Originally intended as a normal school for teachers (as so many schools were back in 1884), Northwestern State University of Louisiana has evolved through the years to become a standard bearer in the south, both in traditional and online education. The first school to offer accredited nursing and business education degrees in the state (expanding on a tradition of nursing and education that still stands today), they are also dedicated to offering the most educational opportunities to the highest population both in state (they are primarily a regional school) and through distance learning.
Situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana (but with a nursing campus in Shreveport and three more satellite locations in Leesville, Jonesville, and Alexandria), NSU offers over 50 degree programs to its 10,000+ student body of Associate, Bachelor, and Master seekers. Tradition holds here, as most programs tend towards education and nursing. It also holds the state’s only designate Honor’s College (the Louisiana Scholar’s College) and were the first school in the state to be accredited in all degree programs.
Students at NSU are treated not only a diverse array of online courses and distance degree offerings, but those enrolled in Internet only courses and programs don’t have to pay out of state tuition costs. Graduates, undergrads, and adult learners are treated to a wealth of online options at NSU, with 24 accredited online degrees and numerous specialist degrees, certifications, as well as both for credit and non-credit course for working professionals.
Currently there are three online Associate degrees offered, another 8 Bachelor options (including a BS in Nursing that allows Louisiana residents to do their clinical/theory requirements in their town and a Psychology BS offering concentrations in Prevention or Substance Abuse), and 11 more Master’s degrees, with about 12 concentrations contained within. Graduate students in teaching are given the most options for degrees, with almost every one of their programs being education, teaching, or administrative Master’s (from a hybrid Practitioner Teacher Program for a Teaching MA to a Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership). There are also two Master of Science online offerings in Radiology and Health and Human Performance, and even their certifications hold to their nursing and education historical cant.
NSU’s office of Electronic and Continuing Education delivers online courses for both personal education and to put towards creditable degrees down the road, looking constantly to “remove constraints of time and place that might burden learners and limit access”. The school also participates in the Louisiana Transfer Degree Program, giving students greater ease when moving from two year schools to four year degree programs in their online school (allowing more transferrable credits for LA community college students). Another sign of their “commitment to adult learning” is their CALL(Center for Adult Learning Louisiana) degree program, allowing online learners to “fast track” through one or two courses at a time in intensive online 4 or 8 week sessions (there are currently 4 degrees offered, all Bachelor, under the CALL program).
There are even online aspects to NSU’s Early Start program, allowing high school juniors/seniors to take courses at the college level either in their high school, online through their high school, or actually on NSU campus in some cases. Louisiana public school students only pay a $50 application fee (and book/lab fees) for these early college courses. For God’s sake, there’s complete online library access and an online Phone Directory, too.
With a dedication to learning and a tradition of providing an education to all comers, whether residents of Louisiana or the United States, Northwestern State University in Louisiana has 125 years of recognized experience providing the type of education that gives back.