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About Nichols College

Nichols College is a private, nonprofit school in an small town setting in Dudley, Massachusetts. Nichols College was founded in 1815 and now enrolls around 1,553 students a year, including 1,326 undergrads.

Nichols College offers housing for up to 0 students. The majority of students live on-campus but it is not required for first-year students.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Nichols College's endowment was valued at $15.417 million in 2021. The institution spends around $4,703 for each full-time student enrolled. Nichols College employs one full-time professor for every 16 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Nichols College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Average GPA 2.9
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1050
Tuition $35,290

2022 Nichols College Regular Decision Application Deadline

Nichols College Early Admission

Nichols College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Nichols College is on December 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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2020 Acceptance Rate for Nichols College

It is slightly difficult to get into Nichols College. The acceptance rate at Nichols College is 80%. Last year, 2,488 students applied to Nichols College and 1,984 were admitted.

Nichols College Waitlist 2021

Nichols College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Nichols College?

Nichols College is considered slightly difficult 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 Nichols College, applicants must submit the following items.

Nichols College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Nichols College

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Nichols College is 2.9 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Nichols College is 1050. The mean ACT score for Nichols College students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Nichols College.

Is Nichols College Test Optional?

Nichols College is a test optional school. 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, 71% submitted the SAT. 4% submitted the ACT.

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Does Nichols College Offer Student Housing?

Yes! Nichols College provides on-campus housing for students.

Nichols College students are active in the school's Campus Activities Board, Institute for Women's Leadership and Student Government Association. Homecoming, Spring Weekend (BisonFest), and and Welcome Week 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 Nichols College.

Financial Aid at Nichols College

Nichols College meets 85% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Nichols College full-time are awarded $30,891 a year in financial aid, on average.

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

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Nichols College 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 tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Nichols College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Nichols College, around 76% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 379 students who started at Nichols College as first-time freshman, 208 graduate within four years.

Nichols College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 59%. 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 Student Debt

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. Within six months of graduating, 94% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $42,953 a year.

Based on this information, how does Nichols College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Nichols College a good school for you?

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Where is Nichols College Located?

Nichols College is located in the small town setting of Dudley, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Nichols College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Route 395 to Dudley, or book a flight to the nearest airport, TF Green (PVD).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Nichols College and Dudley are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 5000 Dudley, MA 01571-5000

Campus Setting: Small Town

Nichols College 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 Nichols College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Nichols College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Nichols College ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Nichols College is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Nichols College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Nichols College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1150


Math SAT Range

470 - 570


Reading SAT Range

480 - 570

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1150 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Nichols College students is 1050. Applicants with SAT scores of 1150 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Nichols College, while applicants with SAT scores between 950 to 1150 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 950 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Nichols College.

Nichols College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Nichols College is like? There are approximately 1,553 students enrolled at Nichols College, including 1,326 undergraduate students and 227 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from MA and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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