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Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana

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Nicholls State University overview
Location Thibodaux, Louisiana
Online nicholls.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Nicholls State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Nicholls State University is a public institution established in 1948, located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, about an hour's drive southwest of New Orleans. Situated on a 210-acre campus marked by its vast green spaces and academic buildings that showcase a contemporary style of architecture, Nicholls State offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on areas such as culinary arts, nursing, and education. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process. On-campus housing is available to students, providing a variety of living options from traditional dormitory-style residences to apartment complexes. Nicholls State, part of the Southland Conference, is known for its competitive athletics, with the "Colonels" participating in various NCAA Division I sports.

In the most recent statistical year 2,289 prospective students applied, and 2,253 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 972 enrolled in the school.  4,479 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,404 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $4,922 plus fees of $3,234. Nicholls State University is ranked 910 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Nicholls State University is rated within the lower 33% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Nicholls State University overview
SAT 938/1130
ACT 19/24
GPA 3.34

Applications Accepted

Nicholls State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

Louisiana Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Nicholls State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,234
Room and Board $10,602
Budget for Other Expenses$4,392
Total One Year Cost$24,450

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Nicholls State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,234
Room and Board $10,602
Budget for Other Expenses$4,392
Total One Year Cost$25,543

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

38% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Nicholls State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 19%
Health Professions 16%
Education 8%
Personal and Culinary Services 7%

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