Nicholls Online ranks among top schools for affordability, mobility rate

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls Online was again named one of the best online programs in the country for helping students from low-income families significantly improve their situation after graduation, according to a new report.

Online education research publisher, SR Education Group, analyzed nearly 1,000 online programs and those with a mobility rate in the top 30 percent that offer at least 10 bachelor’s degree programs were considered. Only 92 schools made the cut.

Nicholls, which ranked No. 18 in affordability, was one of five Louisiana schools included in the ranking, including Southern University, McNeese State University, Northwestern State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

“Here at Nicholls State University, we pride ourselves on providing rigorous academic programs that align with the wants and needs of the Bayou Region,” said Dr. Sue Westbrook, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “What better way to serve your community than helping a student improve their quality of life. Rankings like this underscore just how valuable Nicholls is to the community.”  

SR Education Group assigns mobility scores to each institution, which are determined by mobility rates, early career salaries for graduates and pell grant rates. Nicholls 78.1 was the second-best score in Louisiana.

In 2017, The Equal Opportunity Project reported Nicholls had a 2.9 percent upward mobility rate, higher than the national average of 1.9 percent and ranked in the 85th percentile of U.S. colleges.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Washington, SR Education Group provides online resources to help prospective college students find the education that best suits their budget and career aspirations. The group provides over $250,000 annually in scholarships.


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