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Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, LA

About This Campus

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.

Location Information

Natchitoches, Louisiana is the oldest permanent French settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) was established in 1714, and retains its European flavor through its architecture and cultural heritage. The Natchitoches area offers numerous attractions, museums, Creole plantations and year around festivals including the Festival of Lights, Louisiana's premiere holiday destination.

2022/2023 Placement

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Host Payment
Open
Home Payment
Limited

2023/2024 Placement

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Host Payment
Excellent
Home Payment
Excellent

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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Location | Natchitoches
Population | 39,500
Enrollment | 10,900
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/16-12/3
Spring | 01/10-04/29

Campus Diversity

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1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 27%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 0%
White | 60%
Other | 8%
International | 0%

Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing

Limitations
Education.

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 economics major.
  • Classical Languages - courses in Ancient Greek and Latin

Unique Academic Programs

  • Classical Languages - courses in Ancient Greek and Latin

Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Applied Biology, Art... ++ show all

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/03/22

Finances
  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4005.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: None.
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002021

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $175 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $96 Semester Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $45 Semester Host & Home Optional
Student Association Fee $273 Semester Host Mandatory
Post Office Box Fee $23 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/03/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 10% living on campus
  • Apartment: $2982
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
There are several meal plans, each with different amounts of declining balances in "demon dollars" that can be used at the various dining options on campus, e.g., Chick-fil-A, Steak n' Shake, etc.

Resources

Campus Links

Health

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/03/22

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

Requirements

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