More undergraduates enrolling at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Undergraduate enrollment at Nicholls State University increased 2 percent this spring, with Nicholls enrolling 5,195 undergraduates, compared to 5,098 a year ago.

Overall enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students, rose slightly to 5,763 students, up nine from spring 2015, according to 14th class day statistics. This marks the third consecutive semester that Nicholls has had an enrollment increase.

“This continued trend of enrollment growth and high retention rates during challenging times proves that Nicholls is providing a high-quality education at an affordable price,” Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy said. “Looking ahead to the fall, we’re receiving greater interest in Nicholls than we’ve seen in recent years with increased applications and more students accepting scholarship offers to become a Colonel. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff, we’re well on our way toward reaching our goal of 8,000 students.”

Changes to freshman-level math and English courses continue to pay off as Nicholls posted an 87 percent freshman retention rate one year after setting a record-high rate last spring.

Nursing and biology, Nicholls’ most popular degree programs, saw the largest increases among programs this semester. Nursing enrollment increased by 8 percent, up to 736 to 684, while biology increased by 12 percent, with 394 students, compared to 351 a year ago.


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