Nicholls State University

First-time Freshman Admissions Requirements

First-time Freshman Admissions Requirements

Nicholls State Univeristy is a test-optional college.

What Does “Test Optional” Mean? At its most basic definition, test optional means that you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission. So while you may submit test scores if you want, you are not actually required to do so.

Colleges that are test optional de-emphasize the importance of the SAT and ACT by making the tests an unnecessary component of the admission process. So if you took the SAT or ACT but didn’t score as highly as you’d hoped you would, you can apply to test-optional colleges in order to avoid having to send in any unsatisfactory test scores that could potentially hurt your application.


Students under the age 25 who have never attended any college (or other postsecondary institution) must satisfy the minimum admission standards for freshman described below. This includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer.

Louisiana high school graduates must meet all of the following:

  • Completion of the Louisiana Board of Regents Core 4 Curriculum (19 units), beginning with the class of 2012; and minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0
  • Have at least a 21 ACT composite score, 1060 SAT composite score OR a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.35/4.0; and
  • Have no need for a developmental English or math course.
  • Out-of-state high schools, home school, or non-state approved high school graduates must meet one of the following:
  • Meet the same criteria as students who graduated from a Louisiana high school as listed above; or
  • Have at least a 23 ACT composite score or 1130 SAT composite score and have no need for a developmental English or math course.; or
  • Meet the minimum core GPA on at least 17 units of the required HS Core 4 Curriculum, with at least a 21 ACT composite score or 1060 SAT composite score and a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.35/4.0.

Out-of-State and Home Schooled Freshman:

If you graduated from a high school outside Louisiana or you were home schooled, you must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • 18 ACT English or 500 SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing
  • 19 ACT Math or 510 SAT Math
  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA (unweighted)
  • Plus one of the following:

Additional Information

  • All students are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all requirements. Such applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and an admissions decision will be made considering each applicant’s potential for success and will include factors such as ACT score, SAT score, special talents, and the University’s commitment to a demographically diverse student population.
  • Students who receive their GED or graduate from Non-Accredited Home School Programs who are under the age of 25 must submit ACT or SAT scores with a minimum 23 ACT composite score or 1130 SAT composite score in order to be admitted and demonstrate no need for remedial coursework.
  • Nicholls State University does not discriminate against students who do not have social security numbers. The admissions requirements are the same as those of US citizens who graduate from Louisiana High Schools.
  • If you are age 25 or older, and have never been to college, you are classified as an adult learner. Before being admitted to the university, you will have to provide ACT scores, SAT scores or take the Accuplacer placement tests and provide a copy of your high school transcripts or GED. To determine the age of the applicant for admissions purposes, take the year in which the student will start (example: Fall 2011). Then subtract the birth year from the calendar year to determine age. (example: born in 1981: 2011-1981=30)

To determine their placement, adult learners are eligible to take the ACT test or the Accuplacer test. The Accuplacer is a placement test that provides placement in English and Math. For more information, please contact the Testing Office at 985-493-2599.