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Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) is a mid-sized, public university founded in 1884. It is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, which is a river port and not far from Shreveport. The school is also almost equal in distance to New Orleans, as well as Dallas and Houston, Texas. Many of the nearly 11,000 students, of whom 90% are undergraduate students, take day trips and weekend trips to explore everything the region has to offer.

Overview of Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU)

Students will benefit from the grandiose and historical architecture in many of the original buildings. Within the infrastructure, students can participate in undergraduate degree programs, certificate programs, and graduate programs in a wide range of studies. These programs are designed to prepare students to become highly productive members of communities in an inclusive and participatory manner. A number of services are available to support students in all programs, as well as centers and labs.

To provide program participants with a complete higher learning experience, NSU offers over 100 student organizations and clubs. It is also possible to participate in intramural sports, collegiate athletics, Greek life, leadership opportunities, and student government. A health and wellness center is available, as well as various student technology labs.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 44%
Year Founded 1884

Student Enrollment

Total Students10,900


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,849
Female 6,976

Graduate Student

Male 312
Female 763

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NSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,287
Female 2,745


Male 1,055
Female 2,251

Acceptance Rate82%

Male 82%
Female 82%

Enrollment 1,522

Male 464
Female 1,058
Application Fee $20
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline October 15
Common Application Accepted No

NSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Students at NSU pay different prices for tuition based on the state of residence and in-person versus online degree programs. In-state students can expect to pay $8,768 while out-of-state students pay $19,556. All students will have to pay another $15,000 or more for basic living expenses, course-related costs, and more. For anyone who plans to take trips or visit home, additional funds should be secured for these experiences.

Around 97% of students receive some type of financial aid through student loans, grants, and scholarships. This financial assistance helps to reduce the net price average to $12,336. Students can secure scholarships from a wide array of outside sources, as well as the university. Military students will be eligible for tuition assistance through various federal programs and online degrees cost the same as in-state tuition regardless of the state of residence.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,336
Average Total Aid $10,000
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $9,569

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,768
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $19,556
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $9,569
  • Other - $4,230


Academic programs at NSU are available at every level including undergraduate degrees, certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Many programs are highly popular such as accounting and business, sciences, computer information systems, criminal justice, education, engineering, hospitality management, military science, mathematics, new media, nursing, and psychology and addiction studies. Many master’s degrees and doctoral degrees are concentrated in and around the education field of study.

Students can also pursue over 40 online degree programs. These programs are often taken advantage of by active military members so that they can continue to learn whilst serving the country. In fact, NSU is one of the most military-friendly universities in the country. All students will also have access to study abroad programs, internships, and support services. These support services vary but include advising, tutoring, career services, first-year programs, military assistance, and service-based learning opportunities.

NSU has a respectable retention rate for undergraduate students at 70%. The graduation rates are a bit low compared to the national average at 28% for four years and 45% for six years. One reason for these lower figures could be attributed to the higher student to faculty rate of 20 to 1. Other reasons could be that more and more students are completing online degrees while they work or that the university has a large number of active military students who may not finish a full degree here.

Student Population Total

Student Population 10,900

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 310 Total Graduates / 26%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 203 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 67 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 20 Graduates
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 20 Graduates
All Business Majors 157 Total Graduates / 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 103 Graduates
Accounting 27 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 27 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 138 Total Graduates / 11%
General Studies 128 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 10 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 104 Total Graduates / 9%
Psychology, General 104 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 80 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 78 Graduates
Microbiology, General 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 35%

Outcome & Salary

As early as the first day of classes, students can utilize the services of the NSU Career Center. The center gives students access to dozens of services including assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviews, negotiations, and much more. The center also posts current job openings on a daily basis. These jobs are for part-time work, internships, and full-time job placement for all graduates. Alumni can also use these services for the lifetime of their careers.

Additional career development and job placement opportunities exist within the school. Various specialized career fairs occur throughout the year such as a part-time job fair, fall virtual career fair, graduate and professional school fair, and others. Services are also available specifically for veterans. The alumni association works with students to assist with course and degree selection, as well as professional preparation.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $42,900
College Grads Average Salary $61,319
College Grads Mid Career Salary $65,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $613,190
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,271,190
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $49,344
10 Year Projected ROI $563,846
20 Year Projected ROI $1,221,846
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840