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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Northwestern State Louisiana is an above-average public university located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,307 undergraduate students. The Northwestern State Louisiana acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, Northwestern State Louisiana alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,700.
175 Sam Sibley Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71497
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About Northwestern State Louisiana...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference

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.

Northwestern State Louisiana Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
920-1160
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$20
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$10,448/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,065/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
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.77 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
17
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
16
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    42%
  • On Campus
    20%
  • Online
    38%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,307Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,687
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Career focused and Fork 'em Demons
    21%
  • Fork Em" Demons
    21%
  • Purple. Pridaysss
    21%
  • Happy
    18%
  • Unique
    15%
  • Career Focused
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.81 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Unique. Well rounded. Gratifying experience.
    38%
  • A great place to be.
    21%
  • Online
    21%
  • Cultural
    10%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Family
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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I am very glad I attended college at Northwestern State University. As a student of the biology department, I believe that our professors were highly trained individuals who were passionate about teaching the upcoming physical therapists, biologists, veterinarians, etc. And really, school is what you make of it!
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I did take some classes online, mainly because everything went online because of covid-19. During that period, most of my professors adjusted their normal schedules well with the transition to online. However, I did have one professor who did not account for any set backs due to the quarantine. That professor had extremely high expectations for students to be able to complete many different projects each week, while still knowing that students had other classes and were having to complete these projects at home with limited resources.
I also took two summer courses that were both online. Those professors clearly explained how to do all projects and what was asked of the students.
Overall, majority of professors were good online; while some were slightly lacking in the understanding of their student's expectations while doing education from home and online for possibly the first time.
The best thing about Northwestern State University is the social activities you can get involved in and meeting different groups of people involved as well. For example; sororities, fraternities, sports, Student activities board, student government, service based groups, honor societies, and lots more! I love everything about this University and meeting my best friends here is amazing too. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.