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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Northwestern State University of Louisiana, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Northwestern State University of Louisiana Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana was awarded 9 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

NSU landed the #1,319 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

NSU also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in Louisiana ranking.

See all of the rankings for Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Is It Hard to Get Into NSU?

Acceptance Rate

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an acceptance rate of 80%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to NSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 550. Math scores were between 450 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 450 to 550 )
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SAT Math Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 450 to 560 )
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NSU received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana  ( 19 to 24 )
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Northwestern State University of Louisiana, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Northwestern State University of Louisiana enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 20% for first-time, full-time students at NSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100
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Below Average Overall Diversity at NSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,825 undergraduates at NSU with 6,340 being full-time and 3,485 being part-time.

NSU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for NSU is 39.17 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  39.17 out of 100
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How Much Does Northwestern State University of Louisiana Cost?

The overall average net price of NSU is $11,049. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,615 $9,724 $12,580 $12,889 $13,564

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of NSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NSU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $5,921 a year. That adds up to $23,684 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do NSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from NSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $34,300 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 14% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.

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See which majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana make the most money.

Location of Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public institution situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Natchitoches is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Contact details for NSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002
Phone: 318-357-6011
Website: www.nsula.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternState
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nsula

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 41 majors graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Of these students, 1,597 received undergraduate degrees and 270 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 203 $62,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 138 $26,700
General Psychology 114 $25,000
Business Administration & Management 109 $32,100
General Biology 78 $26,600
Allied Health Professions 67 $41,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55 $27,200
Social Work 45 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 30 $39,200
Industrial Production Technology 29 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Northwestern State University of Louisiana along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at NSU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 9,019 students took at least one online class at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. This is an increase from the 8,224 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,019 4,667
2016-2017 8,224 4,151
2015-2016 6,518 3,490
2014-2015 6,731 3,310
2013-2014 6,038 3,102

Learn more about online learning at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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