Undergraduate Studies at Northern State University

Northern's undergraduate programs are designed to give you a competitive edge.

At Northern State University, you're more than just a number - you're a unique part of this community. Northern has everything you need to succeed, including:

And with the support network Northern offers, anything you hope to achieve is possible.

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Be Prepared for Success Starting from Day One

Transition easily into the college experience with Northern's First-Year Seminar (FYS). This program is your springboard into Northern State University, preparing you with courses designed to give you the skills and confidence for college success. FYS coursework focuses on topics such as critical thinking and writing, personal narratives, living and working in a diverse world, and group collaboration.

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I am so glad I am at a university that fosters such a supportive environment for its students and allows them to achieve things they never thought were possible.

— Grace Kramer, Aberdeen, S.D.

Gain Real-World Experience

Build hands-on skills outside the classroom that you’ll need to thrive professionally while you complete your undergraduate degree. At Northern State University, you’ll become career-ready with:

  • Collaborative research and one-on-one opportunities with fellow classmates and professors
  • Experiential learning and internships built into your undergraduate studies curriculum
  • Professional opportunities offered by the Aberdeen community
  • Academic guidance, career planning and professional workshops offered by the Career Services team

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Northern Experience Learning Opportunities

Get the Northern Experience with opportunities that will enhance your college education and help you thrive inside and outside the classroom.

Honors Program

Be a leader of the pack and join a group of academically talented and highly motivated students. Northern's nationally recognized Honors Program has been leading students toward success since 1983. As a member, you'll excel in the classroom and on campus with perks like:

  • Honors-only general education classes
  • Specialized academic and career advising from the Honors director
  • Living in the Honors-only learning community
  • Access to the Honors lounge in Avera Student Center and Honors-exclusive social events
  • Opportunity to present research at national and regional Honors conferences

Honors Program

Study Abroad

Our Wolves are global! Take your education almost anywhere with Northern's study abroad program, with programs available for any major. With our hundreds of study-abroad options all over the world, you can travel with Northern faculty and students or venture out on your own.

Program types include:

  • Faculty-led, short-term trips (during winter, spring and summer breaks)
  • Service learning over spring break
  • Semester-long study abroad

Study Abroad Programs

Research Opportunities

Research is a key component of a Northern education and is built into your undergraduate studies experience. At Northern, you'll have to opportunity to complete research individually or collaboratively with classmates and professors.

Research Opportunities

Get Involved with Academic Organizations

Build your skill set and make connections outside the classroom with others who share your interests. Northern offers academic clubs and organizations, campus leadership opportunities and living-learning communities to enrich your academic and social experience.


Academic Clubs and Organizations

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and learn with other students who share your passions and interests. As a resident in a living-learning community, you'll be surrounded by a supportive network of hallmates, advisors and faculty.

Northern offers living-learning communities for:

  • Honors Program