General Educational Goals of the Undergraduate Program
The University of New Orleans provides its undergraduate students equality of access
to educational opportunities and seeks to nurture in them scholarship, academic excellence,
the ability to work productively with others, and leadership for citizenship in a
The General Degree Requirements established at the founding of UNO and most recently
modified by a 2010 mandate of the Board of Regents further thesegoals by providing
a common general education for all who completean Undergraduate Program of Study.
All students completing a baccalaureate degree attain appropriate competencies, as
Students communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Students participate effectively in collaborative activities and cooperative learning.
- Critical Thinking
Students evaluate claims, arguments, evidence, and hypotheses.
- Contextual Analysis
Students analyze contemporary issues within the context of diverse disciplinary perspectives.
- Quantitative Reasoning
Students demonstrate the ability to use quantitative analysis to solve problems.
- Information Literacy
Students demonstrate effective use of technology to attain credible information for
a specific purpose.
General Education Assessment
Educational assessment is the systematic collection, analysis, and use of data related
to academic programs. The General Education assessment package is designed to measure
specific student learning outcomes identified by the university. Data collected will
be used for program improvement purposes rather than determination of individual student
progression through a program of study. Participation in assessment activities related
to general education goals is a requirement for all undergraduate students. Details
regarding current assessment procedures are available on the General Education section
of the Academic Affairs website.
No one may register in any semester, summer session, or intersession after the official
registration period indicated in the University calendar. The University does not
guarantee that during a given semester a student will be able to schedule every class
which he or she might be required to take or wish to enroll. No student will be permitted
to remain in class unless the instructor has received from the University Registrar
evidence of proper registration.
Students will not be allowed to change their Program of Study/Major for the current
term. The current term begins on the first day of classes. Students may change their
Program of Study/Major at any time; however, after the term has begun (the first day
of classes), the change of Program of Study/Major will be made effective for the next
Cross-Enrollment Agreements between UNO and Southern University in New Orleans, Delgado
Community College, and Elaine P. Nunez Community College
Through separate formal agreements between UNO and Southern University in New Orleans
and Delgado and Elaine P. Nunez Community Colleges, UNO students may register for
a limited number of classes at each of these institutions when they register at UNO.
Students should contact the Office of their College Dean or the University Registrar
for information regarding the procedures to be followed in this process.
A student registered at UNO may not automatically receive degree credit at UNO for
any work taken concurrently at another college or university or by correspondence
study. Any work taken concurrently at another college or university would be subject
to UNO's transfer articulation policies and evaluation criteria.
Students are responsible for accurately maintaining their demographic contact information
via the University's web portal – WebStar. The University considers each student's
school/UNO email address as the official, formal contact point for each student. All
official university correspondence will be sent to this address. Students should further
maintain their physical addresses via WebStar as there are periodic occasions when
students will be contacted via USPS. The University will consider all correspondence
mailed to a student at their email or physical address currently on file to have been
received unless it is returned to the sender.
Credits and Semester Hours
The value of each course of instruction and the amount of work required for graduation
are stated in terms of semester hours. A semester hour of credit represents one hour
of class work, or two or more hours of laboratory or recitation work per week for
a semester (more per week during the shorter summer sessions).
Enrollment Classification Full-time Students
For undergraduate students:
- Fall and Spring - enrolled for twelve or more hours in total; special permission required
to enroll in more than 19 hours
- Intersession – three hours maximum credit allowed (Intersession is not Financial Aid
- Summer – enrolled in six or more hours in total; special permission required to enroll
in more than 12 hours
For graduate students:
- Fall and Spring – enrolled for nine or more hours in total
- Intercession – not available for graduate students
- Summer – enrolled in six or more hours in total
A candidate for graduation may request to be classified as a full-time student in
the semester or summer session during which he or she is scheduled to complete the
requirements for a degree, even though the number of hours scheduled is less than
that ordinarily required for classification as a full-time student. A student thus
classified full-time is required to pay the fees appropriate to the full-time classification.
Students who do not qualify as full-time students as defined in the section above
are part-time students. A part-time student is subject to all University rules concerning
registration, attendance, scholarship, and conduct. Students are considered half-time
if they are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours but no more than 11 credit hours.
Please check with the Office of Enrollment Services to determine the impact of part-time
status on Financial Aid awards.
Regularly enrolled students at UNO may be admitted to classes as auditors by obtaining
written permission from the Chair of the department in which the course is taught
and the Dean of the college in which they are enrolled. Others must obtain official
admission to the University in addition to obtaining permission, as indicated. The
fee for auditing a course is the same as for enrolling for credit. Auditing fees are
Auditors will not receive university credit and will not be permitted to take an advanced
standing examination on audited work. Upon certification by the faculty member in
charge of the course that the student did not actually attend, notation that the student
audited the course will be stricken from the record without right to a refund of fees.
