Nicholls touts options to meet admission mark

THIBODAUX (AP) — Nicholls State University says it will offer a variety of options for students who have trouble getting into college because of higher admissions requirements.
In a news release Monday, the university outlined programs available to students now that admissions standards require that there be no need for developmental course work.
Students have the option of taking the COMPASS exam — a computer-adaptive college placement test administered daily on the Nicholls campus. They also can retake the ACT exam or enroll in a summer class to meet enrollment standards. There’s also a pilot program for students who come within two points of meeting the required ACT score in math or English.
Nicholls said it first implemented selective admissions standards in 2005 and has been steadily increasing those standards, resulting to bring in higher-quality students and increase graduation rates.
The new standards for Louisiana high school graduates for admission to Nicholls require that they:
— Complete the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Core 4 Curriculum.
— Have at least a 21 ACT composite score or a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.35 out of 4.0.
— Have no need for developmental coursework.

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