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Northwestern State University

The oldest institution in the University of Louisiana System, Northwestern State University has a long tradition of academic excellence in a student-centered environment.

Founded in 1884 as the State Normal School, Northwestern was originally dedicated to the education of teachers. Northwestern gradually added programs in nursing, business, liberal arts, the sciences and graduate programs. Today, NSU offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. One hundred percent of eligible academic programs have received accreditation from national or international accrediting agencies.

Northwestern has nationally-recognized programs in computer information systems, creative and performing arts, nursing, educational technology and industrial technology. The university has put an emphasis on incorporating technology in the classroom, working to provide students with cutting-edge technology that is applicable to the workplace. Northwestern is also home to the Louisiana Scholars’ College, the state’s designated honors program in the arts and sciences.

The university is also preparing for changes in higher education by aggressively seeking new ways to deliver to courses to students. Northwestern has taken a leadership role in electronic delivery of classes as students are taking classes via the Internet, compressed video or desktop video. Seventeeen degree programs are available completely online.

Enrollment at Northwestern is more than 9,000 students. The university has more than 70,000 alumni in all 50 states and 12 countries.

Located in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the university and community value history. Part of the university is entered in the National Register of Historic Places. The university is home to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a unit of the National Park Service dedicated to promoting and enhancing the preservation and conservation of prehistoric and historic resources in the United States.

Northwestern seeks to provide a well-rounded education for its students, allowing them to take part in a variety of extracurricular activities. More than 80 chartered organizations are available to enhance what is learned in the classroom.

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Dr. Chris Maggio, a Northwestern alumnus and Natchitoches native, became President of the university on Jan. 1, 2017.

A faculty and staff member at Northwestern for nearly 30 years, Dr. Maggio has served the university in numerous positions.

He was Vice-President of the Student Experience for two years before his appointment as President. Dr. Maggio has also directed alumni and development activities at the university and served as Director of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions and Recruiting. He began his career at Northwestern as women's track and field and cross country coach and assistant athletic director. Dr. Maggio has been a member of the Health and Human Performance faculty since 1988.   

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