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Nichols Admission Requirements

Dudley, Massachusetts

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Your chances of getting into Nichols College

Open Admission Policy

Can I get into Nichols? Nichols College is an open admission policy institution. Open admission colleges typically have few admission thresholds and will admit all applicants so long as certain minimum requirements are met. New admission is often granted continually throughout the year. Please consult Nichols College directly to learn the specifics of its open admission policy.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Nichols College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 13% of students submitted SAT scores and 2% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

Nichols SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Nichols College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 480
Math 25th Percentile 490
Composite 25th Percentile 970
SAT Scores for Nichols College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 570
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1160
Average SAT Score 1070

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Nichols College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Nichols is 1070 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 970-1160. Students who get into Nichols College score in the top 66 percent of all SAT test takers..  Nichols ranks #45 in the state of Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1070 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Nichols regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 970, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Nichols College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1070 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1065, you have around a 85% chance of being admitted. A 1160 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Nichols College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1160 and Above Good >92%
1065 to 1160 Avg + 85%-92%
970 to 1065 Avg - 75%-85%
875 to 970 Reach 61%-75%
Less than 875 Low <61%
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Nichols ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Nichols College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Nichols College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Nichols?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Nichols is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 26.  The school ranks #35 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

2 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Nichols College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Nichols College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Nichols for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 85% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 26 ACT score.

Nichols College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >92%
23 to 26 Avg + 85%-92%
20 to 23 Avg - 75%-85%
17 to 20 Reach 61%-75%
Less than 17 Low <61%
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Nichols GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Nichols College?

The GPA requirements for getting into Nichols are to have around a 2.9 high school GPA. You can get into Nichols with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Nichols College is 2.9 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve this GPA, you need to earn B- letter grades and score around 80-82 percent on tests and assignments in high school.

 The school ranks #59 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 2.9 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Nichols accepts 85% of applicants.

Since Nichols is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 2.9 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022


Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Nichols College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Nichols College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Nichols College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Nichols College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167260 IPEDS survey data for Nichols College.


Does Nichols College prefer SAT or ACT?

13% of students submit their SAT scores to Nichols. 2% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Nichols College?

Nichols has an open admission policy. Open admission colleges generally only require a high school diploma or a GED certificate to be admitted.