Tuition & Fees

$6,807

$17,595

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
45%
300-399
7%
200-299
3%
700-800
1%
600-699
8%
500-599
46%
400-499
41%
300-399
3%
200-299
1%
700-800
0
600-699
0
500-599
8%
400-499
84%
300-399
8%
200-299
0
30-36
7%
24-29
26%
18-23
55%
12-17
11%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0
30-36
0
24-29
22%
18-23
53%
12-17
25%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
3%
24-29
24%
18-23
64%
12-17
9%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

32%

68%

male

female

1
17

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,665
Declined + 1,435
Total Received 4,100
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Public

8,059

undergraduate students

1,120

graduate students

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School Facts

Northwestern State is a public, liberal arts university. Founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School for women, it adopted coeducation in 1891. Its 940-acre campus is located in Natchitoches.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 9,179
Established in 1884
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Natchitoches, LA

940-acre campus in Natchitoches (population: 18,275), 60 miles southeast of Shreveport; branch campuses in Alexandria, Leesville, and Shreveport. Served by bus; major airports serve Alexandria (50 miles) and Shreveport. Public transportation serves campus.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
715 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
22%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
55%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
15%
Top 1/4
43%
Top 1/2
73%
Bottom 1/2
27%
Bottom 1/4
7%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
45%
300-399
7%
200-299
3%
700-800
1%
600-699
8%
500-599
46%
400-499
41%
300-399
3%
200-299
1%
700-800
0
600-699
0
500-599
8%
400-499
84%
300-399
8%
200-299
0
30-36
7%
24-29
26%
18-23
55%
12-17
11%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0
30-36
0
24-29
22%
18-23
53%
12-17
25%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
3%
24-29
24%
18-23
64%
12-17
9%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $20
Common application accepted no
Application deadline
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,665
Declined + 1,435
Total Received 4,100

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Class rank

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability

Not Considered

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Andrea Maley
Director of Admissions
P: 800 767-8115
F: 318 357-4600
applications@nsula.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $4,934
Room $5,223
Board $3,174
Additional fees $1,873
Books & supplies $1,200
Total $16,404
Average Financial Aid - $14,224
Total with Avg. Aid $2,180

Financial Aid

$14,224

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $15,224,637
State $7,578,139
Institutional $4,600,734
Other external $3,759,629
Total $31,163,139

Non-need-based

Federal $3,964
State $3,765,008
Institutional $1,598,052
Other external $530,335
Total $5,897,359

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southland Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Demons
School colors
purple and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Addiction Studies
Adult Education
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Clinical Psychology
Communication
Computer Information Systems
Counseling
Criminal Justice
Curriculum/Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Educational Technology
Electronics Engineering Technology
Elementary Education
Elementary Education/Special Education Mild to Moderate
Elementary Teacher Education
English
Family/Consumer Sciences
Fine Arts/Graphic Design
General Studies
Health/Exercise Sciences
Health/Human Performance
Health/Physical Education
History
Homeland Security
Hospitality Management/Tourism
Industrial Engineering Technology
Liberal Arts
Mathematics
Middle School Education
Middle School Education/Special Education Mild/Moderate
Multidisciplinary Studies
Music
Music Education
Nursing
Organizational Leadership
Physical Science
Psychology
Radiologic Sciences
Radiologic Technology
School Counseling
Secondary Education
Secondary Education/Special Education Mild to Moderate
Social Work
Special Education
Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Speech Education
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Theatre
Unified Public Safety Administration
Veterinary Technology
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Undergraduate

88%

8,059
students

Female
68%
5,442

Male
32%
2,617

Graduate

12%

1,120
students

Female
79%
888

Male
21%
232

undergraduateFull-time

62%

5,064
students

Female
66%
3,308

Male
34%
1,756

undergraduatePart-time

38%

2,995
students

Female
72%
2,134

Male
28%
861

Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
26%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
46%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

51%

Transfer applicants accepted

71%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements High School GPA: 2.40
College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of Some
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended
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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

96%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 37
Countries most often represented Canada
Columbia
France
Honduras
Mexico
The Ukraine
Special services offered for international applicants

International Student Contact

Melanie McBride
Assistant Director of University Recruiting
318 357-4611
mcbridem@nsula.edu

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