In order to be invited to Orientation, a student must have applied and been accepted to Nicholls State University.  Following your admission to the university, about a month before the Orientation program, a letter will be sent detailing the program.

New Student Orientation is for First-time freshman and transfer students with less than 30 hours of college credit.

There is a different program for students over age 25, as well as for transfer students with more than 30 hours.  Invitation letters will be sent out to these students as well.


Congratulations! Your acceptance to Nicholls State University has earned you a spot at our Orientation Program for Spring 2020. This will be your chance to learn all about the many opportunities and resources that are waiting for you at Nicholls. By the time you leave Orientation, you will be ready to begin your classes. Your Orientation Program is on January 16th. Check-in will begin at 8:15a.m. at Peltier Auditorium. The program will begin promptly at 8:30a.m. and conclude at approximately 5:00p.m. Please confirm your attendance to Orientation as soon as possible as space is limited at each program.


Have a question about orientation? Please contact us! You can reach us at 985-448-4507, toll free at 1-877-NICHOLLS, or via email at nicholls@nicholls.edu

Our office is ready to help you make the next step into the Nicholls family!


Are you excited? We are getting ready for you! Our team has been busily preparing for your arrival to Nicholls State University Freshman Orientation Spring 2020! Below are some important reminders to follow so you get the most out of your Orientation Experience.

When you arrive on campus, parking will be available next to the Ellender Memorial Library or Guidry Football Stadium.

Check in will begin promptly at 8:15am in Peltier Auditorium. The program will begin at 8:30 am SHARP. When you arrive at Peltier, you can find your materials at your color group table.  If your parents are attending the parent program, they will be escorted to Le Bijou Theater in the Student Union. Due to space limitations, parents can not attend the student program.

The program will end at approximately 5:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

You will need a picture ID in order to get your Colonel Card. You will also need to know your license plate number for your parking decal.

All students should have either completed a Housing Application if living on campus, or a Housing Exemption form if living at home.

If you have not completed the FAFSA, it is time to do so! You can check your Banner Account to check your status.

We will see you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get invited to Orientation?
    Students MUST have applied and been accepted to the university, and first-time freshman must have an ACT score on file with the Nicholls State Testing Center.
  2. I’m a transfer student. Do I need ACT scores?
    If you are transfering in with 30 hours or more hours, you do not have to attend this orientation program. If you are transfering in with less than 30 hours, then we will only need ACT scores if you did not take an English and a Math class at your previous institution.
  3. I’m a nontraditional student. Do I need ACT scores?
    Students over age 25 are strongly encouraged to take the ACT; however, non-traditional students can opt to take the COMPASS test to determine placement in English and math. COMPASS test results cannot substitute for the ACT portion of the selective Admission criteria. Call the Office of Admission for more information.
  4. What if I went to another university?
    Transfer students are required to submit an official transcript of every college or university they attended prior to coming to Nicholls State University.
  5. I took the ACT many years ago, do I have to retake it?
    No, ACT scores are good for life, but keep in mind that we will need an official copy from ACT. When requesting a score report, be prepared to state the month and the year that you took the test.
  6. What do we do at Orientation?
    Students learn all about Nicholls State University and its excellent academic programs. While at Orientation, students are registered for their classes. Students are required to attend Orientation in order to register for their classes.
  7. Do I have to spend the night in a dorm?
  8. How do I get financial aid?
    You must apply early for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA form. This is available over the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The earlier this form is submitted, the earlier more promptly your financial aid gets processed.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the 2019-2020 Orientation Team. Orientation leaders help new students by providing them with an introduction to Nicholls State University and its resources through orientation and other important University functions.

Becoming a member of the Orientation Team is extremely competitive. We encourage all interested students to apply!

For more info email nicholls@nicholls.edu.