This Saturday, October 1, saw Northwestern State University hosting 450 high school students and their families who visited our university for a day of fun and learning about the many opportunities afforded by Northwestern. The visitors had a busy day attending presentations on financial aid, tours, and a browsing session in which the visiting students and their families met with representatives from the university’s academic departments and student organizations. Interested students also had an opportunity to audition for the Spirit of Northwestern Band and Theater department. In the words of Van Erikson, Director of Enrollment Management, one could leave N-Side View “…ready to arrive and be successful.”
Ruth Wisher, a 2011 NSU alumna, returned to her alma mater to speak to the prospective students and their families about how her experiences at NSU shaped the course of her life. From several marathons (she ran her first mile as a student on the NSU campus) to working for Governor Jindal, Attorney General Landry, Treasurer Schroder, and starting her own business, she has drawn on her education and experiences while at NSU. The N-Side View event closed with NSU treating the future Demons to an epic victory in the football game against Nicholls State University.
Northwestern State University offers a myriad of opportunities to build your future with over 60 programs and concentrations ranging from certificates to doctorates. Two NSU alumni, Gary Fields and Jim Mustien, have won Pulitzer Prizes, one of the premier awards in Journalism. Over the past several years, NSU pre-meds have achieved a notable 50-60% acceptance rate into medical school. A number of NSU College of Creative and Performing Arts alumni are performing in Broadway shows in New York City. The Louisiana Scholars’ College features a great books-based curriculum that offers a quality liberal arts education at a fraction of the price of a private college. The university’s athletes routinely boast an exceptional graduation rate. Northwestern State University has compiled a solid record of preparing its graduates for success in their chosen fields.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to congratulate the young men and women who visited our campus on their upcoming high school graduation. We are looking forward to seeing this new generation of students come to NSU and do great things with their lives!