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, and Summer) are published on the Important
Dates Calendar maintained by the University Registrar's Office. Applicants should
refer to this calendar for applicable dates.
For information and application forms, contact the Enrollment Services, 2000 Lakeshore
Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70148; or access the University on the World Wide Web
Categories of Admission and Procedures
High School Early Start Admission
High School Early Start
Outstanding high school students may be admitted to the University while still enrolled
in high school, if they meet University admission requirements.
Immediately following the freshman year in high school, students may be enrolled in
University courses that carry corresponding levels of high school credit during the
Summer, Fall, or Spring terms, if they meet first year GPA and test score admission
requirements. Students may enroll in up to seven hours in the Summer term and nine
hours in Fall or Spring terms. Dual Enrollment students receive a reduced rate of
tuition. Students interested in participating in this program should contact their
high school counselor to determine eligibility and ensure any credits earned at UNO
will count for credit at their high school. All university deadlines and requirements
Early Enrollment for High School Students
Students having the approval of their high school principal may "skip'' their senior
year of high school and enroll as full-time students at the University. These students
may be eligible to receive their high school diploma from their home high school after
successfully completing 24 University semester hours of credit.
To be admitted as an Early Enrollment Full-Time Enrollment Student, a prospective
- must have completed the junior year of high school,
- must be recommended for Early Admission by the high school principal,
- must have earned a 2.5 average on all high school grades, and
- must have earned a minimum admission scores for the ACT or PLAN (18 English, 19 Math),
SAT or PSAT (450 English, 460 Math) or ACCUPLACER (English 86, Elem. Algebra 65) tests.
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 25 or higher on
Writing and Language, ACT of 19 or higher or SAT score of 500 or higher on Mathematics
is non-remedial) AND one of the following:
- ACT composite score of 23 or greater (SAT I Math + Writing and Language of 25 or greater)
- High school cumulative CORE GPA of 2.5 or greater
Out-of-State and Homeschooled students who do not meet the core curriculum must satisfy
all items in the above or have a composite ACT score of 26 or greater (SAT I Math
+ Writing and Language combined score of 1130 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.
Louisiana Board of Regents
Core 4 Curriculum (Requirements for High School Applicants)
|English (4 units)
|Math (4 units)
||Algebra I or Applied Algebra I or Algebra I-Pt. 2
||Geometry or Applied Geometry
||Financial Math or Math Essentials or Advanced:
Pre-Calculus or Advanced: Functions & Statistics or Pre-Calculus or
Calculus or Probability and Statistics or Discrete Math or approved electives
| Science (4 units)
||Physical Science or Integrated Science or Physics I or Physics II or Physics of Technology
I or Physics of Technology II or Aerospace Science or Biology II or Chemistry II or
Earth Science or Environmental Science or Agriscience II or Anatomy and Physiology
or approved elective (including approved IBC-related course)
|Social Science (4 units)
||Civics or AP American Government + Free Enterprise (1/2 unit each)
||World History or World Geography or Western Civilization or AP European History
||World History or World Geography or Western Civilization or AP European History or
Law Studies or Psychology or Sociology or Civics (second semester, 1/2 unit) or African
American Studies or approved IBC-related course (Religion I, II, III, IV for non-public
| Foreign Language (2 units)
||2 units from same language or 2 Speech courses
| Arts (1 unit)
||Fine Arts Survey or 1 unit: Art or Dance or Music or Theatre Arts or Applied Arts
or approved IBC-related course
||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 be fully admitted.
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
satisfactorily, will enable the student to receive degree credit. The Advanced Placement
tests of the College Board, International Baccalaureate exams taken at the Higher
Level, the subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST,
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 degree requirements.
Privateer Pathways is designed for students who, because of their ACT or SAT scores,
need additional support in mathematics and/or English. Skills will be developed through
the strategic delivery of academic support to students.
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Each student will be individually evaluated for program eligibility based on high
school transcripts and test scores. Participants will receive academic advising on
courses required as part of the Pathways program.
