About NSU

True Northern. A Different Kind of Experience
Choosing the right university is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Here are just some of the reasons why we think NSU should be your choice:
  • Founded in 1901 in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
  • Named the No. 2 best small college town in America by USA Today College.
  • Committed to academic and extracurricular excellence.
  • Named one of the best public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for eight consecutive years.
  • 3,500 students from 42 states and 42 foreign countries.
  • 59 Majors, 46 Minors and 6 pre-professional programs.
  • Over 60% of NSU students (2,019 students) received a scholarship from the NSU Foundation.
  • The WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest guaranteed scholarship in the Midwest.
  • 18 to 1 student-faculty ratio.
  • More than 80% of the faculty are Ph.Ds.
  • Home to the only Center for Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship in South Dakota.
  • Ranked No. 23 on College Choice’s 2015 list of most affordable online colleges for bachelor’s degrees.
  • Safe, small campus with low crime rate.
  • Nationally accredited academic programs in Art, Business, Music and Teacher education.
  • Named best college for veterans in Midwest (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Outstanding student involvement, including more than 50 clubs and organizations.

I have been fortunate for my experiences. They could not have been accomplished without my dedication and the immense support from my professors.

Jordan Abu-Sirriya

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Besides great education, NSU provided me with support and guidance throughout my entire academic and athletic career by giving me opportunities and exposing me to various situations which helped to prepare me for life after college.

Felipe Alfaia

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The experiences that NSU has granted me, particularly for my upcoming research, have been far beyond what I had dreamed coming in as a nontraditional student with such particular career goals.

Sienna Marcott

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I chose NSU because it was affordable and because of its small classes. I expected a friendly community where we can make a lot of new friends, and I was not disappointed.

Joseph Keryakos

Office of the President, Dr. Timothy Downs