Northwestern State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University is a public institution in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The institution is made up of five colleges and the Graduate School. Academics are backed by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Student life is robust at Northwestern; students can select from over 100 student organizations and an outstanding fraternity and sorority system. In athletics, the Northwestern State University Demons play in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university majors 14 Division I sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 10,979 (9,904 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 30% Male/70% Female
  • 63% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,580 (in-state); $19,368 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $8,684
  • Other Expenses: $4,040
  • Total Cost: $22,604 (in-state); $33,392 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,575
    • Loans: $8,096

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Northwestern State University Admissions

NSU, with an acceptance rate of 82% in 2019, is not highly selective. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Northwestern State University Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 460/600
    • SAT Math: 460/560
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/24
    • ACT English: 19/25
    • ACT Math: 17/23

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northwestern State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northwestern State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Texas Southern University, California State University Dominguez Hills

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northwestern State University , you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northwestern State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

San Jose State University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University

Applying to Northwestern State University 

Application Deadline: October 15

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