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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Overview

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public institution situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Natchitoches draws many to the area.

What Is Northwestern State University of Louisiana Known For?

1,597 Undergraduate Awards
$25,182 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at NSU is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 61% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

NSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#107 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Allied Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Most Popular Online Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Most Popular Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#230 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#84 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#97 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual

Where Is Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

Location of Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Contact details for NSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002
Phone: 318-357-6011
Website: www.nsula.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternState
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nsula

How Do I Get Into NSU?

You can apply to NSU online at: www.nsula.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for NSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NSU?

80% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 80%, NSU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to NSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 550. Math scores were between 450 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 450 to 550 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 450 to 560 )
200
800
NSU received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

$25,182 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
9.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NSU is $25,182. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NSU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $5,921 a year. That adds up to $23,684 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,340 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,825 undergraduate students at NSU, with 6,340 being full-time and 3,485 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NSU

There are also 1,075 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,340 full-time undergraduates at NSU, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwestern State University of Louisiana students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 43
Black or African American 1,999
Hispanic or Latino 489
White 3,233
International Students 113
Other Races/Ethnicities 463

Geographic Diversity

Louisiana students aren't the only ones who study at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 29 countries are represented at NSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Colombia, France, and Honduras.

Online Learning at Northwestern State University of Louisiana

4,667 Took All Classes Online
9,019 Took At Least One Class Online
10.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 17 master’s degree programs available online at NSU. In 2017-2018, 9,019 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 10.9%. This is the #1,278 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 36%
Education 5%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 12%
General Psychology 16%
Health Professions 19%
Human Development & Family Studies 96%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 6%
Liberal Arts General Studies 6%
Mental & Social Health Services 29%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 56%
Nursing 18%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 56%
Psychology 9%
Public Administration & Social Service 9%
Social Work 9%
Student Counseling 28%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 41%
Visual & Performing Arts 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology #4
General Physical Sciences #4
General Family & Consumer Sciences #5
Other Homeland Security #10
Fine & Studio Arts #11
Physical Sciences #12
General Biology #17
General English Literature #22
Other Education #25
History #25
History #25
Information Science #26
Health Sciences & Services #27
Teaching English or French #29
Student Counseling #30
Homeland Security #30
Mental & Social Health Services #32
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #32
Writing Studies #33
Management Information Systems #34
Social Work #35
Allied Health Professions #45
Visual & Performing Arts #47
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #48
English Language & Literature #52
Health & Physical Education #54
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #62
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #67
Curriculum & Instruction #70
General Psychology #82
General Business/Commerce #83
Special Education #94
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #101
Teacher Education Subject Specific #102
Public Administration & Social Service #110
Psychology #113
Accounting #120
Teacher Education Grade Specific #132
Educational Administration #141
Computer & Information Sciences #181
Criminal Justice & Corrections #196
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #216
Liberal Arts General Studies #216
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #223
Nursing #272
Education #346
Business Administration & Management #420
Health Professions #449

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 140 203 20 68 7 438
Liberal Arts General Studies 216 138 0 0 0 354
General Psychology 0 114 0 0 0 114
Business Administration & Management 0 109 1 0 0 110
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 30 18 55 0 103
General Biology 0 78 0 0 0 78
Allied Health Professions 0 67 6 4 0 77
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 55 0 0 0 55
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 28 18 0 0 46
Health & Physical Education 0 23 0 22 0 45
Social Work 0 45 0 0 0 45
Music 0 27 0 9 0 36
Special Education 0 0 15 17 0 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 32 0 32
Industrial Production Technology 0 29 0 0 0 29
Accounting 0 27 0 0 0 27
Hospitality Management 0 27 0 0 0 27
Communication & Media Studies 0 26 0 0 0 26
Drama & Theater Arts 0 26 0 0 0 26
Information Science 0 25 0 0 0 25
Educational Administration 0 0 8 15 0 23
Human Development & Family Studies 0 23 0 0 0 23
Mental & Social Health Services 0 21 0 0 0 21
General English Literature 0 12 0 8 0 20
Health Sciences & Services 0 20 0 0 0 20
History 0 18 0 0 0 18
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 17 0 0 0 17
Homeland Security 0 0 0 11 0 11
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 10 0 0 0 10
Fine & Studio Arts 0 7 0 3 0 10
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 9 0 9
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 9 0 0 0 0 9
Other Education 0 0 0 7 0 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 5 0 0 5
Mathematics 0 4 0 0 0 4
General Engineering Technology 3 0 0 0 0 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 3 0 3
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Quality Control Technology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Homeland Security 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 368 1,229 93 263 7 1,960

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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