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.

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Dr. Shalini Mathew

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. Shalini Mathew is a nationally certified counselor and dedicated researcher, who engages students in collaborative interdisciplinary research. Beyond being an award-winning counselor educator, Dr. Mathew extends her skills to the national accreditation body- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. She's also involved in the Aberdeen community, by serving as a Junior Achievement Ethics volunteer.



Dr. Christian Pirlet

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology

Dr. Christian Pirlet specializes in technology integration in PK-12 settings. His primary focus has included the use of game-based learning to study student motivation in the social sciences. Before entering higher education, Dr. Pirlet spent 14 years in secondary classrooms teaching social studies including current events, AP US history, honors economics, psychology, and American Indian studies.




Dr. Audrey Miller

Associate Professor of Clarinet/Music, Director of Bands, Music Department Chair

In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band, Dr. Audrey Miller teaches applied clarinet and has a student clarinet ensemble. She is in demand as a clarinet performer and clinician throughout the world, and has commissioned many new works, most recently for her soprano, clarinet and piano trio.




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.