New Flexible Admissions Policy Increases Accessibility to Nicholls State University

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

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is proud to announce a new test-flexible admissions policy and expanded scholarship program for first-time freshmen set to begin in 2022. 

High school students with a minimum 2.35 GPA who are on track to meet the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Core curriculum will be eligible for admission to Nicholls. The university will work with students on a variety of ways for students to achieve placement for English and math. Such ways include the ACT, Accuplacer and Aleks for math, and ACT, Accuplacer and directed self-placement for English. These changes will go into effect for first-time freshmen applicants beginning with the Summer 2022 semester. 

“We are committed to offering a high-quality education and the most unique undergraduate experience in the state accessible to the Bayou Region,” Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune said. 

Existing admission criteria for the university will remain the same, said Courtney Cassard, director of enrollment services. The key changes are expanded placement options and an adjusted admissions timeline for students. 

“Instead of waiting for placement to be achieved, we can admit qualified applicants based on their high school grades and work towards placement later in the cycle,” Cassard said. “By doing this, we are making Nicholls State University more accessible to prospective college students in our region and all over Louisiana.” 

Additionally, the university will be expanding scholarship criteria for first-time freshmen beginning with the Fall 2022 semester. To be considered for scholarships a student must have either at least a 21 composite ACT and 3.5 GPA, or 24 composite ACT and 3.0 GPA. Homeschooled students must have a composite 23 ACT. To be eligible for Fall 2022 scholarships, students must apply for admission by Jan. 5. 

The change, Cassard said, is that priority will be determined by GPA instead of ACT scores. To apply, visit

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