Unleash Your Potential | Join the Pack

Welcome to Northern State University! Here you'll learn from supportive professors in small classes, gain real-world experience through hands-on internships, and get involved in our welcoming campus community. Northern is the perfect place to unleash your potential!

Looking to register for classes?

You can also request program information or set up an on-campus visit.

Do you need an ACT or SAT score to apply for admissions? No! Visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements to learn more.

Admissions FAQs

Application Process


Complete Application and Submit Transcript

Apply for admission 

Apply for housing

Submit official transcript - Contact your high school and any post-secondary schools you've attended to request an official transcript be mailed directly to NSU Admissions.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

NSU’s school code is 003466. The FAFSA is available at fafsa.gov starting October 1, with a priority deadline of March 1. Award offers showing your federal aid eligibility will be mailed beginning in early spring.


Take the ACT and/or SAT Tests

List Northern State University (ACT code 3916/SAT code 6487) to request that your test scores be sent directly to us. While you may be admitted without a standardized test score, we offer multiple scholarships that require an ACT or SAT score.


Register for Classes


Complete Application


Check Your Eligibility


Send Us Your Transcript

Send official transcripts from all schools you've attended to NSU Admissions.


Check for Credit Transfer

Determine how your credits may transfer with our Transfer Credit Calculator.

Visit our International Students Page

Start your journey to becoming an international student at Northern by visiting our International Students webpage, which lists all your requirements and includes links to apply! 

Talk To Us

If you've taken college classes in the past - but didn't complete a degree - you can finish on campus or online. We will work with you on a program evaluation to determine which courses will complete your degree. Visit the Returning Students page to learn more!

Learn the Requirements

Application requirements vary according to your student status: degree-seeking, international, non-degree-seeking, provisional or undergraduate. See the Graduate Admission page for details!

Contact Us

Questions about the application process? Contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or admissions@northern.edu.

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