NSU Master Plan

Through construction projects and initiatives, Northern State University's campus evolves to meet the needs of students, employees, the community and the region. Follow our progress!


Governor signs bills approving NSU-SDSBVI projects


Educational Impact campaign

This campaign seeks to raise $45 million total for three connected projects: construction of a new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; NSU’s athletic and recreation fields project; and an on-campus regional sports complex. Learn more at educational-impact.com.


Campus Flyover

Includes the new:

  • Regional Science Education Center
  • South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (proposed)
  • Athletic and Recreation Fields
  • On-campus Regional Sports Complex with Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field (proposed)
  • Great Plains East and West (residence halls)


Master Plan

NSU Master Plan

NSU's campus master plan lays out numerous other potential projects for the next decade and beyond.


NSU community forums on campus master plan

The master plan community forums took place on Dec. 19 and Jan. 11. Thank you all who attended!


Regional Science Education Center

Science Center corner view



Live Construction Video Cam



When students begin classes in fall 2019, they will be the first of many to study in the new Northern State University Regional Science Education Center, which will advance educational and research opportunities for the university and the entire region.


Plans call for the center to be built at the corner of South State Street and Twelfth Avenue Southeast, serving as a gateway to campus. Construction will begin in spring 2018 on the west side of South State Street between Jerde Hall and the Johnson Fine Arts Center. That land is now the football practice field.


Great Plains East and Great Plains West

Proposed look of new residence halls 2E and 2W

Facility Design Plan



Great Plains West Update (video)

Great Plains West Sneak Peek (video)

Great Plains East Update (video)

Live Construction Video Cam



Two residence halls – one located south of the Mewaldt-Jensen Building and the other at the site of the former Lindberg Hall – are scheduled to be completed by July 2018. One hall will provide a pod-style design, with eight to 10 traditional double rooms situated around a common living space and community bathroom. The other hall will be designed with a series of semi-suites and suites offering both double and single rooms.


Jerde Hall - on the east side of South State Street - will be razed, though not until it's certain the two new dorms will be ready in time for the fall 2018 semester,  NSU President Timothy Downs said. A new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired would then be built at the Jerde site.


Athletic and Recreation Fields

Proposed design of athletic fields, storage and spectator accommodations

Facility Program Plan

Program Plan Presentation





Plans call for a new football practice field and women's soccer field to be built east of Jerde Hall. Combined with a 6,000-square-foot storage and restroom building, the estimated cost is $5 million. Six tennis courts will remain on the east edge of campus.


on-campus Regional Sports Complex

With Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field

Dacotah Bank Stadium

Preliminary Facility Statement




Northern State University is working on plans to build an on-campus football stadium and softball complex on the site of the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSVBI). A new SDSBVI would be built where NSU's Jerde Hall now stands. The SDSBVI site would host a new 8,000-seat football stadium on the south side of Northern's campus.


SDSBVI and NSU Collaboration

Proposed look of new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Preliminary Facility Statement and Facility Program Plan


Collaboration Q & A Video with NSU President Tim Downs

Collaboration Q & A Video with SDSBVI Superintendent Marje Kaiser



Northern State University and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI) are planning a joint project that will include a new $13.7 million home for SDSBVI.


The proposed site of the new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the current site of Jerde Hall, which is scheduled to be demolished in 2018. The current SDSBVI site is the area being explored for a regional sports complex.


NSU faculty and staff will continue working jointly with SDSBVI faculty and staff on the development of revised and new special education programs offered by NSU’s Millicent Atkins School of Education.



Comments and Questions

Please use the NSU Master Plan Feedback Form to submit comments and questions about NSU's master plan.