Northwestern State University of Louisiana

175 Sam Sibley Dr, Natchitoches, United States
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Overview of Northwestern State University of Louisiana

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:9,452
    • Men:2,907 (30.8%)
    • Women:6,545 (69.2%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Northwestern State University of Louisiana is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
4
-
Foreign Language
4
-
Social Studies
-
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
July 27
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
715 University Parkway
City, State, Zip
Natchitoches, LA  71497
Phone
(318) 357-4078
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
July 6
Application Fee
$20
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
College preparatory curriculum required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
62% of 5,494 applicants were admitted
Women
63% of 3,672 applicants were admitted
Men
61% of 1,822 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
2,273 (66%) of 3,431 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,549 (67%) of 2,326 admitted students enrolled
Men
724 (66%) of 1,105 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.28
375 And Above
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
6%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
450-560 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
0%
• Score 600 - 700
17%
• Score 500 - 600
35%
• Score 400 - 500
45%
• Score 300 - 400
3%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
450-550 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
0%
• Score 600 - 700
14%
• Score 500 - 600
38%
• Score 400 - 500
41%
• Score 300 - 400
7%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
19-24 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
4%
• Score 24 - 29
24%
• Score 18 - 23
62%
• Score 12 - 17
10%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $8,588|Out-of-state: $19,376
  • Room & Board: - $9,086 (100.0%)
  • Other Expences: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Northwestern State University of Louisiana accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline May 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning May 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002021
Free
Institution's own form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,166 (94.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
937 (80.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
932 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
141 (15.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
20%
Average Award
$14,761
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 896 (96.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,333
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 686 (73.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,689
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 121 (13.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
156 (12.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,902

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
4,116 (88.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
3,419 (83.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,393 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
358 (10.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
22%
Average Award
$14,384
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,060 (90.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,658
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,627 (77.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,108
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 319 (9.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
320 (6.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,232

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
69%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$42,399
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Public Servants, International Students, Married Students, Out-of-State Students, Public Servants, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


303

Part-Time Faculty


166

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


34%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 24% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 23% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 25% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 17% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 5% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 29% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 26% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 10% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
349,685

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1500
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Northwestern State University of Louisiana provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


75.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


22.8%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


34.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


37.1%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (33)


  • Accounting
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • General Studies
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology, General
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Liberal arts/general studies

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study (22)


  • Adult Education
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Health Education
  • Health Physics/Radiological Health
  • Homeland Security
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Nursing--General
  • Psychology--General
  • Reading Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Student Affairs

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


18,275

Nearest Metropolitan Area


916 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
34.8 average low in January, 89.7 average high in September
Rain
99 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
60 mile(s) from campus in Shreveport
Nearest Bus Station
Natchitoches
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


85%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Demons
School Colors
Purple and white with orange trim

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, football, racquetball, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student activities board, student government associate, college panhellenic council

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


5,471

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
9,452
Women
6,545
Men
2,907

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 1.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.9% Asian
  • 28.9% Black/African-American
  • 6.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 56.5% White
  • 1.9% Unknown

International Students


1.4% from 27 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


1,120

Student Resources

Study resources