Admission to the University and to all its programs and operations is open to all
persons regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, marital status, handicap, veterans'
status, or national origin who meet the admission requirements and qualifications
of the University.
The University requires a non-refundable $20 application fee of all applicants. The
fee is payable when the application is submitted to the Office of Admissions. Application
deadlines for each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) are published on the Important
Dates Calendar maintained by the University Registrar's Office. Domestic and International
applicants should refer to this calendar.
For information and application forms, contact the Office of Admissions, UNO Lakefront,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148; or access the University on the World Wide Web at http://www.uno.edu.
Categories of Admission and Procedures
High School Early Start
Outstanding high school students may be admitted to the University while still enrolled
in high school, in any of the following categories, if they meet the stated requirements.
Students must be academically prepared to enroll, and there must be the ability to
predict academic success.
Immediately following the freshman year in high school, students may be enrolled in
University courses that carry corresponding levels of high school credit if they meet
first year GPA and test score admission requirements during the summer, fall, or spring
terms. Students may take up to seven hours in the summer term and nine hours in fall
or spring. They receive a reduced rate of tuition.
Immediately following the freshman year in high school, students may be enrolled at
their high school and at the University if they meet first year GPA and test score
admission requirements during the summer, fall, or spring terms. Students may take
up to seven hours in the summer term and nine hours in fall or spring. For these courses,
they receive university credit only.
Students having the approval of their high school principal may "skip'' the senior
year of school and register as full-time students. These students may be eligible
to receive their high school diploma from their home high school after successfully
completing 24 semester hours of credit.
To be admitted as a Full-Time Enrollment Student, a student:
- must have completed the junior year of high school,
- must be recommended for Early Admission by the high school principal,
- must have a 2.5 average on all high school grades, and
- must have a minimum admission scores for the ACT or PLAN (18E, 19M), SAT or PSAT (450E,
460M) or COMPASS (74 E, 46M) tests.
Students wishing to apply for admission to any of the Early Admission categories should
contact the Office of Admissions at UNO for the necessary application forms. They
are also located at this site:
Freshman Admission Requirement
Students who graduate from state-approved high schools must complete the Louisiana
Board of Regents Core Curriculum (See Core Curriculum listed below) and require no
developmental/remedial courses (ACT of 18 or higher or SAT score of 450 or higher
on English, ACT of 19 or higher or SAT score of 460 or higher on Mathematics is non-remedial)
AND one of the following:
- ACT composite score of 23 or greater (SAT I Math + Critical Reading combined score
of 1060 or greater) OR
- High school cumulative CORE GPA of 2.5 or greater
Out-of-State and Homeschool students who do not meet the core curriculum must satisfy
all items in #1 and 2 or have a composite ACT score of 26 or greater (SAT I Math +
Critical Reading combined score of 1170 or greater) and require no developmental/remedial
Adult Freshmen age 25 and over who are graduates of state approved high schools (or
have received their GED) must also show the need for non-developmental coursework
as demonstrated by the appropriate testing requirements.
The Office of Admissions may consider students for exceptions if they fall below the
GPA requirement. These applications will be reviewed by the Director of Admissions.
Students with less than a 2.0 will not be admitted.
Louisiana Board of Regents
||English: I, II, III, and IV
||Algebra I/Applied Algebra I/Algebra I-Pt. 2
||- Geometry/Applied Geometry
||- Algebra II
||-Financial Math/Math Essentials/Advanced: Pre-Calculus/Advanced: Functions & Statistics/Pre-Calculus/Calculus/Probability
and Statistics/Discrete Math/approved elec.
