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 The earlier this form is submitted, the earlier more promptly your financial aid gets processed.