Students may not change from audit to credit after the last day to add a course. With
permission of their Dean, they may change from credit to audit within the first 15
class days of the semester (7 class days in the summer).
Adding Courses for Credit
Courses may be "added" for credit only during Registration or Late Registration for
a given term. Students are required to monitor the official University Calendar –
traditionally found in the Office of the University Registrar (http://registrar.uno.edu)
– regarding scheduling dates and their particular access to registration via their
WebStar portal. Students should be aware there are differing dates and associated
fees for registration actions (adding vs. dropping vs. auditing courses). Please consult
The Bulletin for charges associated with dropping and adding courses.
Courses may be "dropped" during Registration or Late Registration for a given term.
Students are required to monitor the official University Calendar – traditionally
found in the Office of the University Registrar (http://registrar.uno.edu) – regarding
scheduling dates and their particular access to registration via their WebStar portal.
Students should be aware there are differing dates and associated fees for registration
actions (adding vs. dropping vs. auditing courses). Please consult The Bulletin for
charges associated with dropping and adding courses.
Students will not be allowed to drop a course after the published "last date to drop
a course". Students who fail to drop courses by the published final date for such
action will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the
remainder of the semester.
A student may be dropped, at the discretion of the Dean of the College, from any course
for which the student is ineligible.
Failure to attend class does not constitute a course drop. Withdrawn courses reduce
a student's enrolled hours, but not the student's financial obligation (see section
on Withdrawal from the University).
Section changes, if permitted, are subject to the same time limitations as the adding
or dropping of courses. A section changes requires dropping and adding a course and
therefore fall under the same fee structure. Please consult The Bulletin for charges
associated with dropping and adding courses.
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and punctually. Students in
regular classes who are not present when attendance is checked are considered absent.
Students in on-line classes are expected to participate in all work assigned by the
instructor including submission of homework, assignments, quizzes, discussion board
postings, and other assigned work. Students in on-line classes who do not participate
in accordance with the requirements of the course are considered absent.
If the University must close due to unexpected circumstances, faculty and students
may have to make up missed class and laboratory time. In some circumstances resulting
in closure of the University, the Provost will determine how classes will be made
up. In other circumstances, the methods for making up missed classes and laboratories
will be with extra assignments and readings, additional days of class or laboratory,
additional class time, or in other manners to be determined.
The Right of Student Appeal
When extraordinary circumstances compel a student to request an exception to University
Policy or Regulations, the student must petition the Committee for Student Appeals,
a standing committee of the Office of Academic Affairs, for exception.
Requests for exceptions must be made within three calendar years following the end
of the semester that is being appealed.
Students may not petition for exceptions after graduating.
All committee procedures are confidential, respecting the privacy of the student.
Committee decisions are final.
The procedure for appeal can be found on the Appeal Form found on the Registrar's
Website at http://registrar.uno.edu.
Withdrawal from the University
Students are responsible for initiating action to resign from the University (withdraw
from all courses) on or before the last day to resign as indicated in the current
Bulletin. After that date a student may not resign from the University. Students who
fail to resign by the published final date for such action will be retained on the
class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester and be
graded as if they were in attendance.
Failure to attend classes does not constitute a resignation. Resignation eliminates
a student's enrolled hours, but not the student's financial obligations.
Caution: Withdrawing from courses may have an adverse effect on financial aid, scholarships,
loan deferments, athletic eligibility, health insurance, veteran's benefits, degree
requirements, or other areas. Students considering course drops or resignation should
first check with their advisor, College, and Enrollment Services to determine if this
is really their best option.
Final examinations are required and shall be held at the end of each semester/term
or summer session in accordance with the schedule issued by the Office of Academic
Affairs. When final examinations are inappropriate because of the nature of the course,
exceptions to this requirement may be made upon approval of the appropriate Dean and
the Office of Academic Affairs.
The University reports grades at mid-semester and at the end of each semester for
all students. Only the grades reported at the end of the semester (final grades) are
used in the computation of the student's grade-point averages. Mid-semester grades
are simply an indication of the student's progress and are not calculated in the summer
The University does not mail final grade reports. Students may access their grades
Grade Appeal Policy
The course final grade appeal policy provides the student with a safeguard against
receiving an unfair final grade in a course, while at the same time respecting the
academic freedom of the instructor which is vital to the integrity of the teaching
process at The University of New Orleans. The course final-grade appeal process strives
to resolve a dispute between student and instructor in the assignment of a course
final grade at the collegial level. The intent is never to embarrass or disgrace students
or instructors, nor to assess penalty or retribution on any party when mistakes are
discovered, but instead to provide a neutral forum for the discussion of differences
of opinion. Every student has the right to have a request for consideration of his
or her final grade reviewed by the Chair of the department and a departmental Grade
Appeal Committee. The course final-grade appeal is confined to charges of unfair action
against an individual student and may not involve a challenge of an instructor's class
grading standard. It is incumbent on the student to substantiate the claim that his/her
final grade in the course represents unfair treatment, compared to the standard applied
to the remainder of the class. Only the final grade in a course may be appealed.
