NSU Student Organizations

Academic Clubs


Accounting Club

The NSU Accounting Club enhances the learning process of accounting majors through guest speakers, volunteer income assistance and tours of accounting-related businesses. Accounting Club provides tutoring for accounting classes in cooperation with the University College, encourages improvement in scholarship, provides accounting and money management in the community and also provides members with information in preparation for the CPA exam. Accounting Club is open to students with an interest in accounting and accounting-related fields. Dues are collected annually.


Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)

The NSU Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) chapter serves to promote interest in early childhood education, provide educational activities and programs for the community and provide continuing educational opportunities for pre-service teachers. AEYC is open to all Northern students.


Business Club - Phi Beta Lambda


The Business Club promotes business knowledge and interaction among business majors and minors through speakers, trips and events. Business Club is open to all business majors seeking any business degree. Dues are $20 for the year or $10 for fall semester graduates.


Council for Exceptional Children

The NSU Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) works to improve the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents through educational events on campus and in the community. CEC is open to all students with an interest in special education. Dues are collected annually for members who are interested in joining the national CEC group.


English Club

NSU's English Club provides a fun and relaxed group/environment where those interested in reading and writing as well as those interested in viewing films can meet and exchange ideas related to those interests. We encourage the expression of ideas through reading as well as through writing. We also encourage community involvement. You do not need to be an English major or minor to be a member of the NSU English Club!


Honors Club


Members of the NSU Honors Program are part of the Honors Club, which meets monthly and hosts social events open to all Northern students. Activities and events include annual overnight, off-campus retreat, monthly social events: movie or bowling nights, quiz bowl, international lunches, community service projects, advising/registration assistance and opportunities for internships and networking.

Honors Program Requirements


Lambda Pi Eta

The purpose of the NSU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta is to promote and celebrate the communication major and give students out-of-the-classroom discussion and professional opportunities. Lambda Pi Eta is open to all communication studies majors and minors.


Pre-Medical Club

Pre-Med Club hopes to better prepare members for professional school by helping to inform people about the medical field and career opportunities within it. The club fosters a supportive environment in which people seeking a career in medicine can come together to share advice and ideas. The club will also provide members with personal and academic growth opportunities through volunteering, fundraising, and lectures from other medical professionals.


Psychology Club

The NSU Psychology Club provides students with opportunities for career development and exploration of the field of psychology, socialization with fellow students interested in psychology and mentoring to students considering a career in psychology. Psychology Club is open to all students with an interest in psychology.


Sigma Tau Delta

NSU's Xi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is an international honor society formed to recognize achievement and academic excellence in English. The society promotes literature, language and writing and, through community service, helps foster literacy. Members have access to scholarships and networking opportunities for employment. Sigma Tau Delta is open all English majors or minors. To join, you must have taken a minimum of two college courses in English beyond freshman composition; completed at least three semesters of college course work; a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; and paid a one-time membership fee of $37.


South Dakota Education Association-Student Program (SDEA-SP)

The SDEA/NEA Student Program will address the needs of today's diverse student population and facilitate student achievement by sharing ideal professional ethics and standards with pre-professional educators. SDEA-SP is open to all students. To learn more, visit sdea.org


Speech and Debate Club


Northern offers forensic opportunities, including competition, on local, state and national levels in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory and oral interpretation. Students may gain experience in tournament administration and judging at Northern-sponsored high school forensic meets.


TRiO Scholar Association

The TRIO Scholar Association raises awareness on campus for first-generation college students and other underrepresented groups. Members inform the TRIO SSS program on services to offer NSU TRIO scholars, which include service learning opportunities, cultural enrichment activities, graduate school visits, NSU Wolf Talks, and other educational and social event programming. Many TRIO Scholar Association events are open to all Northern students, while others are limited to those who have been admitted as NSU TRIO scholars.



Special Interest Clubs




AWAREwolves is a data-driven health and wellness group on campus that promotes prevention and healthy living habits for NSU students and faculty. AWAREwolves is open to all students!


Campus Activities Board


The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a volunteer student organization that sponsors numerous social, recreation and educational activities each year including live comedy shows, concerts, speakers and special events. The board is composed of an executive board, committee directors and numerous associate members. The board meets weekly and committees meet as needed. For more information, contact CAB at nsucab@northern.edu or stop by their office in the Student Center.


Environmental Club

The NSU Environmental Club's mission is to promote environmental awareness, stewardship and sustainability on campus and in the community. They also work to promote fellowship and lifelong environmentally friendly habits and skills. Environmental Club is open to all students and hold meetings bi-weekly!


Homecoming Committee

The Homecoming Committee works to provide university students with opportunities to become involved in planning/hosting the annual Homcoming festivities, while also providing members with the opportunity for acqaintance and fellowship. The Homecoming Committee is open to all students who complete an application and meet the approval of the advisor and student chair. For more information about Homecoming, please click here!


Residence Hall Association


The purpose of NSU Residence Hall Association (RHA) is to be the voice of all residential students, plan residential events on campus and boost residential pride. RHA is the liaison between all NSU campus residents and NSU administration. RHA strives to advocate for residents, provide opportunities for personal development, ensure an environment where students can feel at home and address all needs and concerns brought forward. RHA is open to all students living on campus.


Student Athlete Advisory Committee

The purpose of NSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to support and enhance the experience of student-athletes by providing opportunities to contribute within the community, protect student-athlete welfare and promote a positive student-athlete image. SAAC also serves to represent and articulate the broad and diverse interests, opinions and concerns of student-athletes to athletic department administrators. SAAC is open to all NSU athletes with a GPA of 2.0 or higher who are in good standing with their team and the athletic department.


