Affinity Housing in Pontchartrain Halls
We want to tell you about an exciting opportunity you have as a first year student
at UNO. In compliance with the University of Louisiana system, UNO is now participating
in the first year residency requirement.This means that as a new UNO student, you
will be living on campus.
Affinity housing will be available to all incoming freshman. Our residence halls offer
wonderful amenities like on site laundry, several lounges including TVs and pool tables,
study rooms, plus each residence hall has a kitchen on the first floor. Some of the
benefits to living on campus include: easier access to campus facilities like the
recreation center and the dining hall, meeting new friends and creating lasting relationships,
and students who live on campus have higher GPAs and are more engaged in their college
There are some great options for you as a new student, including our brand new affinity
housing options. Below are the descriptions of our Affinity Housing options.
**You are not required to choose an affinity housing option. Students who are not
interested will be placed on another floor.**
Affinity Housing Wings
The University's Pontchartrain Hall North and Pontchartrain South will have three
specialized wings: a New Orleans Culture Wing, a Transfer Student Wing, and Leadership
and Involvement Wing. An Honors Wing will also be available for UNO Honor students.
New Orleans Culture Wing (freshman only)
New Orleans is a vibrant city that serves as a colorful backdrop to your UNO college
experience! The New Orleans themed Affinity Housing floor will provide you with opportunities
to engage in various aspects of New Orleans culture and to GEAUX explore your city!
Whether you are new to the Crescent City or are a lifelong resident, students who
want to learn more about NOLA and UNO belong here.
Science & Sustainability Society
The Science and Sustainable Society themed Affinity Housing floor brings together
students who want to understand the challenges facing society and use their talents
to make a better world for the future. You’ll meet local scientists, engineers, and
policy professionals and have the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects
that benefit the local community. If you are interested in sustainability you can
make a difference, and it’s time to start now.
Transfer Student Wing
*Transfer students only
In addition to living on campus, students in our Transfer Wing will have the chance
to bond with others who share their experiences and want to become engaged in campus
life. Create a community of transfer students and experience life at your new university
together! Learn about all the opportunities new transfer students have: transfer mentor
program and transfer executive council to name a couple. Make connections. Make your
Leadership and Involvement Wing
*New freshman and transfer students
At the University of New Orleans, there are over 130 student organizations and numerous
leadership opportunities. The Involvement and Leadership themed Affinity Housing
floor will assist you in maximizing your college experience by building lasting friendships,
exploring your leadership style, and having fun! No matter your current level of
involvement or leadership, this floor will help you in becoming the ultimate Privateer!
Arts and Technology
The Arts and Technology themed Affinity Housing floor brings together students who
are interested in blending their talents in the arts with technology. The introduction
of new degree paths that incorporate digital media with current curriculums gives
you the opportunity to expand your minds. You'll meet professionals, artists, computer
scientists and alumni who are actively involved within the community. There will also
be opportunities for you to participate in off-campus visits, which will shed some
light on these emerging trends.
SLICE- Service Learning and Institutional Community Engagement
The SLICE Affinity wings invites students interested in serving their local, regional
and global community to live, learn and serve together. The SLICE Affinity wing will
help you to discover the rewarding experience of learning through engagement by connecting
you with opportunities to get involved on and off campus. At UNO, students can participate
in Service Learning through registering for a Service Learning course, participating
in a major community initiative project, attending a Service Learning workshop, completing
community-based research, or attending Service Learning events throughout the year. Through
living in the SLICE Affinity wing, you will make lasting connections; by connecting
with other students interested in making a meaningful impact and by connecting academic
course content to community needs.
Greek Affinity Wing
The Greek community at the University of New Orleans is comprised of diverse Greek
organizations — seven sororities and nine fraternities — each of which is a campus
chapter of a national group. The department of student housing invites the Greek community
to participate in Greek affinity housing. You must be an active member and in good
standing with your chapter prior to moving in. All residents must be approved by the
Chapter president to be eligible for the Greek Affinity Wing. Residents of this wing
must have sophomore standing to reside—beginning the following semester or term after
becoming a member of a chapter. Students in our Greek Wing will have the chance to
bond with others who share their experiences and want to become engaged in campus
life through the Greek community. We are creating an environment for like-minded people
to socialize and create lasting bonds of friendship during their college experience
Located on the top floor of the North Hall, this wing is reserved for Honors students.
The Honors Program is designed not only to challenge academically astute students,
but also to provide a platform to network and create social connections. We are creating
an environment for like-minded people to socialize and create lasting bonds of friendship
during their college experience and beyond. Meet lifelong friends, form study groups
and get involved in the Honors Council, all while enjoying the benefit and prestige
of living in an Honors Wing.
In order to qualify to live on the Honors Wing, one must actively petition the Honors
Program for membership. The criteria for petitioning membership in the Honors Program
are as follows:
- Incoming freshmen must have an ACT Composite score of 30.
- If the student has taken the SAT, the student must have a SAT score of 1350 out of
1600 on both Math and Verbal categories.
- Transfer or continuing students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.
All recipients of the Homer L. Hitt scholarship award will be admitted into the Honors
Program in recognition of their strong academic record.
We look forward to having you on campus this fall! This is going to be a wonderful
opportunity for you to experience UNO as an on campus resident.