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Regarded as a historically black University, Southern University at New Orleans (also referred to as SUNO) is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was established on September 4, 1956 as a branch unit of Southern University in Baton Rouge. SUNO is a part of the Southern University System. This public, four-year, coeducational institution enrolls more than 3,000 students each semester.


Southern University at New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Louisiana Department of Education.

SUNO offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as biology, english, history, social work, criminal justice, health information management, and mathematics. The programs offered at SUNO include Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration; Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare; Master of Social Work; and Master of Science.

The University is composed of the following academic schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Public Administration; College of Education; College of Social Work; and School of Graduate Studies.

SUNO Online:

Southern University at New Orleans offers a range of online degree programs and courses to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend regular college due to various reasons. SUNO helps its distance education students complete online courses and programs through several tools such as SmarterMeasure and Blackboard.

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Southern University at New Orleans is a Louisiana “Selective III” institute, which implies that prospective students will have to complete the Louisiana Board of Regents high school curriculum (also the TOPS core curriculum). Student seeking admission must send their high school grade point average, along with ACT or SAT score to SUNO. Transfer students are encouraged to apply for admission. They must send the complete application form along with all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes.

SUNO welcomes international students from across the world. Applicants, whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL.

Financial Aid

SUNO is committed to providing equal opportunities to all students. It offers a variety of federal and state financial aid to the needy and deserving students. Students applying for financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Though FAFSA can be completed any time throughout the year, it is recommended that students complete the formalities no later than June of the year before they start the Fall semester.

Some of the free scholarships and financial aid fund resources at SUNO include Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Louisiana Education Loan Authority, BlackStudents.com, CollegeBoard, CollegeNet, CollegeScholarships, FastWeb, MyFreeDegree, Sallie Mae, ScholarshipCoach, ScholarshipExperts, ScholarshipMonkey, and ScholarshipWinnings.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6593rd for the average student loan amount.
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The Student Government Association (SGA) is the largest and most outstanding student organization on campus. It acts like the voice of the SUNO students in issues pertaining to student activities, welfare, and participation in diverse campus affairs, planning, and administration. The organization also integrates student activities and serves as link between the administration and the student population. Some of the other on-campus student clubs and organizations include SUNO Campus Ministry, Royal Jewels Dance Team, VETS Club, Volunteer Community Service Club, Disabled Students Organization, Education Club, and First Fifty Knights.

Southern University at New Orleans also has a strong Greek presence on the campus. There are several sororities and fraternities such as Iota Phi Theta Fraternity; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

The Career Counseling and Placement office provides information to students seeking help with career decisions. It also provides counseling and referrals to the SUNO students, faculty members, staff, and alumni. The career center also sponsors programs, activities, and workshops for students seeking career advancement opportunities.

The Disabilities program meets the needs of the student population with documented disabilities. It offers special assistance, accommodations, and appropriate services/ programs for them. The primary aim of the program is to encourage a sense of self-support in students with disabilities and help them actively participate in all campus activities and programs.

The Student Development Center (SDC) at SUNO provides personalized ‘hi-touch’ services to the students. They facilitate growth, wellness and development of the student population, to ensure that they take full advantage of their college experience.

Media and Publications:

Chancellor’s Memo is the monthly online newsletter accessed by the SUNO community.

The Bonus is the newsletter of the College of Business & Public Administration.

The Radical Advocate is the newsletter of the School of Social Work.

Campus Facilities:

SUNO established the Virtual Library to provide a variety of online search capabilities, databases, journals, reference materials, and other research services to its students and faculty members. The Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library is situated on the park campus. Students will find a librarian for assistance. There is also a study room where students can spend some quiet time with books.

The University offers housing facilities to the students. It features a newly developed residential facility which provides apartment-style living option for students and faculty members. The housing units are well-furnished and offer modern amenities such as an activity center, a computer lab, shuttle service, on-site postal service, and telephones.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


SUNO’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams that compete in diverse sports such as basketball, track & field/cross country, and volleyball. SUNO is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Golden Knights. Their colors are Columbia Blue and Sunset Gold. The campus also houses several sports facilities such as The Castle, which serves as the SUNO basketball and volleyball home court. There is also a well-furbished tennis court.

Intramural Sports:

Southern University at New Orleans offers a variety of intramural sports and activities such as men’s flag football and basketball, women’s volleyball, basketball, softball, co-recreational volleyball and aerobics programs. Students, faculty members and staff are encouraged to participate in the recreational sports and programs to enhance their University experience.


  • David Bell, Chief Judge at Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
  • Alice Craft-Kerney, Founder and Executive Director of Ward Health Clinic
  • Oretha Castle Haley, Noted Civil Rights activist
  • Louis Westerfield, First African-American Dean
  • Loretta Harrison, Owner of Loretta’s Authentic Pralines


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Information Summary

Ranks 28th in Louisiana and 1511th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 4th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,326 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 200 0.06
Forcible Rape 163 0.05
Robbery 1,059 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,857 1.11
Larceny 7,616 2.19
Vehicle theft 2,540 0.73

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New Orleans, LA 70126
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,677 (40,648 urban / 29 rural)
Households14,487 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,627
Families10,539 (3.27 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2202

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2571st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,350 $1,350 $1,350
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $720 $720 $720
FT Graduate Tuition $4,794 $4,794 $4,794
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,047 $1,047 $1,047
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $877 $877 $877
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,191 $16,191 $16,191
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,319 $18,319 $18,319
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,677 $9,677 $9,677

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,906 $4,372 $3,906 $4,372 $3,906 $4,372
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,643 $6,544
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,868 $2,998
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,236 $8,642
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,398 $3,566
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,398 $3,566

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,563 (505 male / 1,058 female)
Admitted 764 (243 male / 521 female)
Admission rate 49%
First-time Enrollment 684 (216 male / 468 female)
FT Enrollment 230 (59 male / 171 female)
PT Enrollment 454 (157 male / 297 female)
Total Enrollment2,292

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1348th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18

SAT Test Admission

219th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 1%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1290

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity698
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,480
Board Fee$600

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3058th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,710 ($52,827 male / $50,260 female)
Number of FT Faculty 99 (60 male / 39 female)
Number of PT Faculty 155
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $3,381,316

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