Nicholls State University (NSU) is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. NSU sits on 210 acres in the heart of “Cajun Country” about 50 miles away from New Orleans. When it first opened in 1948, it was a junior college associated with Louisiana State University. It was not until 1958 that it became its own four year institution of higher learning and not until 1970 that the official name became Nicholls State University, named after Louisiana war hero and Supreme Court Justice Francis T. Nicholls. NSU is accredited through the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.