B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Northwestern State University of Louisiana is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
Address
University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Website
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
880-1100
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,567/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,124/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,515/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,978/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,623/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,743/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.60 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,231Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Purple. Pridaysss
    25%
  • Fork Em" Demons
    22%
  • Happy
    19%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Career focused and Fork 'em Demons
    9%
  • Career Focused
    6%
  • Diverse
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.70 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Unique. Well rounded. Gratifying experience.
    46%
  • A great place to be.
    20%
  • Online
    17%
  • Cultural
    10%
  • Liberal
    5%
  • Family
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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Northwestern State has a wonder variety of activities to keep you interested in school. It’s hard to maintain interest in school year after year without the added benefits of the college. There is clubs, sports, groups, and whole student body that’s main focus is activities for student to enjoy. Northwestern State is a very student oriented campus. There is always something going on to meet new people, to play games, to get out of your comfort zone and explore new things.
The only thing I think I would like to see improve is the maps of the campus, there’s so many buildings and so many places to go it’s easy to get lost! Once you learn your way around though, being on campus is so much fun!
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Northwestern State University is a great school. From the academics to the campus life. The people are so helpful and kind. The dean likes to get to know you and work with you on a personal level. The professors are like your friends, they are very understanding when it comes to making changes. The school is very diverse , you have many different cultures to get acquainted with. The rooms are the best! You have your own privacy and it's best to get a room at random with a stranger. You make plenty of friends in class or surrounding areas such as the café, parties, meetings , outings on campus or maybe in the grocery store. The games are full of excitement and the crowd is always live ! Everything about the campus is beautiful. The safety is never a problem, the police ride around 24/7 the campus. The city is small but it is the perfect size for college. But if you are considering coming to Northwestern, it's the perfect school for you.
I like all of the campus activities and opportunities to connect with people. I feel like I the professors are realistic, interested in student success, and, they are understand especially concerning first time freshmans. I feel the transition from high school to college life can be hectic and confusing. However, I felt comfortable after my advising and Freshman Connection. If I could change anything, it would be the process regarding financial aid. Parents and students need more information concerning resources available through the college and the college working toward creating a finacial aid package to best cover the cost when possible.