University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is public research university in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Urban 13 association. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[6]

The University of New Orleans
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Former names
Louisiana State University in New Orleans (LSUNO)[1]
MottoGreat City, Great University
TypePublic university
Established1956; 64 years ago (1956)[1]
Endowment$74.2 million (2019)[2]
PresidentJohn W. Nicklow
ProvostMahyar A. Amouzegar
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

30°01′39″N 90°04′02″W / 30.0275°N 90.0671°W / 30.0275; -90.0671Coordinates: 30°01′39″N 90°04′02″W / 30.0275°N 90.0671°W / 30.0275; -90.0671
195 acres (0.79 km2; 0.305 sq mi)[3]
ColorsReflex Blue & Silver[5]
AthleticsNCAA Division ISouthland
AffiliationsUL System
Urban 13/GCU
MascotCaptain BrUNO
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University Center


State Senator Theodore M. Hickey of New Orleans in 1956 authored the act which established the University of New Orleans. At the time New Orleans was the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a public university though it had several private universities, such as Tulane (which was originally a state-supported university before being privatized in 1884), Loyola, and Dillard. The institution was a branch of Louisiana State University, and as such was originally named Louisiana State University in New Orleans or LSUNO. The UNO University Ballroom was named in Hickey's honor late in 2014, more than two decades after his death.[7]

The university was built on the New Orleans Lakefront when the United States Navy relocated Naval Air Station New Orleans. The Orleans Levee Board leased the closed base to the LSU Board of Supervisors. The renovation went quicker than expected. LSUNO opened for classes in 1958, two years ahead of schedule. It was the first racially integrated public university in the South. For its first five years, it was reckoned as an offsite department of the main campus in Baton Rouge, and as such its chief administrative officer was originally called a dean (1958–1961), then a vice president in charge (1961–1962). In 1962, the LSU System of Higher Education was established, and LSUNO became a separate campus in that system. To signify that it was now a co-equal institution with LSU, its chief executive's title was changed from "vice president in charge" to "chancellor." After a decade of growth, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved a name change to the current University of New Orleans. Nearly fifty years later, in 2011, the University of New Orleans was transferred from LSU to the University of Louisiana system, and its chief executive's title was changed to "president."[8]

Hurricane KatrinaEdit

On August 29, 2005, the university suffered damage due to Hurricane Katrina. The main campus is on relatively high ground and the damage was caused mostly by winds, rain-driven-water, and human activity during the storm. The university was used as an evacuation point and staging area by the National Guard. A levee breach on the London Avenue Canal occurred just a few blocks south of the main campus and caused the flooding of the first floor of the Bienville Hall dormitories, the Lafitte Village couples apartments, and the Engineering Building.

UNO was the first of the large, damaged universities in New Orleans to re-open, albeit virtually, by using web-based courses starting in October 2005.[9] The university was able to offer classes in the fall semester immediately following Hurricane Katrina at satellite campuses; the main campus re-opened in December 2005.

Hurricane Katrina reduced enrollments at all colleges in New Orleans, but the University of New Orleans was particularly hard hit. This echoed the damage to New Orleans as a whole, since UNO serves as a leader in educating students from New Orleans. Since the hurricane, the student enrollment is on a steady increase toward pre-Katrina numbers. In 2011, State Senator Conrad Appel of Jefferson Parish, with the support of Governor Bobby Jindal, tried to combine UNO with the historically black Southern University at New Orleans as a way to save higher education dollars. His plan was withdrawn in both houses of the legislature because of a lack of support from his colleagues.

Chief executivesEdit

  • Homer L. Hitt (dean, 1958–59; VP in charge, 1959–1963, chancellor, 1963–1980)
  • Leon J. Richelle (chancellor, 1980–1983)
  • Cooper Mackin (chancellor, 1983–1987; acting to 1984)
  • Gregory M. St. L. O'Brien (chancellor, 1987–2003)
  • Timothy P. Ryan (chancellor, 2003–2010)
  • Joe King (acting chancellor, 2010–2012)
  • Peter J. Fos (president, 2012–2016)
  • John W. Nicklow (president, 2016–present)

Student lifeEdit


There are more than 120 registered clubs and organizations active at UNO, including 15 fraternities and sororities.[10] UNO Student Government is the official student government association. Registered organizations are separated into categories of either religious, honorary, political, professional, social, service, organizations, or special interests.


The Driftwood is the UNO weekly newspaper and is published every Thursday.[11] UNO also owns and operates WWNO, a local radio station.[12] WWNO began transmitting in 1972.[12]

Greek lifeEdit

The Greek community at the University of New Orleans is composed of 16 organizations, governed by three councils.[13]

Panhellenic Association[14] National Pan-Hellenic Council[15] Interfraternity Council[16]


University rankings
Forbes[17] 616
U.S. News & World Report[18] 293–381
Washington Monthly[19] 269

UNO has four colleges: College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, and College of Sciences. The university also offers a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.


The university's campus is located in the New Orleans metropolitan area, sitting on Lake Pontchartrain at the end of Elysian Fields Avenue and on the former site of NAS New Orleans. The UNO Research and Technology Park is located adjacent to campus on the former site of the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park. The Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena and Maestri Field at Privateer Park, UNO's basketball and baseball facilities, are located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Leon C. Simon Boulevard.

UNO's classes were originally housed in the remaining buildings following the closure of NAS New Orleans at that site. As a nod to campus' time as a Naval base, the oldest lecture buildings, the Liberal Arts Building and the Science Building, are both numbered and laid-out like a ship with Liberal Arts featuring exterior balconies for access to the classrooms as opposed to interior hallways, and both Liberal Arts and Science featuring two central courtyards in each building.[20] UNO's newer chemical-sciences annex is designed like a steam boat and many of the newer lecture buildings on campus have similar shapes to the original science and liberal arts buildings without the interior courtyards due to limited space on the main campus.

