Northwestern State online programs ranked as best in the state


Northwestern State University’s online programs were ranked as the best in Louisiana by a higher education website. ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on factors including affordability, student services and the availability of online services. Northwestern State received an overall score of 97.16 and was noted for the features of career counseling services, placement services and life experience credit. The university also offers military training credit and advanced placement credit.

“We are very pleased and honored to receive recognition for our online programs,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development. “We’ve been developing and offering online degrees for nearly two decades, and our success can largely be attributed to NSU’s dedicated faculty and staff. We continue to evolve in the digital space by developing online degrees and services that meet the needs of our students. Our goal is to ensure that our students are engaged through the use of innovative, media-rich content and immersed in opportunities that prepare them to enter today’s workforce.”

The survey used the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Northwestern State has Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus at The university offers 39 online degree programs. Internet-only students do not pay out of state fees. Northwestern State is currently developing several competency-based programs specifically for online students, all of which can be applied to a full baccalaureate degree.
NSU has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly School, a designation is awarded to colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.