Fast Facts

  • Founded: Sept. 23, 1948
  • Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • Colors: Red and Gray
  • Nickname: The Colonels
  • Campus Size: 287 acres
  • Namesake: Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, two-term Louisiana governor and Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice

Pride Points

Nicholls offers Louisiana’s only four-year degree programs in culinary arts and geomatics.

In recent years, Nicholls biology students and faculty have spearheaded coastal restoration efforts including growing, harvesting and planting over 30,000 plants in coastal habitats.

The Nicholls College of Business is AACSB-accredited, a distinction held by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

Nicholls is highly respected for producing award-winning teachers, principals and administrators, including more than 90 percent of the Lafourche Parish Teachers of the Year over the last five years.

Nicholls nursing graduates pass the RN licensure exam at a 95 percent rate, higher than both the state and national averages, and 100 percent of NIcholls nursing graduates are employed or in graduate school.

The College of Business offers the country’s only maritime management degree concentration designed and supported by industry leaders.

Nicholls provides 80 percent of the Bayou Region’s teachers and nurses.

Nicholls is home to the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders, the state’s designated site for providing services to students with dyslexia.

The university generates a $275 million annual economic impact, generating 3,000 direct jobs and representing 10,000 plus voters.

Nicholls has earned the “Governor’s MIlitary and Veteran Friendly Campus” designation and has consistently been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Nicholls ranks in the 85th percentile of public colleges and universities when it comes to helping students move from the bottom 20 percent of income distribution to the top 20 percent after graduation.

For more data on Nicholls, visit the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research.