||- 2 units from: Physical Science/Integrated Science/Physics I/Physics of Technology
I/ Aerospace Science/Biology II/Chemistry II/Earth Science/Environmental Science/
Physics II/Physics of Technology II/Agriscience II/Anatomy and Physiology/approved
elective(including approved IBC-related course)
||- Civics/AP American Government + Free Enterprise (½ unit each)
||- American History
||- World History/World Geography/Western Civilization/AP European History
||- World History/World Geography/Western Civilization/AP European History/ Law
||Studies/Psychology/Sociology/Civics (2nd sem, ½ unit)/African American Studies/approved
IBC-related course/(Religion I,II,III,IV for nonpublic schools)
||Fine Arts Survey or 1 unit: Art/Dance/Music/Theatre Arts/Applied Arts/approved IBC-related
||Foreign Language:(2 units in the same language or 2 Speech courses
||Total Core Curriculum Units
NOTE: Other courses may be acceptable as substitutes for courses in the core curriculum.
Contact LOSFA at www.osfa.state.la.us for more information on acceptable substitute courses.
All freshman applicants should submit their applications as early as possible in their
senior year. Applicants who meet admission requirements will be admitted conditionally
as soon as possible after receipt of the application, official test scores, and official
high school transcripts. UNO will retrieve transcripts for Louisiana high school graduates
from the Louisiana State Transcript System (STS) if available. An official transcript
certifying courses, grades and graduation from high school is required before the
student can begin taking classes. .
Transcripts must be mailed directly from the high school to the UNO Office of Admissions
in order to be considered official; ACT/SAT I scores must be sent directly to UNO
from the American College Testing Program/Educational Testing Services.
Advanced Standing Examinations
Students of superior ability and preparation and students who have already obtained
a fundamental knowledge of subjects offered by the University may be permitted to
take departmental advanced standing examinations in
specific courses, which, if passed with satisfactory grades, will enable the student
to receive degree credit. The Advanced Placement tests of the College Entrance Examination
Board (CEEB), International Baccalaureate exams taken at the Higher Level, the subject
examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dantes, and UXCEL, and
military coursework also may be used as a basis for allowing advanced standing credit.
Details on advanced standing are outlined in the chapter entitled University Regulations. Please
note that advanced standing credit earned may not be used for the last 30 hours of
Those applicants who are now or have been in college should submit applications as
early as possible in the semester preceding the date that admission is desired. Eligibility
for admission cannot be determined until the application and complete official transcripts
from each college and university attended have been received. Applicants should refer
to the Important Dates Calendar on the University Registrar's website for application
deadlines. Applicants must list on their applications each college and university
attended and have transcripts sent from all institutions attended, regardless of whether
credit was earned or is desired. Any student who fails to acknowledge attendance in
each college or university in which he or she has been registered is subject to dismissal
from the University.
Students enrolled in college at the time applications are submitted should have transcripts
sent when they apply for admission, to be followed by the complete final transcript
at the close of the semester. The admissions decision is not complete until the final
transcript from the institution where the applicant is currently enrolled.
Credits earned at other post-secondary institutions and presented for transfer credit
will be evaluated according to four considerations:
- the educational quality of the institution from which the credit is being transferred;
- the comparability of the nature, content, or level of credit to that offered by UNO;
- the appropriateness and applicability of credit earned to the programs offered by
- a member of one if the six regional accrediting agencies.
The extent to which credits earned in colleges and universities are accepted toward
the degree program the student follows at UNO is determined by the dean of the college
in which the student plans to major. If students have previously received a failing
grade in 1158 from UNO, they must take and pass English 1158 with a grade of C or
Students transferring with 1158 credit may take any upper-level English course for
which they qualify during their first semester, provided that they resolve their 1158
transfer credits within that first semester.
Transcripts from every college/university attended are required of all transfer students.
Not more than one-half the credit required for a degree may be accepted from junior
or community colleges. A maximum of one-fourth the credit required for the degree
may be earned through appropriate university correspondence and extension study. Students
must complete the last 30 hours prior to graduation in residency at UNO. Students
not meeting general transfer requirements (2.00 or greater, but less than a 2.25)
may be admitted by the Director of Admissions via exception. .
