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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Northwestern State University of Louisiana? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors NSU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Northwestern State University of Louisiana Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana was awarded 13 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

NSU is ranked #1,270 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when NSU held the #1,354 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

NSU also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in Louisiana ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into NSU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Northwestern State University of Louisiana is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 80%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

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Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Freshmen Retention Rate

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at NSU is 20%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

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Below Average Overall Diversity at NSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,443 undergraduates at NSU with 5,471 being full-time and 3,972 being part-time.

NSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for NSU is 31.18 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  31.18 out of 100
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How Much Does Northwestern State University of Louisiana Cost?

The overall average net price of NSU is $11,295. 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 +
$9,805 $10,809 $12,144 $13,464 $13,048

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NSU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $5,678 a year. That adds up to $22,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do NSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from NSU make around $34,300 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 16% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major 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

Located in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Natchitoches draws many to the area.

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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 40 majors graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Of these students, 1,466 received undergraduate degrees and 307 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 187 $62,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 141 $26,700
Business Administration & Management 116 $32,100
General Psychology 96 $25,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 73 $27,200
General Biology 69 $26,600
Accounting 46 $33,700
Social Work 41 NA
Information Science 41 $57,400
Allied Health Professions 39 $41,400

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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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