Tablet Portait

Handheld Landscape

Handheld Portait

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 settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. This heritage is reflected in the local architecture and cultural opportunities.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Natchitoches
Population | 39,500
Enrollment | 10,979
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/10
Spring | 01/13-12/12

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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 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
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

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

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

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


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/18/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3921.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): None.
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/18/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $175 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

Host Payment (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:

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

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

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/18/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 10% living on campus
  • Apartment: $2930
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $450
  • Proximity to campus: 5 miles
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1929 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $1920 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1414 per semester for 5 meals per week.
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.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
Welcome to NSE!
Select the campus you currently attend...
Start Here!
To see the correct schools, first select the campus you currently attend...
We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By using this site, you are consenting for us to set cookies.