Student Life

The University of New Orleans (UNO) recognizes the important educational role that involvement in student life provides for students. There is a commitment to focus on the development of the whole student by extending the classroom experience through extracurricular activities. By becoming involved on campus, students have an opportunity to develop intellectual, social, leadership, communication and recreational skills, and these skills can assist them both personally and professionally. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to sponsoring and promoting activities which complement the educational experience, and the following information is only a sampling of the offerings available. We encourage all students to explore all of the aspects of student life at the University of New Orleans.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers problem assessment and short-term personal (mental health) counseling to currently-enrolled UNO students. These services are focused on the resolution of students' current personal concerns and problems which might interfere with academic functioning. The Counseling Services staff can also assist students with referrals for longer-term or specialized treatment, if needed. Additionally, Counseling Services offers career testing and counseling to assist undecided students in choosing a career path which corresponds to personality traits and their current interests and skills. For additional information, please visit http://counserv.uno.edu.

Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports (RIS) offers a variety of programs and services for UNO Students.

Recreation and Fitness Center

A very popular service for students is the UNO Recreation and Fitness Center. This facility serves students who are interested in participating in a variety of fitness and recreational activities. The Recreation and Fitness Center has 3 basketball courts, an indoor running track, 2 racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, 2 group exercise rooms , weight equipment, and an extensive amount of cardio-vascular equipment which includes: treadmills, elliptical cross trainer machines, upright and recumbent bikes, rowing machines, AMT cross trainers, and much more. A variety of Group Exercise classes are offered each semester. Personal Training and Fitness Assessments are also available.

Intramural Sports

A variety of intramural sports are offered each semester which include but are not limited to: flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, racquetball, and more. Club sports are also available and new club sports can be created depending on student interest.

Summer Sports Day Camp

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports Summer Day Camp provides a variety of fun activities for children ages 5-11. The program is held during the months of June and July.  For more information, please visit the RIS web site at  http://ris.uno.edu/ and click the summer camp link or call (504)280-6357.

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of New Orleans Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference.

For the 2015-16 academic year, UNO will field teams in seven men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis) and seven women's sports (basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis and sand volleyball). Contact the UNO Athletic Department at (504) 280-6102 for more information or visit http://www.UNOPrivateers.com/.

Students with a valid student identification card are admitted free to all home athletic events.

The administrative offices for Intercollegiate Athletics is located in The Athletic Center at the corner of Leon C. Simon and Franklin Avenue. For up-to-date information on game times and locations, check the Privateers' official web site at: http://www.UNOPrivateers.com/ . The Athletic Department can also be followed on Twitter at @UNOPrivateers or on Facebook searching for the 'University of New Orleans Privateers'.

Office of Student Accountability, Advocacy and Disability Services

Disability Services

The University of New Orleans is committed to providing an environment where all students have the opportunity to equally participate in the academic experience, including students with disabilities. Students with disabilities have rights as determined by federal and state laws which require institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for the student's disability in order to afford an equal opportunity to participate in the college's programs, courses, and activities.

The office can assists students in meeting many of their educational needs on campus. The office can provide reasonable academic accommodations for students who have documented disabilities.

Accommodations include, but are not limited to, note takers, extended test taking time, course materials in alternate formats, adapted computers, on campus, recording devices for lectures, and the provision of some assistive listening devices.

The office can assist in the coordination of accommodations for campus tours and events such as, but not limited to New Student Orientation.

The Director serves as the Section 504 Compliance Officer. Questions regarding specific responsibilities of the Section 504 Compliance Officer may be directed to UNO Disability Services or by calling (504) 280-6222.

Student Accountability and Advocacy

A student's education is a process of honest inquiry. Success, by its very nature, depends on the integrity of the experience. The basic philosophy of the UNO Student Code of Conduct is one of education. The University encourages student growth and development of the individual through self control. The University is committed to protecting student rights and the rights of others. If a student feels that a University policy or their rights have been violated, they are encouraged to seek help from The Office of Student Accountability and Advocacy. Policies governing members of the University community are outlined in the UNO Student Handbook and other official publications.

