Nichols, is a private, liberal arts college. Founded in 1815 as a college for men, it adopted coeducation in 1970. Its 210-acre campus is located in Dudley, 15 miles south of Worcester.

Website: www.nichols.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,301
Undergraduate
Students
(36.7%) 478 Women
(63.3%) 823 Men
232
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
92% of 2,161 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
2.89
SAT Math
507 average
456-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
506 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$51,400
Tuition and Fees
$34,000
Room and Board
$13,800
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Freshman Award
$32,635
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,873
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
54
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 62% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Dudley Population
11,390
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
77% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bison
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
8.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.0% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
1.5% from 11 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
46.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
93%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
23.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Minimally Difficult: Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 2 3
History    
Academic Electives 5  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
PO Box 5000
City, State, Zip
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
Phone
 
Fax
(508) 213-9885
E-mail
admissions@nichols.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
December 1

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
92% of 2,161 applicants were admitted
Women
94% of 693 applicants were admitted
Men
91% of 1,468 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
430 (22%) of 1,993 admitted students enrolled
Women
135 (21%) of 650 admitted students enrolled
Men
295 (22%) of 1,343 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
74% of 836 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
2.89
3.75 and Above
6%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
28%
2.00 - 2.49
24%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
507 average
456-550 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
12%
Score of 500 - 600
46%
Score of 400 - 500
32%
Score of 300 - 400
9%
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
506 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
8%
Score of 500 - 600
46%
Score of 400 - 500
40%
Score of 300 - 400
5%
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
0%
Score of 24 - 29
19%
Score of 18 - 23
57%
Score of 12 - 17
24%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 3%
Top quarter: 17%
Top half: 47%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$51,400
Tuition and Fees
$34,000
Room and Board
$13,800
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
$2,200
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002197
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
370 (99.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
316 (85.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
316 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
76 (24.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$32,635
Need-Based Gift
Received by 316 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $23,082
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 308 (97.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,645
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 17 (5.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
57 (15.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,615

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,044 (86.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
909 (87.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
909 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
233 (25.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$30,653
Need-Based Gift
Received by 909 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,407
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 880 (96.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,365
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 162 (17.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
302 (24.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,915

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,873
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
54
Part-Time Faculty
54
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
36%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 62% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
172,237
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
154
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Organizational Management

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Dudley Population
11,390
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
250 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Worcester
Nearest Train Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Worcester

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
77% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
23%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bison
School Colors
Forest green and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, racquetball, rugby
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading, racquetball, rugby

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, cheerleading, football, rock climbing, sand volleyball, skiing (downhill), soccer, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
radio station, campus activities board, institute for women's leadership, student government association, student athletic advisory council, student alumni association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,301
Women
478 (36.7%)
Men
823 (63.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,211
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
8.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.0% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
1.5% from 11 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
232

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
46.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
50%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
50.8%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
93%
Average Starting Salary
93%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
23.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 5%

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