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NSU Admission Requirements

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Chances of getting into Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
82%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into NSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Louisiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,643 out of 4,444 applicants were admitted making Northwestern State University of Louisiana an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 65 percent. Northwestern State University of Louisiana typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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NSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
920-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT
5%
SAT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 920
SAT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

Northwestern State University of Louisiana typically requires applicants to be in the top 74 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 920 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 800. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1040 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score. 5 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >89%
1040 to 1160 Avg + 82%-89%
920 to 1040 Avg - 73%-82%
800 to 920 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 800 Low <61%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
94%
ACT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NSU?

Admission data indicates that NSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >90%
21 to 24 Avg + 82%-90%
19 to 21 Avg - 75%-82%
17 to 19 Reach 66%-75%
Less than 17 Low <66%
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NSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.24
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into NSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northwestern State University of Louisiana was 3.24 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Louisiana for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.24 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 82% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northwestern State University of Louisiana students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Good
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 18% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 8% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

75% of Northwestern State University of Louisiana freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwestern State University of Louisiana students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 19%
Top 25% of class 44%
Top 50% of class 75%
Bottom 50% of class 25%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,055 1,389 4,444
Accepted 2,424 1,152 3,643
Acceptance Rate 79% 83% 82%
Enrolled 1,063 497 1,560
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 43% 43%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jul 6, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jul 6, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern State University of Louisiana and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northwestern State University of Louisiana
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=160038 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

FAQs

Does Northwestern State University of Louisiana prefer SAT or ACT?

5% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 94% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to NSU. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 920 and 1160. 5% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northwestern State University of Louisiana?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 24. 94% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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