Admission & Aid

Unleash Your Potential | Join the Pack
Welcome to Northern State University. Welcome to an educational experience that’s truly unique in today’s world. Where you’ll find the perfect environment to achieve your academic goals and uncover the true path to your future. Where you can reach your full potential and achieve your dreams.
What Makes NSU Special

Since 1901, NSU has attracted students from throughout the Midwest with a commitment to academic and extracurricular excellence. With small classes, a first-rate faculty (more than 80% have Ph.Ds) and a safe, welcoming community, it’s no wonder that U.S. News & World Report has recognized NSU as one of the best public colleges in the Midwest for the sixth year.

Take the ACT and/or SAT Tests

List Northern State University (ACT code 3916/SAT code 6487) to request that your test scores be sent directly to NSU.

Submit Official Transcript

Contact your high school and any post-secondary schools you've attended to request that an official transcript be mailed directly to NSU Admissions.

Register for Classes

Visit Freshman HOWL Registration for details!

Check Your Eligibility
Send Us Your Transcript

Arrange for official transcripts from all schools you've attended to be sent to NSU Admissions.

Check for Credit Transfer

Determine how your credits may transfer to NSU with the Transfer Credit Calculator.

Immunization Records

Send updated immunization records to NSU's Health Services Office, 605-626-7694.

Submit Your Application

Complete your application online at or mail a completed application form and $20 non-refundable application fee to NSU International Admissions.

Submit Your Test Score

International students may take an English language or academic proficiency test. Visit International Students for details.


Submit Transcripts

Send a copy of your high school transcripts, translated into English, to

Declare Finances and Obtain Visa

If admitted to Northern State University, you'll complete the Declaration of Finances to ensure that you have the finances to support your program.​ Once you receive the I-20 SEVIS from Northern State University, apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information and assistance, please visit Study in the States.

Talk To Us

If you've taken college classes in the past - but didn't complete a degree - you can finish here on campus, or from a distance through NSU Online & Continuing Education. The NSU Registrar's Office will work with you on a program evaluation to determine which courses will complete your degree.

Get the Details

Visit the Returning Students page for important details. Your degree is only steps away!

Determine Requirements

Application requirements vary according to your student status: degree-seeking, international, international, non-degree-seeking, provisional or undergraduate. See the Graduate Admission page for details.

Apply for Admission
Send Us Your Transcript(s)

Send us official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate credits.

Contact Us

Questions about the application process? Contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

Virtual Tour

Welcome to Northern!