Annual Events and Activities

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is involved in many traditional events and activities that take place on an annual basis. Whether it is through direct leadership to departmental events or advising student organizations or even providing support to university events, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management works very hard to enrich the lives of our students.

Although it would be impossible to list all of the special events throughout the year that we're is involved in, below you will find information about what we call traditional or yearly events that take place at the University of New Orleans.

Fresh FestFreshFest

A festival that enables freshmen and other students to become acquainted with UNO. Held on the Wednesday during the first week of school each year, FreshFest features music, food, and fun, as well as campus and community resources. Vendors at FreshFest include the UNO Credit Union, companies and campus departments looking to hire part-time employers, and all the student organizations.

Welcome Back LuauWelcome Back Luau

A campus-wide back to school event held on the first Friday of the fall semester. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council, Luau offers new and returning students the change to hang out together and relax before school gets too busy.

Drive in MovieDrive-In Movie

An annual event sponsored by the Student Activities Council since 1996. On a Friday evening in October, the parking lot across from the Education Building is converted into a drive-in theater, and students, staff and faculty drive their cars in to watch two recent movies.

Homecoming Homecoming

A celebration that welcomes UNO alumni back to campus. Homecoming features a marquee basketball game at which the homecoming court is announced. The Student Activities Council sponsors a party following the game.

Greek WeekGreek Week

A time for fun, fellowship, and competition among UNO fraternities and sororities. Greek Week includes educational, philanthropic and school-spirit activities to unite fraternity and sorority members and introduce other students to Greek life.


The world's largest crawfish boil. "Students Unwinding with Crawfish and Unprecedented Fun" is sponsored by the Student Activities Council, which purchases 12,000 pounds of crawfish, and serves it free to all UNO students. The event is always held during the last week of classes in the spring, and there are bands, games, and all kinds of fun.

Enough is EnoughEnough is Enough

Enough is Enough is a campaign inspired by Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech at the time of the tragic shootings.  She charted a course for the future in Student Affairs, declaring, "Enough is Enough," and called on us to act with a "fierce urgency" and stem the tide of societal violence through efforts to create community, compassion and unity.  Event such as sexual assault awareness, asking students to take a pledge against interpersonal violence, and random acts of kindness are planned.

Career Expo

The Hall Career Expo and the Mardi Gras Invitational Career Fair
These are great opportunities for job seekers to explore and investigate hundreds of different employment options across the United States and at home. These are the largest career fairs in the state and the best opportunity to experience global and national organizations and businesses.  UNO invites our students, graduates, and alumni to participate in these events for networking and cutting-edge opportunities.

Explore UNOExplore UNO
Explore UNO is for prospective and admitted high school and transfer students! This fun evening will give students a chance to explore UNO’s beautiful lakefront campus and the many opportunities that await them here! Please invite your students to join us for a college browse, welcome session, and breakout sessions including: Financial Aid, Campus Life, and the Orientation & Enrollment process for admitted students.

Privateer for a DayPrivateer for a Day
Our Privateer for a Day recruiting program is for junior and senior high school students to shadow a UNO current student. The students are able to attend classes with their hosts, join campus activities, and have lunch in the RFoC. This program can only be a success with the volunteerism of our hosts students, so they deserve a huge thanks!

TransferTransfer Student Engagement
Tau Sigma National Honor Society is for our transfer students, and the members are chosen by invite only. Our transfer mentor program is winding down with the end of the semester approaching, but there will be one more social event in the last week of classes. With the end of one semester comes the beginning of another, and with that, comes our next group of new transfers.

Get to Know UNOGet to Know UNO
Get to Know UNO Is our annual open-house for prospective students and parents to attend. At this free event, UNO opens its doors to prospective students, families and the community to display what makes the University of New Orleans Louisiana’s premiere urban university. Colleges, programs, and campus organizations are able to advertise and showcase at a browse during the day.

Privateer PlungePrivateer Plunge
Taking place all across campus during the first six weeks of classes, Privateer Plunge offers new students “an array of funfilled and educational opportunities to help you understand the resources available to you and to meet other UNO students, faculty and administrators.” Students who participate are eligible to win prizes!

Privateer CampPrivateer Camp
This is a wonderful opportunity for new students to find out about all of the amazing resources available to our Privateers. Topics covered included discussions on leadership styles, UNO traditions and time management, just to name a few. Today’s participants are sure to be our tomorrow’s leaders at UNO!

Mardi Gras Parade

Krewe of UNO Annual Campus Mardi Gras Parade
Inspired by several UNO community members who embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras and the sense of community shared in participating in parades, this parade was founded in 2010.  Colleges, departments, student organizations and individual UNO community members can participate in the annual parade.  Local high school bands, the Shriners and other community organizations are also asked to participate in the parade that rolls around the UNO campus just prior to the big parades beginning in town.