Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA

Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 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.

Tuition & Fees

$8,580

$19,368

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
34%
500-599
42%
400-499
22%
300-399
1%
700-800
6%
600-699
21%
500-599
54%
400-499
19%
30-36
10%
24-29
23%
18-23
53%
12-17
13%
6-11
1%
30-36
1%
24-29
20%
18-23
48%
12-17
31%
30-36
3%
24-29
23%
18-23
60%
12-17
14%
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undergraduateRatios

29%

male

71%

female

1

teacher

20

students

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Moderately Selective

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,236
Declined + 1,853
Total Received 5,089
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Public

9,833

undergraduate students

1,067

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. General Studies
  3. Business Administration
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Codes

SAT 6492
ACT 1600

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School Facts

Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 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 10,900
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)

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Natchitoches, LA

940-acre campus in Natchitoches (population: 18,048), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
16%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
57%
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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
16%
Top 1/4
42%
Top 1/2
73%
Bottom 1/2
27%
Bottom 1/4
8%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
34%
500-599
42%
400-499
22%
300-399
1%
700-800
6%
600-699
21%
500-599
54%
400-499
19%
30-36
10%
24-29
23%
18-23
53%
12-17
13%
6-11
1%
30-36
1%
24-29
20%
18-23
48%
12-17
31%
30-36
3%
24-29
23%
18-23
60%
12-17
14%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $20
($30 for international applicants)
Common application accepted no
Application deadline October 15
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

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,236
Declined + 1,853
Total Received 5,089

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

Financial Aid

62%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$14,859

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $5,180
Room $5,404
Board $750
Additional fees $3,400
Books & supplies $1,220
Total $15,954
Average Financial Aid - $14,859
Total with Avg. Aid $1,095

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $22,584,057
State $10,234,081
Institutional $7,005,986
Other external $5,703,621
Total $45,527,745

Non-need-based

Federal $17,792
State $4,470,861
Institutional $1,996,582
Other external $886,051
Total $7,371,286
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Institution's own financial aid form

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 823-3008
F: 318 357-5488
nsufinaid@nsula.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Lauren Jackson
Director of Financial Aid
potterl@nsula.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

archery, crew, dodgeball, fencing, soccer

Club Sports - Women's

archery, crew, dodgeball, fencing, soccer

Intramural/Recreational Sports

badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, flag football, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, walleyball

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Athletic Directors

Greg Burke (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Haley Taitano (women's)
Associate Athletic Director/swa
email

Athletic Facts

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

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Addiction Studies
Adult Education
Adult Learning/Development
Allied Health
Applied Microbiology
Applied Science
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Child/Family Studies
Clinical Psychology
Communication
Computer Information Systems
Counseling
Criminal Justice
Curriculum/Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Educational Technology Leadership
Electronics Engineering Technology
Elementary Education
Engineering Technology
English
Fine/Graphic Arts
General Studies
Health/Exercise Science
Health/Human Performance
Health/Physical Education
History
Homeland Security
Hospitality Management/Tourism
Industrial Engineering Technology
Liberal Arts
Mathematics
Music
Music Education
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Psychology
Radiologic Sciences
Resource Management
Secondary Education
Social Work
Special Education
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Teaching
Theatre
Unified Public Safety Administration
Veterinary Technology
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. General Studies
  3. Business Administration

Programs Offered

  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

10,900

total students

88%

in-state

12%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

90%

9,833
students

Female
71%
6,989

Male
29%
2,844

10%

1,067
students

Female
81%
863

Male
19%
204

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

64%

6,340
students

Female
71%
4,446

Male
29%
1,894

36%

3,493
students

Female
73%
2,543

Male
27%
950

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Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
27%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
43%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

50%

Transfer applicants accepted

66%

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

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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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

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 transportation
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 37
Countries most often represented Canada
Colombia
France
Honduras
Mexico
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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