Credit for Repeated Courses
When a student is permitted to repeat a course for credit, the last grade earned shall
be the one which determines course acceptability for degree credit. A student who
has earned a C or better in a course may not repeat that course unless 1) the catalog
description indicates that the course may be repeated for credit, or 2) the student's
Dean gives prior approval for documented extenuating circumstances.
Transcript of Record
The official permanent academic records for all UNO students are in the custody of
the Office of the Registrar. Release of these records is protected by the "Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act.'' Transcripts of the academic record may be secured
by the individual personally or will be released on the student's written authorization.
Transcripts cannot be issued until the student or former student has settled all financial
obligations to the University and has submitted all required transcripts from other
colleges attended. A minimal fee will be charged for each copy of the transcript.
Transcript processing requires a minimum of three working days. Official transcripts
can only be released to a third party.
Eligibility to Represent the University
No student will be permitted to represent the University unless he or she is classified
as a full-time student. Students may participate as members, substitutes, or officers
so long as they are enrolled for at least six semester hours unless otherwise indicated
by a particular unit or organization. Organizations may include dramatic, literary,
musical or other types including Student Government.
The Student Identification Card
The University Computing Center issues to each student a permanent identification
card, including a photograph, and a student number. This card will be used for the
entire duration of the student's enrollment at the University. The card is required
for borrowing library books, cashing personal checks, admission to athletic and social
events, selling used textbooks, Testing Services, meal plans, and other official purposes.
Fraudulent use of the ID card will result in disciplinary action. The card is issued
to the individual student and must not be loaned to another person for any reason.
Any University official having just cause has the right to request that a student
show the identification card for identification purposes. Upon such a request by a
University official, the student is required to comply.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The University of New Orleans complies with all guidelines as established in the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). This Act was designed
to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students
to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the
correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. Students
have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department
of Education concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.
University policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution
for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in
the following offices: Admissions, President's Office, Academic Affairs, Office of
Business Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Personnel Records, each college/school/division/dean's
office, each academic department office, and on the web at http://academicaffairs.uno.edu/.
Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred
to the University Registrar.
The University of New Orleans expects of its students a high degree of honor in all
phases of college life. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves
with the rules and regulations governing student conduct as published whether in print
or on the web, in the UNO Student Handbook and other official publications.
The authority structure for administrating the judicial code is the President, through
the Vice President for Student Affairs to the Dean of Students. Please refer to the
section on Judicial and Student Assistance in this catalog and to the UNO Student
Handbook for more details.
Statute of Limitations
In the absence of any designated time limits in documents on policies or procedures,
the University imposes a time limit of three years for the initiation of any request
for an exception to its rules or regulations.
GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
Classification of undergraduate students is made in the Office of the Registrar based
on the number of credits earned, and is revised, as may be necessary.
The rules governing the classification of undergraduate students are:
a. Freshmen: Students having fewer than 30 hours of credit (0 – 29.99).
b. Sophomores: Students having at least 30 hours of credit (30 – 59.99).
c. Juniors: Students having at least 60 semester hours of credit (60 – 89.99).
d. Seniors: Students having at least 90 semester hours (90+).
Maximum and Minimum Work
The normal freshman schedule in a regular semester should range between 12 and 15
hours. Short sessions, including Summer and Intercession, are on compressed timeframes
and students should be aware there is an advanced pace to courses offered in a compressed
format. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor to determine a course
load that best meets their academic preparation. Students with an at-risk Cumulative
GPA may be advised to limit their academic load to fewer than 15 hours. Students on
Academic Probation are limited to 13 semester hours in a regular semester and seven
hours in a summer session.
Students may register for more than 19 semester hours of work only with permission
of their Dean and provided they have maintained an overall 3.0 (B) Cumulative GPA
and have not fallen below a grade of C in any subject during the preceding semester;
but in no case will any student be permitted to register for more than 21 semester
hours of degree credit. Students who register for fewer than 12 semester hours or
drop below 12 semester hours of work (six in the summer session) will not be considered
In the Summer session, six semester hours is the minimum full-time load, and the maximum
load permitted is 12 semester hours.
General Degree Requirements
To become eligible for a baccalaureate degree from UNO, a student must fulfill the
following General Education Goals mandated by the Board of Regents:
Complete the following courses:
a. English Composition- Six hours. English 1157 and 1158/1159 or their equivalent.
