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Northwestern State University (c.1884) is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of its students. The main campus is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, but NSU makes it possible for students to take classes at one of its three satellite campuses or at one of its six branch campus sites located throughout Central Louisiana. NSU is also a leader in the delivery of internet-based options. NSU is a friendly, student-oriented university that is “large enough to serve you, but small enough to know you.
The Demons Community
There's something for everyone! With over 100 organizations at NSU to choose from, students can get involved. NSU is proud to host 14 NCAA recognized sports, as well as intramurals and club sports. Check out our great "Spirit of Northwestern" marching band. The state-of-the-art Wellness Center (WRAC) makes it easy for students to stay physically fit while remaining involved on campus. Living on campus is easy - just choose one of our great options that we have to offer. Access to computers abounds, with computer labs in all areas of campus and Wi-Fi connection in designated areas.
|Total Undergraduate Students||8,312|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||108||1%|
|African American / Black||2,329||28%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||12||<1%|
|Two or More Races||227||3%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||443||5%|
|Where do NSU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||10%|
|How old are NSU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||35%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||19 - 24|
|Math||18 - 23||440 - 538|
|English||20 - 25|
|Critical Reading||430 - 558|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||43%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||76%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||84%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.24|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||93%|
Costs of attendance for the following year are not finalized until after the Louisiana legislative session ends. This finalization usually occurs in June.
The cost to attend Northwestern State University of Louisiana varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||19 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||63%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||90%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||267|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||55%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||13%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||62%|
60% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
19% of all undergraduates live on campus
NSU views student safety as a partnership between the university and students. As partners, students should take personal responsibility for their safety. NSU has Certified Police Officers, a student escort service, and emergency call boxes. NSU also uses emergency text messaging and warning sirens.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.||18%|
|Business Administration and Management, General.||8%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General.||6%|
|Links to degree programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 68%