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.
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.
PO Box 2004-NSU
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Fax: (985) 448-4929
Contact: Becky Durocher
Director of Admissions
PO Box 2009
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Total undergrads: 6,299
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,263
Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,246
Graduate enrollment: 621
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $20
Out-of-state application fee: $30
Online application fee: $20
Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 65%
Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Art Teacher Education B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management A
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Health Services – General 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
Psychology – General B
Security & Protective Services
Police Science A
Political Science/Government B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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