Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,180
2022 Average Net Price
$14,238
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.81%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
97.9%
2,903 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
9,389
53.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
46.5%
578 Graduates

About

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a higher education institution located in Natchitoches Parish, LA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Registered Nursing (318 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (118 degrees), and General Psychology (115 degrees).

In 2022, 2,210 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. 75.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 24.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,319 degrees), 2.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (547 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $−18,816 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $−18,816 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,238.

In 2022, 90% of undergraduate students attending Northwestern State University of Louisiana received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,180
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was $5,180. The cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $−18,816 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$14,238
2022 Value
5.47%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Northwestern State University of Louisiana had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,238. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Northwestern State University of Louisiana grew by 5.47%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,931
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was of $9,931 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.36% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.12% with respect to 2021, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.81%
2019 Default Rate
98
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 3.81%, which represents 98 out of the 2574 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Northwestern State University of Louisiana received 2,903 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 22.3% annual growth. Out of those 2,903 applicants, 2,843 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 97.9% acceptance rate.

There were 9,389 students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2022. 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an overall enrollment yield of 35.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

97.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,843
Accepted Out of 2,903

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 97.9% (2,843 admissions from 2,903 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 96.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 22.3%, while admissions declined by −21%..

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SAT Scores

3%
Submission Percentage (2022)
31
Scores Submitted (2022)

3% of enrolled first-time students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northwestern State University of Louisiana had a total enrollment of 9,389 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 5,042 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,347. This means that 53.7% of students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.5% White, 25% Black or African American, 5.51% Hispanic or Latino, 4.38% Two or More Races, 1.38% Asian, 1.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0959% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (37.6%), followed by Black or African American Female (19.6%) and White Male (16.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.6%), followed by White Male (28.4%) and Black or African American Female (11.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

53.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,389 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 5,042 and the part-time enrollment is 4,347. This means that 53.7% of students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

61%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 61%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Northwestern State University of Louisiana had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,492 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    2,351 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    517 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 58.5% White, 25% Black or African American, 5.51% Hispanic or Latino, 4.38% Two or More Races, 1.38% Asian, 1.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0959% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 188 students (2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,126 more women than men received degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white (1,319 degrees awarded). There were 2.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (547 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Registered Nursing (318 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (118 degrees) and General Psychology (115 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Education (249 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (397 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,670,884 people), Registered nurses (1,462,476 people), Secondary school teachers (479,434 people), Education administrators (289,174 people), and Special education teachers (204,711 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2022 are Human Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Education (249 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (397 degrees), Health (673 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (48 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, Physicians, and Correspondence clerks & order clerks

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Human Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Education (249 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (397 degrees), Health (673 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (48 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Elementary & secondary schools (3,046,924 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,666,650 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (388,313 people), Outpatient care centers (328,527 people), and Offices of physicians (245,992 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Human Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Education (249 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (397 degrees), Health (673 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (48 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 318 degrees awarded
  2. 118 degrees awarded
  3. 115 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Registered Nursing with 318 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

542
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,668
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 542 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, which is 0.325 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,668).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 109 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in General Studies, which is 0.405 times less than the 269 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 463 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Registered Nursing, which is 8.74 times more than the 53 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

31%
100% Completion Time
48%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 31% of students graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 48% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.56% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,319 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    547 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    148 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white (1,319 degrees awarded). There were 2.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (547 degrees).

1.31% of degree recipients (29 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    990 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    428 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    329 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white female (990 degrees awarded). There were 2.31 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (428 degrees).

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Operations

Northwestern State University of Louisiana employs 148 Assistant professors, 74 Associate professors and 54 Professors. Most academics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Female Assistant professor (102), Male Assistant professor (46), and Male Associate professor (38).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are: Management, with 101 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 78 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 77 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$54.3M
2022 Salaries
4.52%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a median of $54.3M in salaries, a 4.52% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22.1M
Instructional Salaries
321
Number of Employees

In 2022, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a total of $22.1M to 321 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
148 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
101 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Assistant professor with 148 employees, Associate professor with 74 employees, and Professor with 54 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Management with 101 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 78 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 77 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Female Assistant professor with 102 employees, Male Assistant professor with 46 employees, and Male Associate professor with 38 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

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