Transfer students with less than 24 semester hours of earned credit must satisfy freshman
requirements as well as transfer admission requirements.
Former UNO undergraduate students who were not enrolled in the regular semester immediately
preceding the semester of desired enrollment must apply for admission according to
the deadline published on the Important Dates Catalog maintained on the University
Registrar's website. If intervening college work was taken, official transcripts from
all institutions attended must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made.
Former students who were on scholastic probation and are readmitted will be continued
on scholastic probation regardless of the average earned at the other institution(s).
Transfer students who are enrolled in any accredited college or university and wish
to enroll in UNO for one semester must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
and must be eligible to return to their home
institution. Such admission will terminate at the end of the session and does not
presuppose acceptance by any college or division of the University during the regular
session. Students attending on this basis must submit all official university transcripts
in which they are currently enrolled stating total number of credit hours previously
earned. These are required in order to satisfy any course prerequisites requirements
for registration. New freshmen entering UNO during the summer are classified as summer-only
students even though they plan to attend another
university in the fall. To be eligible, freshmen must meet normal freshmen admission
Special Student Program
This program is designed for non-degree seeking students who are not currently enrolled
in another institution and whose intention is to only enroll in undergraduate courses.
To be eligible for enrollment in undergraduate credit courses in the Special Student
status, students must satisfy one of the following criteria:
If you never attended college, you must meet freshmen admission requirements.
If you have attended college, you must be eligible to return to your home institution
and have at least at 2.0 GPA. Enrollment at your last accredited institution of higher
education must not have resulted in an academic/disciplinary suspension.
Candidates must submit all prior transcripts to be considered.
Credits earned in Special Student status are recorded on the student's permanent academic
record. Credits earned in the Special Student status may or may not be applied to
a degree program at UNO to be determined by the Dean of the college to which the student
is admitted after the students applies and meets the normal admission requirements.
A maximum of 30 hours of credit earned as a Special Student will be allowed toward
a degree program at UNO. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed in the college
in which the degree is
awarded. Students in Special Student status may not enroll in graduate level courses.
Academic Advisement and Continuing Each Semester
Since prior college work is not posted to the student's record unless they apply and
are admitted to a degree program, students must contact the college office to determine
course enrollment eligibility. This may include
taking necessary placement tests in English, mathematics, and foreign language. All
prior transcripts and test scores are added to the student's file and will be available
for the college office. To continue each semester, the student
must complete a request in the Admissions Office and meet satisfactory academic progress
the prior semester.
Academic Standards and Regulations
Students in the Special Student status participate in credit courses side by side
with degree students. Day, evening, and off-campus credit offerings of UNO are taught
by regular faculty members. The standards maintained for each offering are the same.
Outside preparation and study are required in all UNO credit classes. Students are
advised not to enroll unless they have time to study and attend classes regularly.
Special Students are subject to University rule governing class attendance, minimum
grade point average, schedule changes, resignations, and other academic regulations.
Academic standing will be determined on the basis of coursework taken in the Special
Student status only. A Special Student who is admitted later to regular status will
have his/her academic status determined by the college dean on the basis of the complete
A Special Student may not petition for scholastic amnesty or permission to take advanced standing examinations.
In addition, a Special Student may not receive credit for bypass courses, CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations, the College
Level Examinations Program, armed services courses, and correspondence courses. Special
Students who change to degree status may petition the dean of the new college for
all of the above.
A Special Student is eligible to apply for a grade suspension when a course is repeated.
If a Special Student changes to degree status the grade suspension will be reviewed
in light of the complete UNO and transfer record and may be nullified if it appears
as though the student would not have been eligible for the original suspension.
Veterans planning to attend UNO under one of the public laws governing veterans' educational
benefits should not attempt to enroll in the Special Student status. To be eligible for educational benefits, a veteran must enroll in regular status.
