Nichols College Application Essay

Nichols College regards each prospective student as an individual, considering each application as it is submitted throughout the academic year. Applications for full-time undergraduate students are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are made when applications are complete. Students wishing to apply to Nichols under the Early Action policy are held to a December 1st deadline. Students applying after the Early Action deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis.

It is the goal of Nichols College that every student who enrolls be provided the best career-focused business education in New England. Admissions is a joint process between the applicant and the Nichols College community; we want to make sure that Nichols is the right fit for the student, and the student for the College.

Interviews and Tours

There is no substitute for a campus visit when students are choosing a college. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. To arrange a visit, students should call the Office of Admissions at 508-213-2203 or 1-800-470-3379 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Alternatively, students may schedule a tour through the Nichols College homepage at We will arrange a tour with one of our student ambassadors. Each tour time includes the opportunity to meet with a member of the admissions staff. If students have a special request to meet with a member of the faculty, athletic department, or to attend a class, we will do our best to arrange it.

For questions or information about any of the application or admissions procedures, students may call or write the Office of Admissions, Nichols College, P.O. Box 5000, Dudley, MA 01571-5000, or email us at Please visit our website at for more information.

Admissions Profile

Admissions candidacy requires that every applicant either be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Home-schooled students must demonstrate successful completion of a secondary school education in a home school setting and meet state requirements. As with all applicants, home-schooled students must take either the SAT or ACT test, unless choosing to waive the test requirement by demonstrating a 3.0 (B/85) GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Proficiency in certain academic areas is a basic requirement for entrance to the College. Successful candidates for admission will follow a college preparatory course of study prior to applying to Nichols.

The recommended schedule of units for admission is as follows:

English  ................................................................................................ 4 units

College Preparatory Mathematics

        Business Administration candidates...................................... 3 units
Recommended courses: Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra II, Advanced Mathematics, or
their equivalents

        Liberal Arts candidates.............................................................. 2 units
Recommended courses: Algebra I and
Geometry or Algebra II

Social Science...................................................................................... 2 units

Laboratory Science............................................................................. 2 units

Academic Electives............................................................................. 5 units

Non-traditional applicants who have not followed the recommended program as stated are considered for entrance if the Admissions Committee believes that they can be successful degree candidates.

Application Process

Since Nichols College uses the rolling admissions process, applicants are considered for admission as soon as their application files are completed. Applicants will need to submit the following to complete requirements for their application:

  1. A completed application form must be filed with the Office of Admissions. There are two ways to submit an application for admission:
  2. Have secondary school transcript(s) sent directly to the College. Preliminary evaluation can be done with an unofficial transcript. Home-schooled students should submit a self-certified transcript. Students applying through LEAP, Decision Day, or Early Action application options, must show grades 9-11 on the official transcript. Those applying as a Regular Decision candidate must also include the first marking period of senior year. The Office of Admissions may request additional documentation for any early applicant. Once an applicant decides to enroll, a final official secondary school transcript, including date of graduation, is required before a student may begin classes.
  3. Submit a copy of test scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. Applicants should take these tests early in the senior year or in the spring or summer of the junior year of high school. In order to have test scores sent directly to Nichols College, enter our code as 3666 for SAT tests, or 1878 for ACT tests. Domestic students may choose to waive their test scores if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Please note that the GPA is subject to recalculation by the Admissions Office and a test score may be requested.
  4. Have at least one academic recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher sent directly to the College.
  5. Send us a personal essay with a topic of their choosing.

Conditional Admissions Policy

Any student with an SAT below 700 (math plus critical reading), or without a test score and a high school GPA below the 3.0 to be test optional, can be given special consideration with the Admission with Uncommon Potential Provision (UPP). Given the uncommon nature of this acceptance protocol, the College will admit no more than 10 students per start term via UPP.

