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Northwestern State University of Louisiana – Tuition & Success Analysis

Natchitoches, LA

Northwestern State University of Louisiana – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,498

Average annual cost of attendance: $12,182

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $21,500

Campus Setting: Town

Religious Affiliation: None

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $12,124

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $13,515

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $10,978

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $11,623

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $13,743


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Northwestern State University of Louisiana. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 37%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 71%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $34,300

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 61%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Admissions

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Acceptance Rate: 62%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 450 to 560

SAT Critical Reading: 430 to 540

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: 19 to 25

ACT Math: 17 to 23

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Northwestern State University of Louisiana actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 39%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 48%

Typical student debt: $21,500

Typical monthly loan payment: $229

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Majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Northwestern State University of Louisiana:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 5%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 10%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 2%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 1%
  • Education – 3%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 2%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences – 4%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 30%
  • History – 2%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 21%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 2%
  • Psychology – 8%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 2%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 2%

For more information about the various majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, visit their website.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Diversity


Overall Composition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Northwestern State University of Louisiana full time:  69%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Northwestern State University of Louisiana part time:  31%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Northwestern State University of Louisiana:  26%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%

Asian: 1%

Black: 31%

Hispanic: 6%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Two or more races: 4%

Unknown: 2%

White: 54%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 1.6

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.8

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 12.5

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.