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Your chances of getting into Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

96.3%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at NSU is 96.3%.  Its admission rate is the 21st lowest in Louisiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into NSU and can you get accepted?

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,599 out of the 3,738 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 74 percent (SAT 920/1120 ACT 16/22). Northwestern State University of Louisiana typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.3. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into NSU?

96% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Northwestern State University of Louisiana you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1020 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

NSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.3

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into NSU are to have around a 3.3 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.3 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NSU accepts 96% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at NSU is 3.3 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #15 in Louisiana for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Northwestern State University of Louisiana students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 3.73% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.65% Good
3.50 to 3.74 18.43% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 22.08% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.2% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 20.76% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.6% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.54% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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NSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Northwestern State University of Louisiana is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

920-1120

Applicants Submitting SAT 

3%
SAT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 480
Math 25th Percentile 440
Composite 25th Percentile 920
SAT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 580
Math 75th Percentile 540
Composite 75th Percentile 1120
Average SAT Score 1020

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at NSU is 1020 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 920-1120. Students who get into Northwestern State University of Louisiana score in the top 74 percent of all SAT test takers..  NSU ranks #14 in the state of Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1020 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. NSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 920 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 920, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 820, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 3 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1020 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1020, you have around a 96% chance of being admitted. A 1120 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1120 and Above Good >98%
1020 to 1120 Avg + 96%-98%
920 to 1020 Avg - 93%-96%
820 to 920 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 820 Low <87%
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NSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

16-22 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

88%
ACT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 16
ACT Scores for Northwestern State University of Louisiana
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 22
Composite 75th Percentile 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to NSU is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 16 and 22.  The school ranks #18 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 16 and score in the score in the top 75 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 13.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 88 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into NSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 96% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 98% with a 22 ACT score.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >98%
19 to 22 Avg + 96%-98%
16 to 19 Avg - 93%-96%
13 to 16 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 13 Low <87%
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High School Class Rank

71% of Northwestern State University of Louisiana freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 38% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwestern State University of Louisiana students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 14%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 71%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,572 1,166 3,738
Accepted 2,480 1,119 3,599
Acceptance Rate 96% 96% 96%
Enrolled 882 417 1,299
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 37% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northwestern State University of Louisiana is $20.

Application 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 Application 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Northwestern State University of Louisiana is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.3 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1020 and ACT of 19 will almost guarantee your admission.

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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?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to NSU. 88% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

96% of those who apply are granted admission to NSU. Admission competition is and the college has extremely 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 1120. The average SAT score is 1020. 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 16 and 22. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.