University of New Orleans

About The University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a public, 4-year university originally established in 1956 as Louisiana State University in New Orleans; in 1974, it was renamed the University of New Orleans. In 2012, Newsweek ranked this institution as the 17th most affordable university in the United States.

The UNO student body includes individuals from all 50 states and 90 countries around the world. The university hosts research centers and institutes devoted to a wide variety of subjects, such as economics and real estate, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and jazz. UNO is an NCAA Division-I university, sponsoring men's and women's sports like basketball, tennis and golf.


The University of New Orleans has 5 colleges that offer more than 60 undergraduate programs, 40 graduate programs and 16 pre-professional programs. UNO also has an extensive online course catalog that includes internet courses, compressed video courses, web conferences and virtual world courses.

The university employs 377 full-time and 129 part-time faculty members. The average class size is 22 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. There are more than 120 student-run organizations, including professional, political, religious and special interest clubs and Greek fraternities and sororities.


As of Fall 2011, UNO had 10,903 total students enrolled, including 8,263 undergraduates and 2,640 graduate students. Prospective undergraduate students can apply for fall admission by the beginning of July, and students applying for programs need to submit their application, fees and transcripts by August 1st. Prospective undergraduates also need to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Graduate programs may have admission requirements including letters of recommendation, GRE/GMAT test scores, a baccalaureate degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA. In Fall 2011, there were approximately 3,400 applications submitted and around 56% of those were admitted. The student body is 49% female and 51% male. The major ethnic groups represented at this university are: White (55%), African-American (16%) and Hispanic (8%).

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, undergraduate tuition for Louisiana residents was around $5,214 and out-of-state undergraduate tuition was $16,738. The average cost of graduate tuition for Louisiana residents was $4,644, while out-of-state graduate students paid about $16,168 for the same time period.

Residential housing costs range from approximately $8,310 for on-campus room and board to $11,797 for off-campus housing. Textbook costs are estimated at around $1,300 yearly. 89% of UNO students receive some form of financial aid, including federal and institutional grants, scholarships and loans.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting City: Large**
Student Body Fall 2011: 8,263 undergraduate and 2,640 graduate**
Schools and Programs 48 undergraduate degree programs, 43 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management, General (275)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (212)
Ph.D.s: Educational Leadership and Administration, General (11)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% in four years
38% in five years
27% in six years**
Admission Rate 56% in 2011**
Entering Class 1,933 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 67% (full-time students)
50% (part-time students)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students 1180 (composite SAT) in 2011
23 (composite ACT) in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Dates July 1 (Fall); May 1 (Summer); October 15 (Spring)*
Tuition 2011-2012: $5,214 (tuition and fees) in-state; $16,738 out-of-state**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011:
Federal grants (42%)
Pell grants (42%)
Other federal grants (27%)
State/local grant aid (75%)
Institutional grant aid (31%)
Student loans (39%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 2010-2011: 89%**

Sources: *University of New Orleans, **NCES College Navigator, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 103 Administration Building, Lakefront Campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148
  • Phone: 504-280-6595 or 1-800-256-5-UNO
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