Profile: Northwestern State University

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On Campus:10%
  • Fall 08/21-12/11
  • Spring 01/16-05/7

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

Campus Profile

Founded in 1884, Northwestern State University is a public, four-year university which is part of the University of Louisiana System. The 918-acre campus, bordered by several lakes, is said to be one of the most spacious and attractive in the South. It is located in historic Natchitoches (pronounced Nak-a-tish), the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Students enjoy new residential facilities as well as state-of-the-art athletic amenities. Northwestern offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, sciences, business, education, and nursing, and it has complete accreditation for all of its eligible degree programs. Northwestern hosts Louisiana's designated honors college, the Louisiana Scholars' College.

Campus Location - Natchitoches, Louisiana is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. This heritage is reflected in the local architecture and cultural opportunities.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design

Athletics: Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration

Communications: Communication, Mass Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Computer Science: Computer Network Security, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services

Criminal Justice: Corporate and Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Music, Science, Social Science Education

English: Film Studies, Literature, Professional Writing, Rhetoric

Food Science: Culinary Arts

Foreign Language: Classical Languages, French, Latin, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Classical Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Directing, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional

Psychology: Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies, Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work

Technology: Electronics Engineering Technology, Emergency Administration and Planning, Industrial Engineering Technology, Veterinary Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs

Notable Academic Programs
Music - Accredited, designated as "Area of Excellence" by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors
Theater Art - Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, designated as "Area of Excellence" by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, the program specializes in undergraduate training in Acting & Directing, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Design & Technology
Computer Information Systems - The program is nationally recognized for its excellence in systems analysis and design, database design and development, internet web design and development, and object-oriented programming. Its students have won 13 national titles in various competitions.
Philosophy - Strengths in medieval philosophy, analytic philosophy (especially Wittgenstein), and philosophy of film and literature. It is a component in the interdisciplinary philosophy, politics, and law major.
Classical Languages - courses in Ancient Greek and Latin

Unique Academic Programs
Classical Languages - courses in Ancient Greek and Latin

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 7/12/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $96 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee: $45 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Student Association Fee: $273 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Post Office Box Fee: $23 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Electronic Learning Fee (per internet course): $50 Misc. lab and other course fees: $5-$50

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $71 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 002021

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans Per Semester Notes About Meal Plans
There are several meal plans, each with different amounts of declining balances in "demon dollars."

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.