Completion of 1158 or 1159 with a grade of C or better.
b. Mathematics - six hours at or above the 1000 level.
c. Science - 9 hours, including a six hour sequence in one science and an additional
three hour course in another. One of the sciences must be Biological Sciences and
the other one must be Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics.
d. Humanities- nine hours to include:
i. three hours in Literature.
ii. six additional hours to be taken from the Departments of Film
and Theater; English; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy; Women’s and Gender Studies.
e. Social Sciences - six hours from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political
Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Urban Studies.
f. Arts – three hours to be taken from the departments of Fine Arts, Music,
or theatre/dance/film-related courses in Film and Theater.
Earn a minimum of 120 hours including at least 25 percent of the credit hours for
the degree through instruction offered by the university and
Achieve a quality point ratio of 2.0 or better in:
- all work attempted (the Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA),
- all work taken at UNO (the UNO CGPA or UGPA), and,
- the major subject (the Degree Grade Point Average or DGPA).
Since each curriculum has requirements in addition to those listed above, students
should consult the appropriate section of this Catalog to determine such additional
requirements and restrictions as may apply to the particular degree program.
- Writing, linguistics, and grammar studies are not considered literature.
- Transfer courses in religious studies may be used to fulfill literature requirement(s).
- Other subjects under the Social Sciences in Area of Concentration may not count for
this General Degree Requirement.
- Transfer courses in architecture, dance, interior design or landscape architecture
may be used to meet the Social Sciences requirement.
- No more than one-half the semester hours required for the completion of a degree program
may be transferred from a junior college.
Substitutions and Waivers of Degree Requirements
A substitution is defined as a course that is outside of the prescribed curricula
that is used to substitute for a course that is within the prescribed curricula. At
The University of New Orleans, no more than five (5) courses may be substituted in
a prescribed curricula.
A waiver is defined as an exception to a required degree component. Each curricula
will be different with some curricula requiring external benchmarks such as meeting
a minimum score on a required test and other curricula requiring a course or series
of courses to satisfy a particular degree component and even other curricula requiring
additional components. Students are encouraged to discuss any deviation of prescribed
coursework with their advisor. Waivers of degree requirements must be approved by
both the Dean of the College as well as the Office of Academic Affairs.
Requirements for All First-Time Full-Time Freshman
All first-time freshmen will be required to successfully complete UNIV 1001 with at
least a grade of C during their first year of enrollment.
All students having earned less than 30 credit hours are required to be advised by
their Academic Advisor in the Privateer Enrollment Center.
A student must meet all the requirements for a degree in one Catalog. A student is
assigned their Catalog (by year) corresponding to their initial enrollment to the
University. A student who breaks enrollment (either voluntary or by compulsion) is
assigned a new Catalog (by year) upon re-enrollment to the University. A student may
elect to change their Program of Study/Major at any time during their academic tenure;
the Catalog (by year) in force at the time of the Change of Program/Major will be
the Catalog (by year) used to evaluate the student for satisfactory academic progress
toward degree and/or graduation requirements.
There are several requirements which must be completed by all students prior to graduation.
The student must:
- complete all academic requirements for a degree based on their Catalog. This includes
both the general degree requirements and the particular Program of Study in which
the student is enrolled.
- ascertain, through the college of the major, that his or her academic record is accurate
and complete. This should be done not later than one semester prior to graduation.
- submit an application to the Registrar's Office for the degree during the registration
period of the last semester in residence. The student will be required to make this
formal application and state the exact name to appear on the diploma.
- pay the diploma fee. A student who has previously paid a diploma fee, but who failed
to graduate at the time expected, must re-apply and pay the diploma fee again.
- satisfy all financial indebtedness to the University cleared prior to graduation.
- complete an exit interview for financial aid, if applicable.
A student who does not follow and complete the above requirements and procedures will
not be allowed to graduate.
Requirements for a Double Major in a Single Degree Designation
Students who wish to earn two majors simultaneously in the same college at UNO may
do so, provided they:
- complete all requirements for each major,
- meet all quality point average and grade requirements applicable to each major,
- complete requirements for both majors before receiving the baccalaureate degree,
- meet the residency requirement for each major (typically, the last 30 earned credit
hours must be taken at UNO – students should check with their College for specific
- cannot declare a minor in one of the major curriculum areas.
(Any student who receives a baccalaureate degree after completing the requirements
for only one major must comply with the guidelines for a second baccalaureate degree.)
Students wishing to double major in subjects in different colleges may do so provided
both majors lead to the same degree designation (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor
of Science, etc.). In these cases, however, students should check with each college
to decide whether they would be best to pursue the dual major or the dual degree.
Students earning two degrees simultaneously at UNO
Students who wish to earn two baccalaureates at UNO simultaneously may do so, provided
the majors have different degree designations (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Science, etc.) and they:
- complete all requirements for both degrees,
- meet all quality point average and grade requirements applicable to both degrees,
- develop degree plans with both colleges if the two degrees being sought are in different
- meet the residency requirement for each degree major (typically, the last 30 earned
credit hours must be taken at UNO – students should check with their College for specific
- cannot declare a minor in the area in which the other baccalaureate is being earned.
