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Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions

(answers below)

1. When I graduate, will my degree have an 'internet' or ''online' designation?
2. Is NSU a regionally accredited institution of higher education?
3. How do I apply?
4. How can I apply for financial aid?
5. Who will be my advisor?
6. How do I know what classes I need to take or are available?
7. How will I know if my current coursework will transfer to NSU?
8. How do I register for classes?
9. What are the tuition costs and how can I pay for my courses?
10. Do I have to take all of my courses online?
11. Are all tests taken online?
12. How will I know what books to buy and where can I buy them?
13. How are online classes delivered?
15. How do I know what classes are required as prerequisite courses before taking upper-division courses?          
15. How do I know what classes are required as prerequisite courses before taking upper-division courses?
16. How do I send my assignments and papers to my instructor?
17. What resources are available to me through the library?
18. How long will my classes last?
19. If I am an international student, how can I apply for admission at NSU?
20. When is the last day to drop a class?

 

 

 

 

First and foremost, thank you for your interest in our Psychology Degree Program at NSU!

Below, you will find the answers of many questions that students have asked us about getting a degree in Psychology at NSU.  These questions and answers will hopefully help you learn more about our program and help guide you through the process of becoming one of our newest Psychology majors at NSU. 

If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Department of Psychology at 318-357-6594 or email us at psychology@nsula.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

1. When I graduate, will my degree have an 'internet' or ''online' designation?

If you view our application materials, you will see there is no separate category or designation identifying you as an 'online only' student.  We are a brick and mortar university and all of the courses required for our Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology are offered as traditional 'face-to-face' classes.  However, we have also placed all those courses online and some students simply choose to complete all of their course work online. 

When you register for a class, some of your fellow students will be online only and some will be taking a mixture of face to face and online courses.  The diploma is the same for both and unless you choose to identify yourself as an online only student to your instructor, they won't know if you are taking the class from overseas or from a dorm room across campus.

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2.  Is Northwestern State University a regionally accredited institution of higher education?

Yes.  NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) http://www.sacs.org/ .   This accreditation means that NSU's accreditation through SACS covers each academic program that NSU offers including the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  Your courses will transfer to any other accredited school in the U.S. and your degree will be accepted by graduate programs.

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3.  How do I apply?

Go to http://admissions.nsula.edu/steps-to-admission/ and follow all steps to admission including:

٠Apply for admission at http://www.applyweb.com/aw?nsula.  This form is available to be filled out and submitted online. There is a $25 application fee that can be paid electronically. Students can log into the "Activity Log" to see the date the application is actually "received" by the school.   Note: Processing of this application could take up to two weeks. 

٠File "Proof of Immunization" form with Admissions Office which is available in a downloadable PDF file that must be printed out at: http://admissions.nsula.edu/assets/Immunization20Form2002160920BLANK2.pdf

٠Online only students can request an exemption for personal reasons: will not be attending classes on campus.  The form can be faxed to the Admissions Office at 318-357-5567 or mailed to:

  Office of Admissions & Recruiting
  Northwestern State University
  Natchitoches, LA 71497

٠There are two toll free numbers for the Admissions Office as well:

 In state: 1-800-426-3754    Out of state: 1-800-327-1903

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4. How can I apply for financial aid?

 ٠The student must have completed a FAFSA form before financial aid eligibility can be calculated. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 ٠The following financial aid forms are available on the web (http://www.nsula.edu/financialaid/forms.htm) in PDF format to be downloaded, printed, and mailed back to the Financial Aid Office:

  • - NSU Scholarship Application
  • - NSU Financial Aid Data Form (MUST be filled out)
  • - Verification Worksheets

٠The toll free number for Financial Aid is 1-800-823-3008. You can find more information about financial aid on the Financial Aid homepage: http://financialaid.nsula.edu/

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5. Who will be my advisor?

 ٠After you have completed your online application and have been accepted to NSU, please contact the Department of Psychology by emailing us at psychology@nsula.edu or calling us at 318-357-6594 so we can assign you an academic advisor. Advisor assignments are matched based on the student's last name initial and the faculty member responsible for students in such category. 

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6. How do I know what classes I need to take or are available?

 ٠Once you have been approved for admission, you can complete a degree audit that will tell you which courses you need to complete in order to receive your degree: 

٠Go to http://www2.nsula.edu and choose "Enter Student Services." Your initial username is your full social security number (after you login, it will show your student ID # as your new username) and your pin is your six-digit birth date.  Example: If you were born on January 1, 2002, your pin number would be 010102. Under "Student Records," choose "Degree Audit."

٠Online courses that are available each semester can be found by going to the eNSU website http://ensu.nsula.edu/course-schedules/.  Next, select the semester you are interested in. 

٠To view the schedule of class by semester (online and face-to-face), please go to http://registrar.nsula.edu/schedule-of-classes/.

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7. How will I know if my current coursework will transfer to NSU?

 ٠In order to find out what courses will transfer and what they will count for in your degree at NSU, you will need to send your transcripts to NSU and have then evaluated by our Registrar.  The Registrar will evaluate your transcripts as part of the admission process.

 ٠Send transcripts (high school or other college) or GED to the university registrar office.

 ٠Student must request official transcripts from other institutions attended.

 ٠Official copies of your transcripts should be mailed to:

            Office of the Registrar
            Northwestern State University
            Natchitoches, LA 71497

 ٠More information for transfer students can be found at: http://recruiting.nsula.edu/transfer-students/

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8. How do I register for classes?

