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Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States
Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, La., is an accredited regional university with a diverse population of about 6,500 traditional and nontraditional students. 

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Since first opening its doors in 1948, Nicholls has been the only university serving the Bayou Region. 


Nicholls capitalizes on its prime location and rich culture by offering distinctive academic programs in culinary arts, geomatics, maritime management, marine and environmental science, petroleum services and safety technology. 


Nicholls State University supports values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world by embracing as its core values:

  • Civic Responsibility: We use our time and talents to serve our community.
  • Diversity: We embrace unique perspectives that all individuals bring to the learning environment.
  • Excellence: We reach for the highest level of achievement in all activities.
  • Integrity: We expect fairness and truthfulness in all instances.
  • Leadership: As representatives of the university, we embrace our role as leaders.
  • Respectfulness: We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs of others.
  • Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions.

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Student services

Welcome to the Nicholls Post Office information guide. Our purpose is to provide quality and efficient postal services to Nicholls students, faculty and staff.

Nicholls State University’s Post Office is a contract postal unit of the United States Postal Service and is located in the Donald G. Bollinger Student Union. We provide students, faculty and staff with the information needed to process their incoming and outgoing mail in the most timely and cost effective service available.

Housing services

Housing Requirements:

  • All full-time undergraduate students at Nicholls State University are required to live on campus unless they meet certain exemption requirements.
  • A Housing & Food Service Contract is for one full academic year (Fall & Spring), not just one semester.
  • To register for housing or to request an exemption please visit the Housing Portal and click on “application”, the first question will ask if you want to apply for housing or complete an exemption request. 
  • Make your selection and follow the prompts from there.
  • Applications to live on campus require a $250 deposit (a $50 non-refundable application fee and $200 security deposit).

Library services

Ellender Memorial Library is now open. Students and faculty can book virtual research appointments via chat, text, or email.

Medical services

UHS offers quality healthcare for all currently enrolled students and staff.   You can visit UHS for acute health problems, medical information, and injuries–just as you would your doctor’s office. A nurse is also available during UHS hours.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Recreation strives to enhance the development and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle through fitness and wellness, intramural sports and activities.

Sports facilities

  • The cardio room is equipped with 42 pieces of Precor cardio equipment including treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and AMTs.  Each machine has a P80 Console that has a 15 inch LCD Touch Screen.
  • There are two fitness studios within the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center. The larger of the two studios has the capability to be partitioned off to make it into two smaller studios.
  • The indoor track is located on the 2nd level of the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center which gives a bird’s eye view of the strength room and Michael Childs Gymnasium.
  • The Michael Childs Gymnasium includes two multipurpose courts for free play and intramural competition. 

Student clubs

The Student Union is more than a building. It is a student-oriented community with opportunities for cultural, intellectual, social, economic, and ethnic development. We strive to be a professionally recognized system of people, services, programs, and facilities dedicated to achieving and maintaining excellence in:

  • Promoting unity, loyalty and regard for the campus community;
  • Enhancing the quality of life on campus;
  • Fostering learning and personal development through out-of-class experiences; and
  • Providing necessary and convenient goods and services.


Nicholls State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master and specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Nicholls State University.

Student Reviews

"Harvard on the Bayou" as we call it :)
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed studying at this university, I kind of just wish we had more resources for discovering what major is your best fit, as well as, internship/research experiences.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, studying has consisted of staying up late to review for an exam the next morning. It also has included multiple videos to study with and quizlets to completely learn the material.

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