Nicholls State University

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PO Box 2004, University Station

Thibodaux, LA 70310

Phone: (877) 642-4655
2013-2014 Tuition
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (South)

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Nicholls State University is a public institution that was founded in 1948. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,012, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 210 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Nicholls State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,408 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,899 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Nicholls State University provides a unique blend of excellent academic programs to meet the needs of Louisiana and beyond. The University cultivates productive, responsible, engaged citizens in a personalized, culturally rich and dynamic learning environment through quality teaching, research, and service.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1948
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $7,264,582


When applying to Nicholls State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Nicholls State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 91.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 91.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Nicholls State University is 20:1, and the school has 36.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Nicholls State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Education; and Personal and Culinary Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 14%
Education 11%
Personal and Culinary Services 5%

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Student Life

Nicholls State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,012, with a gender distribution of 38.1 percent male students and 61.9 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. Nicholls State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,606
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Nicholls State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Nicholls State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Nicholls State University, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Nicholls State University.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Nicholls State University, 58.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,124.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,408 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,899 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,210 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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