Your decision to apply to NSU is the first step on your journey to becoming a NSU Demon and an important part of our great university. Not only will you find yourself surrounded by some of the state’s best students, but you’ll be learning from faculty who are dedicated to the art of teaching.

Minimum Admission Criteria

The full text of the following points are available on the “Admission To The University” section of our Student Catalog, which is available here. Click on a link below to jump to the relevant entry in the Catalog.

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
175 Sam Sibley Drive
Student Services Center, Suite 235
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Phone: 318.357.4078
Toll-Free: 800.767.8115
FAX: 318.357.4660
applications@nsula.edu

Admissions Process

We want the admission process to be a smooth one for you, so we’ve prepared a list of different admission documents that we might need from you. Not all items below are required from every applicant, so please refer to the letter you receive in the mail to determine which requirement(s) you are missing at that time. The following are critical steps of the admission process, so click on each item for full information.

ACT/SAT/COMPASS PLACEMENT

Official test scores are used to determine developmental need. Official ACT/SAT/Compass scores must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency or ACT/College Board.

ACT Score Placement
English: 18—27 Engl 1010
English: 28—31 Credit given for Engl 1010
English: 32+ Credit given for Engl 1010 & 1020
Math: 19—26 Math 1020/1810/1100 (check major)
Math: 27+ Math 2010
Math: 27+ Credit given for Math 1020
Math: 30+ Credit given for Math 1090
SAT Score Placement
Verbal: 450—620 Engl 1010
Verbal: 630—710 Credit given for Engl 1010
Verbal: 720+ Credit given for Engl 1010 & 1020
Math: 460—600 Math 1020/1810/1100 (check major)
Math: 610+ Math 2010
Math: 610+ Credit given for Math 1020
Math: 670+ Credit given for Math 1090
COMPASS Score Placement
Writing: 68+ Engl 1010
Algebra: 40+ Math 1020
Pre-Algebra: 95+ Credit for Math 1020/td>
Algebra: 89+ Credit for Math 1020
College Algebra: 67+ Credit for Math 1020


APPLICATION FEE

An application fee is required for all applicants ($20 US Citizens, $30 International). Please mail a check or money order payable to “NSU” to

Office of Admissions
175 Sam Sibley Drive
Student Services Center, Suite 235
Natchitoches, LA 71497


COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT

Official transcripts are required from all former institutions attended, regardless of whether or not the credits transfer. All transcripts must be on file and evaluated before an admission decision can be made. Official transcripts must be delivered to the Office of Admissions in a sealed unopened envelope from each former institution to be considered official.

FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT

We realize final high school transcripts are not yet available for current high school seniors. If you are currently a high school senior attending an out of state high school, please be sure to request your high school mail an official final transcript to NSU after you graduate. If you are a current Louisiana high school student or graduated from a Louisiana state approved high school 2003 or afterwards, we will download a current transcript now and (if necessary) the final transcript from the state transcript system in June – please do not request any transcripts from your high school. If you earned a GED, we will need the official test scores from the institution that awarded your GED. If you graduated from high school prior to 2003 or from an out of state high school, please request that your official transcript be mailed to us directly from your high school. Official transcripts are those that are delivered to the Office of Admissions in an unopened school envelope from your high school.

IMMUNIZATION

Immunization Waiver – Please complete the waiver if records are not available, if taking all online classes, etc. This form can be completed digitally, and emailed to the admissions office using the email address of applications@nsula.edu. Waivers can also be printed and filled out by hand, and faxed to 318.357.4660.

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Immunization Compliance Form – Please complete the compliance form if records are available. The form can be completed digitally, and emailed to the admissions office using the email address applications@nsula.edu. Compliance forms can also be printed and filled out by hand, and faxed to 318.357.4660. Please email or fax Proof of Immunization records from Physician or Care Provider as well.

Louisiana Law (R.S. 17:170.1 Schools of Higher Learning) requires all students entering Northwestern State University to be immunized for the following: Measles (2 doses), Mumps, Rubella—required for those born on or after January 1, 1957; Tetanus-Diphtheria (within the past 10 years); and against Meningococcal disease (Meningitis). The guidelines presented on the back of the “Proof of Immunization Compliance Form” are for the purpose of implementing the requirements of Louisiana R.S. 17:170.1, and of meeting the established recommendations for control of vaccine-preventable diseases as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the United States Public Health Service (ACIP); and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Students not meeting the MMR & TD requirement will be prevented from registering for subsequent semesters.


REGENT'S CORE CURRICULUM

See your high school guidance counselor to ensure you are on track to completing this curriculum.

Units Courses
4 ENGLISH English IEnglish IIEnglish IIIEnglish IV
4 MATH Algebra I/Applied Algebra I/Algebra I – Pt. 2Geometry/Applied GeometryAlgebra IIFinancial Math/Math Essentials/Advanced: PreCalculus/Advanced: Functions & Statistics/PreCalculus/Calculus/Probability and Statistics/Discrete Math/approved elective
4 SCIENCE BiologyChemistry2 units from: Physical Science/Integrated Science/Physics I/Physics of Technology I/Aerospace Science/Biology II/Chemistry II/Earth Science/Environmental Science/Physics II/Physics of Technology II/Agriscience II/Anatomy and Physiology/approved elective (including approved IBCrelated course)
4 SOCIAL STUDIES Civics/AP American Government + Free Enterprise (1/2 unit each)American HistoryWorld History/World Geography/Western Civilization/AP European HistoryWorld History/World Geography/Western Civilization/AP European History/Law Studies/Psychology/Sociology/Civics (2nd semester, ½ unit)/African American Studies/approved IBCrelated course/(Religion I, II, III, IV for nonpublic schools)
2 FOREIGN LANGUAGES 2 units from same language or 2 speech courses
1 ARTS Fine Arts Survey or 1 unit: Art/Dance/Music/Theater Arts/Applied Arts/approved IBC-related course
19 UNITS


SELECTIVE SERVICE

Males only. Visit the Selective Service website and register or verify your registration, then FAX verification of your registration to us 318.357.4660.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD COPY

If this is requested, we either do not have a social security number on file for you, or there is a discrepancy with the number that you submitted to us.