The University of New Orleans
A Commitment to New Orleans and Beyond
Since its founding, UNO has been committed to diversity and inclusion. In 1958, the University of New Orleans opened its doors as the first fully integrated public university in the South. For nearly 60 years, we have not strayed from that vision. The University has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states, and more than 130 countries, bringing together a variety of talented and motivated students so that they may learn, interact and pursue their career goals.
The University of New Orleans is a major business driver in metro New Orleans, generating a total economic impact of $470.5 million for metropolitan New Orleans in the 2014-15 fiscal year. As a global community asset, we offer a wide array of relevant, undergraduate and graduate academic programs and world-class research opportunities. We proudly contribute to the industry, culture and economy of the New Orleans region and beyond.
Our students come here for a number of reasons, but on the top of that list is the high quality education we provide. We're proud to be named one of the nation's best colleges by The Princeton Review, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and one of the top 1,000 universities in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. We are also classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity, one of only two in the state of Louisiana. The University's rankings are a testament to the students we attract and the quality of our faculty.
Academic programs offered at UNO prepare students to participate in the global economy. The College of Business Administration boasts an accounting program with an AACSB International accounting accreditation that puts it among the top three percent of programs in the world and its master's degree program in hospitality and tourism management has a 100 percent industry-specific job placement rate. The College of Engineering offers the only electrical, mechanical and civil engineering programs in the New Orleans area and the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is one of only several in the nation.
The Computer Science Department has certifications from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and partners with GE, providing students with real-world software development work experience to supplement their academic curriculum.
The College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development offers students a robust preparation in the arts and in educator and counselor training. UNO students, faculty and alumni perform on more stages at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on an annual basis than representatives from any other college or university.
Vibrant Campus Experience
Grab a cup of coffee at one of our coffee shops and relax by the reflective pool. Stop for a spin class at the Recreation and Fitness Center. Tour the latest student art submissions at the fine arts gallery or see a jazz show every Wednesday at the Cove. Picnic on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
Just minutes away from UNO's main campus, the French Quarter boasts world-class food, historic charm and exciting nightlife. The birthplace of jazz music and creole cuisine, today's New Orleans produces cutting-edge biomedical research, leads the nation in public education reforms, and attracts record numbers of young entrepreneurs.
Earn Your Degree Without going into Debt
In addition to its prime location and stellar program offerings, UNO offers one of the most affordable opportunities for higher education. For six straight years, U.S. News and World Report has named UNO to its list of 20 schools in the country where students have the least amount of debt following graduation. UNO alumni have the highest average early-career salaries among graduates of all Louisiana universities, according to a 2016 Payscale.com report. Over $41 million dollars in financial aid and scholarships are awarded annually to UNO students.