Affiliate Institutions

Northwestern State University Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana prides itself on being a university of quality and excellence. Although the main campus is in Natchitoches, NSU offers classes at off-campus locations, including the Learning Center for Rapides Parish.

Northwestern State University's Cenla Campus offers the following academic programs through the Learning Center for Rapides Parish:


  • Paralegal Studies

Associate Degree

  • Nursing - ASN

Bachelor Degrees

  • Business (online degree program)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Nursing - BSN
  • Nursing - RN to BSN Completion Program
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Social Work
  • General Studies (online degree program)

Master Degrees

  • Nursing (Education, Administration, and Nurse Practitioner)
  • Education (Educational Leadership - online degree program) and (Counseling - part online and part face-to-face classes at main campus)

Child & Family Network

  • Northwestern’ s Cenla Campus also provides services through its Child & Family Network, which provides child care/provider training, technical assistance, referrals, and parenting programs. 

Northwestern State University's Cenla campus is overseen by Jason Parks, Executive Director. Kim Liner is campus manager, Carolyn Hartt is nursing coordinator, and Dr. Ruth Weinzettle is social work coordinator. Chris Eding serves as administrative coordinator, and Gwen Cope is nursing administrative coordinator.

To contact NSU Cenla campus, call 318-484-2184, ext. 109.

For faculty and staff contact information, including email addresses, visit

Applications are always welcome and may be submitted at any time. It is recommended that you submit your application and credentials by the dates below. If a late application is received, you may have to register late and pay a late registration fee.

Application deadlines
  • July 6 for fall
  • November 2 for spring
  • April 5 for summer
Credential deadlines
  • July 27 for fall
  • November 16 for spring
  • April 19 for summer

For more information on admissions and registration, visit

Entering freshmen must submit the following by October 31 to meet the early bird deadline:

  • Complete the: Application for Admissions
  • Complete the: NSU Scholarship Application
  • Official High School Transcript*
  • Official Test Score on either the ACT or SAT

*Louisiana High School students are not required to submit a copy of their transcript; these will be obtained through the state transcript reporting system once your admissions fee is paid.

For more information, visit

Current academic calendar information can be found at