Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,180

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$10,503

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

9.42%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

80.3%

4,409 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

10,572

53.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

37%

401 Graduates

About

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a higher education institution located in Natchitoches Parish, LA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Registered Nursing (229 degrees awarded), General Studies (118 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (116 degrees).

In 2017, 1,843 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. 72.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 27.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,177 degrees), 2.72 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (432 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $-15,553 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $5,180, which is $-15,553 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,503.

In 2017, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,180

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was $5,180. The cost of tuition at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $-15,553 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$10,503

2017 Value

9.2%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Northwestern State University of Louisiana had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,503. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Northwestern State University of Louisiana grew by 9.2%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,001

Room and Board

$1,220

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was of $9,001 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,220. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

80%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

51%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

80% of undergraduate students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.27% with respect to 2016, when 79% 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.

9.42%

2016 Default Rate

201

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 9.42%, which represents 201 out of the 2134 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 4,409 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 14.9% annual decline. Out of those 4,409 applicants, 3,540 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.3% acceptance rate.

There were 10,572 students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2017, and 2% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an overall enrollment yield of 43.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,540

Accepted Out of 4,409

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 80.3% (3,540 admissions from 4,409 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 61.8%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -14.9%, while admissions grew by 10.6%.

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SAT Scores

2%

Submission Percentage

29

Scores Submitted

2% of enrolled first-time students at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has a total enrollment of 10,572 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 5,685 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,887. This means that 53.8% 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 57.3% White, 27.7% Black or African American, 5.68% Hispanic or Latino, 3.7% Two or More Races, 1.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.832% Asian, and 0.151% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (34.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (21.1%) and White Male (17.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (43.5%), followed by White Male (20.1%) and Black or African American Female (15.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

53.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,572 students. The full-time enrollment at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 5,685 and the part-time enrollment is 4,887. This means that 53.8% of students enrolled at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%

2017 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

    6,056

  2. Black or African American

    2,930

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    601

The enrolled student population at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is 57.3% White, 27.7% Black or African American, 5.68% Hispanic or Latino, 3.7% Two or More Races, 1.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.832% Asian, and 0.151% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 195 students (1.84%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 831 more women than men received degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. The majority of degree recipients at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are white (1,177 degrees awarded). There were 2.72 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (432 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Registered Nursing (229 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (118 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (116 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 Education (276 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (56 degrees), and Human Sciences (41 degrees).

Workforce

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 (2,054,406 people), Secondary school teachers (349,153 people), Education administrators (297,733 people), Postsecondary teachers (170,511 people), and Other managers (161,478 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Education (276 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (56 degrees), Human Sciences (41 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (308 degrees), and English (36 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Education (276 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (56 degrees), Human Sciences (41 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (308 degrees), and English (36 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 (3,030,087 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (365,822 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (207,115 people), Child day care services (127,365 people), and Computer Systems Design (102,803 people).

The most specialized majors at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Education (276 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (56 degrees), Human Sciences (41 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (308 degrees), and English (36 degrees).

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Degrees

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. 229 degrees awarded

  2. 118 degrees awarded

  3. 116 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Registered Nursing with 229 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 506

  2. 1,337

In 2017, 506 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, which is 0.378 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,337).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 87 degrees were awarded to men at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in General Studies, which is 0.431 times less than the 202 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 322 degrees were awarded to women at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Registered Nursing, which is 5.37 times more than the 60 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%

100% Completion Time

39%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 20% 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, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Two or More Races Male

Highest Graduation Rate (60%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is Male and Two or More Races (60% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 6.48% of graduates (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,177 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    432 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    86 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white (1,177 degrees awarded). There were 2.72 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (432 degrees).

2.44% of degree recipients (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    865 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    312 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    310 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is white female (865 degrees awarded). There were 2.77 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (312 degrees).

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Operations

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an endowment valued at nearly $15.4M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.99M (12.9%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Northwestern State University of Louisiana had a total salary expenditure of $113M. Northwestern State University of Louisiana employs 134 Assistant professors, 65 Associate professors, and 63 Professors. Most academics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are Female Assistant professors (88), Male Assistant professors(46), and Male Associate professors (38).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana are: Office and Administrative Support, with 136 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 74 employees, and Management with 72 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$15.4M

2017 Endowment

12.2%

growth from 2016

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an endowment valued at about $15.4M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Northwestern State University of Louisiana grew 12.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $17.7M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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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. $1.31M - Federal

  2. $3.78M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Northwestern State University of Louisiana received $1.31M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.78M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$44.1M

2017 Salaries

2.44%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a median of $44.1M in salaries, which represents 39.1% of their overall expenditure ($113M) and a 2.44% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.9% growth from 2015 and a 4.85% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.6M

Instructional Salaries

302

Number of Employees

In 2017, Northwestern State University of Louisiana paid a total of $18.6M to 302 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

134 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

136 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Assistant professor with 134 employees; Associate professor with 65 employees; and Associate professor with 63 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana were Office and Administrative Support with 136 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 74 employees; and Management with 72 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was Female Assistant professor with 88 employees, Male Assistant professor with 46 employees, and Male Associate professor with 38 employees.

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

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