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About Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Nicholls State University was founded in 1948 and now enrolls around 10,471 students a year, including 5,896 undergrads.

Nicholls State University offers housing for up to 1,582 students. Most students live off campus,.

There are 19 Nicholls State University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Nicholls State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 94%
Average GPA 3.3
Mean ACT score 22
In-State Tuition $4,922
Out-of-State $6,015

2022 Nicholls State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

All regular decision applicants will be notified by September 1.

Nicholls State University Early Admission

Nicholls State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Nicholls State University Acceptance Rate

It is not competitive to get into Nicholls State University. Nicholls State University admitted 94% of all applicants in 2019. Out of 2,651 applications received in 2021, 2,484 students were offered admission.

Nicholls State University Waitlist 2021

Nicholls State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Nicholls State University?

Nicholls State University is considered not competitive to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Nicholls State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Nicholls State University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Other Requirements minimum state core curriculum (19 units), minimum overall GPA of 2.0
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GPA and Test Scores for Nicholls State University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for Nicholls State University students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Nicholls State University.

Is Nicholls State University Test Optional?

Nicholls State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 2% submitted the SAT. 98% submitted the ACT.

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Does Nicholls State University Have Dorms?

Yes! Nicholls State University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,582 students.

Nicholls State University students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Student Programming Association and Residence Hall Association. Homecoming, Spring Fest, and and Family Day are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Nicholls State University.

Financial Aid at Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Nicholls State University full-time are awarded $12,241 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Nicholls State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Nicholls State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Nicholls State University, around 73% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 958 students who started at Nicholls State University as first-time freshman, 211 graduate within four years.

Nicholls State University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 44%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Nicholls State University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,636 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Nicholls State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Nicholls State University a good school for you?

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Where is Nicholls State University Located?

Nicholls State University is located in the small town setting of Thibodaux, Louisiana, less than an hour from New Orleans.

If you want to see Nicholls State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 10 to Thibodaux, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Nicholls State University and Thibodaux are like without leaving home.

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College Info

906 East First Street Thibodaux, LA 70310

Campus Setting: Small Town

Nicholls State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Nicholls State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Nicholls State University is Continuous processing.

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Nicholls State University ACT Scores


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20 - 24

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Nicholls State University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Nicholls State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Nicholls State University SAT Scores


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440 - 550


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430 - 540

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Nicholls State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Nicholls State University is like? There are approximately 10,471 students enrolled at Nicholls State University, including 5,896 undergraduate students and 4,575 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from LA and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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