(Any student who receives a baccalaureate degree after completing the requirements
for only one major must comply with the guidelines for a second baccalaureate degree.)
Requirements for Second or Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees
Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from The University of New Orleans or from
a regionally accredited institution other than UNO may earn a second baccalaureate
degree by completing thirty semester hours at UNO that are in addition to the requirements
for the first degree, and by meeting all other requirements for the second degree.
For all UNO students, the last 25 percent (typically, 30 hours) of all coursework
must be taken in residence while enrolled in the College from which the degree is
to be earned. A transfer student or a student who enters with advanced standing from
another university and becomes a candidate for a bachelor's degree at UNO must fulfill
a minimum residence requirement of two semesters (or four summer sessions) at UNO
and must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through
instruction offered by the University.
Areas of Concentration
The University recognizes four general areas of concentration. These areas, with the
specific subjects falling under each one are:
- Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Film and Theater
- Fine Arts
- Foreign Language
- Women's and Gender Studies
- Political Science
- Urban Studies
The above areas of concentration are referred to in specific curricula listed elsewhere
in this catalog. Arts & Sciences (A&S) courses may count toward humanities or social
sciences general degree requirements for graduation credit.
Degrees with Honors
Baccalaureate degrees are awarded with honors on the basis of two criteria, the curriculum
undertaken and grade-point average.
This distinction is earned by students who are admitted to and complete the requirements
of the University Honors Program. Through special sections of regular courses, specially
organized interdisciplinary courses, and independent study and research, members of
the Honors Program acquire an undergraduate education that testifies to their superior
academic ability and the extensive educational resources of UNO.
To graduate with University Honors, students in the Honors Program must: earn 30 semester
hours of honors credit; concurrently enroll in and complete Arts and Sciences 1119
and either English 1159 or English 2151; complete a Senior Honors Thesis; and attain
a 3.25 grade-point average in all coursework attempted and a 3.5 grade-point average
in all courses in the major. Students who wish to participate in the Honors Program
should contact the Director of the University Honors Program.
Some subject areas offer programs which lead to the bachelor's degree with honors
in the particular subject. Requirements include a 3.25 grade-point average in all
coursework attempted and a 3.5 grade-point average in all courses in the major; completion
of specified courses in the major; and completion of a Senior Honors Thesis. Details
for each major are discussed in the Major Programs section of the Catalog. Students
wishing to earn departmental honors should contact the Director of the University
The baccalaureate degree is awarded with honors to students who earn a minimum of
60 credit hours at UNO and who maintain a high grade point average. To be eligible
for academic honors students must have a grade point average, including course grades
eliminated through suspended grades and grades deleted by academic renewal, that fall
within the ranges show below - both for courses taken at UNO and for all courses.
||Grade Point Average
|Summa Cum Laude
||3.90 to 4.00
|Magna Cum Laude
||3.700 to 3.899
||3.500 to 3.699
Graduation with honors applies to all undergraduate degrees within the limitations
set by the policy.
College Honors/Dean's List
College honors are awarded each semester with the publication of the Dean's List for
each division, college, or school. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must
have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average for that semester (Term GPA) while
attempting a full-time, in-residence schedule.
University Honors/President's List
University honors are awarded each semester with the publication of the President's
List. To be included on the President's List, a student must have earned a 4.0 grade-point
average for that semester (Term GPA) while attempting a full-time, in-residence schedule.
Advanced Standing Examinations
Students of superior ability and preparation and students who have already gained
fundamental knowledge of subjects offered at the University may be permitted to take
Advanced Standing Examinations in specific courses which, if passed with satisfactory
grades, will enable the student to receive degree credit. Advanced Standing Examinations
are also referred to as credit examinations.
Requests for permission to utilize such examinations are initiated in the office of
the dean of the college, school, or division in which the student is enrolled, and
permission may be given subject to the following conditions:
- Credit by Advanced Standing Examinations cannot be used to reduce the University's
minimum residence requirement.
- The student must have been admitted to the University and must be in good standing.
If the examinations are taken while the student is not enrolled in the University,
credit will be granted when he or she is registered for resident study.
- In requesting authorization to take an Advanced Standing Examination, the student
must obtain permission from the Chair of the Department offering the course and the
Dean of the College in which the course is taught.
- A student may not take an Advanced Standing Examination in a course which he or she
has audited, nor in which a grade has been earned. A student may take an Advanced
Standing Examination in a given course only once.
The administration of the examinations is also subject to the following regulations:
- The examination must ordinarily be taken and the grade submitted within 30 days of
the date of initiation of the request.
- If a grade of C or higher is earned on the examination, a mark of P and regular credit
in the course is entered on the student's record. If a grade lower than C is earned,
only the fact that the examination has been attempted will be recorded; credit will
not be allowed. Credit earned through Advanced Standing Examinations will not be used
in computing the student's grade point average.
