The North Star Athletic Association released the conference preseason poll on Monday. Dakota State was selected in fourth for the 2021 season. Dickinson State (N.D.) was selected as the unanimous favorite to win the NSAA title for the seventh consecutive year. The poll was voted on by head coaches in the conference. The defending NSAA championships were selected first with 36 points, while Valley City State was selected second with a first place vote and 31 points. In third was Waldorf, and following DSU in fourth was Mayville State, Presentation, and new associate member, Iowa Wesleyan.