The University does evaluate formal service school training according to the Guide
to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services published by the
American Council on Education. In order to have your coursework evaluated, send wither
an in-service training transcript (Army) or certified DD295/DD214 with course completion
certificates to the Office of Admissions, University of New Orleans, New Orleans,
These records must indicate:
- Exact title and identification number of course completed
- Location of training
- Length of course in weeks
- Exact dates of attendance
- Branch of service teaching the course
International students are not eligible for Special Student status.
Special Students are not eligible for Pell Grants and many other types of financial
aid. Please check with our Financial Aid Office at (504) 280-6603 for more details.
Application for Degree Program
Students in the Special Student status desiring to change to a degree program must:
- Complete a Change to Undergraduate Degree Status form located in the Admissions Office
or online at: http://www.uno.edu/admissions/adm_documents/general_forms/Change_to_Degree_Status_Form.pdf
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Meet minimum requirements for admission.
Citizens of a foreign country applying to UNO as freshmen and transfer undergraduate
students are expected to meet all requirements for admission to the University. Graduates
of foreign secondary schools who have completed the equivalent of at least an American
high school diploma may apply for admission to UNO. Transfer applicants are considered
for admission on the basis of secondary school records as well as previous college
records. The deadline dates for filing applications and submitting complete official
records can be found on the Important Dates Catalog maintained on the University Registrar's
Proficiency in the English language is vital to the academic success of international
For any applicant graduating from a high school located in a non-English speaking
country, admission will be based on the following:
- A minimum SAT Math score of 460 or ACT Math score of 19
- A minimum SAT English score of 450 or ACT English score of 18
If the applicant cannot meet the minimum SAT or ACT English scores, they can gain
admission by having:
- A minimum 79 TOEFL score or 6.5 IELTS score, and
- A minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA as calculated by the Admissions Office
For International students seeking to transfer from to UNO from an international two
or four-year college will be based on the following:
- Have earned at least 24 hours of college-level credits including a college-level math
- A minimum GPA of 2.25 on all college work
- A minimum 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS score
Upon arrival at UNO, these students will take the English Department's placement exam
and will be placed into the appropriate English score based on this measure.
Admission to UNO from IELP
The Admissions Office will conditionally admit students to the IELP program. The
admission letter will include language that to be fully admitted to UNO, the student
will need to meet the following criteria:
- A minimum SAT Math score of 460 or ACT score of 19 or minimum 40 on the Algebra section
of Compass test.
- Score at least LCT 70+/ GVR 70-75+/ WC 75+ on the Michigan Test
- No Compass scores for English or other measures will be used to satisfy English competency
For additional information on the TOEFL write: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service,
Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. Further testing will be given to verify English
competency when the student arrives on campus. Students may also submit IELTS scores
for admission consideration if they have not taken TOEFL.
In certain cases applicants with superior academic credentials who do not meet the
minimum TOEFL requirement may be considered for admission into the Intensive English
Language Program before pursuing a degree. All applicants are required to provide
evidence of sufficient funds to cover all costs while studying at the University.
It is mandatory that all international students participate in the student medical
insurance program. Fees for this insurance will be assessed at registration.
Golden Ager Program
This program is designed to encourage persons over 65 years of age to enroll in credit
classes at UNO. It has been made possible by state legislation which exempts persons
age 65 and over from payment of tuition at all public colleges and universities in
the state. The costs of textbooks and special fees are not included in the fee exemption.
The same academic regulations which apply to the student body in general also apply
to Golden Agers. These include class attendance, testing, course prerequisites, and
admission requirements. It is recommended that Golden Agers apply for their first
admission through the Special Student Program if they are not seeking a degree.
The University permits students who have not attended college for a given three-year
period to request that all work prior to that three-year period not be considered
in computing their averages. This allows a student who may have made a poor record
in the first attempt at college to start over with a "clean slate.'' For further explanation
the student should consult the Office of Admissions.