- Advanced Standing Examinations are given free of charge to the student planning to
enroll at UNO as a freshman, and until the final date for dropping courses without
receiving grades of the first regular semester in which he or she is enrolled either
part-time or full-time as a first-year student. All other students must pay a fee
of $20 per course.
A special invitation only program is conducted during the spring of each year in which
prospective freshmen who meet certain minimum ACT score qualifications come to the
campus and take Advanced Standing Examinations in one or more subjects. There is no
fee for these exams, and credits earned will be entered on the student's record after
official enrollment at UNO.
CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations
Advanced placement and credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to students
who have taken the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination
Board. When the student has achieved a grade of four or five on the advanced placement
examination, credit will be granted; when the grade is three, the decision regarding
credit will be referred to the judgment of the individual department.
Questions concerning the recording of these grades should be directed to the Office
Other Advanced Credit
Advanced credit may be awarded for certain subject examinations completed through
the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and for non-collegiate courses recommended
for credit by the National Guide to Credit Recommendations for Non-Collegiate Courses.
Credit so earned may or may not be applicable to the student's degree program; final
determination will be made by the student's Dean. Prospective students desiring detailed
information on these programs are advised to write to the Office of Admissions requesting
a brochure on advanced placement and credit.
Advanced Placement Credit for Courses Bypassed New Freshmen
In some departments, initial placement in sequential courses is based upon level of
achievement from earlier training, as measured by scores on American College Testing
program or departmental tests. Students who first entered the University after June
1967, and secured placement in this way above the normal beginning level, may petition
for credit in the courses bypassed. No credit is allowed for remedial courses bypassed.
Other UNO Students
In some departments, students who perform exceptionally well in a sequential course
at a given level may be permitted by the department to enroll in a course in that
sequence other than the succeeding course. Students who received advanced placement
in this manner after August 1976 may petition for credit in the courses bypassed.
No credit is allowed for remedial courses bypassed.
Validation of Advanced Placement
The validity of placement must be established by passing the next course in the sequence
with a C or better grade (on the first attempt). Detailed information may be secured
at the office of the college or division in which the student is enrolled.
Credit from all forms of advanced standing examinations (including those of the College
Entrance Examination Board and the College Level Examination Program) and from bypass
credit cannot exceed 30 hours. This credit cannot be used to reduce the University's
minimum residence requirement.
Credit for Correspondence and Extension Work
Each College fixes the amount of degree credit it will accept in correspondence or
extension courses. In no case will a College accept more than 30 hours of work in
this category and in all such work presented for degree credit the same requirements
as to grades and quality points must be met.
Credit for Armed Services Courses
Many military educational programs are not directly usable in university degree programs
because the focus is too narrow and pragmatic. On the other hand, some service schools
provide instruction which may be equated with university work.
When the student presents the Office of Admissions with an official record of completion
of a course at a service school, a notation will be made on the student's evaluation
sheet in accordance with the recommendation of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational
Experiences in the Armed Services prepared by the American Council on Education. Credit
for such courses may or may not be applicable toward the student's degree program;
this will be determined by the student's Dean.
Credit for Experiential Learning
The University does not evaluate experiential learning portfolios. However, for non-traditional
educational programs, credit may be awarded on the basis of the successful completion
of an appropriate advanced standing examination. Discretion for giving such an examination
belongs to the individual academic department. In addition, formal education programs
sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (business, industry, government, voluntary,
and professional agencies) may be awarded credit if recommended by the American Council
Combined credit from advanced standing examinations, bypassed credit, armed services
credit, correspondence/extension, and American Council on Education recommended credit
work cannot exceed 32 hours.
Undergraduate Grading System
A ‑The grade of A has a value of four quality points per semester hour and is given
for work of the highest degree of excellence.
B ‑The grade of B has a value of three quality points per semester hour and is given
for work of a high degree of excellence.
C ‑The grade of C has a value of two quality points per semester hour and is given
for satisfactory work.
D ‑The grade of D has a value of one quality point per semester hour and is given
for passing but marginal work.
F ‑The grade of F does not earn quality points. This grade is given for work failed.
XF ‑The grade of XF has no quality point value and is calculated in the GPA the same
as an F. This grade is earned when a student stops attending a class.
P ‑The grade of P means passing and is assigned for satisfactory work taken by advanced
standing examination, for satisfactory completion of certain noncredit courses or
courses numbered below 1000, and for satisfactory completion of courses taken on a
pass-fail basis. This grade does not carry quality points and is not used in computing
the official grade average of a student.
U ‑The grade of U means unsatisfactory and is assigned for unsatisfactory completion
of courses numbered below 1000. Credit hours for which a grade of U is recorded are
not used in calculating the student's average.
XU ‑ The grade of XU has no quality point value and is calculated in the GPA the same
as an F for courses numbered below 1000. This grade is earned when a student stops
attending a class.