All students accepted into Privateer Pathways will need to complete the Privateer
Pathways Agreement to officially confirm your participation in the program.
- Register and attend New Student Orientation.
- Attend all classes: I am required to abide by the attendance policy outlined in the
syllabus for each course. In the event of an absence, I will need to provide the instructor
with a reasonable explanation to receive an excused absence (e.g., death or critical
illness in the family, jury duty, personal illness). I will be responsible for the
material presented as well as assignments/quizzes that I missed for the class session.
- Meet with my academic advisor at least once during the first semester.
- Meet with my UNIV instructor at least once during the first semester.
- Participate in:
- the Success Coaching Program (must enroll in the program by 9/16/16)
- 4 of the following Academic Success workshops (sign in required):
- Academic Building Blocks to Success
- Start Strong Fest
- Library Resources
- Study Skills
- Reducing and Managing Stress
- Final Study Tips
- Maintain at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average
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 or not credit was earned.
Any student who fails to acknowledge attendance in each college or university in which
he or she has been registered is subject to immediate 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 is received.
All students transferring to UNO must have at least:
- have earned at least 24 semester hours or more of college level coursework (including
completed courses in English and Math with a grade of "C" or higher).
- have a minimum GPA of 2.25 as calculated by our Admissions Office.
- have satisfied any academic suspension periods and be eligible to return to their
home institution and be cleared by UNO Office of Student Affairs due to any prior
discipline suspensions. Also meet the freshman admission criteria if they have earned
less than 24 transferrable hours.
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 institution is a member of one of the six regional accrediting agencies;
- 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
The extent to which credits earned in colleges and universities are accepted toward
the degree program 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 better.
Transfer students with less than 24 semester hours of earned transferrable credit
must satisfy freshman requirements as well as transfer admission requirements.
Apply by clicking on the following link: http://www.uno.edu/admissions/apply/index.aspx
Admission to the College of Engineering
First-time freshmen admitted to the university will be admitted to the College of
Engineering with an engineering classification.
Engineering students must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in an engineering
course above the 3000 level:
- Qualify for, or have credit in, a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114).
Qualification for a first course in college-level calculus requires a minimum MATH
ACT score of 28 or a minimum MATH SAT score of 650.
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher (GPA is computed based on all grades in physics
courses, chemistry courses, engineering courses, courses in mathematics that are prerequisites
to MATH 2114, and mathematics calculus courses.)
If a student fails to qualify for a first course in calculus or does not have a cumulative
GPA of 2.25 or higher by the end of the semester in which 36 credit hours are attempted
(W’s, SUS’s, and XF’s count toward the number of credit hours attempted), the student
will be removed from the College of Engineering.
Students transferring from another university or college are considered transfer Students.
The following admission regulations apply to transfer students:
- Students transferring into any of UNO’s College of Engineering programs must have
earned a C or better in all courses expected to be transferred for curriculum credit.
- Transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable hoursmust meet the first-time freshman engineering requirements. In addition, they:
- Must have earned at least a 2.25 Transfer GPA on all coursework, and,
- Satisfy all other university admission standards.
- Transfer students with 24 or more but fewer than 36 transferable hourswill be admitted to the College of Engineering but must meet the following criteria
to take upper level engineering courses:
- Qualify for a pre-calculus trigonometry course (e.g., MATH 1126),
- Have earned a 2.25 or higher Transfer GPA, and,
- Satisfy all other university admission standards.
- Transfer students with 24 or more but fewer than 36 transferable hourswill be directly admitted to the College of Engineering with an Engineering classification but must meet the following criteria to take upper level engineering courses:
- Qualify for or have credit in a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114), and,
- Satisfy all other university admission standards.
- Transfer students with 36 or more transferable hoursmay only be admitted to the College of Engineering with the Engineering classification
and must satisfy the following:
- Qualify for or have credit in a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114), and,
- Satisfy all other university admission standards.
