Tuesday, April 14, 2015

University of New Orleans Welcomes Presidential Scholars

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The University of New Orleans held a Presidential Scholars reception Friday for top tier incoming freshmen for fall 2015. The event was organized by the Office of Enrollment Services and the UNO Alumni Association. Several alumnae from each college, participated in the event, helping welcome the new freshmen and guests.

“We felt it was important to recognize those high-achieving students and their parents/guardians who have accepted their admission and perhaps even their scholarship,” said Matt Moore, registrar.  “It was also an opportunity for those prospective students to have some direct, quality time with professionals in their discipline such that they could answer any remaining questions those students might offer.”

More than 120 prospective students and parents/guardians attended the evening reception at The Cove on Friday. Invitees included students visiting the University of New Orleans for Spring Testing and incoming freshmen who signed up for early orientation. Each student attending was recognized by the Dean of the College to which they are matriculating, Moore said. Furthermore, students and their families had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty in their chosen fields, their Dean, and various administrative offices across campus.

The top scholarship at UNO is the Homer L. Hitt Presidential Scholarship, named for the University’s first leader. The scholarship is a full academic scholarship to UNO that provides tuition, residence hall room and board and a $500 annual book stipend for students.

The Homer L. Hitt Presidential Scholarships are aimed at top students who have received an ACT score of 30 or SAT score of 1320 and a 3.5 GPA. President Fos has said that he wants to see as many of these high-ability students as possible advancing their academic careers at the University of New Orleans.

“Overall, the response was exceptional,” the registrar said.  “Virtually every prospect, every early admit, and every parent/guardian with whom we talked reported they very much enjoyed the atmosphere, tone, and relaxed approach.

“They were extremely receptive to the direct access to both faculty and administrators and had the opportunity to talk with currently enrolled students, as well.”

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