Once recommended, UPP students are required to complete a satisfactory interview with a member of the UPP committee (Assistant Dean of Enrollment, Associate Director of Enrollment for Student Success, Vice President for Enrollment, Assistant Dean for Learning Services), and complete two courses at Nichols College as a non-matriculated student, or at a local, accredited community college, with a grade of “C” or better in both. Each course must be approved by the UPP committee.

After the student has met these criteria (successful interview and course completion), he or she can be admitted to the College without further restriction. The student will be assigned a student-mentor in the Nichols Connect program, and be eligible for services available to all enrolled Nichols College undergraduate students, including financial aid.

Transfer Students

Those applying for transfer from another college must follow the same application procedure and complete the same required units for entrance as outlined for first-time college students. Transfer students must furnish official transcripts of all previous college or university work attempted, whether or not transfer credit will be sought. Upon admission to Nichols College, copies of the transfer student’s transcript will be sent to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. The Registrar will send the student notification of credits accepted for transfer.

Courses for transfer credit will be evaluated according to the following guidelines:

  1.  Courses taken at regionally accredited higher education institutions where a grade of C or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit, provided the course or courses are similar to a course or courses offered at Nichols College and are applicable to a Nichols College degree program.
  2. The maximum number of credit-hours allowed for transfer from regionally accredited higher education institutions is 90 credit hours.
  3.  Only six credit-hours are permitted for transfer credit toward junior/senior concentration requirements.
  4. Only three credit-hours are permitted for transfer credit toward minor requirements.
  5. All students (including transfer students) must take at least 30 credit-hours – immediately preceding graduation – at Nichols College and complete all degree requirements. 30 of the final 36 credit-hours must be taken at Nichols College.
  6. Nichols College evaluates non-traditional credit on the basis of recommendations made by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and must be American Council on Education (ACE) approved.
  7. Students enrolled at Nichols College must receive approval from the Registrar before registering for course(s) for credit to be taken at another institution for transfer to Nichols College.
  8.  Mathematics and Accounting courses must be taken within the ten years prior to enrollment to qualify for transfer credit.
  9. Computer courses must be taken within the five years prior to enrollment.
  10. A maximum of 30 credit-hours may be transferred into any Nichols College program from DANTES or CLEP.
  11. In order to be eligible for commencement honors, a student must earn at least 60 credit-hours at Nichols College and must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.20.
  12.  The capstone courses MGMT 485, LEAD 400 and LA 400 are ineligible for transfer credit and must be taken at Nichols College.

Articulation Agreements

Nichols College maintains ongoing cooperative relationships with select two-year colleges to facilitate the transfer process and to award credit for prior college-level work. If a student currently attends a two-year college, he or she should check to see if Nichols has an articulation agreement with that institution. Students may contact the transfer coordination department at their current institution or call the Office of Admissions at Nichols College for further information.

International Students

Applicants from foreign countries are expected to meet the same minimal educational background as that of students educated in the United States. To study at Nichols, proficiency in English must be documented. This requirement may be met a number of ways: by achieving scores of at least 72 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or by achieving a score of 6 or higher on the IELTs; through successful completion of an approved English language program; by acceptable scores on either the SAT or the ACT tests; through formal recommendation by English Language Program partner or other affiliate; or by graduation from an accredited English-speaking secondary school with a college preparatory curriculum. Information on the TOEFL or the SAT may be obtained through the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 USA.

International students must submit the same information to Nichols as domestic students in order for their applications for admission to be complete. Letters of recommendation must be submitted in English and all transcripts must be translated into English if the originals are not in English.

When all of the above information has been received, the International Counselor will consider an application for admission. Once admitted, international students choosing to matriculate at the college must submit the following before an I-20 can be issued: a $1,000.00 tuition deposit and an Affidavit of Financial Support with official non-altered certification from their bank. The I-20 cannot be issued without these two items. Nichols College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

International students are eligible for academic scholarships granted by Nichols College. Normally, international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid. You may be eligible to receive federal Student Financial Aid if you meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Are a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid Social Security number
  2. Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass an approved “ability to benefit” test
  3. Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate
  4. Register (or have registered) for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25

If you meet these requirements, obtain and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form can be acquired at

Undergraduate Adult Education Program

Students applying to the UAEP are not required to submit SAT scores, an essay, or recommendation letter, and will not be assessed an application fee. Applications for the UAEP are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are made when applications are complete.

