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Courtney Hornsby
Director of Planning & Promotions
City of Natchitoches

Northwestern State University

Impact of Spending

Northwestern’s statewide annual economic impact is $353 million and supports 3,738 non-university jobs.


This includes:

  • $9 million from affiliated organizations,
  • $18 million in health insurance payments,
  • $13 million impact of retiree spending,
  • $49 million in university operations,
  • $14 million in construction and capital outlay,
  • $36 million from visitors,
  • $63 million in faculty and staff expenditures, and
  • $152 million impact from student spending.
  • Impact of Teaching

    Northwestern’s graduates have added $717 million to Louisiana’s economy over the last 10 years.

    The university’s bachelor’s degree holders have generated almost $599 million, master’s degree holders $80 million, and associate’s degree holders over $38 million.

    NSU produced 52,070 degrees over the last 50 years with 15,086 graduates between 1998 and 2007.

    Northwestern offers extensive online degree programs and top producing bachelor’s degree programs in health professions and related clinical sciences, psychology, and public administration and social services.

    This study captured 13 research and service programs at Northwestern.

    They include:

  • 2 in economic development,
  • 10 in cultural development, and
  • 1 in health and human services.
  • An example is Northwestern’s National Center for Preservation Technology that advances the use of science and technology in historic preservation.

    Melissa Wilkerson
    Student (Chemistry)
    Service-Learning Volunteer

    Impact on Quality of Life

    There were approximately 364,000 attendees at Northwester State University events last year. Of those, 37,000 were from off-campus, adding to the $36 million impact from visitor spending.

    Northwestern reaches out to the community through service, recently establishing an Office of Service-Learning and working towards institutionalization of service-learning activities.

    Additionally, Northwestern faculty and staff volunteered 79,000 hours last year, and students contributed 199,000 hours to enhancing the community.

    Northwestern State University Report (.pdf)

    Northwestern State University Technical Report (.pdf) 

    Northwestern State University Impact Study Web Site

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