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Nichols College

Dudley, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%
Acceptance Rate80%

About Nichols College

Nichols College Overview

Nichols College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Dudley, Massachusetts. Nichols College was founded in 1815 and enrolls around 1,553 students a year, including 1,326 undergraduate students. Nichols College provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

Student Activities at Nichols College

Are you interested in music or performing?

There are no fraternities or sororities at Nichols College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Nichols College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Nichols College on the Student Life page.

2022 Nichols College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 2.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 71%
Tuition $37,150
Percent of Need Met 85%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,891

Is Nichols College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Nichols College offers and if it seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Nichols College

Nichols College is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Nichols College is 80%. Last year, 2,488 students applied to Nichols College and 1,984 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Nichols College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 76% of students who start at Nichols College return for their second year of college. 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 for Nichols College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 94% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent Nichols College grads is $42,953 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Nichols College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Nichols College's endowment was valued at $15.4 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Nichols College spends about $4,703 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Nichols College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

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 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Nichols College.

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

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Where is Nichols College?

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

If you would like to see Nichols College for yourself, be sure to 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

121 Center Road PO Box 5000 Dudley, MA 01571-5000

Campus Setting: Small Town

Nichols College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

Nichols College ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


19 to 24


19 and Less


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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1150 and Above


950 to 1150


950 and Less


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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