Student Government Association


The NSU Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the governing body/voice of the pack, representing all Northern students. Functions of SGA include overseeing the creation and recognition of all clubs and organizations, delegating General Activity Fee fund allocation on campus every spring, representing NSU at SD Student Federation meetings, and serving as the bridge between the student body and the South Dakota regental system. SGA meets weekly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in the Missouri River Room and welcomes all students, staff, faculty and community members to attend. For more information, contact SGA at stassoc@northern.edu or stop by their office in the lower level of the Student Center across from the post office.


Student Publications: The Exponent


The Exponent serves the university and surrounding community by providing reliable and relevant reporting of news, art and culture of interest to the students, faculty and staff of NSU and provide real-world experience for students interested in pursuing a career in any area of english and/or mass communications. The Exponent is open to all students who apply and are accepted for a position with the publication. Previous publications and more information about the Exponent can be found here.



Cultural and Ethnic Clubs


Chinese Student Association

The Chinese Student Association at Northern works to help international students on their academic studies and campus life, help members cope with any difficulties they may encounter at NSU, promote diversity on campus, promote good relationships between NSU and its international program partners and create a memorable learning experience for all students with quality activities. CSA is open to all students with an interest in Chinese culture, Chinese activities and support of Chinese students.


German Club  

German Club gives students a chance to enjoy German culture, language and heritage. Even if you can't say anything beyond "Gesundheit," you are welcome to join the German Club! Lots of students from the region have German ancestry, and enjoying that - especially the food - is a big part of our mission! German Club holds their weekly Stammtisch every Wednesday at noon in the Student Center.


International Student Association


The International Club promotes awareness and diversity, and encourages integration of students of different cultures on campus. The International Club is open to all Northern students, international or not, who are interested in international culture and like to make friends with international students.


Japanese Student Association

 The Japanese Student Association’s purpose is to introduce Japanese culture and language to students. This group wishes to help get other students familiar with Japan and create closer ties between all students.


Korean Student Association

NSU Korean Student Association's (KSA) purpose is to attract college students to enroll in KSA to promote a closer relationship among students interested in learning about Korean culture. KSA is open to all students.


Native American Student Association


The NSU Native American Student Association's (NASA) mission is to assist with activities intended to meet the social, educational and cultural needs of Native Americans attending Northern. The club promotes sharing of cultural and educational information with Northern and the community of Aberdeen, with the goal of open and positive communications. NASA is open to all students who are interested in being a part of the organizations and respect the diversity of all people.


Project Pengyou


The NSU Project Pengyou chapter serves to build bridges between all cultures, embrace bilateral cultural exchange, fight xenophobia, showcase Chinese culture and build a stronger connection between international and domestic students at NSU through events such as multicultural forums. Project Pengyou is open to all students!



Fine Arts Clubs


National Association for Music Education (NAfME)


The purpose of NSU NAfME is to improve and support the academic and social environment for future music educators and music education in the area, region and state through community outreach and welcoming music educators and students to our campus. NSU NAfme is open to all students, regardless of major, with a passion for music and a desire to further the music education program at Northern. Chapter, state and national dues are collected annually. For more information, please visit National Collegiate NAfME.


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity aims to develop the best and truest fraternal spirit, mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, advancement of music in America and loyalty to the alma mater. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is open to all male students with a love for music. Dues for membership are collected each semester. For more information, visit Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.




Masquers promotes NSU Theater and theater activities. Annually sponsored events include Welcome Picnic, movie night, Masquer-Aid Ball, Golden Oldies Awards and picnic Membership requirements: $5 dues each semester 


Art Club

The NSU Art Club aims to build a community in support of the arts through education and exploration. Art Club aims to provide creative outlets for students through art workshops, demonstrations and activities, and offer other opportunities to all students, faculty and community members. Art Club engages in a wide variety of community service projects which have included Fall Out Art and Music Festival, Empty Bowls, Salvation Army bell ringing, Optimist Club Haunted Forest and the Aberdeen Area Humane Society. All Northern  students are welcome to join!


Sigma Alpha Iota

The mission of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music. The chapter's purpose is to uphold the highest standards of music, and to further the development of music in America and around the world. Sigma Alpha Iota strives to give inspiration and encouragement through music. SAI is open to all female students with a sincere interest in music.

Membership requirements: sincere interest in music, 2.5 G.P.A., annual payment of dues, pledging and initiation to the organization. SAI hosts recitals and other performances throughout the community and engage in service projects such as music mentoring and various fundraisers to aid music programs.



Faith-Based Clubs


Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru)

NSU's Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) works to create a movement of students who have an alive walk with Christ and create authentic relationship in NSU's community. Cru host's weekly meetings and bible studies. Cru is open to all students, regardless of religion.


Collegians in Christ'€™s Service


NSU Collegians in Christ's Service (CICS) goal is to welcome students from all backgrounds into a loving, open-minded and understanding Christian family, to build lasting relationships with God and others, and to go out and share the love and grace of Jesus in everything they do! They are a campus ministry based in the Lutheran faith, but welcome Northern students, faculty and staff of all faiths to their activities, which include weekly worship, Bible studies, service projects and more.


Intervarsity Christian Fellowship


Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Northern

NSU Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's purpose is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord; growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purpose in the world. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is open to all students. 



Newman Club


We invite all students, faculty and staff to all our events and activities. We also encourage all students to make use of the Newman Center (located across the street from Kramer Hall). We have a great chapel, a library with two computers (with internet), several study areas, and an atrium in the center of our building with a garden. Newman Club fosters spiritual growth and religious education through community involvement, worship, social awareness and recreation. Our ministry and activities are based on Catholic traditions, but we desire to support and include all Northern students, faculty and staff. Newman Club holds monthly meetings on Sundays at the Newman Center.