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College Profile: Southern University at New Orleans

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Southern University at New Orleans is an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the Southern University System, the only HBCU system in the world. It is often referred to by its initials SUNO. Other campuses of the Southern University System are Southern University and Agriculatural & Mechanical College, Southern University at Shreveport, the Southern University Law Center and the Southern University Agricultural Extension. The university's first chancellor was Dr. Emmett W. Bashful, who remains the institution's chancellor emeritus. SUNO was established on September 4, 1956 and opened its doors on September 21, 1959 adjacent to the historic Pontchartrain Park neighborhood, a subdivision historically made up of African-American single-family residences in eastern New Orleans and the first African-American subdivision in America. Like most of New Orleans, the campus experienced extensive flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hurricane Rita also caused damage to all eleven of the buildings on the 17-acre campus. The university is an open admission institution until the fall of 2010 when it will become a Louisiana "Selective III" institution. At that time potential students will have to complete the Louisiana Board of Regents high school core curriculum. In addition candidates will need at least a high school grade point average of 2.0 or an ACT composite score of at least 20 or the SAT equivalent of 950. Students requiring more than one remedial course will not be eligible for immediate admission.
6400 Press Drive
New Orleans, LA
504-286-5000 (general)
504-286-5263 (financial aid)
504-286-5314 (admissions)

Mission Statement

The mission of Southern University at New Orleans is to create and maintain an environment conducive to learning and growth, to promote the upward mobility of all people by preparing them to enter into new as well as traditional careers, and to equip them to function optimally in the mainstream of the American society. The mission of the University was expanded in 1981 when it was authorized to award the Master of Social Work degree. The University provides a sound education tailored to special needs of students coming to an open admissions institution and prepares students for full participation in a complex and changing society. The University offers a liberal education directed toward the achievement of higher literacy and a broad intellectual development, which in turn serves asa foundation for training in one of the professions. The SUNO ideal is thus a harmony of the general and special aspects of learning. It aims at both immediate and long-range rewards.

General Information
Other Names SUNO
Type Public, 4-year or above
Control Public
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
Yes ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Southern University at New Orleans Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
-- Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
1,563 Fall Applicants698 Total Dormitory Capacity
272 Fall Admissions

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