponsored events: Recitals and other performances throughout the community, service projects such as music mentoring, and various fundraisers to aid music programs.


Sigma Tau Delta

NSU€™s Xi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is an international honor society formed to recognize achievement and academic excellence in English. The society promotes literature, language and writing and, through community service,helps foster literacy. Members have access to scholarships and networking opportunities for employment.

Membership Requirements: Open to all English majors or minors. To join, you must have a minimum of two college courses in English beyond freshman composition; completed at least three semesters of college course work; a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; and paid a one-time membership fee of $37.


South Dakota Education Association-Student Program (SDEA-SP)

The SDEA/NEA Student Program will address the needs of today's diverse student population and facilitate student achievement by sharing ideal professional ethics and standards with pre-professional educators. Learn more at sdea.org.


Speech and Debate Club (Pi-Kappa Delta)  

Northern offers forensic opportunities, including competition, on local, state and national levels in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, and oral interpretation. Students may gain experience in tournament administration and judging at Northern-sponsored high school forensic meets.



Campus Governance and Activities

Campus Activities Board  

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a volunteer student organization that sponsors numerous social, recreation and educational activities each year including live comedy shows, concerts, speakers and special events. The board is composed of an executive board, committee directors and numerous associate members. The board meets weekly and committees meet as needed.For more information, contact CAB at nsucab@northern.edu or stop by their office in the Student Center.


Gypsy Day Committee

Students interested in a leadership position or serving on the committee should contact Sarah Botkin, director of Student Involvement & Leadership, at 605-626-3007.


Student Athlete Advisory Committee


Student Association     

The NSU Student Association welcomes all Northern students. If you enjoy student government and think that Student Association is something you would be interested in, then you can join. We elect a president, vice president and senators every April for the following school year.€‹


Student Publications  

The Exponent

NSU student publications report news, cover events, and record happenings on Northern's campus.

Membership Requirements: Be interested in newspaper work



Cultural and Ethnic

Chinese Student Association

The Chinese Student Association at Northern serves students from China, helping make their time at Northern a memorable learning experience. Our overall goal is to help our members to cope with any difficulties they may encounter while they are studying at Northern. CSA is open to everyone who is interested in breaking down barriers between different cultures and recognizing individuality.


International Student Club  

The International Club promotes awareness and diversity, and encourages integration of students of different cultures on campus.

Membership Requirements: International students and Northern students who are interested in international culture and like to make friends with international students.

Annually Sponsored Events: Fu dinners, Friends from Afar Program, support for NANTA group, Korean Dance Group, and Origami Group


Korean Student Association


Native American Student Association  

This club'smission is to assist with activities intended to meet social, educational, and cultural needs of Native Americans attending Northern. The club promotes sharing of cultural and educational information with Northern and the community of Aberdeen, with the goal of open and positive communications.


Saudi Student Club  


Spanish Club  




Chess Club

The Chess Club offers a chance for Northern students to enjoy informal chess games and chess tournaments.

Chess Club Ladder

Membership Requirements: NSU student or staff; no dues


Men's Rugby Club

The Men's Rugby Club offers Northern students a way to participate in the great sport of rugby and represent Northern pride! The club promotes healthy lifestyle options and offers a support network that fosters competition, educational experience and development of life-enhancing skills.

Annually Sponsored Events: Rugby matches, bake & t-shirt sales and championship travel


Women's Rugby Club  


Taewkondo & Kumdo Club  


Wolves Soccer Club  

The Wolves Soccer Club is here for Northern students who want to play soccer.

Membership Requirements: Northern students/faculty/staff/alumni who are in good academic standing with the university are invited to participate.





Masquers promotes NSU Theater and theater activities. Annually sponsored events include Welcome Picnic, movie night, Masquer-Aid Ball, Golden Oldies Awards and picnic Membership Requirements: $5 dues each semester


Northern Highlights Team

Website: Northern Highlights Dance Team



Collegians in Christ'€™s Service

Our mission is to welcome students from all backgrounds into a loving, open-minded and understanding Christian family, to build lasting relationships with God and others, and to go out and share the love and grace of Jesus in everything we do! We are a campus ministry based in the Lutheran faith, but welcome Northern students, faculty and staff of all faiths to our activities, which include weekly worship, Bible studies, service projects and more. Our events are open to anyone interested in attending, and include Java with Jesus Bible Study; Einstein's Women's Bible Study; Men's Bible Study; and Wednesday Night Worship.


Intervarsity Christian Fellowship  

In response to God's love, grace and truth: the purpose of NSU Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord; growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purpose in the world.

Meets: Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center


Newman Club  

We invite all students, faculty and staff to all our events and activities. We also encourage all students to make use of the Newman Center (located across the street from Kramer Hall). We have a great chapel, a library with two computers (with internet), several study areas, and an atrium in the center of our building with a garden. Newman Club fosters spiritual growth and religious education through community involvement, worship, social awareness and recreation. Our ministry and activities are based on Catholic traditions, but we desire to support and include all Northern students, faculty, staff.

Meets: Monthly on Sundays in the Newman Center; times vary.

Activities: Gypsy royalty float, Bible study, Fall retreat, blood drive sponsor/organizer, host of New Student Ice-Cream Social, faculty/staff appreciation, movie nights, video scavenger hunt, hayride, Agape meals, bonfires, and various other events.



Residence Hall Councils

Briscoe Hall Council 

President: Dakota Feller

Advisor: Harrison Homelvig


Jerde Hall Council 

President: Julianna Maanum

Advisor: Molly Royals


Kramer Hall Council 

President: Bailey Sheridan

Advisor: Rebecca Lytle


Lindberg Hall Council

President: Brandon Vockrodt

Advisor: Addy Diaz


McArthur-Welsh Hall Council

President: Nigel Berg

Advisor: Nathan Kozach


Steele Hall Council

President: Charlotte Schmidt

Advisor: Davonte Robertson




Lions Club 

The NSU Lions Club provides service to Northern, the Aberdeen community, the state and the world. Our activities includeMobile Screening Unit health screenings, eye screenings at Brown County Health Fair, highway cleanup, eyeglass recycling, Salvation Army bell-ringing, several activities with and for students at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Special Olympics, assisting the Aberdeen Lions with annual Superbowl Sunday pancake feed fundraiser, Polar Plunge each April, and a variety of other events. Meeting times and dates vary.

Membership Requirements: Membership is open to any Northern student interested in service to others.



Special Interest



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Allies (LGBTQA)


Veterans' Organization 

The NSU Veterans' Organization works to achieve awareness of veterans, military service members, and dependents of the military on campus through community service and social events. The club, which is a chapter of Student Veterans of America,also helps people navigate campus and the veterans' resources available. The club is open to all, regardless of veteran status.


NSU Women's Club