Faculty and staff attended the Campus Town Hall on Monday, where NSU President Dr. Tim Downs reviewed the results of the spring 2020 Campus Climate Survey.

The survey was conducted in April 2020 in accordance with HB 1087, a bill passed in 2019 with the purpose of promoting free speech and intellectual diversity at higher education institutions.

President Downs graphic

COVID-19 has affected all NSU community: students, faculty and staff. Below is a perspective of one member of the community: Brianna Geigle is a student in the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program. She was completing her internship when the pandemic broke out.

Q: In what ways did your internship experience change following the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the US?

Student sitting in a field

Test-optional alternatives available for students applying to Northern

Students wearing masks walking on campus

ABERDEEN, S.D. – High school students who weren’t able to take the ACT or SAT this year due to the pandemic are still eligible for admittance into Northern State University.

Northern and its fellow South Dakota public universities are emphasizing test-optional academic pathways for prospective students.

For Northern, it’s one more way of easing pandemic-related stress for area families.

Please note: The Sept. 30 mass testing event  is moving indoors. The testing will now take place in the Avera Student Center Centennial Rooms.


Faculty, staff and students:

As we navigate through the fall semester, we continue to explore options that may slow the spread of COVID-19.

President Downs graphic

Pictured: Hillary and Jonathan Goff with their three children: Adrianne, 12, Genevieve, 5, and Emelyn, 3.                   


After her entire family came down with COVID-19, Northern State University’s Hillary Goff is encouraging people to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Family picture with all wearing masks

NSU homecoming parade canceled

Thunder the Wolf waving during a past parade

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has decided to cancel the 105th annual NSU Gypsy Day Parade, as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus.

The decision was made after careful consideration, involving discussions with state and local health care officials. In addition, Northern reached out to select parade participants, and also factored in the recent suspension of the 2020 college athletics season due to COVID-19.

From the Office of NSU Dean of Students Sean Blackburn


Dear Students,

The first weekend of the academic year is here. The best precaution you can take this weekend to stay healthy and to protect our community is to wear your mask even when you’re off campus. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact in places like bars, restaurants, stores and in public places. We know you want to enjoy Aberdeen and time with friends – just do so safely by wearing your mask when indoors and in close contact.

Image of downtown Aberdeen with text: Mask up off campus too

NSU ready for fall semester with flexible learning model

Wolf statue wearing mask

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When Northern State University students return to the campus this fall, they’ll be entering a brand new educational environment focused on safety as well as learning.

Though many classes will resume in person, others will be offered online – and, in some cases, through a hybrid model called “HyFlex,” which allows students to participate in class the way that works best for them.

COVID-19 testing will be available on NSU campus this fall

Outside view of the Student Center

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On-campus COVID-19 testing will be one of the tools available at Northern State University this fall to help slow the spread of the virus.

The testing will be available on an as-needed basis, at no cost to NSU students, through Student Health Services (Student Center 240) in partnership with Avera Health. Testing will be done via Abbott ID-Now machines, thanks to a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health.


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