Nichols College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Nichols College Admissions Overview:

Nichols College is test-optional, so applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT as part of the admissions process. Students will need to submit high school transcripts, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation along with an application form. The school has an acceptance rate of 84%, making it generally accessible to the majority of applicants each year.

Admissions Data (2016):

Nichols College Description:

Nichols College is a private, business and liberal arts-focused college located in Dudley, Massachusetts, with three Massachusetts satellite campuses in Worcester, Auburn and Devens. The 200-acre main campus in the historic town of Dudley is nicknamed “The Hill” for its rolling, hilly topography. It is located centrally within an hour of several major New England cities, including Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Nichols has a student faculty ratio of 17 to 1 and average class sizes of 22 to 25 students. Undergraduate students can select from 18 majors in business or the liberal arts, and the college also offers master’s degrees in business administration and organizational leadership. The most popular undergraduate majors include general business, sport management and management. Nichols also offers an array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including over 30 student clubs and activities. The Nichols College Bison compete in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference. The college fields eight men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports. Popular choices include soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey, football, track and field, and field hockey.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,480 (1,269 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 60% Male / 40% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $33,400
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,500
  • Other Expenses: $2,200
  • Total Cost: $50,500

Nichols College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,565
    • Loans: $8,751

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, General Business, Management, Sport Management

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Ice Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Cross Country, Football
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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