Student Involvement & Leadership

NSU is your place to shine.
Student involvement and leadership is all about helping you achieve your personal best. At Northern, you’ll find so many opportunities to grow your skills and discover new ones you never knew you had.

Here are just some of the awesome programs available to you at Northern:

  • Dozens of clubs and organizations, including academic, cultural, service, athletic, special interest, faith-based and more.
  • A wide variety of intramural sports, including softball, flag football, basketball, volleyball and more.
  • Campus Activities Board: a student-led organization that promotes student engagement through programs and special events.
  • Wellness programs such as fitness classes and monthly educational programs.
  • Multicultural events: With students from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, we’re proud to support all students in a welcoming environment of mutual respect.  Throughout the year, special events on and off campus provide an opportunity to meet new people and broaden perspectives.


Your Northern life begins with Wolf Pack Welcome.  Here’s where you’ll meet other new students and dive into all of the excitement and fun on campus. And wait ‘til you experience your first Gypsy Days - it’s a carnival and homecoming rolled into one. So come to Northern. We can’t wait to meet you!


Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
Work out. Play a sport. Take a wellness class. You can do it all at NSU. 


  • Avera Health and Wellness Center - located on the second floor of the Barnett Center; offers students, faculty, and staff a full-service workout environment
  • Dacotah Hall Fitness Center - located in Dacotah Hall; offers a variety of fitness and recreational options to students and employees
  • Pool - located on the main level of the Barnett Center, Northern's 25-yard pool features both men's and women's locker rooms, as well as a pool office for the on-duty lifeguard
  • Tennis courts - located on the east edge of Northern's athletic and recreation fieldsavailable on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Athletic and recreation fields - located just east of campus, with a variety of equipment available for checkout

Interested in playing a sport? Northern offers numerous intramurals throughout the year, including softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and disc golf.

To sign up, visit





Student Activities Events Calendar

Catch Maroon and Gold Fever during Gypsy Days - a weeklong celebration during NSU homecoming.

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