Welcome to recreation, fitness and wellness at NSU!

Northern aims to offer students and employees the best fitness equipment and workout options possible. All students and employees are welcome!

With two fitness centers, a pool, recreation fields and tennis courts right on campus, group exercise classes throughout the school year, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment, Northern provides opportunities for safe, effective, efficient, and enjoyable exercise.


Students and Northern employees must activate NSU ID card access to fitness facilities by completing an Intramurals and Fitness Center waiver online:


Intramurals and Fitness Center Waiver


Or, stop by the Wellness Center desk or contact Intramural Athletics.


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Bob Olson Strength and Conditioning Center

This 10,000 square foot center, on the second floor of the Barnett Center, offers students, faculty, and staff a full-service workout environment. The facility features 18 full power lifting racks with rubber platforms, 13 strength machines, 10 treadmills, seven elliptical machines, four stationary bikes, three recumbent bikes, and two sets of dumbbells ranging from 5 to 150 pounds. All racks are fitted with Olympic lifting platforms. Other amenities include restrooms, a drinking fountain, elevator access near the main entrance, and a large open space for stretching, warmups, and other activities. Storage cabinets are available to wellness center users. Take a virtual tour!

Dacotah Hall Intramural and Student Rec Center

At the Dacotah Hall Intramural and Student Recreation Center, a variety of fitness and recreational options are available to students and Northern employees. Dacotah is home to NSU intramurals, which offers fun, casual sport options year-round. Bring your Pack Pass for access at the west-facing gym door in Dacotah Hall. Take a virtual tour!


Features include:

  • Dance studio
  • Fitness room
  • Golfing simulator
  • Multi-use court

The court is a regulation-length basketball court with four basketball hoops, and can be converted for volleyball and indoor soccer use.


Fitness classes offered throughout the year include yoga, Zumba, Taekwondo and others - all free to students! Equipment for badminton, disc golf, ping pong and other activities is available for checkout during staffed hours. The gym is closed during athletic events or practice. Center staff are on hand during open hours to assist with any questions.


Athletic and Recreation Fields

The NSU Athletic and Recreation Fields offer a variety of recreational options to students and Northern employees, including football, soccer, and futsol fields. All playing surfaces feature state-of-the-art turf that drains quickly and provides a level, sure-footed experience. The soccer field also has full stadium lights for a safe playing environment after sundown. Bring your NSU ID card for swipe access at the southwest corner gate. Take a virtual tour!


The Pavilion, located in between the soccer and football fields, features two press boxes, a conference/event room, elevator, locker rooms, bathrooms, offices and more. To reserve the conference room, call 605-626-3336.


Check Out and Play

Students and employees can borrow equipment such as spike-ball, beanbag boards, footballs, soccer balls and many other items.


Open Rec Hours

During open hours, facilities are available to all students and employees to create their own recreational activities.

Tennis Courts and Indoor Pool

Tennis Courts

On the east edge of Northern's athletic and recreation fields are six fenced tennis courts available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The courts have public restrooms and water fountains, and two courts are lighted (light switch is on the pole).



Located on the main level of the Barnett Center, Northern's 25-yard pool features men's and women's locker rooms and a lifeguard. The pool is open to everyone during open swim hours.  Take a virtual tour!


People can change in the restrooms located inside or near the strength and conditioning center in the Barnett Center. Dacotah Hall's locker rooms offer restroom facilities, lockers (bring your own lock) and showers.

The strength and conditioning center has open storage cabinets just inside the entrance. Dacotah Gym has lockers - just bring your own lock.

Facilities are only available to current students, staff and faculty.

Dacotah Gym and the Barnett Center track are available for employee and student exercise walkers when athletic activities, exercise classes or other events are not taking place. Please visit the gym or track to determine availability. Note to Barnett Center walkers: Please be mindful of any athletes using the track and allow them space to conduct practice or conditioning.

Busy hours for the Strength and Conditioning Center are usually from 6-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.