Nicholls State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,922

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$10,169

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

11.1%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

82.7%

2,734 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

6,255

77% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

47.2%

448 Graduates

About

Nicholls State University is a higher education institution located in Lafourche Parish, LA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Nicholls State University were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (121 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (107 degrees), and Registered Nursing (97 degrees).

In 2016, 1,360 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Nicholls State University. 64.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (985 degrees), 4.69 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (210 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Nicholls State University is $4,922, which is $-15,238 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Nicholls State University is $4,922, which is $-15,238 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,169.

In 2016, 74% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,922

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Nicholls State University was $4,922. The cost of tuition at Nicholls State University is $-15,238 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$10,169

2016 Value

2.8%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Nicholls State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,169. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Nicholls State University grew by 2.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,083

Room and Board

$1,220

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Nicholls State University was of $9,083 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,220. The cost of room and board increased by 3.25% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.67% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

74%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

51%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

74% of undergraduate students at Nicholls State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.37% with respect to 2015, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

11.1%

2015 Default Rate

183

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Nicholls State University was 11.1%, which represents 183 out of the 1645 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Nicholls State University received 2,734 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 14% annual growth. Out of those 2,734 applicants, 2,260 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 82.7% acceptance rate.

There were 6,255 students enrolled at Nicholls State University in 2016, and 1% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Nicholls State University has an overall enrollment yield of 50.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

82.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,260

Accepted Out of 2,734

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Nicholls State University was 82.7% (2,260 admissions from 2,734 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 90.2%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 14%, while admissions grew by 4.44%.

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SAT Scores

1%

Submission Percentage

10

Scores Submitted

1% of enrolled first-time students at Nicholls State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Nicholls State University has a total enrollment of 6,255 students. The full-time enrollment at Nicholls State University is 4,816 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,439. This means that 77% of students enrolled at Nicholls State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Nicholls State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.6% White, 20.3% Black or African American, 3.47% Hispanic or Latino, 2.97% Two or More Races, 1.76% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.07% Asian, and 0.016% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Nicholls State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (42.5%), followed by White Male (24.4%) and Black or African American Female (13.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (50.2%), followed by Black or African American Female (18.5%) and White Male (11.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Nicholls State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,255 students. The full-time enrollment at Nicholls State University is 4,816 and the part-time enrollment is 1,439. This means that 77% of students enrolled at Nicholls State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Nicholls State University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Nicholls State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,167

  2. Black or African American

    1,271

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    217

The enrolled student population at Nicholls State University is 66.6% White, 20.3% Black or African American, 3.47% Hispanic or Latino, 2.97% Two or More Races, 1.76% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.07% Asian, and 0.016% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 130 students (2.08%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 384 more women than men received degrees from Nicholls State University. The majority of degree recipients at Nicholls State University are white (985 degrees awarded). There were 4.69 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (210 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Nicholls State University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (121 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (107 degrees) and Registered Nursing (97 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Nicholls State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (196 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), and Human Sciences (64 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,960,726 people), Secondary school teachers (326,140 people), Education administrators (276,157 people), Miscellaneous managers (191,376 people), and Postsecondary teachers (150,081 people).

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (196 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Human Sciences (64 degrees), History (19 degrees), and Education (146 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (196 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Human Sciences (64 degrees), History (19 degrees), and Education (146 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,889,279 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (309,952 people), Hospitals (235,064 people), Computer Systems Design (119,154 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (115,980 people).

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (196 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Human Sciences (64 degrees), History (19 degrees), and Education (146 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Nicholls State University.

Most Common

  1. 121 degrees awarded

  2. 107 degrees awarded

  3. 97 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Nicholls State University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 121 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 488

  2. 872

In 2016, 488 degrees were awarded to men at Nicholls State University, which is 0.56 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (872).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 159 degrees were awarded to men at Nicholls State University in Petroleum Technology, which is 4.97 times more than the 32 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 111 degrees were awarded to women at Nicholls State University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.94 times more than the 16 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%

100% Completion Time

41%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 19% of students graduating from Nicholls State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 45% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Nicholls State University is Female and Asian (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.12% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    985 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    210 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    31 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Nicholls State University is white (985 degrees awarded). There were 4.69 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (210 degrees).

1.18% of degree recipients (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    629 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    356 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    144 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Nicholls State University is white female (629 degrees awarded). There were 1.77 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (356 degrees).

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Operations

Nicholls State University has an endowment valued at nearly $8.35M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $659k (7.89%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Nicholls State University had a total expenditure of $88.1M. Of that $88.1M, they spent $33M on salaries and $88.1M on benefits.

Nicholls State University employs 68 Instructors, 68 Assistant professors, and 60 Associate professors. Most academics at Nicholls State University are Female Instructors (45), Male Assistant professors(34), and Female Assistant professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Nicholls State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 97 employees, Service, with 61 employees, and Management with 48 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.35M

2015 Endowment

1.74%

decline from 2014

Nicholls State University has an endowment valued at about $8.35M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Nicholls State University declined 1.74% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20.5M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $284k - Federal

  2. $1.63M - State

  3. $192k - Local

As of 2015, Nicholls State University received $284k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.63M from state grants and contracts, and $192k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$33M

Salary Expenditure

$88.1M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Nicholls State University had a total expenditure of $88.1M. Of that $88.1M, they spent $33M on salaries and $88.1M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Nicholls State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$33M

2015 Salaries

3.44%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Nicholls State University paid a median of $33M in salaries, which represents 37.4% of their overall expenditure ($88.1M) and a 3.44% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.522% growth from 2013 and a 5.02% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$13.5M

Instructional Salaries

252

Number of Employees

In 2015, Nicholls State University paid a total of $13.5M to 252 employees working as instructors, which represents 41% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

68 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

97 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Nicholls State University were Instructor with 68 employees; Assistant professor with 68 employees; and Assistant professor with 60 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Nicholls State University were Office and Administrative Support with 97 employees; Service with 61 employees; and Management with 48 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Nicholls State University was Female Instructor with 45 employees, Male Assistant professor with 34 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 34 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Nicholls State University.

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