University of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
The University of New Orleans is the only public research university in greater New Orleans. It has educated students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries. The University grants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in four academic colleges and interdisciplinary studies.
The University of New Orleans is located along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in a quiet residential section of New Orleans. It is a 15-minute drive from the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans.
In 1958, the University of New Orleans opened as the first fully integrated public institution of higher learning in the South. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), and its departments and colleges enjoy a number of specialized accreditations.
Get to know University of New Orleans
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
The University of New Orleans’ Center for Undergraduate Research facilitates collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty, promotes undergraduate research to internal and external audiences, and encourages new initiatives to create undergraduate research opportunities. Undergraduate research increases the interaction between undergraduate students and faculty/graduate students, builds lasting bonds through group educational activities, and provides insight into future career paths.
The Privateer Undergraduate Research and Scholarly UNO Experience (PURSUE) provides students with a mechanism to plan and conduct research alongside apt faculty who serve as their research mentors. Selected students are even awarded a stipend for their work on their research projects.
Placing strong emphasis on international education, the University offers summer study abroad opportunities to 10 countries, including its flagship program in Innsbruck, Austria, which has flourished for more than four decades and educated more than 10,000 students. UNO students also study in a dozen countries as part of international student exchange programs.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 22%
White, non-Hispanic: 47%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
First-Year Experience (FYE) at the University of New Orleans provides a broad network of support services and programs that address the academic, personal, and social needs of first-year students. To promote all students’ success, FYE offers outreach and interventions to those who are experiencing academic and social difficulties. FYE actively encourages students to engage in the university community to promote critical thinking and lifelong learning.
All first-year students must take UNIV 1001, a course that helps students develop skills to manage time, well-being, and personal resources. It teaches learning strategies to manage the college academic environment and provides information about campus resources that support academic growth and development. Altogether, the course offers information on career exploration, community service, wellness, and involvement.
FIRST-YEAR WRITING PROGRAM
The First-Year Writing Program offers two writing-intensive courses as part of the larger process of academic inquiry: asking questions, looking for answers, engaging with different viewpoints, and reflecting on what one has learned. Instructors foster intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness, encouraging students to value writing as a necessary part of learning and communicating both in the classroom and in the world at large. Because classes are limited to 25 students, students are able to collaborate through discussion and peer review while also receiving one-on-one feedback via student-teacher conferencing.
In English 1157, students are introduced to three different genres of writing and their conventions in order to understand how audience and purpose govern the content, scope, organization, and expression of their own ideas. Students in English 1158 then focus on argumentative writing, employing a range of research methods, integrating others’ ideas, and applying appropriate rhetorical strategies to express their ideas.
Many of the University’s most well-known programs are those that are tied to its location. They include: hotel, restaurant, and tourism administration; film; music; planning and urban studies; civil engineering; earth and environmental sciences; educational leadership; and one of the few naval architecture and marine engineering programs in the nation. Naval architecture and marine engineering students take advantage of the region’s only tow tank, a 125-foot-long tank that allows for in-water testing of model boats and marine structures.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
With more than 130 registered student organizations on campus, students can get involved to pursue their passions, connect with peers, and improve their leadership skills. The University also hosts hundreds of student events on campus throughout the year.
JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR
Now in its 29th season, Jazz at the Sandbar is one of the University’s most well-known and beloved traditions. Established in 1990 by faculty member Ellis Marsalis, this live music performance series pairs UNO jazz studies students with professional musicians in front of an audience at a first-class on-campus venue.
The University of New Orleans offers eight affinity housing wings in its residence halls. This allows students with common interests to build bonds with like-minded individuals and explore their passions in a supportive and respectful environment. The affinity wings are:
- New Orleans Culture
- Science and Sustainability Society
- Transfer Students
- Leadership and Involvement
- Arts and Technology
- Service-Learning and Institutional Community Engagement
- Greek Life
The University of New Orleans is located along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in a quiet residential section of New Orleans. It is a 15-minute drive from the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans. New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind destination with world-renowned food, music, culture, architecture, and festivals.
The University of New Orleans Privateers compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Southland Conference.
Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field
Women’s sports: basketball, cross country, volleyball, beach volleyball, tennis, and track and field
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 25%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for married students
Graduate Student Housing
SERVICE-LEARNING AND INSTITUTIONAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
University of New Orleans students and faculty engage in four major community initiatives including: Spotlight on Music, Arts and Culture; The Quality of Life Project; Recovery and Renaissance; and Global Community Impact. Students connect research, teaching, and community to address social justice issues, including youth and education, homelessness and housing, and food insecurity.
Students have the opportunity to mentor New Orleans youth or assist teachers in after-school programs within New Orleans’ schools; teach workshops on financial literacy, art, or engineering; work with international nongovernmental organizations; create documentary films for nonprofits; conduct oral history interviews and public history projects; compile road conditions, blight, and crime data for the City of New Orleans; or complete marketing analysis for local organizations.
The Office of Service-Learning and Institutional Community Engagement (SLICE) works with students, faculty, and community organizations to match a student’s academic pursuits and classroom curriculum to the needs of community organizations. Making a true impact, students apply academic theories and course content to real-world challenges as they work with faculty to engage in high-impact community-based research.
The University’s Office of Career Services offers resources to students with a focus on career advising, career preparation, and career events. The office helps match students with off-campus employers in sectors that are aligned with students’ academic majors or career aspirations. The office also arranges job shadowing experiences, which allow students to spend time in a professional setting to gain a deeper understanding of a particular field. The economy of New Orleans and South Louisiana allows for internship and career opportunities in fields such as technology, financial services, energy, environmental science, transportation, hospitality, engineering, computer science, and the arts.
Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,090
Tuition (out-of-state): $10,926
More than $41 million in financial aid and scholarships are awarded annually to University of New Orleans students.
Gulf State Resident
Criteria: Residency in MS, TX, AL, and FL
2019 Academic Year Amount: $4,836.00
4 Year Total Amount*: $19,344. (No time limit)
Criteria: 30 ACT, 1360 SAT, 3.0 GPA
2019 Academic Year Amount: $6,000
4 Year Total Amount (Starting 2019): $20,000
Homer Hitt Scholarship
Criteria: 32 ACT, 1420 SAT, 3.5 GPA
2019 Academic Year Amount: $16,429.00
4 Year Total Amount (Starting 2019): $65,716.00