W ‑The grade of W means withdrawal. This grade is earned when a student drops a course
or resigns from the University during the "W grade" period. Credit hours for which
a grade of W is recorded are not used in calculating the student's Cumulative Grade
I ‑The grade of I means incomplete and is given for work which is of passing quality
but which, because of circumstances beyond the student's control, is not complete.
The issuance of the grade of I is at the discretion of the faculty member teaching
the course. For all graduate and undergraduate students, a grade of I becomes a grade
of F if it is not converted before the deadline for adding courses for credit (as
printed in the Important Dates Calendar) of the next regular semester including summer
Suspension of a Grade
Under certain conditions, when a course has been repeated, UNO permits a student to
request that a grade of D or F in a course be suspended and only the subsequent grade
be used in calculating the grade point average. Some of the limitations are:
- Course to be suspended is numbered below 3000.
- Course to be suspended has not before been suspended.
- The total number of hours suspended to date, including the hours to be suspended,
does not exceed nine hours.
- The repetition of the course to be suspended occurred before the student reached junior
- The student does not complete, prior to repeating the course, two or more higher-numbered
courses for which the course is a prerequisite.
- The student is eligible to enroll at UNO.
- Both enrollments in the course are at UNO.
The official academic record (transcript) will indicate this suspension and will show
in the academic summary a grade-point average calculated on the basis of the total
number of hours attempted and a grade-point average calculated on the basis of suspended
Class rankings, graduation honors, and eligibility for UNO academic honors programs
are determined on the basis of the grade-point average for all credits attempted including
The suspension of credit is an internal policy of The University of New Orleans and
may not be recognized by other universities.
Maintenance of Academic Standing
Scholastic regulations embody the academic standards of a university. The application
of the following regulations is directed toward upholding the standards of this University
- specifically, to impose the requirement of satisfactory academic progress. Continuation
of students who have demonstrated a lack of the necessary ability, preparation, industry,
or maturity to make such progress and to benefit from a program of university study
is inconsistent with the purposes and responsibilities of a University.
The academic regulations, beginning with the section entitled Scholastic Requirements,
set forth the conditions for good standing, probation, and exclusion. These regulations
are intended to be consistent with the following objectives:
- To indicate to the student, at an early date and with regularity, that achievement
below the standards required for graduation is regarded as unsatisfactory.
- To allow the first-time freshman the opportunity to remain a student until he or she
has attempted two enrollments.
- To give the student who performs poorly a warning which may prompt him or her to seek
timely help from instructors, counselors or other appropriate sources.
- To provide the student whose record shows that ultimate success in the University
is in doubt with a trial period to prove that he or she is able to make reasonable
- To prevent the student who lacks the required motivation or maturity from building
a deficiency of quality points so great that it cannot later be overcome.
- To state the standards and the consequent results of inadequate scholastic performance
clearly enough that students, parents, faculty, and administrators can know the academic
action (if any) which would follow from a particular academic record.
A student's cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) is calculated by dividing the total
number of quality points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. (See
Undergraduate Grading System in this chapter for the quality points assigned to each
A student's Semester/Term grade-point average (TGPA) is calculated by dividing the
total number of quality points earned in the semester by the total number of hours
attempted in the semester. (See Undergraduate Grading System in this chapter for the
quality points assigned to each final grade.)
It is expected that all undergraduate students should maintain a cumulative grade-point
average of at least 2.0 (Cumulative GPA) on all college work attempted and on all
work attempted at UNO. The University will, however, certify a student to be in Good
Standing as long as that student has a CGPA that does not result in an Academic Suspension
or Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal.
A student is placed on Academic Warning when the earned Semester/Term GPA (TGPA) falls
below a 2.0 yet the earned Cumulative GPA (CPGA) remains higher than a 2.0. This academic
action serves as a warning to the student their CGPA will be negatively impacted by
future Semester/Term GPA's lower than the required CGPA of 2.0.
A student will be placed on Academic Probation when their CGPA falls below a 2.0.
A student on Academic Probation will be suspended from the University at the conclusion
of any semester (Summer included) in which he or she fails to earn a TGPA of at least
a 2.0 (see Academic Suspension below). A student will remain on Academic Probation
until an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher is achieved for all
college work attempted.
Undergraduate students on Academic Probation will be suspended from UNO at the conclusion
of any semester (Summer included) in which they fail to earn a TGPA of at least a
2.0. First-time freshmen admitted in Good Standing will not be suspended prior to
the completion of two semesters of enrollment.
First Suspension – first Suspension at The University of New Orleans is one full semester
(Fall or Spring only).
