Getting Started


If you decide you want to pursue an online degree through Nicholls Online, here are the first steps you will take to begin your journey.

  • Click on the Nicholls State University Application page.
  • Make sure to select Online Only and then the Term in which you want to start. (if you want to start immediately or are unsure, you can simply select the first option)
  • There is a $20 application fee ($30 for international students).
  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the electronic application form.
  • Application processing may take a week.

Financial Aid

Nicholls Online students are eligible for financial aid.

What is Banner?

You will hear early and often about something called Banner.  Banner is where you can go to register for classes, check your Financial Aid status, pay your fees, view your transcript and much more.  Here are some video tutorials and step-by-step instructions to help you set up and learn to navigate Banner.

Video Tutorials 

E-Mail Set-up

Nicholls’ students are required to use their Nicholls email address when corresponding with faculty, staff, advisors, and administrative offices on campus.  Here are some simple steps on how to set-up your email.  Your Nicholls email is a Gmail account, so it provides you with all of the additional services in Google such as YouTube, Calendar, Drive, etc.

  1. Go to 
  2. Enter your username. Your username is your email address that you learned via logging into Banner Self-Service
  3. Enter your password
    • Your password is your N# found in the upper right corner of Banner Self-Service




You will see two course sections for Nicholls Online courses: WWW and WWP. WWW means that the entire course will be done online including testing. WWP will be entirely online instruction, but may require the proctoring of exams. This can be done by using a testing center, library of even at home using an online proctoring service. ProctorU uses your webcam to monitor your test taking. All you need is a webcam with a microphone and a reliable, high-speed internet connection. The cost is $15 per test. If you prefer to take the exam on campus at Nicholls testing center you have that option (

The purpose of having exams proctored is to ensure academic honesty in the Nicholls Online course. It will enhance the validity and learning experience of the course and the degree which you will receive from Nicholls State University

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely. All proven or suspected cases of cheating, plagiarism, purchased papers, borrowed papers, work copied from the Internet, and any other act deemed dishonest will be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee for permanent record keeping and disciplinary action.

It is especially important that students understand how to avoid plagiarism before enrolling in a course.  The following resource is available for guidance in this manner.

Records of academic dishonesty will be maintained in the Office of Academic Affairs.  If a student is recorded as a multiple offender (more than one listing in the data file) of the academic dishonest policy, the student will be brought before the Academic Affairs Integrity committee for review as per Section 5.46 of the Code of Student Conduct.

General Education

What are General Education Courses?

All college students across the country have to take some form of “General Education” courses.  The phrase General Education refers to the educational foundation of skills, knowledge, habits of mind, and values that prepares students for success in their majors and in their personal and professional lives after graduation. This educational foundation is developed primarily through the Core Curriculum, a set of general education course requirements that all students, regardless of their major, must meet. At Nicholls, most students complete their general education courses by their junior year.

What’s Their Purpose?

The General Education Program develops and fosters

  • foundational skills in critical thinking, creativity, and communication, including information and technology literacy
  • an understanding of the natural and social worlds in which we live
  • an awareness of the importance of the past and a familiarity with the cultural movements that have shaped the present
  • an appreciation for the artistic and philosophical expressions of the human community
  • the exercise of moral reasoning, ethical choices, and social responsibility
  • intellectual curiosity, independent and life-long learning
  • informed and tolerant perspectives of intercultural and international issues and challenges