Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,180
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$12,938
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
9.45%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
94.8%
4,290 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
11,447
55.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
47.7%
525 Graduates

About

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a higher education institution located in Natchitoches Parish, LA. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Registered Nursing (258 degrees awarded), General Studies (126 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (123 degrees).

In 2020, 2,076 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. 73.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 26.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,238 degrees), 2.37 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (522 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $−17,350 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $−17,350 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,938.

In 2020, 86% of undergraduate students attending Northwestern State University of Louisiana received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,180
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was $5,180. The cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $−17,350 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$12,938
2020 Value
4.88%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Northwestern State University of Louisiana had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,938. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Northwestern State University of Louisiana grew by 4.88%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,613
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was of $9,613 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.5% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
48%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 6.17% with respect to 2019, when 81% 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.
9.45%
2018 Default Rate
226
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 9.45%, which represents 226 out of the 2391 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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Northwestern State University of Louisiana received 4,290 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 6.32% annual growth. Out of those 4,290 applicants, 4,069 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.8% acceptance rate.

There were 11,447 students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2020, and 4% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an overall enrollment yield of 37.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,069
Accepted Out of 4,290

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 94.8% (4,069 admissions from 4,290 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 82%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 6.32%, while admissions grew by 23%.

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SAT Scores

4%
Submission Percentage
56
Scores Submitted

4% of enrolled first-time students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana has a total enrollment of 11,447 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 6,396 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,051. This means that 55.9% 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 57.2% White, 26.9% Black or African American, 6.13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.53% Two or More Races, 1.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.11% Asian, and 0.0961% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (22.3%) and White Male (14.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (18.9%) and Black or African American Female (18%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

55.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,447 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 6,396 and the part-time enrollment is 5,051. This means that 55.9% of students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2020 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 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Northwestern State University of Louisiana had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,552
  2. Black or African American
    3,080
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    702

The enrolled student population at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 57.2% White, 26.9% Black or African American, 6.13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.53% Two or More Races, 1.31% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.11% Asian, and 0.0961% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 157 students (1.37%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 978 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 (1,238 degrees awarded). There were 2.37 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (522 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Registered Nursing (258 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (126 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (123 degrees).

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 (51 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), and Education (228 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 (1,832,796 people), Registered nurses (1,383,872 people), Secondary school teachers (391,307 people), Education administrators (305,181 people), and Other managers (224,938 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Human Sciences (51 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Education (228 degrees), Psychology (132 degrees), and Health (611 degrees).

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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, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Economists

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Human Sciences (51 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Education (228 degrees), Psychology (132 degrees), and Health (611 degrees).

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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 (3,150,596 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,683,410 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (460,689 people), Outpatient care centers (372,311 people), and Offices of physicians (242,368 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Human Sciences (51 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (67 degrees), Education (228 degrees), Psychology (132 degrees), and Health (611 degrees).

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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
  1. 258 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 126 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 123 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Registered Nursing with 258 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

549
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,527
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 549 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, which is 0.36 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,527).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 90 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in General Studies, which is 0.417 times less than the 216 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 432 degrees were awarded to women at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Registered Nursing, which is 7.85 times more than the 55 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

29%
100% Completion Time
45%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 29% 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, 45% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (61.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (61.1% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.52% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,238 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    522 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    109 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white (1,238 degrees awarded). There were 2.37 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (522 degrees).

1.69% of degree recipients (35 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    922 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    383 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    316 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white female (922 degrees awarded). There were 2.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (383 degrees).

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an endowment valued at nearly $16.4M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (0%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Northwestern State University of Louisiana had a total salary expenditure of $119M. Northwestern State University of Louisiana employs 137 Assistant professors, 77 Associate professors, and 59 Professors. Most academics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Female Assistant professors (94), Male Assistant professors(43), and Male Associate professors (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are: Management, with 102 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 95 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 84 employees.

Endowment

$16.4M
2020 Endowment
1.13%
growth from 2019

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an endowment valued at about $16.4M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Northwestern State University of Louisiana grew 1.13% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $23.2M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.57M - Federal
  2. $5.69M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Northwestern State University of Louisiana received $1.57M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.69M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$49.7M
2020 Salaries
2.9%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a median of $49.7M in salaries, which represents 41.9% of their overall expenditure ($119M) and a 2.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.38% growth from 2018 and a 5.85% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.3M
Instructional Salaries
320
Number of Employees

In 2020, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a total of $20.3M to 320 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
137 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
102 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Assistant professor with 137 employees; Associate professor with 77 employees; and Associate professor with 59 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Management with 102 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 95 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 84 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Female Assistant professor with 94 employees, Male Assistant professor with 43 employees, and Male Associate professor with 41 employees.

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

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