 ٠If you have completed less than 30 hours at NSU, you will have to contact your advisor for assistance in registering for courses.  If you are unsure of your advisor, please see question #5 and contact the faculty member which is responsible for your last name initial (see pages 3-4 for faculty contact information).

 ٠If you have over 30 hours at NSU, you may register yourself online at http://www2.nsula.edu. Follow the directions presented on the screen.

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9. What are the tuition costs, and how can I pay for my courses?

٠Fees and tuition can be paid online. Visit the following websites for more information:
http://registrar.nsula.edu/tuition-fees/ or  http://ensu.nsula.edu/tuition-fees/

 ٠Out-of-state students who live outside the state of Louisiana and who do not take any on-campus (face-to-face) courses at NSU are not charged out-of-state fees.   Let me repeat this as we get asked this question more than any other: students who live out of state and are taking online classes ONLY do not pay any out of state fees or tuition.  They pay instate tuition and fees.

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  10. Do I have to take all of my courses online?

 ٠No. You may take courses at any local college or university if you prefer. However, your last 30 hours must be taken from NSU, and you will need to insure that any course you take outside of NSU will transfer for appropriate credit toward your degree plan.  You should work with your advisor on this matter.

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11. Are all tests taken online?

  ٠Some classes do require you to complete quizzes and exams online.  However, some classes require you to complete paper versions of these assessments under the supervision of a proctor.  You will need to carefully review your instructors' policies for taking and submitting your assessments usually located under the Course Syllabus.

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12. How will I know what books to buy and where can I buy them?

 There are several different means by which you can obtain your books.

  • - You can use the Textbook In Use system located at https://secure.nsula.edu/TBIS/TextBooksInUse.aspx and select the term and class. The book information for each class will appear.
  • - You can go to http://ensu.nsula.edu/course-schedules/ and click the link for the semester that you want to take courses in. You will find a list of courses and next to each will be a link labeled "Details". If you click this link for a particular course, you will be able to find a syllabus for that course and it should include a list of the books that will be used.
  • - You can also view the final version of an online course's syllabus by waiting until the first day of class when you will be able to log on to Blackboard. When you log on that day, you will be able to download a copy of the syllabus.

Note: before buying a textbook for a course, make sure you are getting the right textbook and edition.  Usually, it is worth confirming the text with the instructor before buying the book.

  • - Please visit the following website to purchase textbooks online from NSU's bookstore: http://nsula.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=58051&catalogId=10001
  • - You can also purchase your textbooks by placing orders with bookstores in your local community or by visiting stores online. Local bookstores in Natchitoches include Barnes & Noble's (on-campus), Campus Corner, and Demon Bookstore all of which accept book vouchers associated with financial aid.

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13. How are online classes delivered?

  ٠All classes are delivered through a program called Blackboard. You can visit http://www.nsula.edu/ensu/blackboard_help.htm for more information about how to use this program. 

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 14. Do I need ACT or SAT scores to be admitted to the program?

 ٠NSU does require ACT or SAT scores. These scores are used to determine your placement in English and Math classes only. If you have already completed your introductory English Composition course (equivalent to our ENGL 1010) and a College Algebra course (equivalent to our MATH 1020), then you do not need an ACT or SAT score.  Alternatively, if you have already completed developmental (remedial) courses in both English and Math you may not need to have an ACT or SAT score.  Please contact the English department at 318-357-6272 and the Math department at 318-357-4308 for more information.  In addition, to learn more about the ACT or SAT tests contact Ms. Barbara Gillis, Director of Testing Services, at 318-357-5246.

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15. How do I know what classes are required as prerequisite courses before taking upper-division courses?

 ٠In order to determine prerequisite requirements, you can access the general catalog online by visiting www.nsula.edu/catalog and selecting the most recent version.  Under each course description will indicate if prerequisites are required.

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16. How do I send my assignments and papers to my instructor?

 ٠All professors have various preferences that will be indicated on the Course Syllabus.  Common ways of delivery include email or submission via Moodle.

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17. What resources are available to me through the library?

٠For library information, you can visit Watson library at www.nsula.edu/watson_library.  The Watson Memorial Library is located on campus on University Parkway.  Here you can access online databases and catalogs. These databases can also help you find the locations of online resources that offer full-text articles and books. Further information for online students is offered under the distance education section. 

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18. How long will my class last?

 ٠Each online course that is offered in the Fall and Spring corresponds to the regular 16 week semester here at NSU. These may also be available in the A-term and B-term 8-week format.  Summer online courses are either 6 or 8 weeks long. 

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19. If I am an international student, how can I apply for admission at NSU?

 International students may be considered for admissions to undergraduate study upon submission of the following (items 3 and 4 must be certified by an accredited professional educational credentials evaluation service based in the United States):

1) A completed Application for Admissions.
2) Payment of the non-refundable application fee of $30.00 in U.S. currency.
3) Complete, certified true copies of both original and English translations of all secondary (high) school work, and certified true copies of both original and English translations of year-by-year mark sheets, examination results, certificates and diplomas.
4) Complete, certified true copies of original and English translations of all college work, and year-by-year mark sheets, examination results, certificates, diplomas, and transcripts.

Please contact the Registrar's Office if you need assistance at 318-357-6171 and then press "0" to speak with someone in the office.   

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20. When is the last day to drop a class?

You can access the NSU Academic Calendar at http://registrar.nsula.edu/academic-calendars/ and click on the interested semester link which will show you all of the drop dates for classes, depending on the year and semester.

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Developed by:   Terry Isbell

Redesigned by:  Jennifer Shaw                              

 

 

Should you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the
Department of Psychology/Addiction Studies or your academic advisor.