Admission Requirements

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

Choose Your Application Process

  • » First-Year Students

    First-Year Students 

    There are two application plans for students who want to apply to the traditional day program at Nichols College:

    1. Early Action. Early Action is a non-binding application plan for students who would be entering Nichols for their first year of college. The Early Action plan is more selective than our rolling admission pool. Students accepted under our Early Action plan receive a $1,000 Early Acceptance Grant in addition to any academic scholarships and receive an admission decision before the holidays. Applicants interested in Early Action must complete their application and submit all supporting documents by December 1. 
    2. Regular Decision. This option is our most popular application plan. 

    To apply, choose one of these application forms:

    The Common Application
    Nichols College Online Application

    First-Year Undergraduate Application Requirements:

    • Official high school transcripts. Transcripts should include at least one set of marking period grades for your senior year.
    • Official SAT (CEEB code 3666), ACT (code 1878), or TOEFL (if international student) scores; or, you may apply as test optional. Students with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale may choose to waive SAT or ACT scores. Students with below a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher will be required to conduct a brief interview. Interviews may be conducted on campus, via Skype, or by phone.
    • One letter of recommendation. Preferably from a guidance counselor or teacher.
    • Essay / personal statement.

    If you’re a home-schooled applicant, follow these steps. Be sure your high school curriculum or certified program you followed satisfies the requirements of your home state.

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  • » Undergraduate Adult Students

    Undergraduate Adult Students

    Admission Requirements

    • A completed undergraduate adult education online application (we accept applications throughout the year)
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Official high school transcript or GED certificate
    • Official college transcripts from all accredited colleges, if applicable

    Learn more about the application process for undergraduate adult students.

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  • » Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    Admission Requirements

    • A completed Nichols College undergraduate application
    • Official final high school transcript with the date of graduation on it
    • Official college transcript(s) from all institutions attended
    • Essay or personal statement regarding your desire to transfer
    • One letter of recommendation
    • SAT or ACT scores (waived if you have been out of high school for over two years)

    Learn more about the application process for transfer students.

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  • » International Students

    International Students

    Admission Requirements

    Application process for Degree-Seeking International Students. Submit the following by June 25th:

    • Application
    • Proof of English Proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Requirements)
    • If seeking a degree, official secondary and (if applicable) post-secondary school transcript(s), translated and evaluated
    • Declaration of Finances or Notarized Affidavit of Support
    • Personal statement or essay
    • One academic letter of recommendation

    Application process for Inbound Study Abroad (semester-only) Students. Submit the following by June 15 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester:

    • Application
    • Proof of English proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Requirements)
    • Declaration of Finances or Notarized Affidavit of Support
    • Nomination letter from home university sent to the Office for International Engagement and Coordinator of International Admissions

    Learn more about the application process for international students.

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  • » Graduate Students

    Graduate Students

    Application Requirements

    Learn more about programs offered through our division of Graduate & Professional Studies.

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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.

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.