Records & Registration

The mission of the Registrar€™'s Office is to provide and keep accurate records while maintaining legal and ethical behavior. The Registrar€™'s Office is dedicated to simplifying procedures and helping all students - former, current, and prospective, in a respectful and professional manner.
The office is committed to enforcing the policies set forth by the Board of Regents and Northern State University as well as the core values. The Office of the Registrar also continues to streamline vital information and educate the faculty, staff, and students in the proper avenues to follow to achieve their objectives.

The Registrar's Office, also known as Academic Records and Registration, can help with:

  • Program and graduation requirements
  • Applying for graduation and review of program evaluation€
  • Teacher certification processing
  • Transfer evaluations€
  • Sending transcripts
  • Registering for classes (we provide academic forms including prerequisite overrides, course overloads, internships/practicums/special projects, add slips)
  • Veteran€™'s benefits
  • Verifying your enrollment for scholarships, insurance, loan deferments and more
  • Information on NSU's Graduation Rates
Please contact us at 605-626-2012 or for information, assistance and answers.
Follow us on Facebook and check our page on myNSU (for current students) to receive updates regarding important dates and deadlines each semester.
NSU email is the official means of communicating at NSU. Please read any emails received from our staff:
Peggy Hallstrom, registrar
Cherie Sauer, assistant registrar and teacher education certifying official
Stephanie Hawkinson, senior secretary
Carlee Miller, program assistant and veterans' benefits certifying official
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HOWL Freshman Registration Days

At NSU, freshmen don’t just register for classes – they HOWL! As a first-time freshman, you’re expected to take part in this important NSU program where you’ll meet with your academic advisor; learn academic expectations; and become familiar with campus.

Transfer Students

Welcome to Northern! Please arrange for official transcripts from all schools you have attended to be sent to NSU Admissions.

Some restrictions apply as to the number of credits accepted in transfer and NSU institutional credits required for graduation and honors. Please see the NSU Catalog for details.

As a transfer student, you're eligible for admission to Northern if you:

  • Have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and
  • Are in good standing with the most recently attended college of university (high school performance also will be considered for applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours)

ACT or SAT score is required only if you're under 22 years old. NSU considers each applicant on an individual basis.

If you attended a South Dakota public university within the past three semesters (including summer), no application fee is required and there's no need to send transcripts.

Once you're accepted, transfer credit will be evaluated and posted on your NSU transcript per policy found in the NSU catalog and in keeping with S.D. Board of Regents policy.  You will be sent a report showing the equivalencies granted.  If you think a different equivalency should be given, you may submit a Request for Change of Transfer Equivalency Form along with a syllabus for the class and a change will be considered. 

If courses have been evaluated previously, you can find potential equivalencies using the Transfer Credit Calculator link. This does get updated occasionally, so should not be considered the final determination.  See how your credits may transfer to NSU using the Transfer Credit Calculator.

Transfer Student Checklist (PDF)

Please complete the application for admission as the first step.

Use this form to change the name on your academic records. Supporting documentation is required.

Use this form to apply for South Dakota resident status.

Information on NSU winter and spring commencement ceremonies for graduates and guests

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