Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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School Overview

Northwestern State University of Louisiana, also known as NSU, is a public university with its main campus found in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The school is under the University of Louisiana System, and has a nursing campus located in Shreveport with other locations in Leesville and Alexandria. Founded in 1884, NSU has a rich band of folklore perpetuated throughout its interesting history, and boasts a resident spirit named Isabella who purportedly walks about the Old Women’s gym after her previous inhabitations had either been torn down or burned to the ground.

The impressive academic history of the school shows that it joined NASA’s “JOVE” program, and was initially one of only six universities to be involved in this unique experience, allowing students to collaborate with scientists from NASA to evaluate and research the Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1996. The campus also houses the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a high-school funded through the state and open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The university has more than 10,000 students currently enrolled, studying in over 50 different programs, and awards associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in various disciplines. All accreditable programs are currently fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and NSU has an 85% acceptance rate for applicants.

Athletics

The athletic teams at NSU are known as the Demons, or Lady Demons for the women. The school’s mascot is known as Vic the demon, and the colors are purple and white. The teams play within the Southland Conference as an NCAA Division I school. There are 12 athletic teams between baseball, cross country, football, basketball, track and field, soccer, and tennis, among a few others.

Housing

The on-campus housing options are broken up into three communities called University Columns, University Place, and Varnado hall. University Place offers living learning communities to students, while University Columns grants entertainment and events to keep college living interesting for residents. Varnado hall is a tight-knit community of students focused on building friendship at NSU. Most living accommodations at NSU are fully-furnished and include a great deal of amenities perfectly suited to student life, including lounge-areas and study rooms. Most utilities payments are included with the monthly rent.

Rankings

The US News and World Report placed Northwestern State University of Louisiana as 92nd in Regional Universities (South), and found that class sizes were relatively small, with only 10% of classes having 50 enrolled students or more.

Financial Aid

The university is eligible to disperse all manner of federal financial aid to qualified students who have applied through the appropriate channels, and maintain satisfactory academic progress. These types of aid include Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loans, and the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan. The University also facilities a range of scholarship opportunities that can be applied for through the NSU website. These scholarships are available for spring and fall semesters only, and do not apply the summer courses.

General Information

Admission Office

175 Sam Sibley Drive

Natchitoches, LA 71497

Student Services Center, Suite 235

(318) 357-4078

(800) 767-8115

Fax: (318) 357-4660



Contact: Andrea Maley

Director of Admissions
Main Address

444 Caspari St

Natchitoches, LA 71457

(318) 357-6011

www.nsula.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 8,312

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: Unknown

Degree-seeking undergrads: Unknown

Graduate enrollment: 1,135

Setting

Town: Remote

Small city (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Associate’s
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee:

Regular application fee:

Out-of-state application fee:

Online application fee:
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 85%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year:


*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(318) 357-6011
Website:www.nsula.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:admissions.nsula.edu/
Address:University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002
Setting:33
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:9,819
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):38%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,301 (34% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,620
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,408
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,811

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services14
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education14712
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields22
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs1242
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Physical Sciences1
Psychology11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Visual and Performing Arts32
Grand total1673620

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education13111
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs41
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Psychology1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total1411616

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,620
Out-of-state$18,408
Books and supplies$1,220

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$8,580
Out-of-state$19,368

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,11198%
Grant or scholarship aid1,07094%$9,811
Student loan aid66759%$6,117

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid6,16078%$7,438
Federal student loans3,83749%$7,322

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwestern State University of Louisiana students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants5,1801,6963,484
Percent admitted100%62%62%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%28%28%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment9,819
Undergraduate enrollment8,832
Graduate enrollment987

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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