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Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Northwestern State University of Louisiana College Ave Natchitoches, LA 71497 Phone: (318) 357-6011
  • General Information
    About Northwestern State University of Louisiana

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana stands on ground that has been dedicated to learning for one hundred twenty-five years. Although, primarily a regional institution, Northwestern also offers an opportunity for education at other satellite locations. Specifically, distance learning is available in Leesville, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Jonesville. Northwestern was the first institution in Louisiana to gain 100 percent accreditation of all eligible academic programs. That designation shows that the academic programs at NSU meet the highest standards set by national accrediting agencies. Life outside the classroom is also an important part of the University. Northwestern offers its students more than 100 student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to honor societies and clubs for different majors as well as a Division I athletic program that is one of the nation's most successful.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Remote
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 2,785
    Percent Admitted 81%
    Men Admitted 79%
    Women Admitted 82%
    Full Time Retention Rate 69%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 420 533
      Math 440 550
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 18 23
      English 19 24
      Math 17 23
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 11,697
    Native American 222.0
    Asian 112.0
    African American 3,272.0
    Hispanic 219.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 5,330
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 247

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