Northern State University will provide diverse academic, civic, social and cultural opportunities that prepare students through the liberal arts, professional education and E-learning for their future endeavors, while also enriching the local and regional community.



Northern State University will be regionally recognized as a student-centered, diverse community dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, creativity, and civic and global awareness.



Northern State University’s students, faculty and staff are committed to the following values:


Building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in knowledge, culture and world view


Pursuing rigor and excellence in education, inquiry and engagement for the benefit of our students, state and region


Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, fairness and transparency with a commitment to responsible stewardship of resources



Institutional strategic priorities and actions will align with the university’s authorization, mission, vision and values, and the university will be regionally recognized for:

  • Distinctive Learning: experiential, innovative, interdisciplinary, relevant
  • Distinctive Culture: diverse, engaged, inclusive, welcoming
  • Distinctive Partnerships: collaborative, entrepreneurial, supportive, sustainable
  • Distinctive Leadership: accountable, ethical, responsive, transparent