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The legislature established Northern State University to meet the needs of the State, region, and nation

by providing undergraduate and graduate programs in education and other courses or programs as the

Board of Regents may determine. (SDCL 13-59-1)

The NSU Board implemented SDCL 13-59-1 by authorizing graduate and undergraduate programs in

education to promote excellence in teaching and learning, to support research, scholarly and creative

activities, and to provide service to the State of South Dakota, the region, and the nation. The Board

approved a special emphasis on E-learning in the university curriculum and service.


NSU is a university dedicated to the

pursuit of excellence in the liberal

arts and in graduate and professional

education. Its distinctiveness in

its pursuit of mission derives from

its coeducational and residential

character; its size and location; and its

role as a comprehensive public, state-

sponsored university.


NSU will be a nationally-recognized

student-centered institution

committed to academic and

extracurricular excellence, and global

learning opportunities in a beautiful

Midwestern setting.