Academics

Location
Natchitoches, LA
Undergrads
5,319
Tuition (in-state)
$14,923 ($5,557)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Northwestern State University start with the professors. Every single one of my professors have been more than welling to assist me with any assignment or issue.

5 College Freshman

Academics: My major is amazing, beyond amazing. The workload is sometimes overbearing but that is part of college. I love my major because I get to work with children and because there are great job opportunities.

4 College Senior

Academics: It's excellent because you get attention more.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes aren't too difficult, but you need to do the work and go to class or you will fail.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at nsula are great, they offer so many tutoring sessions.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 95th
    Best Registration Process
  • 121st
    Most Available Classes
  • 168th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 299th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tyesha Franklin
Hometown
Lake Charles
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2014
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Overall, the NSU teachers don't treat students like a number but as individuals. They post their office hours online, on their doors, and even on the syllabus given to the class at the beginning of the year. Many will even schedule appointments that work with the student's schedule. They want you to succeed during your time at NSU, so take your time—study at your own pace and try to keep up or stay ahead with homework.

One piece of advice: read and look over the syllabus for the class. These are there to help you and keep you informed on the classes, as well as the schedule of the class. Many teachers will even schedule for a class to be canceled, so you want to make sure you don't show up if you don't have to. Think of the syllabus as your life for that class.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
262
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
137
Total FT Faculty
296
Faculty with Terminal Degree
60%
Average Faculty Salary
$53,229
Full-Time Retention Rate
68%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Graduation Rate
35%
Programs/Majors Offered
61
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 45%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies & Research
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Nursing & Allied Health
  • College of Science, Technology & Business
  • Louisiana Scholars' College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • General Studies: 19%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 8%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Health and personal fitness
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Best Places to Study
  • University Place lounges
  • Watson Memorial Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your Moodle page daily.
  • Use all of the resources you can.
Did You Know?
NSU has different scholarships not only based on your major, but also based on the activities such as sports and hobbies.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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