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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA 4-Year Public

About Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Natchitoches, LA

Founded in 1884, Northwestern State University currently enrolls around 11,447 students a year, including 10,297 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Northwestern State University's endowment was valued at $15,436,743 in 2021. For each full-time student, Northwestern State University spends about $6,061.

Admissions Facts About Northwestern State University

Acceptance rate: 85%

Average GPA: 3.24

Mean ACT score: 22

Mean SAT score: 1085

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Northwestern State University Acceptance Rate

Admission to Northwestern State University is moderately difficult. Northwestern State University accepts around 85 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Northwestern State University is 3.24 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1085 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 22.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Northwestern State University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,101 students who started at Northwestern State University as first-time freshman, 341 graduate within four years.

Northwestern State University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 48 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $30,513 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northwestern State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Northwestern State University a good school for YOU?

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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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northwestern State University is 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

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ACT Range

19 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above

Good

19 to 24

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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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 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Northwestern State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northwestern State University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

980 - 1190

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Math SAT Range

510 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above

Good

980 to 1190

Avg

980 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northwestern State University students is 1085. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northwestern State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northwestern State University.

Northwestern State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,346

In State

$30,134

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,180
$15,968
Fees
$3,492
$3,492
Housing
$9,374
$9,374
Books
$1,300
$1,300

Student Life

Wondering what life at Northwestern State University is like? There are approximately 10,900 students enrolled at Northwestern State University, including 9,833 undergraduate students and 1,067 graduate students. 64% percent of students attend school full-time.

64%

Full Time

36%

Part Time

Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

10,900

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

64%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,672

Out-of-State

$19,460

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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