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Nichols College Data & Information Overview

42 awards Ranking Badges
85% Acceptance Rate
8% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Nichols College Ranked?

Marketing Research Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Nichols College was awarded 42 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is marketing research.

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Overall Quality

Nichols was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Nichols?

85% Acceptance Rate
31% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Nichols College has an acceptance rate of 85%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to Nichols submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 490 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Nichols College  ( 480 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Nichols College  ( 490 to 590 )
Nichols received ACT scores from 2% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Nichols College  ( 20 to 26 )

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Nichols College Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
35% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Nichols College is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Nichols College is 35%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  35 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Nichols College

74% Freshmen Retention
52% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Nichols College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Nichols the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 52%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

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Nichols College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,152 Full-Time Undergraduates
21.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
33.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,279 undergraduates at Nichols with 1,152 being full-time and 127 being part-time.

How Much Does Nichols College Cost?

$29,951 Net Price
93% Take Out Loans
$38,088 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Nichols is $29,951. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Nichols

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,701 $28,285 $29,693 $31,043 $32,235

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Nichols, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Nichols, approximately 93% of students took out student loans averaging $9,522 a year. That adds up to $38,088 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Nichols is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Nichols Graduates Make?

$53,889 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Nichols make about $53,889 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Nichols graduates since it is 27% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Nichols College

Massachusetts State
1,152 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Dudley, Massachusetts, Nichols College is a private not-for-profit institution. Dudley is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Nichols are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Center Rd, Dudley, MA 01571-5000
Phone: 800-470-3379

Nichols College Majors

18 Majors With Completions
338 Undergraduate Degrees
162 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 18 majors graduated from Nichols College. Of these students, 338 received undergraduate degrees and 162 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 83 $44,838
Health & Physical Education 47 $25,742
Accounting 38 $48,403
Marketing 31 $42,212
Criminal Justice & Corrections 28 $37,724
Business Administration & Management 22 $45,536
General Psychology 18 NA
Finance & Financial Management 17 $52,425
Human Resource Management 13 $44,934
Hospitality Management 10 $42,005

Learn more about the majors offered at Nichols College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Nichols

34% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 484 students took at least one online class at Nichols College. This is a decrease from the 1,518 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 484 91
2019-2020 1,518 604
2018-2019 470 143
2017-2018 431 97
2016-2017 412 71

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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