Northwestern State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Northwestern State University Women's Crew Team
Northwestern State University Women's Crew Team. millicent_bystander / Flickr

Northwestern State University Admissions Overview:

NSU, with an acceptance rate of 62% in 2016, is not highly selective. Students with grades and test scores above average have a good chance of being admitted. Along with an application, interested students will need to submit ACT or SAT scores (both are accepted equally), and official high school transcripts. Campus visits, while not a requirement, are suggested for applicants, to see if the school would be a good fit for them.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to get in touch with a member of the admissions office, and be sure to check out the school's website for complete applications instructions and timelines.

Admissions Data (2016):

Northwestern State University Description:

Northwestern State University is a public university in Natchitoches, Louisiana, a city located a little over an hour southeast of Shreveport. The university is made up of five colleges and the Graduate School. High achieving students should look into NSU's Scholars' College.

The program offers qualified students greater interaction with faculty, seminar-style classes, and significant scholarships and fee waivers. Business, nursing and psychology are all quite popular with undergraduates. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active at Northwestern -- students can choose from over 100 student organizations including the Spirit of NSU Marching Band and an active fraternity and sorority system.

In athletics, the Northwestern State University Demons compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university fields 14 Division I sports. Popular choices include football, basketball, softball, track and field, cross country, and soccer.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 9,819 (8,832 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 31% Male / 69% Female
  • 59% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,620 (in-state); $18,408 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,220 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,930
  • Other Expenses: $3,332
  • Total Cost: $21,102 (in-state); $31,890 (out-of-state)

Northwestern State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,405
    • Loans: $5,915

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 32%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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