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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

About Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Overview

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public, state school in the small town setting of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Northwestern State University was founded in 1884 and the school currently enrolls around 10,735 students a year, including 9,600 undergrad students. Northwestern State University offers housing for up to 1,492 students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Northwestern State University!

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Northwestern State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Northwestern State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northwestern State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northwestern State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Northwestern State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.3
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 3%
In-State Tuition $5,180
Out-of-State $15,968
Percent of Need Met 64.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,121

Is Northwestern State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Northwestern State University offers and if the college could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Northwestern State University of Louisiana

The acceptance rate at Northwestern State University is 86%. Out of 4,129 applications received in 2022, 3,567 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 64% of students who start at Northwestern State University return for their second year of college. Northwestern State Universityhas a six year graduation rate of 44 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Northwestern State University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Northwestern State University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Northwestern State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northwestern State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Northwestern State University of Louisiana's endowment was $15.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $6,061 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern State University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northwestern State University meets 64.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,121 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $30,768 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern State University.

Based on this information, does Northwestern State University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Northwestern State University a good school for you?

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Where is Northwestern State University?

Northwestern State University is located in the small town setting of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

If you are interested in seeing Northwestern State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 49 to Natchitoches, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Alexandria International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northwestern State University and Natchitoches are like without leaving home.

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College Info

715 University Parkway Natchitoches, LA 71497

Campus Setting: Small Town

Northwestern State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northwestern State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


16 to 22


16 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northwestern State University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Northwestern State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northwestern State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

928 - 1095


Math SAT Range

438 - 540


Reading SAT Range

478 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1095 and Above


928 to 1095


928 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northwestern State University students is 1085. Applicants with SAT scores of 1095 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northwestern State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 928 to 1095 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 928 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northwestern State University.

Northwestern State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northwestern State University is like? There are approximately 10,735 students enrolled at Northwestern State University, including 9,600 undergraduate students and 1,135 graduate students. 59% percent of students attend school full-time.


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