Northern's campus evolves to meet the needs of students, employees, the community and the region. The campus master plan lays out numerous potential projects for the next decade and beyond.
NSU Master Plan


current Campus projects


Northern is poised to have more than $100 million invested into campus in a decade. Read more about our current projects below!



Architect's color rendering of Dacotah Stadium on a sunny day in summer


This campaign seeks to raise $55 million total for three connected projects: construction of a new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; NSU’s athletic and recreation fields project; and an on-campus regional sports complex. Learn more at


Campaign News

Northern raises millions for Educational Impact Campaign, student scholarships

Campaign reaches $48 million, work to begin soon on NSU Regional Sports Complex

Educational Impact Campaign reaches $44 million

Lamont Companies pledges support to Educational Impact Campaign

Schwan Financial Group pledges support to Educational Impact Campaign

NSU connections, community pride lead to campaign contribution

Educational Impact Campaign gaining momentum

Governor signs bills approving NSU-SDSBVI projects



Jewett Regional Science Education Center

Jewett Science Center corner exterior view



Floor Plan



When students began classes in fall 2019, they were the first of many to study in the new Harvey C. Jewett IV Regional Science Education Center, which will advance educational and research opportunities for the university and the entire region.


Center construction began in spring 2018 at the corner of South State Street and Twelfth Avenue Southeast, which serves as a gateway to campus. The site, on the west side of South State Street between the former Jerde Hall and Johnson Fine Arts Center, previously was the football practice field.


Regional Science Education Center News

3M Foundation grants $25,000 to NSU Regional Science Education Center

Students host awareness event for Jewett Regional Science Education Center

NSU wolf sculpture made possible by Aberdeen couple

Jewett honored at Regional Science Education Center ribbon-cutting

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for NSU Jewett Regional Science Education Center

Northern grad creating wolf sculpture for Regional Science Education Center

3M Foundation grants $25,000 to Jewett Regional Science Education Center

NSU names regional science center after Jewett

Wells Fargo awards grant to Regional Science Education Center


Great Plains East and Great Plains West


Great Plains East


Great Plains West


Facility Design Plan

Images (concepts)

Great Plains West Update (video)

An Inside Look at Great Plains East (video)

Great Plains East Update (video)



Two new residence halls – one located south of the Mewaldt-Jensen Building and the other at the site of the former Lindberg Hall – opened in fall 2018. One hall provides a pod-style design, with eight to 10 traditional double rooms situated around a common living space and community bathroom. The other hall is designed with a series of semi-suites and suites offering both double and single rooms.


Great Plains East and West News

Campus, community support crucial for Northern's new residence halls

Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for new residence halls

Open house planned for new residence halls


Athletic and Recreation Fields

Athletic and Recreation Fields aerial view


Athletic and Recreation Fields aerial view 2


Facility Program Plan

Program Plan Presentation

Images (concepts)



A new football practice field and women's soccer competition field were built east of the former Jerde Hall, along with a 6,000-square-foot pavilion. The Athletic and Rec Fields are also home to NSU Intramurals, and will also be used for events such as youth sports camps. Six tennis courts remain on the east edge of campus.


Athletic and Recreation Fields News

Youth football camp with NFL athlete draws hundreds from around region

American Legion to donate American flag for Athletic and Recreation Fields

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for NSU Athletic and Recreation Fields

New fields part of largest turf project in nation

Northern plans for exciting changes to intramural sports



on-campus Regional Sports Complex

Regional Sports Complex rendering


With Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field

15th Avenue S.E. Video

Preliminary Facility Statement



Northern State University is building a new football stadium and softball field on the south side of campus, connected to the existing Barnett Center. This first-rate complex will include Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field. The location is the former site of the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSVBI), which now occupies a brand-new building on the east edge of campus. 


Regional Sports Complex News

Northern to hold Regional Sports Complex celebration

Dingers give gift to new NSU Regional Sports Complex

Governor signs bill moving NSU regional sports complex forward

State Senate approves bill related to regional sports complex



  • On-campus Regional Sports Complex with Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field (proposed preliminary design)



SDSBVI and NSU Collaboration



Preliminary Facility Statement and Facility Program Plan

Collaboration Q & A Video with NSU President Tim Downs

Collaboration Q & A Video with SDSBVI Superintendent Marje Kaiser



Northern State University and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI) are collaborating for the Educational Impact Campaign, which includes a new $14 million home for SDSBVI.


The new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was recently completed at the former site of Jerde Hall. The former SDSBVI site is the location of the new regional sports complex.


NSU faculty and staff will continue working jointly with SDSBVI faculty and staff on the development of revised and new special education programs offered by NSU’s Millicent Atkins School of Education.



Northern to hold SDSBVI dedication

'It doesn't get any better than this:' Students, staff excited about new SDSBVI

SDSBVI project receives second grant from S.D. governor

Governor approves state grant for new SDSBVI

Plains Commerce Bank donates to S.D. School for the Blind and Visually Impaired project

Groundbreaking ceremony set for new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Architect who lost sight helps with multisensory design layout for new SDSBVI

New SDSBVI building will be more efficient, homier



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