Nicholls named a leader for online education

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has been named a leader in online education in Louisiana by an online higher education resource. evaluated public, not-for-profit colleges and universities on regional accreditation, tuition and fees, the percentage of students receiving institutional financial aid, number of available online programs and student-to-teacher ratio.

The website uses a Peer-Based Value metric that compares program costs to other programs with a similar qualitative score, and the qualitative score with other programs of a similar cost. Nicholls was graded a 95.45 out of 100.

“Our online programs are annually ranked among the best and most affordable in the country, so it’s no surprise to us that we would be a leader in Louisiana,” said Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, director of distance education and associate professor of mass communication. “At Nicholls Online, we keep our tuition affordable all while providing a high-quality education.”

Created in 2012, provides data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education.

“We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”


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