Engineering orientations are offered in conjunction with the freshmen and transfer
Former UNO undergraduate students who were not enrolled in the regular Fall and Spring
semester immediately preceding the semester of desired enrollment must apply for admission
according to the deadline published on the Important Dates Calendar 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 grade point average earned at the other
Former students who left on their first scholastic drop may be readmitted on probation
after they sit out the requisite one semester. Students who left on their second scholastic
drop may be readmitted on probation after they sit out the requisite two semesters
(not including summer). Some students may be required to appeal based upon their quality
point deficiency. Those students will be required to submit an appeal letter. Those
students will be notified by email upon submission of their new application. If it
is determined that the student does not have enough hours left to reach a cumulative
2.0 before graduation, they will not be readmitted. Students who left on their third
or more scholastic drop will be required to sit out 6 full semesters (3 years), and
will only be admissible on academic renewal or appeal.
Guest Student Admissions
Transfer students who are enrolled in any accredited college or university and wish
to enroll in UNO for one semester [ONLY] must have earned at least a cumulative GPA
of 2.0 or higher and must be eligible to return to their home institution. Admission
as a guest student will terminate at the end of one semester and does not presuppose
acceptance by any college or division of the University of New Orleans during the
next regular semester. 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. Enrollment at the last accredited institution of higher education
must not have resulted in an academic/disciplinary suspension. Students will be required
to seek permission to enroll in all courses by the applicable department(s) offering
the desired course(s).
New freshmen entering UNO during the Summer term 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 requirements.
Special Student Admissions
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.
Eligibility Requirements for Special Students
To be eligible for enrollment in undergraduate courses with the Special Student status,
prospects must satisfy the following requirements:
- Never attended college, prospect must meet freshmen admission requirements; or,
- Attended college, student must be eligible to return to their home institution and
have at least at 2.25 GPA. Enrollment at the last accredited institution of higher
education must not have resulted in an academic/disciplinary suspension.
- Prospects must submit all prior transcripts to be considered.
- International students and veterans planning to attend UNO under one of the public
laws governing veterans' educational benefits are not eligible for the special student
Credits Earned - Special Students
Credits earned in Special Student status are recorded on the student's permanent academic
record. A minimum of 30 semester hours can be earned as a Special Student. After a
student earns 30 credit hours, the student must complete the "Change to degree-seeking
status" form and meet regular admission requirements in order to continue enrolling
at UNO. The form can be found here: http://www.uno.edu/admissions/adm_documents/general_forms/Change_to_Degree_Status_Form.pdf
Academic Advisement and Continuing Each Semester - Special Students
Because prior college work is not posted to the student's UNO Transcript, students
must contact the department that offers the course 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.
A Special Student may not petition for academic renewal or permission to take advanced standing examinations.
In addition, a Special Student may not receive credit for bypass courses, College Board 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 their
college for all of the above.
Special Students are not eligible for financial aid.
Citizens of a foreign country applying to UNO as freshmen or 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 previous college records. The deadline dates for filing
applications and submitting complete official records can be found on the Important
Dates Calendar maintained on the University Registrar's website at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/index.aspx .
Proficiency in the English language is vital to the academic success of international
students at UNO. 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 500 or ACT Math score of 19
- A minimum SAT English score of 25 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 2.75 cumulative GPA as calculated by the Admissions
office and one of the following :
- A minimum score of 70 on the Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- A minimum band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Upon arrival at UNO, international students who have been accepted with TOEFL or IELTS
scores will be required to take the English Department's placement exam and will be
placed into the appropriate English course based on this measure.
International students seeking to transfer to UNO from an international two or four-year
college admission will be based on the following:
- The student must have earned at least 24 hours of college-level credits including
a college-level math course
- If the student has earned fewer than 24 credit hours, of college-level credits they
must also meet the freshman admission requirements.
- The student must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.25 on all college work; and,
- The student must have earned a minimum of a 70 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS score.
For additional information on the TOEFL, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl. For additional
information on the IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org.
Admission to UNO from IELP
The Admissions Office will conditionally admit students to the International English
Language Program (IELP). The admission letter will include language that to be fully
admitted to UNO, the student will need to meet the following criteria:
- Prospective students must earn a minimum SAT Math score of 500 or ACT score of 19
or minimum 65 on the Elementary Algebra section of the ACCUPLACER test.
