Nicholls State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University is a public institution on a 287-acre campus in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The institution is made up of five institutions plus the John Folse Culinary Institute and the graduate schools. Majors in business and health are particularly popular among undergraduates. The institution has a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Students can select from over 100 organizations and clubs on the co-curricular front, including a robust fraternity and sorority system. In athletics, the Nicholls State Colonels play in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 6,488 (5,896 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male/64% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,952 (in-state); $9,045 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $7,200
  • Other Expenses: $4,112
  • Total Cost: $20,564 (in-state); $21,657 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 89%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,829
    • Loans: $6,242

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Education; and Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 44%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Overview of Nicholls State University Admissions

Nicholls State is an open school, admitting 94% of applicants in 2019. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • Nicholls State University Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 430/540
    • SAT Math: 440/550
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/24
    • ACT English: 20/26
    • ACT Math: 18/24

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Nicholls State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Nicholls State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Nicholls State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Nicholls State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

United States Military Academy, Temple University, Seton Hall University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University

Applying to Nicholls State University

Application Deadline: August 1

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