Prospective students will need to submit the following information:

  1. A completed Nichols College online application
  2. An official, final high school transcript with the date of graduation on the transcript
  3. If applicable, official college transcript(s)


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts approves Nichols College for the training of veterans. Special consideration is given to veterans’ applications. Maturity and a desire for further education are considered more important than quantitative measures of past school performance.


Day students who have previously attended the College and have left or withdrawn are required to file an application for readmission with the Registrar’s Office. If the student has attempted academic work at other institutions since leaving Nichols, official transcripts of the work must be submitted. Students applying for readmission will be reviewed by other departments on campus in reference to status and eligibility. If separation from Nichols resulted from Academic Suspension, students should follow the appeal procedure detailed under Continued Enrollment/Academic Suspension.

Alternative Methods of Awarding Credit

Nichols College recognizes that it is possible for an individual to attain knowledge and education in ways other than the conventional classroom experience. Therefore, the College will award credits for education achieved in any of the following ways. No more than 90 semester hours may be earned through any one or a combination of these methods.

College Level Examination Program  The Educational Testing Service has developed the College Level Examination Program as a national method of attaining placement and credit. Nichols College recognizes the general examinations of the College Level Examination Program as well as selected subject examinations. The College will award credit toward graduation for superior achievement on the general examinations in a variety of areas. For a current list of accepted examinations, please consult with the Registrar.

College Entrance Examination Board/Advanced Placement Examination  Applicants enrolled in advanced placement courses in high school who take the Advanced Placement Examination in May of their senior year and who earn grades of 3, 4, or 5 will be granted credit.

Credit for Prior Learning  Up to 45 credits may be awarded for professional and experiential learning to matriculated students after evaluation of a Prior Learning Assessment portfolio, produced in the completion of a 3-credit course at Nichols (SEM 445), that clearly explains and documents any competencies or skills accrued outside of college classes which meet the criteria for college-level learning. The 3-credit course will be included in the total CPL.

Military Service Schools and Military Examination Credits  Nichols College follows the recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as to appropriate credit to be awarded for formal service in the armed services. Nichols also accepts and individually evaluates course credits earned through examination utilizing DANTES, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support Program (previously called the United States Armed Forces Institute).

Non-Traditional Coursework  Courses taught by business and industry are evaluated using the published guidelines of the American Council on Education (ACE).

Acceptance and Confirmation Procedure for Day Students

All applicants, except international students (see International Students section), are required to forward a $250.00 tuition deposit to reserve a place in the incoming class. The tuition deposit is refundable until May 1st. The student must notify the college in writing that he or she no longer wishes to enroll in order to obtain this refund. The tuition deposit is credited on the student’s first statement of charges. At the time of confirmation, the student agrees to be governed by the standards, policies, and regulations of Nichols College.

Deposits received, or refunds requested, after May 1st are non-refundable. Students who deposit after July 1st are required to immediately pay all charges normally due on or before July 1st.

We accept applications throughout the year and there is no fee to apply. For those students who qualify, financial aid is available. 

Nichols College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, gender, age, marital status, parental status, physical disability, learning disability, political affiliation, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

As a proving ground for tomorrow’s leaders, Nichols College understands that participation in peaceful protest can be a powerful demonstration of leadership. Standing up for one’s values, while respecting human differences, and the rights of others, will not jeopardize a student’s admission to Nichols.

Send admission documents and correspondence to:

Office of Admission
Nichols College
124 Center Road
Dudley, MA 01571

We want to talk to you!

We’re here to help—so if you have questions about Nichols, our application process, or scheduling a visit, contact our Admission office anytime at or by phone at 508-213-2203 or 1-800-470-3379. Or contact one of our admission counselors, and start a conversation today about you—and where you want to go.


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