The Institution

Nicholls State University, founded in 1948, is a public university located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. A member of the University of Louisiana System of universities, the 287-acre campus, once part of historic Acadia Plantation, fronts on Bayou Lafourche, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans and 60 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.

Nicholls State delivers accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions within a spirited campus environment immersed in the Bayou Region culture. It is through collaborative and sustainable partnerships with faculty, staff, students and the greater community that we encourage a supportive, diverse and collaborative environment in which we learn from each other through informed and open communication, institutional practices and community engagement.


To be the intellectual, economic, and cultural heart of the Bayou Region.


Nicholls State University delivers accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions within a spirited campus environment immersed in Bayou Region culture.


Nicholls State University supports values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world by embracing as its core values:
● Civic Responsibility: We use our time and talents to serve our community.
● Diversity: We embrace unique perspectives that all individuals bring to the learning environment.
● Excellence: We reach for the highest level of achievement in all activities.
● Integrity: We expect fairness and truthfulness in all instances.
● Leadership: As representatives of the university, we embrace our role as leaders.
● Respectfulness: We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs of others.
● Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Nicholls State University is committed to fully embracing and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual and commonalities among all members of our campus community. This commitment extends beyond a written document and is wholly integrated into our culture. We are driven by the following foundational philosophies: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation

With these as our guide this document and the goals, objectives, plans, and activities contained therein provide a multitude of opportunities for the Nicholls community to participate, grow, develop, and evolve with a common purpose.

Nicholls State University Non-Discrimination Policy

Nicholls State University is committed to maintaining an environment free from any type of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (including for whistleblowing). In furtherance of that commitment, Nicholls has adopted this policy forbidding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any kind against any applicant, employee, student, vender, or visitor of Nicholls. This policy forbids discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any kind by or against any applicant, employee, student, or any other individual on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, and veteran or retirement status.

Nicholls State University’s Policy Prohibiting Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation is available on the website/in the policy and procedure manual, upon request from the Office of Human Resources, or upon request from any member of management.

Development of Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Immediately after being named the sixth president of Nicholls State University, Dr. Jay Clune initiated conversations with individuals and groups he thought were vital to the development of the University’s first comprehensive and formal diversity document and plan. In January of 2018 he appointed and charged a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Steering Team to begin the process, bringing the document and plan to life.

Throughout the Spring, 2018 semester groundwork was laid and the larger Task Force was called to action. Until the organizational chart indicated otherwise, the document and responsibilities for coordination of the Steering Group lived with the Dean of Students. In the Fall of 2019 a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office was named, transferring the responsibility of the Diversity Task Force under this area of operation.