Discover Academics at Northern

Maximize your college experience with Northern State University's top-quality degree programs, personalized learning, dedicated faculty and close-knit community. Find what interests you with our wide array of academic programs. Take the time to discover what you're passionate about while being guided by a supportive academic advisor. Set yourself up for professional success with career-focused preprograms and certificates. Northern offers the strong, small community you've been looking for as well as the academic, professional and personal resources to help you succeed.


Start with a Strong Northern Experience

At Northern, you'll receive a holistic education that will give you the skills, experience and confidence to accomplish whatever you put your mind to. You can expect:

  • Caring, accessible faculty
  • Hands-on, field-related experiences
  • Career preparation
  • Interest-based clubs and events
  • Personal academic advisor

Academic Support Services

Northern State University offers individualized, accessible academic resources to support you throughout your college experience. With wrap-around services like academic advising, tutoring and accessibility services, you'll have the tools and support network to accomplish every goal you set. 

For High School Students

Looking to get a head start on college? Northern State University offers extensive high school programs to help you transition from high school to being a full-time NSU student with ease.



How Community Drives Our Success

When you become a student at Northern State University, you're joining a close-knit environment of NSU students, faculty and staff, as well as becoming an important part of the university's surrounding town, Aberdeen. This type of community engagement at Northern allows you to have hands-on learning opportunities, collaborate with faculty on research and connect with Aberdeen businesses that are looking to give you professional experience.

It's because of this unique involvement that you'll graduate from Nothern as a well-rounded, skilled and experienced professional.

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Experiential Learning

Learn through doing with Northern's hands-on approach to education. Apply what you learn in the classroom through real-world opportunities.

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Research Opportunities

At NSU, you'll be able to collaborate with faculty on research projects in your field as well as create your own independent research or creativity project as part of your curriculum.

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"I love that there is a sense of community between students and professors. Professors here are really open to collaborating with students and I know that they are here for my success."


Kenissa Ross, English major with TESOL emphasis

Featured Faculty

Northern State University's faculty is strongly committed to the academic success and well-being of NSU students. Faculty go above and beyond as mentors and leaders through one-on-one interactions, collaborative research and academic support at every stage.

Dr. Tim Woods

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities/Music History

In addition to conducting the Collegiate Choir, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Timothy Woods teaches music history, vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, and applied voice.

He is a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, and has performed tenor solos with the Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony and Denver Symphony Orchestra.

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