- Prospective students must earn a score of at least LCT 70+/ GVR 70-75+/ WC 75+ on
the Michigan Test; and,
- No Compass scores for English or other measures will be used to satisfy English competency
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.
Lifelong Learner Program
This program is designed for students aged 65 and older to attend courses at UNO tuition-free.
To be eligible for this program, students must complete the application and enrollment
process by the posted deadlines published on the Important Dates Calendar maintained
on the University Registrar's website as well as be a Louisiana resident. The tuition
is waived automatically through the Office of the Bursar. The cost of textbooks and
standard university fees are not included in the tuition exemption.
Credit from other institutions
Through the Office of Academic Affairs, the Registrar and the Director of Admissions
share responsibility for the admission of transfer students and the acceptance transfer
credit at the University of New Orleans. The University of New Orleans transfer admission
policies abide the Board of Regents Policy, the Undergraduate Catalog the Graduate
Catalog, and posted on the Registrar's website BOR Transfer Policy.
An undergraduate transfer applicant should request each college or university he or
she has attended to send a transcript to the Office of Admissions. Upon receipt of
all transcripts, the previously earned credit is reviewed and a Cumulative GPA is
determined for purposes of admission. Once admission has been determined, those credits
are then evaluated for application toward those courses making up the degreed program
Office of the Registrar:
Courses evaluated by The University of New Orleans for credit earned from regionally
accredited institutions will carry the grade earned at the institution where the courses
were taken if the grading system used is comparable to UNO's grading system. Technical
and vocational credits are not accepted, credits for varsity sports, or credits from
non-accredited institutions are not accepted. Transfer students should become familiar
with sections of this Catalog concerning the grading system, course repeat policy,
and other academic regulations.
The extent to which any transfer courses may be applied toward a degree at UNO is
determined by the Academic Dean of each College. A transfer student may complete
requirements for graduation in the UNO Catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment
unless the student elects to change to another curriculum or there is a break of one
semester or more in attendance at UNO. If there is a break of enrollment greater than
one term (excluding Summer), the student is subject to the Catalog in effect when
re-entering. Students who change their Major will be subject to the Catalog in effect
when the change of Major occurs.
Students who wish to transfer credits to UNO which were earned in a nontraditional
manner (i.e., CLEP Subject or General Examinations, Advanced Placement, or Departmental
Examinations),will have these evaluated by the Office of Admissions, through the Office
of Academic Affairs, will be granted for Departmental Examinations and CLEP Examinations
if the course(s) are listed on the student's official transcript with a passing grade
or the equivalent, and are within the policies for credit at the University of New
Orleans. Advanced placement credit will be given in areas in which UNO normally grants
such credit as shown elsewhere in this Catalog.
Transfer students who have question(s) concerning their transfer evaluation may request
a review of the evaluation by their academic dean, their department head, the Director
of Admissions, and/or the head(s) of the department in which the course(s) are offered
at UNO. Requests must be made in writing to the Director of Admissions and must list
the specific course(s) in question. The student may be required to furnish course
descriptions and may be required to appear before the appropriate college or department
In order to facilitate a more efficient transfer of courses among public colleges
and universities, the Louisiana Board of Regents has established a Master Course Articulation
Matrix. This matrix indicates transfer equivalences of courses among Louisiana's public
college and universities, and may be accessed through the Board of Regents' webpage
at http://regents.la.gov. It remains, however, the prerogative of the receiving institution
as to whether a course will count toward a particular Major, whether a particular
grade is required, or whether the course will satisfy general education requirements.
Students should therefore always contact UNO prior to transferring courses.
Community or Junior College Transfer Credits
All academic hours earned at a community or junior college will be posted on the UNO
transcript upon the student's transfer. However, the maximum number of hours transferable
from a community or junior college for degree credit is sixty. No credit earned at
a junior college may be used for credit at the 3000 or 4000 course level.