The Office of assist when students experience problems within the university setting. The assistance is provided through consultation with, all affected parties to attempt to reach a resolution. Additionally, if any student is experiencing a crisis or is a victim of an on-campus crime, this office may be able to provide assistance, resources and referrals. For more information please refer to the following website Student Accountability and Advocacy

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to approximately 750 international students, faculty, and staff from more than 90 countries. Specifically, OISS assists international students, faculty, and staff in maintaining their legal status under U.S. immigration law. In addition, the staff provides support on such matters as cross-cultural adjustment, personal and financial issues, and academic problems. Programs offered by OISS include new student orientation and educational workshops. OISS produces a regular newsletter, maintains an e-mail listserv, and co-sponsors cultural events such as International Night. Specific information about OISS programs is available at the following web address: http://oiss.uno.edu.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service projects with academic studies to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen the communities in which we live and work. Through fieldwork, applied research, and other academic activities, students engage in project-based service initiatives with community partners. Students, faculty, and partners work together to arrive at desired results, create innovative solutions to challenges, and achieve sustainable outcomes that benefit our partners as well as create a legacy of engagement with the communities we serve.

The mission of the Office of Service Learning at the University of New Orleans is to serve the community by engaging our undergraduate and graduate students in academic work that intersects with the needs of community organizations. Service Learning at UNO will allow students and faculty to put to work the philosophies, skills, and theories learned in the classroom.

Students who enroll in service learning courses commit to completing designated service work integrated into the classroom environment. UNO encourages socially conscious students already enrolled at UNO as well as incoming freshmen with service learning experience to become service-learning leaders. Moreover, UNO invites students from universities throughout the country who seek unique experiences to fulfill their service learning requirements in New Orleans, one of America's culturally and historically singular cities.

UNO provides an academic environment that cultivates and graduates leaders ready to continue their service in communities within Southeast Louisiana, throughout the United States, or across the world. Service Learning at the University of New Orleans is made possible through generous support from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. The Office of Service Learning and the Service Learning Council look forward to providing additional resources to assist faculty, staff, and students in developing courses that integrate course content with engaged, meaningful service learning projects. For more information, please contact the Office of Service Learning at servicelearning@uno.edu or visit the offices at Room 105 in the Administration Building. Additional information is available on the website at http://www.uno.edu/service-learning/index.aspx.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality health care to the UNO community. Health Services offers evaluation and treatment of illness and injury, as well as educational programming for health promotion and illness prevention. Primary care is provided to students, by appointment. Various injections, immunizations, and advice on travel abroad are available to students. Comprehensive physical evaluation and diagnostic laboratory testing are also available to students.

New or re-entering students are subject to a State legislated pre-matriculation immunization statute which requires students to provide UNO with their immunization status regarding measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and diphtheria, tetanus or tetanus toxoid reduced diphtheria a cellular pertussis (Tdap).  Additionally, two meningococcal immunizations are required. The meningococcal vaccinations should be separated by at least eight weeks. Student Health Services can provide immunizations for students who have been admitted but may not have paid fees or attended classes. There is a fee associated with these immunizations. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Health Services website to learn more about immunization compliance and waiving of rights. Students who waive immunizations may be required to leave school if there is a disease outbreak on campus.

Student Health Services is located in the University Center room 238. Clinic hours Monday through Thursday are 7:30 am until 4:30 pm and on Friday from 7:30 am until 2 pm.  Please visit the web site at  ww.studenthealth.uno.edu for more information.

Student Health and Accident Plan

The University negotiates a moderately priced blanket student health and accident plan. Students not covered by another insurance policy are strongly encouraged to enroll in this plan as medical costs can be high and jeopardize a student's education. The plan includes savings realized by Student Health Services acting as the primary care giver. Additional savings are provided through the use of a preferred provider organization. Dependents can also be covered on this policy.

The policy is an optional service offered to students. The University of New Orleans neither receives money from this service nor adjudicates claims on students' behalf. Policy information is available at Student Health Services, University Center room 238, and on our website, www.studenthealth.uno.edu .

International Students are required to have health insurance. This policy meets the minimum requirements of the law and is cost effective. However, International Students may purchase other policies or bring one from their country that meets the minimum requirements.

Student Housing

University of Louisiana System policy requires all unmarried, full-time undergraduate students regardless of age or emancipation status, live in campus residence halls as long as space is available. Under certain circumstances, housing exemptions are granted. Click for more information regarding the On Campus Housing Requirement.

