Nicholls State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,922
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$12,621
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
8.68%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
93.3%
3,189 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
6,769
77.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
44.3%
498 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 Registered Nursing (132 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (106 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (100 degrees).

In 2020, 1,292 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Nicholls State University. 66.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (944 degrees), 4.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (214 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Nicholls State University is $4,922, which is $−17,608 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Nicholls State University is $4,922, which is $−17,608 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,621.

In 2020, 82% of undergraduate students attending Nicholls State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,922
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Nicholls State University was $4,922. The cost of tuition at Nicholls State University is $−17,608 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$12,621
2020 Value
9.32%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Nicholls State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,621. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Nicholls State University grew by 9.32%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,847
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Nicholls State University was of $9,847 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 2.66% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
48%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Nicholls State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 7.89% with respect to 2019, when 76% 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.
8.68%
2018 Default Rate
127
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Nicholls State University was 8.68%, which represents 127 out of the 1463 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Nicholls State University received 3,189 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 13.3% annual growth. Out of those 3,189 applicants, 2,975 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 93.3% acceptance rate.

There were 6,769 students enrolled at Nicholls State University in 2020, and 4% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Nicholls State University has an overall enrollment yield of 40.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

93.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,975
Accepted Out of 3,189

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Nicholls State University was 93.3% (2,975 admissions from 3,189 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 88%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 13.3%, while admissions grew by 20.1%.

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SAT Scores

4%
Submission Percentage
42
Scores Submitted

4% of enrolled first-time students at Nicholls State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Nicholls State University has a total enrollment of 6,769 students. The full-time enrollment at Nicholls State University is 5,227 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,542. This means that 77.2% of students enrolled at Nicholls State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Nicholls State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.8% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 4.36% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Two or More Races, 2.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.91% Asian, and 0.0591% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Nicholls State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.6%), followed by White Male (24.4%) and Black or African American Female (12.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (54.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (16.6%) and White Male (13.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Nicholls State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,769 students. The full-time enrollment at Nicholls State University is 5,227 and the part-time enrollment is 1,542. This means that 77.2% of students enrolled at Nicholls State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2020 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 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Nicholls State University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,384
  2. Black or African American
    1,252
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    295

The enrolled student population at Nicholls State University is 64.8% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 4.36% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Two or More Races, 2.26% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.91% Asian, and 0.0591% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 420 more women than men received degrees from Nicholls State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Nicholls State University is white (944 degrees awarded). There were 4.41 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (214 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Nicholls State University is Registered Nursing (132 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (106 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (100 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 (100 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (106 degrees), and Human Sciences (51 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 (144,696 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (106,589 people), Other managers (104,719 people), Secondary school teachers (56,688 people), and Postsecondary teachers (53,717 people).

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (100 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (106 degrees), Human Sciences (51 degrees), History (18 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (58 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 Chief executives & legislators, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, and Clinical and counseling psychologists

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (100 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (106 degrees), Human Sciences (51 degrees), History (18 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (58 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 (294,081 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (132,689 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (127,304 people), Computer Systems Design (94,606 people), and Legal services (87,241 people).

The most specialized majors at Nicholls State University are Engineering Technologies (100 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (106 degrees), Human Sciences (51 degrees), History (18 degrees), and Personal & Culinary Services (58 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. 132 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 106 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 100 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Nicholls State University was Registered Nursing with 132 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

436
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
856
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 436 degrees were awarded to men at Nicholls State University, which is 0.509 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (856).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 75 degrees were awarded to men at Nicholls State University in Petroleum Technology, which is 4.41 times more than the 17 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 140 degrees were awarded to women at Nicholls State University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.6 times more than the 25 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 22% of students graduating from Nicholls State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Nicholls State University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.402% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    944 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    214 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    35 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Nicholls State University is white (944 degrees awarded). There were 4.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (214 degrees).

0.619% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    614 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    330 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    149 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Nicholls State University is white female (614 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (330 degrees).

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Operations

Nicholls State University has an endowment valued at nearly $8.19M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNk (−6.05%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Nicholls State University had a total salary expenditure of $98.4M. Nicholls State University employs 96 Assistant professors, 74 Instructors, and 50 Associate professors. Most academics at Nicholls State University are Female Assistant professors (57), Female Instructors(55), and Male Assistant professors (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Nicholls State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 128 employees, Service, with 72 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 57 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.19M
2020 Endowment
5.74%
decline from 2019

Nicholls State University has an endowment valued at about $8.19M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Nicholls State University declined 5.74% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $31.4M 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. $3.14M - Federal
  2. $706k - State
  3. $117k - Local

As of 2020, Nicholls State University received $3.14M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $706k from state grants and contracts, and $117k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$40.3M
2020 Salaries
5.42%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Nicholls State University paid a median of $40.3M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($98.4M) and a 5.42% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.25% growth from 2018 and a 7.02% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.8M
Instructional Salaries
268
Number of Employees

In 2020, Nicholls State University paid a total of $15.8M to 268 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
96 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
128 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Nicholls State University were Assistant professor with 96 employees; Instructor with 74 employees; and Instructor with 50 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Nicholls State University were Office and Administrative Support with 128 employees; Service with 72 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 57 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Nicholls State University was Female Assistant professor with 57 employees, Female Instructor with 55 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 39 employees.

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

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