Service-Learning at North Dakota State University is a form of course-based, credit-bearing, experiential learning. Service-learning courses engage students in an organized service activity that meets the needs identified by community partners and enhances student learning of specific course objectives. Through intentional reflection, students are able to gain further understanding of course content and an greater sense of personal values and civic responsibility.
At NDSU, service-learning is thought of as a partnership between students, faculty, and community partners. Each member of the partnership needs to be equally as invested and needs needs must be heard. Additionally, the learning that occurs is just as important as the service that is being performed. Students serving in the community work with and learn from those they are serving.
If you are a community partner or are considering becoming a community partner, it is important that your needs are being met during the service-learning project and the service project engages students in ways that connect with course content. If you have an idea for a service-learning experience and are interested in connecting with faculty, please contact:
During the 2014-2015 academic year, NDSU partnered with hundreds of community organizations to complete a variety of service-learning projects. This resulted in over 54,000 hours of service to the community.
For a complete report of academic service-learning and co-curricular service at NDSU, please view our 2014-2015 Community Engagement Report.
Faculty Service-Learning Award- The NDSU Service-Learning Advisory Board invites you to identify a current Faculty member, Lecturer or Graduate Assistant based on their commitment to service-learning at NDSU. Nominations will be accepted late in the Fall semester of each academic year. One individual will be chosen to receive the Service-Learning Award and will be recognized at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony in May. For more information as well as nomination information, please visit
For more information regarding North Dakota States commitment to community engagement contact:
Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement