Nicholls State University

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School Overview

Founded in 1948, Nicholls State University is located on 287-acres, in rural-south Louisiana, deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, near Thibodaux, Louisiana. With just over 6,500 students, this intimate university offers student-focused learning and research opportunities that are geared towards individual needs. The school is home to over 1,000 “non-traditional” students, who are degree-seeking undergraduates over the age of 25. This includes a number of military veterans and other students in unique situations. It is also home to the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders, providing services to students who have learning disabilities.

The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and awards associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The most popular bachelor’s programs at the school include nursing, teacher education, biology, and interdisciplinary studies. Culinary arts is also a popular program at the school.

The school boasts an excellent student-to-faculty ratio, at 22:1, making it a great learning environment for those who thrive with extra attention. Like many other schools of its kind, Nicholls State University has a growing number of online programs available to its students, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Nicholls hosts a number of unique festivals and celebrations for its students. Since 1974, the school has given away over 170,000 pounds of crawfish for its annual Crawfish Day. It also hosts an award-winning Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country each year.


Nicholls State maintains 14 NCAA Division 1 sports teams for its students, six for men and 8 for women. These sports include basketball, softball, football, track and field, as well as volleyball.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Nicholls State is an extremely affordable university that offers a number of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The tuition per semester for the school is $3,600 a year for Louisiana State residents, and $8,345 a year for out-of-state residents. Over 60% of the student body participates in Louisiana’s TOPS program, which offers full tuition payment for Louisiana residents who achieved high scores on the ACT and maintained a high GPA during high school.


In 2012, for the second consecutive year, US News and World Report ranked Nicholls State University 50th among regional universities in the Southern United states. Among public universities, it was ranked number 3 in the state of Louisiana. Among all southern regional universities, both public and private, the school was ranked 95th.

Student Housing

There are a variety of options for Nicholls students who would like to live on-campus. Seven on-campus halls encourage a vibrant student life and offer opportunities for students to focus on their academic pursuits and build relationships with their classmates. All of the housing options are co-ed, and most include suite style accommodations. One building for upperclassmen, the Brady Complex Apartments, offers apartment style living that includes full kitchen areas.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 2004-NSU
Thibodaux, LA 70310
(985) 448-4507
(877) 642-4655
Fax: (985) 448-4929

Contact: Becky Durocher
Director of Admissions
Main Address
PO Box 2009
Thibodaux, LA 70310
(985) 446-8111

Total undergrads: 6,299
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,263
Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,246
Graduate enrollment: 621

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Out-of-state application fee: $30

Online application fee: $20

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 65%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies

Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Petroleum Technology A,B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) A,B
Respiratory Therapy A
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistant A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A,B


Mathematics – General B

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Chef Training A,B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science A

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Nicholls State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (877) 642-4655
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, LA 70310
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,491
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,103 (48% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,898
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,991
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,463

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Nicholls State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Nicholls State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Education 557
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 151
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 11
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 111
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 843212

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Nicholls State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,898
Out-of-state $8,991
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,048
Out-of-state $9,141

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,236 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,175 91% $8,463
Student loan aid 635 49% $5,321

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,476 76% $7,198
Federal student loans 2,925 50% $6,361

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Nicholls State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Nicholls State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,815 1,853 962
Percent admitted 100% 89% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 44% 23% 85%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Nicholls State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 6,491
Undergraduate enrollment 5,906
Graduate enrollment 585

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Nicholls State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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