Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University was founded in the year 1948 as a public university. It is built on a sprawling 210-acre campus and offers enrollment to over 6,000 graduates and postgraduates. At this university, one can choose to pursue bachelors degree, associate degree, or graduate degree programs in arts, accounting, agriculture, science, business administration, general education, healthcare, engineering and technology, nursing and music, among others. There are also several certificate courses and non-degree programs on offer.

Nicholls State University's athletics teams are nicknamed the Colonels, and they wear the team colors of red and gray. The university sponsors men's intercollegiate basketball, baseball, football, tennis and golf teams, along with women's intercollegiate basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, and track teams. There is also a separate women's cheerleading team.

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Nicholls State University
University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux , LA 70310
General Phone: (877) 642-4655

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Nicholls State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management209business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts188French language, English, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching174curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, art education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine82EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology68health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, respiratory care tech
Family and Social Work60family and consumer science, child care provider
Engineering Technician60mechanical engineering tech, petroleum tech, surveying tech
Science48biology, marine biology, chemistry
Media30mass communication
Cooking and Culinary Arts27chef training
Therapy and Counseling27psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology
Art Studies18art studies
Security and Law Enforcement15criminal justice and police
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13athletic trainer, dietitian
Law13legal assistant
Mathematics12mathematics, math
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Agricultural Science and Management4agricultural management

Number of programs and degrees for Nicholls State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree73844
Associate's degree14610
Master's degree1649
Post-master's certificate81

Nicholls State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Nicholls State had a total enrollment of 6,864 students (6,208 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 18%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 28%
20-21 24%
22-24 18%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Nicholls State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 51 %

Nicholls State Room and Board (2007)

Nicholls State offers campus housing for 1,247 of its 6,208 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Thibodaux, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Nicholls State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1823
ACT Composite2023

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Nicholls State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,651
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,099
Room and board $ 6,798
Room charge $ 4,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,298
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,721

Financial Aid:
Nicholls State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 200500)

Nicholls State Faculty

Nicholls State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$89,5543$91,275
Associate professorcalendar year3$65,5294$67,822
Assistant professorcalendar year7$54,7145$52,271
Instructorcalendar year3$55,5850*
No academic rankcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$64,97413$64,416

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$73,8706$68,888
Associate professoracademic year35$58,71722$57,192
Assistant professoracademic year38$55,81255$48,248
Instructoracademic year26$39,34353$37,621
Lectureracademic year0*2*
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year128$57,352139$46,015

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Nicholls State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports166278

Nicholls State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Petroleum Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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