Residence Facilities

Pontchartrain Halls

Pontchartrain Hall is UNO's newest residence hall comprised of two state of the art four story buildings, Pontchartrain Hall North and South. Residents will have their choice of a private room with bath, a two bedroom unit with one bath or a four bedroom unit with two baths. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, student desk, chair, chest of drawers and built in closet. Each room has 9 foot ceilings, with bedrooms wired for Ethernet and cable television. Two and four bedroom units have common lounge areas which are also furnished. Wi-Fi is available throughout both Halls.

All residence facilities have card access, security cameras, a small convenience store, an activity area with billiard tables, foosball, etc. There are large social areas to accommodate a variety of programs for residents, study areas, 2 residents' kitchens and laundry facilities. The patio area is furnished with tables, chairs and three BBQ pits.

Residence Hall rates include all utilities, furnishings, cable television and internet. Laundry facilities, free of charge, are located in each hall for resident's use. Residency in Pontchartrain Hall requires mandatory participation in the Pontchartrain Hall Campus Dining program.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee on-campus housing accommodation. Students must apply separately for housing and accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a student is officially accepted for admission to the University.

For more information, please contact UNO Student Housing at (504) 280-6402 or e-mail studenthousing@uno.edu.

Lafitte Village

The mission of Lafitte Village is to provide housing to married students, single-parent students, and couples in domestic partnerships at an affordable cost. This housing opportunity gives non-traditional students the ability to still pursue their education while also raising a family. Lafitte Village is conveniently located on the edge of UNO's campus, providing a more calm and quiet atmosphere.

Recently renovated, it offers one and two bedroom units, which all include stainless steel refrigerators and stoves, utilities, internet and basic cable television. Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex. A laundry facility is located onsite, free of charge, for residents' use. The brand new playground and courtyard is a perfect place for children to play and also provides a place to study outside.

The facility has key access to the complex which has surveillance cameras throughout the grounds and parking area.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee on-campus housing accommodations. Students must apply separately for housing and accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a student is officially accepted for admission to the University.

For more information, please contact UNO Student Housing at (504) 280-6402 or e-mail studenthousing@uno.edu.

Privateer Place

Privateer Place is an apartment-style community located on the campus of the University of New Orleans. Students are a short walk to classes and campus events. Privateer Place strives to create a "Place to Live, Learn, and Grow: Facilitating a fun, friendly, vibrant, and diverse community while supporting residents' academic success and encouraging personal growth and empowerment".

Privateer Place offers apartment style living with three floor plans, both private and semi-private:2 bedroom/2bathroom (furnished), 4 bedroom/2bathroom (furnished) and efficiency style apartments (unfurnished). Students can select an academic (9 month) or full year (12 month) lease agreement. All apartments come with an “all inclusive” package which includes fully equipped kitchens, utilities (electricity allowance*, water and internet), free parking and our unique Go Explore program (14 days at any of our other participating villages).

Furnished units include a bed, student desk, desk chair, nightstand, and chest of drawers in each bedroom. Each common living area includes a couch, matching chair, coffee table, end table, and built-in dining table with chairs. On-site amenities include gate controlled access, electronic key fobs, on-site laundry facilities, swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court, basketball court, billiards/pool room, barbecue picnic pavilion, clubhouse with Wi-Fi and 24/7 staff and maintenance on call.

Privateer Place is open during academic breaks, and residents are able to stay in apartments throughout the lease term. For leasing information please visit us at www.privateerplaceUNO.com or call our office at (504) 282-5670.

Living in Privateer Place also satisfies the UL System on Campus Residency requirement for first year students.

*The Electricity Allowance is $10 per bed space; usage extending beyond that allowance will result in charges to resident accounts.

Student Media

Driftwood is the community newspaper of the University of New Orleans since 1959. Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, Driftwood contains general news, features and other articles of interest to the university population. The newspaper is run and staffed entirely by UNO students. Staff members gain practical experience in journalistic writing, layout and design, and interviewing techniques. Some paid positions are available as well as internships for college credit. For further information contact: driftwoodeditor@uno.edu

The annually published literary magazine, Ellipsis, includes stories, poems, photographs and drawings by members of the UNO community and publishes award-winning work by UNO students.

