Nicholls Named Hidden Gem of the Southeast by College Raptor

First Day of Class Spring 2020 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 1/21/20

THIBODAUX, La. — An online education resource has dubbed Nicholls State University as a Hidden Gem of the Southeast.

College Raptor considers a university a Hidden Gem if they receive fewer than 5,000 applications, enroll fewer than 7,000 undergraduates and have an acceptance rate higher than 10 percent. Other criteria include graduation rates, campus diversity and endowment per student.

Three schools were selected from each state as Hidden Gems in the region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

“We take pride in our programs that help students reach their educational goals and prepare for successful careers,” said Dr. Sue Westbrook, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As a smaller university, our professors are able to devote more individualized time per student and implement high impact practices in their approach to teaching, which has been proven to lead to greater student success.” 

College Raptor aims to help students find the most affordable schools that best fit their academic and career goals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or

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