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Location | Natchitoches
Population | 39,500
Enrollment | 7,281
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/12
Spring | 01/13-05/08

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 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. Natchitoches was voted one of the 10 Best Historic Small Towns in the 2020 USA TODAY Readers Choice.
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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

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

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


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Host Pay only
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $4005.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 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
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/16/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $450
  • Proximity to campus: 5 miles
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.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/24

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


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