Returning Students

Whether you've been away one year or 20, we're delighted you're considering coming to Northern to finish your degree.

If you've taken college classes in the past - but didn't complete a degree - you can finish here on campus, or from a distance through NSU Online & Continuing Education. Your degree is only a few steps away!

Talk to us
Submit your transcript to the NSU Registrar's Office for a program evaluation to determine which courses will complete your degree.
Apply for admission
You're free to apply at any time, whether or not your program evaluation is complete. If you attended a South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) institution within the last 12 months, apply with the Undergraduate Student Readmission Form.
If it's been more than 12 months since you attended an SDBOR college or university, please apply online.
If you attended a college or university outside South Dakota, but would like to complete your degree at Northern, please contact NSU Admissions, 1-800-678-5330.
What you'll need
  • Final official high school transcript (not needed if you already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university)
  • Final official college transcript
  • Completed FAFSA if you plan to apply for financial aid
  • Current immunization record if you'll attend classes on campus
  • $20 application fee if you've been away from Northern for more than a year
We understand the prospect of returning to college can be daunting. At Northern, we'll be at your side to help ensure nothing will prevent you from achieving your educational goals. For immediate assistance and answers, please contact NSU Admissions, 1-800-678-5330; or request information. Welcome back!
Finish your degree!

Request information on how you can complete your college degree!