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is committed to providing programs and opportunities through which students may become meaningfully involved in campus life. These programs and initiatives include leadership development, organizational involvement, campus wide entertainment, cultural and educational programs, volunteer service, and recognition. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership strives to create opportunities so that students can achieve academically and socially in ways that will facilitate their transition into the world as responsible citizens. Areas falling under the purview of The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership include leadership development and advisement of student organizations, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, the Leadership Cabinet, Greek Life, Commuter Services, and the Service Coalition. For more information, please refer to www.sil.uno.edu .

Greek Life

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) provides advisory support and guidance to the university's thirteen fraternities and sororities. The department offers various programs and services, including active oversight of chapter events, planning and implementation of leadership retreats and workshops, monitoring of academic performance of fraternity and sorority members, and recognition of the positive achievements of the organizations. In partnership with faculty, staff, alumni, and inter/national fraternal organizations, the SIL challenges and educates students in the areas of leadership, cultural awareness, personal and group development, scholarship, and civic responsibility. More information about Greek Life is available at www.greeklife.uno.edu.

Leadership Cabinet

The UNO Leadership Cabinet has served the University of New Orleans for over 30 years and has provided leadership opportunities for all students on campus regardless of their leadership experience. Members of the Leadership Cabinet plan and execute UNO leadership programs, including retreats, conferences, and the annual student leadership award ceremony.

Service Coalition

The Service Coalition is a conglomeration of individual student volunteers and student groups collaborating with non-profits and community service providers to improve long term environmental and social problems in the New Orleans area. The Service Coalition plans monthly service days, coordinates alternative break programs, and oversees the student-run recycling program.

Student Activities Council

The Student Activities Council (SAC) is the university’s official student programming board on campus. The purpose of SAC is to provide educational, cultural, social, and entertaining activities for the UNO community. The Council is responsible for the planning and implementation of major activities on campus such as the Welcome Back Luau, Cultural Conversation Hours, the Drive-in Movie, Homecoming Week Festivities, the end of the year crawfish boil, and much more. With student input, SAC offers new, fresh events every year. (www.sac.uno.edu)

Student Government Association

All regularly enrolled students are members of Student Government Association (SGA), which provides an opportunity for each student to participate in the general community affairs of the University. Student Government Association members assume the responsibilities of self-government consistent with the responsibilities and policies of the University administration. In addition, the Student Government Association maintains a variety of services such as forums for students to express ideas and concerns with administration. SGA also funds other activities and services on campus such as student organization programs, legal services, and limited academic travel funds for undergraduate and graduate students. (www.sg.uno.edu)

Student Organizations

Student organizations are a vital part of undergraduate and graduate experiences at the University of New Orleans. With approximately 130 registered student organizations at UNO, students are able to take advantage of the many opportunities outside the classroom. As a member of a UNO organization, students develop leadership and interpersonal skills, build friendships, and serve the campus community. Types of groups include: professional, honors, political, religious, service, social, Greek, special interest, and departmental. (www.sil.uno.edu) The list of all recognized student organizations can be found at: SIL Student Organizations.

Training Resources and Assistive-Technology Center

The University of New Orleans Training, Resource and Assistive-technology Center (TRAC) provides quality services to persons with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals, educators and employers. UNO TRAC has built a solid reputation for its innovative training programs and community outreach efforts. The Center is recognized as a valuable resource statewide, nationally and internationally on disability issues. The TRAC building is a training, evaluation, conference, administrative and short-term residential facility. Please call 504-280-5700 for more information or information or visit: trac.uno.edu.

UNO Career Services

UNO Career Services provides a range of services for current UNO students to explore career options, plan and prepare for the job search, and pursue their career goals. Services include résumé review, cover letter, mock interview, career preparation, self-assessment of work values/ethics, business etiquette/communication, career advising, majors and career pathways, networking and recruitment events, career fairs, and the coordination of internships and experiential educational opportunities. Career Services also manages the Career Compass which lists part-time and full-time job postings, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. Once registered on the database, students receive notifications regarding career fairs, activities, events, hot jobs, and career news. For additional information, please visit www.career.uno.edu and/or follow us on Twitter@UNOCareer.

Veterans’ Affairs

The Office of Veterans' Affairs provides information on educational benefits for veterans attending UNO. Veterans eligible for educational benefits are urged to establish contact with this office when they arrive on campus. For further information call (504)280-6992, email veteransservices@uno.edu, or visit the office at 105 Earl K Long Library, Privateer Enrollment Center or UNO Office of Veteran's Affairs .