Northwestern State University Of Louisiana

Northwestern State University Of Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is also known as NSU. It is a four-year university located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The nursing campus is at Shreveport and the general campuses are situated in Leesville/ Fort Polk and Alexandria. Northwestern State University is a part of the University of Louisiana System. NSU was founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School. The main purpose of this university was to provide training to teachers. It was the first school in Louisiana to offer degree programs in nursing and business education. The university offers over 50 degree programs in various disciplines for the benefit of the students.

NSU's athletics teams are nicknamed the Demons, with the mascot being "Vic the Demon." Sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball are commonly played here. National committeewoman Virginia de Gravelles, historian Henry C. Dethloff, and Speaker of the Louisiana House, John B. Fournet are the notable alumni of this university.

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Contacting NSU

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
College Ave
Natchitoches , LA 71497-0002
General Phone: (318) 357-6011

NSU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine320registered nursing, nursing administration
Liberal Arts318English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, cultural resource management, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, history ...
Education and Teaching275education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, ...
Business and Management144business, business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling128psychology, clinical psychology, substance abuse counseling
Family and Social Work89family and consumer science, social work
Security and Law Enforcement69criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Science63biology, chemistry, physics
Medical Support and Technology39veterinary assistant, radiographer, clinical lab tech
Engineering Technician34electronics tech, industrial tech
Computer Science and Engineering31information science
Fine Arts20fine arts
Hospitality19hospitality management
Drama and Performing Arts14drama
Music14music performance
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9health and physical education
Art Studies7art studies
Office and Administration5administrative assistant

Number of programs and degrees for NSU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,09846
Master's degree26321
Post-master's certificate231
Associate's degree2387

NSU Student Body

In 2007-2008, NSU had a total enrollment of 9,037 students (8,023 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 28%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 24%
20-21 19%
22-24 17%
25-29 12%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


NSU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 43 %

NSU Room and Board (2007)

NSU offers campus housing for 1,517 of its 8,023 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Natchitoches, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

NSU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420533
SAT Math440550
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT9%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

NSU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,675
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,753
Room and board $ 6,285
Room charge $ 4,122
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,150
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,721

Financial Aid:
NSU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 202100)

NSU Faculty

NSU has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7258
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2154

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$94,5233$97,126
Associate professorcalendar year8$79,8908$84,754
Assistant professorcalendar year7$63,3735$72,561
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year22$75,83118$80,691

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year25$78,06922$73,674
Associate professoracademic year35$65,15225$59,834
Assistant professoracademic year62$50,07573$49,948
Instructoracademic year16$39,51343$39,869
All faculty totalacademic year138$57,746163$52,008

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

NSU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports05454

NSU Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General


Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets NSU Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 5%NSU Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%NSU Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%NSU Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 12%NSU % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%NSU Female % of student body
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 16%NSU % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%NSU Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%NSU % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%NSU % of freshmen enrolled part-time

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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