Second or Subsequent Suspension – second or subsequent Suspensions at The University
of New Orleans is categorized as Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal. See description
- A student suspended for the first time at the end of the Spring semester (only) may
attend summer school. If the student raises their CGPA to 2.0 or higher, they are
placed in Good Standing and their suspension period is lifted. The student may then
attend the Fall semester. If the student does not raise their CGPA to 2.0 or higher
in the Summer session, the Suspension for the Fall semester is in effect. In this
case, only one suspension is counted against the student.
- A student earning Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal at the end of the Spring
semester (only) may also attend summer school. If the student raises their CGPA to
2.0 or higher, they are placed in Good Standing and their suspension period is lifted.
The student may then attend the Fall semester. If the student does not raise their
CGPA to 2.0 or higher in the Summer session, the Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal
for the calendar year is in effect.
- An undergraduate student suspended from UNO may not enroll in another 4 year university,
but may enroll in a community college. To ensure minimal or no loss of credits upon
return to UNO, it is recommended the student consult with his/her advisor regarding
the choice of courses to be taken at the community college. Credits earned under these
conditions may be accepted for a degree at UNO provided grades of "C" or higher are
earned in each of the courses to be transferred.
Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal
Undergraduate students earning a second Academic Suspension at the University of New
Orleans are placed on Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal which will be for a
period of one calendar year from the date of the last term in which the academic action
was accrued. Any student who is not permitted to re-enroll for continuing semesters
must apply for re-admission upon completion of the prescribed period of absence. Prior
admission decisions will not guarantee re-admission to the University.
Readmission after Academic Suspension or Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal
A student who has been suspended or dismissed from the University will not be permitted
to register until the expiration of their academic action (see descriptions above).
The student must re-apply for Admission to the University through the Office of Admissions.
The purpose of academic renewal is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students
who have not been enrolled in a college or university for three consecutive calendar
years to have any academic record earned prior to the three year period disregarded
for the purpose of admission or readmission to UNO. While the prior record remains
a part of the student's overall academic record, none of it carries forward as part
of the degree program. Academic renewal may be offered and awarded only once and is
only applicable to students who enroll at UNO.
The following conditions will apply when a student accepts academic renewal:
- All college enrollments will be listed as part of the student's UNO academic record.
- No work taken prior to the three year period will be counted in the student's hours
earned or grade point average at UNO.
- All semesters for which academic renewal is accepted will have the notation "Academic
Renewal Declared on Credits Attempted."
- Credits earned prior to the date that academic renewal is accepted will not be counted
to satisfy UNO graduation requirements.
- Grade point averages computed to determine eligibility for degrees with honors, for
membership in honorary or professional societies, or for UNO based scholarships will
be based on all college work attempted including the work on which the student has
declared academic renewal.
The process is as follows:
- When a student applies who has been out of school for more than three years for admission
and has a less than 2.25 grade point average, their application will be referred to
the student's major academic college by their admissions counselor.
- The college office will then contact the student to set up an interview to discuss
academic renewal and the implications of accepting or rejecting it.
- Once the student has made a decision and the Academic Renewal Form has been signed,
the college office will notify the admissions counselor of the two parts of the decision.
The renewal decision will be one of the following: accepts renewal, declines renewal,
or renewal not offered. The admission decision will be one of the following: admit
student, admit student on probation, admit student as an exception, or deny student.
Please note that a student recommended for an exception must then be approved by the
director of admissions. Also, in cases in which students are admitted without renewal
and have below a 2.0, they will be admitted on probation.
- If the student accepts academic renewal, the admissions counselor will then notify
the Offices of the Registrar and Financial Aid. The Coordinator for Records Management
in the Office of the Registrar will make any changes on a re-entry student's record
after the student has enrolled. The admissions counselor will post the amnesty notations
for any transfer students. If the student is receiving financial aid, the Coordinator
of Student Loans in the Office of Financial Aid will note the acceptance of renewal
in the student's file as all prior work will be used to compute a student's Satisfactory
All students who have been out of school for more than three years but have above
a 2.25 that wish to declare renewal must contact the Office of Admissions for a review.
Students have one year from the first semester that they are admitted to request this
review. The student will remain subject to the university policies on probation, suspension,
Students who accept academic renewal may still acquire credit by taking and passing
advanced standing examinations, placement tests, and credit examinations as long as
the student is not within completion of the last 30 hours of the degree requirements.
Students should be aware that academic renewal is an internal UNO policy. Most other
schools, including graduate and professional schools, will use all college work attempted
in determining whether an applicant is eligible for admission.
ACADEMIC RENEWAL AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY
A student who has enrolled at another regionally accredited institution of higher
education under an academic renewal plan (e.g., academic amnesty or bankruptcy) may
be considered for academic renewal at UNO provided that:
The academic renewal plan at the previous institution meets all the provisions of
the academic renewal plan at UNO;credits earned since the student entered the program
at a previous institution will be evaluated in the same manner as credits for other
transfer students; and,
the petition for academic renewal is submitted for approval to The Office of Admissions
and subsequently to the student's Academic College.