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What is the Louisiana Scholars' College?
As part of Northwestern State University, the Scholars' College offers the best of both worlds: the small classes and personal attention of a liberal arts college with the resources, opportunities, and tuition of a state university. The curriculum is based on the Great Books program, and provides discussion-based courses and an intellectual community. The faculty offers guidance and support throughout your academic career and beyond. As the state’s only designated honors college, the Scholars' College offers a unique and challenging curriculum that will prepare you for any graduate program, professional program, or career.

What can you do in the Scholars' College?  

  • gain a solid grounding in the literature, history, art, politics, and culture of the western world
  • develop your understanding of the life and physical sciences
  • become acquainted with another culture through the study of its language and through study aboard
  • develop your ability to write and speak intelligently about many subjects
  • gain a better understanding of mathematics
  • get involved in student organizations, athletics, and volunteer opportunities

Interested in applying? Here are the Admissions Criteria:

  • Complete 19 units of the Louisiana Regents' high school core curriculum or comparable curriculum
  • minimum recommended ACT Composite of 27 with no subscore below 20 or 1220 SAT with no subscore below 480
  • minimum recommended high school GPA of 3.3 or better unweighted on a 4.0 scale in the Regents' curriculum or comparable curriculum

Complete your application at the Scholars' College Recruiting website.
Come to Scholars' Day (Fall--November 9, 2013/Spring--February 15, 2014) and sit in on a class, meet the faculty and students, and see what the Scholars' College and Northwestern State have to offer. To schedule a visit for anytime or make a reservation for Scholars' Day online, go to Scholars' College Tour Reservations

Ready to experience Scholars' College for yourself?

Tentative Scholars' Day Schedule:


  • 8am-9am: Registration in Morrison Hall
  • 9am-9:30am: Welcome and Introduction of the Faculty
  • 9:30am-10:30am: Students - class; Parents - Parent Panel
  • 10:30am-11:15am: Academic and Organizational Browse
  • 11:15am-12:00pm: Tour of the Campus; Residence Hall
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 12:45pm-1:15pm: Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
  • 1:15pm: Students-Student Panel; Parents -Town Tour; Bookstore Visit 
  • 2:00pm - Senior Interviews (if applicable)

I came to the Louisiana Scholars' College because I wanted it all: a small liberal arts college with the large university experience. Because of the Scholars' College and NSU, I was able to receive an impressive education and was able to participate in the multitude of student organizations that the school has to offer. As a law student, I have learned that the well-rounded opportunities that I had at LSC have served me well and have helped me to be successful. I love LSC and NSU!

Lauren Michel
Humanities and Social Thought '09
Law Student
Tulane Law School