Welcome to the Pack!



Welcome to the Northern State University community! 


We’re so happy to have you as part of the pack, and we’re excited to guide you as you unleash your potential. 


Explore what's in store for you as a Northern student and follow next steps to take your place in the Pack.




Welcome from President Schnoor!

Next Steps



Apply for Financial Aid

To learn about and apply for federal financial aid (grants, loans and work-study), complete the FAFSA online at StudentAid.gov (NSU school code: 003466). Aid offers will be mailed beginning in late fall




Apply for Scholarships

Northern's WolfPACT for incoming freshmen is the largest guaranteed scholarship in the region. See all scholarships and apply now at Scholarships.




Apply for Housing

Apply Now for on-campus housing! You'll need the student ID number in your acceptance letter.




Sign up to HOWL!

HOWL (Helping Our Wolves Learn) is Northern's new student orientation. Register for HOWL


New Student Checklist

Move-In Day

Get ready to move in with the Pack! Your new home is right here. Visit Residence Life for more information.


  • Residence Life Guide
  • Incoming students checklist

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid forms
  • Student employment

Student Life

  • NSU student organizations
  • Dining services and more


  • Sign up for SDePay
  • Get tax information

Academic Support

  • Advising and tutoring services
  • TRIO Student Support Services

Health & Wellness

  • Campus & community healthcare
  • Student health insurance


  • Register for Campus Alerts
  • Find other safety resources

Tech Support & Requirements

  • Computer requirements
  • Technical support

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Dylan Duvall, in a gray Wolves T-shirt and backpack, waves


"I transferred to Northern after my freshman year looking for a fresh start. I debated not going back to college before I transferred, but when I toured Northern that option went out the window!


"Northern was so welcoming to me and gave me confidence that I was going to get a great education. I came to Northern with a different major, and was still unsure of what I wanted to do with my future. I ended up touring, and then switching to the graphic design program. That decision changed my life!


"When I toured that program all of the professors knew me by name, even though I had never met them before. At Northern, I’m not just another number. The connection and relationship of my professors has motivated me and pushed me to work hard in the classroom so that my future can be successful.


"With one semester left before I graduate, I am confident that I will be successful in my future, but that wouldn’t be possible without Northern!”


– Dylan Duvall, Aberdeen, S.D. #BeNorthern #UnleashYourPotential #NorthernStateU