LSUA proudly announces its official designation as a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI). This recognition highlights the university's commitment to serving and supporting the educational needs of Native American students and fostering an inclusive campus environment.
Nationally, 16% of Native Americans obtain bachelor’s degrees. However, since 2015, LSUA has graduated 400 Native American students out of the 1561 Native American students enrolled, which is a graduation rate of about 26%. The Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions designation will enable LSUA to partner with tribal leadership and tribal education offices to improve and expand our capacity to serve Native Americans.
LSUA is the only Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution in Louisiana.
A Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) is an institution of higher education with an enrollment of undergraduates that is not less than 10 percent Native American students and is not a Tribal College or University. NASNTIs are not controlled by tribes, but rather a university that serves a percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native students.
The LSUA Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on behalf of the entire LSUA community, would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of Central Louisiana and affirm indigenous culture, history, and experiences. We recognize the communities of this region, including the nations of Caddo, Natchez, Taenas, Ofo, Yawani Alabama, Tunica, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Avoyel, Choctaw, and Koasati (Coushatta), and others whose memories may have been erased by violence, displacement, migration, and settlement. LSUA thanks them for their strength and resilience as stewards of this land and is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual differences, including those of the indigenous peoples of our region.
LSUA's dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus is evident in its ongoing efforts to establish strong partnerships with tribal communities and organizations and its commitment to recruiting and retaining Native American students. By doing so, the university aims to create an environment that not only reflects Louisiana's rich cultural heritage but also empowers Native American students to reach their full potential.