Nicholls State University: Narrative Description

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906 East First St.
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Tel: (985)446-8111; 877-NICHOLLS
Admissions: (985)448-4507
Fax: (985)448-4929
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Louisiana System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1948. Setting: 210-acre small town campus with easy access to New Orleans. Endowment: $7.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $770,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $3499 per student. Total enrollment: 7,473. Faculty: 281 (280 full-time, 1 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 2,883 applied, 99% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 64% from top half. 38 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,602 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,182 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 25 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 18% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 22% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2135 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8688 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1105 full-time. College room and board: $3534. College room only: $1800.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 83 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Programming Association, Residence Hall Association, Food Advisory Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Fest, Family Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 1,174 students; 1,214 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Allen J. Ellender Memorial Library with 303,962 books, 396,049 microform titles, 1,341 serials, 3,374 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located in a sugar-belt town on the banks of picturesque Bayou Lafourche. Incorporated in 1838, this was the first trading post established between New Orleans and the country along Bayou Teche in southeastern Louisiana. There are many beautiful plantations in the vicinity. Thibodaux presents a small town atmosphere. It is a quick 45 miles from historic New Orleans by rail or bus. The year-round climate is mild to moderate. The city has a public library, churches representing all denominations, and a hospital. Recreation includes movies, theater, hunting, boating, fishing, golf, bowling, swimming, and tennis. Student employment is available in the area and on campus.

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