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 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 Louisiana Coastal Community. 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.


We aspire to be the intellectual, economic, and cultural heart of the Louisiana Coastal Community.


Nicholls State University prepares all students for careers and life in a spirited campus environment immersed in the Louisiana Coastal Community.


Nicholls State University supports values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world by embracing its core values. Our core values include:

Civic Engagement: 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 fair-mindedness 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.

Safety: We cultivate a safe and secure environment free from harm conducive to unity and freedom of expression

 Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Nicholls State University is committed to fully embracing and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual and the 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

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, vendor, 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.

Read more about the Nicholls State University 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.

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