University of New Orleans

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Despite its large size, New Orleans did not have a public university within its city limits until the 1950s. A local senator signed an act that called for the formation of a new school in 1956, and a college by the name of the Louisiana State University in New Orleans opened two years later. It retained that same name until the 1970s when it became the University of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina forced the university to close its doors and find new homes for its students. Damage sustained during the hurricane led to the school closing permanently for several months.

The University of New Orleans was one of the first colleges to open after that hurricane. Due to the damage done to campus buildings, the university introduced a new online system that let students take classes from professors over the online system. The success of that program led to the university continuing and expanding its online course network. In 2011, the university announced plans to become part of the University of Louisiana School System. This will increase the number of opportunities available to its students and give it the backing of the major school system. Many believe that this will dramatically increase its enrollment rate, which is around 8,200 students. That enrollment rate makes it one of the state's largest public colleges.

University of New Orleans Accreditation Details

The University of New Orleans has general and institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The SACSCC is the same organization that gave the university the right to join the University of Louisiana School System. Institutional accreditation gives the university the ability to bestow college degrees on students who successfully complete one of the school's programs. UNO also has accreditation from nine different organizations for some of its degree programs. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) gave the university accreditation for all its business and accounting programs. It also has accreditation from the following organizations:

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

University of New Orleans Application Requirements

The deadline for applying to the University of New Orleans is near the middle of December in the year before students start classes. All required documentation and the application itself must arrive to the school by the deadline. Students may complete the FAFSA later. Those who want to pay in state tuition must show that they were a resident of the state at the time they filed their applications. Students who are the children of alumni receive in state tuition fees but will need to show that their parents attended the university.

As with most colleges today, the UNO application is available online and requires that applicants create an account and log in with their account information. They will need to answer questions about their current address, grades received in high school, any college credits they earned and their hobbies, interests and extracurricular activities. UNO charges an application fee of $20 that students can pay online. Those who pay by check or money order should send payment as soon as possible. The university will not process any application until the student pays the fee. Students must also send official transcripts from their high schools or colleges and submit scores from the ACT or SAT.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending the University of New Orleans for full time students who live within the state or are children of alumni is around $3,700 a semester. A full time student is someone who takes 12 credit hours of classes. The university adds a fee for out of state residents that brings their tuition costs up to $10,500 a semester. This includes miscellaneous fees and the tuition itself. Students will still need to pay for other expenses, including textbooks and equipment. The university charges a little under $900 per credit hour for any additional classes that students take.

UNO holds all students financially responsible for their education. Students entering the university must sign a document that states they will pay for the classes they take and fees added to their accounts. The university recommends that students who need financial help fill out the FAFSA after receiving an acceptance letter. This lets the university decide on the type of support package that each student gets. Students may receive loans and grants from the government or scholarships and other aid from the university itself. Parent PLUS loans are also available to the parents of students who need more help. UNO can also assist students in finding work study opportunities on campus.

University of New Orleans Degrees and Programs

UNO has a strong reputation for two of its more unique programs: Urban Studies and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism. The urban studies program is available through the Department of Planning and Urban Studies. This unique program looks at how cities develop and the importance of proper planning. Students have the chance to work closely with the Becker Transportation Institute and with other local organizations through fieldwork experiences and internships. Many of its graduates work in the historic preservation and city planning fields. Though the university offers a Bachelor of Science in Planning and Urban Studies, it also offers graduate degrees in urban studies, urban planning, transportation and urban planning and regional planning.

The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Administration is responsible for the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism undergraduate degree program at UNO. Students can choose a concentration in food and beverage management, convention and event management, tourism or hotel and lodging management. Students take a minimum of 73 credit hours of work in hospitality courses, 12 credit hours of work in the concentration they choose, 22 credits of core classes and a few electives to total 120 credit hours. The University of New Orleans allows hospitality majors to get some hands on experience working for local hotels, restaurants and tourism boards in and around the city.