The University of New Orleans’ annual spring open house, known as “Explore UNO,” was held Saturday, Feb. 11 and attended by approximately 700 people. According to the Office of Enrollment Services, attendance in 2017 was the highest of any spring open house since the inaugural event in 2013. The attendance estimate includes 291 prospective students and 409 parents, representing a 23 percent increase over attendance in 2016 and a 206 percent increase over 2015 attendance.
“Explore UNO is our highest yielding recruitment event so we are very excited to see its growth over the past two years,” said Martin Smith, UNO’s assistant provost for admissions and enrollment management. “The success of this program is due in large part to the tremendous support we receive from the campus community. Faculty and staff involvement really changes the day from being a good experience to a great experience for the prospective student.”
The day’s schedule included a “browse” session at the Recreation and Fitness Center where representatives from student organizations and academic programs and departments manned booths and answered questions about their offerings from prospective students and their parents. At the Privateer Enrollment Center, an application walk-through exercise offered a guided opportunity for prospective students to complete the application process. Seminars about financial aid were offered, as well as walking tours of the campus and visits to on-campus housing facilities Pontchartrain Hall and Privateer Place.
Prospective students and their family members came from 15 states in addition to Louisiana: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The University hosts two major open house events each year. Explore UNO takes place in the spring, and Get to Know UNO happens in the fall.