Nicholls State University

University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, LA 70310

School Details

Nicholls State University was founded in 1948 as Francis T. Nicholls Junior College of Louisiana State University. In 1956, the Louisiana Legislature separated Francis T. Nicholls Junior College from Louisiana State University and granted it permission to develop a four-year curriculum. By 1956, Francis T. Nicholls Junior College became Francis T. Nicholls State College and granted its first degrees in 1958. Then in 1970 the name changed one last time to Nicholls State University when the institution was granted university status.

The school's mission is to provide the education of a diverse student body in a culturally rich and engaging learning environment through quality teaching, research and service. Nicholls State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the Universities overall accreditation many independent programs at Nicholls State University have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:

  • Teacher Education
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Art and Design
  • Music

Nicholls State University offers campus is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana on a 287-acre campus.

When applying to Nicholls State University, potential students are required to pay a $20 application fee as well as submit their GPA, school rank, proof of completion of college-preparatory program, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Nicholls State University has an acceptance rate of 92%.

Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend Nicholls State University at a rate of about 58%. Students who decided to attend Nicholls State University come back for a following year of classes at a rate 71% for full-time students and 55% for part-time students. Credits at Nicholls State University are transferable to other institutions of higher learning and 25% of students take advantage of this and transfer to another institution. Students at Nicholls State University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 15% and graduate within six years at a rate of 38%.

There are 6,767 students currently enrolled at Nicholls State University, and of these students, 6,135 are undergraduate students and 632 are graduate level students. Out of these students, 1,798 are over the age of 24 and considered to be adult learners. Undergraduate students at Nicholls State University are mostly full-time enrollments, with 80% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Unlike undergraduate students, graduate students are typically part-time enrollments making up 73% of the total graduate enrollment.

The gender ratio of the student body is 63% female students and 37% male students. There is some racial diversity with the largest represented race being white students making up 70% of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian, make up 19%, 2%, 2% and 1% of the student body, respectively.

Students have a variety of options academically at Nicholls State University. There are seven colleges and schools in which students can find a program:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • John Folse Culinary Institute
  • University College
  • Graduate Studies

Within these colleges, students have the choice between a variety of 33 Bachelor degree programs and eight Master degree programs.

There are a total of 262 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty members. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on students' interaction and personalized attention. Classes are typically of average size due to a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Nicholls State University offers programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers accelerated eight-week semesters.

The undergraduate degrees available through the distance learning program include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences
  • BSN in Nursing

Students can also earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership or a Louisiana Early Education Program certificate.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are 107 official student organizations recognized at Nicholls State University. The types of extracurricular activities available Nicholls State University include:

  • Professional organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Religious clubs
  • Minority clubs
  • Special interest clubs
  • Cultural clubs

Student at Nicholls State University also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are 12 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I.

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Nicholls State University is $5,679 for in state students and $14,529 for out of state students. Nicholls State University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 71% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $5,390 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 46% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $6,363.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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