Unleash Your Potential. Lead the Pack.

If you have the drive to excel academically and connect socially, you'll find a home in the NSU Honors Program.

The Honors Program provides academically talented and highly motivated students opportunities to excel in the classroom, gain skills to lead recognized student organizations on campus, and conduct undergraduate research.

In the classroom, you'll take honors-only general education classes taught by an outstanding group of faculty members or contract upper-level courses with faculty in your major. Outside the classroom, you'll be surrounded by a supportive network that encourages you to reach your full potential.

Think about the advantages of Honors:

  • Receive specialized academic and career advising from the Honors director
  • Live in Honors learning community in Great Plains East residence hall
  • Relax or study in the Honors Lounge in the Student Center
  • Present undergraduate research at national and regional Honors conferences
  • Attend and plan honors social events
  • Network on campus and in the Aberdeen community
  • Experience study abroad
  • Explore internship opportunities

​If you have an ACT score of 28 or higher or an ACT score of 24-27 with a GPA of 3.75 or higher, you can reserve your place in Northern's Honors Program.

Apply to the NSU Honors Program


The Honors Program fits with every major. For more information about how to complete the Honors Program with your major, contact Honors Director Dr. Kristi Bockorny or the faculty member who represents your program:

Graduating in honoribus

  • 18 credit hours in Honors courses, including:
    • 3 credits in two Honors seminars
    • 9-12 credits in Honors general education courses
    • 0-3 credits in Honors contracted classes
    • 3 credits for an Honors thesis or project
  • Completion of an Honors thesis or project at an A or B level (as determined by the Honors thesis advisor)
  • 3.5 overall GPA

Achieve Your Potential

NSU Honors News

The cover of the book "I Must Betray You" next to a headshot of the author Ruta Sepetys

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Internationally acclaimed Ruta Sepetys will return to campus for Northern State University’s annual Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture on Sept.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student Kara Sinar has been accepted to law school through the Honors Law Opportunity Program (HLOP).

Caption: Jaeden Shaving, middle, presents his Honors research poster to Dr. David Grettler, far right, at Northern State University.

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