Admissions FAQs

How much is the admissions application fee?

$20 (non-refundable)


What if I went to school a long time ago and don’t want to transfer my credits? Do I still have to send NSU my transcripts?

Yes. According to South Dakota Board of Regents policy, transfer students must submit official transcripts of all previous coursework, regardless of the age of the record and whether or not credit was received. Failure to submit all required paperwork may delay processing your application and, if you are applying for federal financial aid, disbursement of your aid.


What is a Northern Bound Day?

It's a day to get to know Northern and for us at Northern to meet you. You'll visit and tour the campus, receiving a personal introduction to NSU.


We'll answer any of your questions about admissions and financial aid. You'll meet the director of campus activities, and mingle with current NSU students – and you can ask them the really tough questions! You also may meet with faculty from your prospective field of study.


Northern Bound dates


How big is Aberdeen, and what is the job market like in Aberdeen for part-time jobs, summer jobs, and internships?

The Aberdeen community is a growing and prospering community with a population of about 28,000 - the third-largest community in South Dakota. Aberdeen employers are constantly seeking interns. Internships can range from unpaid to full-time paid positions - and often result in careers!


How is parking on campus and are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

We have ample parking spots available throughout campus and there are no reserved parking spots. Parking passes are for sale each year, and freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus.


Will my dual credits taken while in high school transfer to Northern State University?

The answer is very likely to be yes! For high school students in Minnesota, the school from which courses are taken must be part of the MNSCU system or NACEP-accredited. For high school students from South Dakota, the school from which courses are taken must have an agreement with the South Dakota Board of Regents or be a South Dakota public institution. Contact NSU Admissions with questions!


Which states have reciprocity with Northern State University?

North Dakota and Iowa residents pay the same tuition rates as South Dakota residents, and we have reciprocity agreements for Minnesota and Nebraska residents. Residents of other states pay a separate rate for tuition.


When are the financial aid priority deadlines and the Wolf PACT scholarship deadlines?

The deadline for financial aid and the WolfPACT scholarship is March 1. To receive the WolfPACT scholarship, you must have applied and been accepted to Northern by March 1. Contact NSU Admissions to find out if you qualify! 


Will I be assigned an advisor?

You'll have an NSU University College advisor your first two years here, after which you'll be assigned an advisor for your major. Visit Academic Advising to learn more.


When is the earliest I can register for classes once I am accepted to Northern State University?

Freshman registration usually starts in mid- to late April.


What are the differences between residence halls?

NSU's residence halls come in two styles: traditional and suite. In traditional halls, one or two students share a space. In suite-style halls, two or four students share a space that consists of two to four sleeping areas as well as their own shower and bathroom. This style also includes a mini-fridge and microwave. Three new residence halls with modern amenities have opened on campus in recent years: Wolves Memorial Suites, Great Plains West, and Great Plains East. Visit NSU Residence Life for more information on residence halls. 


Do you have campus security?

Northern State University has a full-time officer on staff throughout the school year. This officer is a member of the Aberdeen Police Department and has extensive training in all areas of law enforcement. NSU has a great relationship with the Aberdeen City Police Department and officers are very visible on campus as well as in nearby neighborhoods. Visit Campus Safety to learn more.


Which meal plan should I choose?

 We offer several choices of meal plans. Your appetite and amount of time spent on campus will help you decide which meal plan is best for you. Visit NSU Dining Services to see all your options!