About Nicholls

Campus Scenic Stock April 2016FAST FACTS:

  • Founded: Sept. 23, 1948
  • Colors: Red and gray
  • Mascot: Colonel
  • Namesake: Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, two-term Louisiana governor and Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice
  • Size of main campus: 52 campus buildings on 287 acres
  • Enrollment: 6,200 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Annual economic impact: $275 million
  • Degree Programs: 7 associate degree programs, 76 bachelor’s, 23 master’s, 1 specialist
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Student organizations: 120
  • Athletics: 14 NCAA Division I sports




  • In the past two years, Nicholls biology students and faculty have spearheaded coastal restoration efforts including growing, harvesting and planting over 16,000 plants in coastal habitats.
  • The university’s AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration 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.
  • Geoffrey Hebert, a Nicholls finance and accounting major, was the only college football player in Louisiana to be named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America First Team.
  • Nicholls nursing students continue to surpass state and national averages with 95 percent of 2015 graduates passing the NCLEX-RN exam on the first try.
  • Nicholls has earned the “Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus” designation and has consistently been named a “Military Friendly School.”
  • The St. Thomas Aquinas Colonel Catholics group at Nicholls was named one of the top 10 university Catholic centers in the nation.
  • The Nicholls Bass Fishing Team placed third out of over 80 teams at the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship.