Established in 1987 as the state’s only designated honors college, Scholars’ College offers students the opportunity to pursue their academic and personal goals in a supportive atmosphere. Our core curriculum combines great books-based courses with courses in mathematics and sciences to provide students with a strong foundation for their more focused study in one of our concentrations or in a traditional major.
As part of Northwestern State University, the Scholars’ College offers the best of both worlds: the small classes and personal attention of a liberal arts college with the resources, opportunities, and tuition of a state university. The curriculum is based on the Great Books program, and provides discussion-based courses and an intellectual community. The faculty offers guidance and support throughout your academic career and beyond. As the state’s only designated honors college, the Scholars’ College offers a unique and challenging curriculum that will prepare you for any graduate program, professional program, or career.
Features of the Scholars’ College Experience
- small student/faculty ratio (all faculty have a PhD)
- student-centered, seminar-style classes
- overseas study options
- substantial scholarships
- out-of-state fee waivers
- a community of faculty and students excited by the pursuit of knowledge.
Praise For Scholars’ College
It is also in the interest of the nation, the state, and the individual to have an intense program for gifted scholars who wish to maximize the depth and breadth of their education. Each university should, by this criterion, have a Scholars’ College, and Northwestern State University of Louisiana is to be commended for its leadership role. I would suggest that Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and their ilk take a good look at what’s going on in Natchitoches.
At Scholars’ I learned that communication skills and independent thinking are the key to success in any occupation. The curriculum at Scholars’ reinforced this through the thesis project and many courses that encouraged independent critical analysis. If I had attended another university and simply pursued a biology degree, my perspective in medical school would be very narrow. The medical school curriculum does not allow much time or opportunity for literary or cultural education; however, the curriculum at Scholars’ trained me to seek out these opportunities on my own.
Scholars’ was a very intense and intimidating experience. As a freshman, I doubted that I was capable of completing such a rigorous curriculum. However, Scholars’ (as promised) provided me not only with the necessary knowledge and skills that prepared me for law school, but more importantly the confidence to believe in myself, my knowledge, and my potential.
Scholars’ Day is a great opportunity to learn more about the state’s designated honors college, the Scholars’ College. You will meet other students who share your interest in a honors education. You will be able to attend classes, explore our majors, meet our faculty, attend a parent and student panel, tour the campus, and get all of your questions answered about the Scholars’ College. Learn more here.
Here are the Admissions Criteria:
- Complete 19 units of the Louisiana Regents’ high school core curriculum or comparable curriculum
- minimum recommended ACT Composite of 27 with no subscore below 20 or 1220 SAT with no subscore below 480
- minimum recommended high school GPA of 3.3 or better unweighted on a 4.0 scale in the Regents’ curriculum or comparable curriculum
Complete the NSU application for admission and contact the Scholars’ Recruiter Forrest Middlebrook, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-663-0134. Also, come to Scholars’ Day – sit in on a class, meet the faculty and students, and see what the Scholars’ College and Northwestern State have to offer. Register here for Scholars’ Day or schedule a personalized campus tour here.
This document contains information on a variety of scholarships, fellowships, internships, and other opportunities that can supplement your educational experience. The upper list is a general listing of scholarship and fellowship opportunities. The lower list is arranged alphabetically according to subject area. Visit the National Association of Fellowship Advisors website for more opportunities.