University of New Orleans

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2000 Lakeshore Drive

New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (888) 514-4275
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 25
application deadline

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University of New Orleans is a public institution that was founded in 1956. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,689, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 195 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of New Orleans's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,668 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,158 (2013-14).

The University of New Orleans is situated on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, about 20 minutes from the French Quarter of the Big Easy. Undergraduates at the University of New Orleans can choose from nearly 50 areas of study, and graduate students can earn master's degrees in more than 40 programs, including business, engineering and education. The university offers many tutoring resources and a class for freshmen to help them transition from high school. The University Success 1001 course meets once a week for credit and gives first-year students the opportunity to learn about college life and to make friends.

Outside the classroom, University of New Orleans students can get involved in about 100 campus clubs, Greek life and club and intramural sports. The university also hosts many events for students to attend, such as a mud volleyball tournament known as Swampball and jazz music performances at the Sandbar. Student athletes can try out for the UNO Privateers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Southland Conference. Off campus, UNO students can take in the excitement of New Orleans, including the famous Mardi Gras festival.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

On the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain and only 20 minutes from the French Quarter, the University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university. It provides essential support for the educational, economic, and social well-being of the culturally rich and diverse New Orleans metropolitan area, the state of Louisiana, the nation, and the global community. Located in an international city, UNO provides educational and workforce opportunities to a highly diverse student population through the research and curricula of five academic colleges. Graduate study and research are integral to the university's purpose and UNO attracts both graduates and undergraduates from 50 states and more than 100 countries. Technological and cultural alliances connect the institution, faculty, and students to the community through joint projects with public schools, governments, foundations, businesses, and civic groups. These partnerships enrich opportunities for learning and community growth. Strategic collaborations are firmly established in areas such as Nanotechnology; Cybersecurity/ Information Assurance; Film; Advanced Manufacturing; Coastal Restoration; Charter Schools; Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration; and Medicinal Chemistry. The adjoining technology and research park houses tenants that have opportunities for student interns with the possibility for future employment. Its national Carnegie Foundation Level is Doctoral, High Research University. UNO has over 120 registered clubs and organizations. About one mile to the east, UNO's Lakefront Arena routinely hosts nationally recognized artists and performances.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1956
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $19,727,401


When applying to University of New Orleans, it's important to note the application deadline is July 25. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 25. The application fee at University of New Orleans is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.2%
Application deadline July 25
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 25

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of New Orleans is 21:1, and the school has 31.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of New Orleans include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Visual and Performing Arts; Engineering; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 10%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 39%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Engineering 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

University of New Orleans has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,689, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. University of New Orleans is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,071
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of New Orleans offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of New Orleans also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of New Orleans, 39 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of New Orleans.

Students who have cars on campus 39%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of New Orleans, 66 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,702.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,668 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,158 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,946 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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