Throughout the years, additional buildings were built to accommodate a larger student body. These include Milneburg Hall (the original business building now a satellite building to the college of liberal arts), the University Center, the Earl K. Long Library, the Administration Building, the Geology/Psychology Building, the Engineering Building, the Life Sciences Complex (Phase 1: the Computer Center, Phase 2: the Biology Building, and Phase 3: the Mathematics Building), the Chemical-Sciences Annex, and Kirschman Hall (the new business building).

The College of Engineering building built in the 1970's is the tallest building on campus. It has a total of nine floors and is home to the university's Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) Program (making it one of very few universities in the United States offering this program) among other engineering programs. The first floor is the largest floor featuring large workshop, labs, lobbies, and study spaces as well as the towing tank for the NAME program. Through the breezeway on the first floor is the home of the Dohse Auditorium. Floors two through nine are all part of one large tower in a straight line and are each not as big as the first floor.[21]

Two buildings on campus feature atrium designs as opposed to hallways. Kirschman Hall, the newest lecture building on campus and home of the College of Business Administration, features a large atrium in the center with a few satellite hallways connecting to it. It is considered to be the second largest lecture building on campus (after the engineering building).[22]

Furthermore, the University Center building, one of the centers of campus life, has an atrium in the center with dining locations and event spaces on one side and hallways with offices on the other.

UNO's Homer Hitt Alumni Center is built around a smoke-stack which remains from when campus was a Naval Base. The smoke-stack is the oldest structure on campus.

Campus Life Centers[23]Edit

The University of New Orleans features three buildings that are considered to be the centers of campus life:

Earl K. Long LibraryEdit

The Earl K. Long Library is home to the Privateer Enrollment Center, which is "a one-stop shop for all your enrollment needs." This location includes offices of Enrollment, Orientation, the Bursar, Financial Aid, First Year Experience, and First Year Advising (with plans to increase services to advising for upperclassmen). Not only is this building home to many enrollment services, but this building also has a Coffee Shop run by dining services and different academic resources on each floor. The first floor is home to a large study area known as the "Learning Commons" which is home to a large computer lab in the front, an open-concept study area in the rear, the offices of Student Accountability/Disability Services & the Learning Resource Center, and group study room. The second floor is home to quiet computers, additional group study rooms, periodicals, the Women's Center, and the UNO Press. The third floor houses the silent study room, the honors program, the digital animation studio, the meditation area, and private study rooms for faculty and graduate students. The fourth floor is where the quiet study area, the special collections/archives, the reading room, various conferences rooms, and additional offices are located. [23]

University CenterEdit

The university center is "the center of campus life at UNO." The building is home to dining services locations, the grand ball room, the Captain's Quarter's Game Room, the UNO Bookstore, and various meeting spaces. University offices located here include counseling services, career services, student involvement and leadership, greek life, student government association, student affairs, and the Driftwood student newspaper. [23]

Administration BuildingEdit

The Administration Building is comprised of two sections: The original administration building and the newer administration annex, an addition to the building that was built later. Many university administrative offices are located here.

Residential LifeEdit

The university's campus is home to three on-campus housing options for students all located on UNO's main campus:[24]

Pontchartrain HallsEdit

Pontchartrain Halls consists of the North and South buildings which collectively hold 740 students. Both halls are adjacent to each other and are located on the Southeastern edge of the main campus. Despite being UNO's traditional "residence hall" option for students, students in both buildings are placed in apartment-like suites in which everyone has a private bedroom with a built-in closet and lockable door, a full bathroom shared with one suitemate (most suites feature individual sinks for each resident), and a living room shared with three suitemates that also includes counter space for storage in 4-bedroom units. Smaller options in which students can share a living room with one suitemate as opposed to three or a completely private suite are also available to students at a higher price. Note that the living rooms do get progressively smaller the less bedrooms a suite has and 4-bedroom units are the only units to feature counters in the living room. All suites do come with furniture. The halls also feature 24 hour front desks, study rooms, computer labs, social/community rooms, free community laundry facilities, and community kitchens in both buildings and a community game room & on-site convenience store in the North building that residents of both buildings have access to. Entry to each building requires card access, the only entrances that may be used are located near the front desks, guests are required to be signed in at the front desk, and security cameras in common spaces provide added safety. A resident's student ID is programmed to their suite doors but residents are given a key to their individual bedroom. The price of housing includes utilities, maintenance, and internet usage but cable is not included in the price of housing. Leasing in Pontchartrain Halls is done in contracts: academic year (August-May), full year (August-August), and semesterly. Each contract is paid in an installment paid at the beginning of each semester (the summer semester is cheaper than the fall and spring semesters). In addition, students are allowed to stay between semesters and during breaks though meal plans do not cover interim periods or breaks. Students with an expiring lease can extend their lease into another semester for $250. As aforementioned, a summer lease is included, but residents are often consolidated to a small portion of one of the buildings (usually North) during the summer semester and thus must move from their permanent room assignment unless that space is located in the wings the department is using. Residents are required to participate in a meal-plan program since the halls do not feature in-unit kitchens. Both the meal plan and housing fees are billed to the student's semester fee bill which can be paid at the Bursar's office. ADA-compliant units of all types are available in both buildings (featuring roll-in showers, grab bars, larger amounts of space in the suite, as well as additional mobility features and devices for deaf residents), public spaces feature ADA-compliant utilities, and elevators are located in each hall. Each suite is gender-specific but the halls as a whole are co-ed. Gender-inclusive units are available for students who do not identify with binary gender terminology. Affinity Communities including the STEM live and learn community, the honors wing, the arts & technology wing, the global engagement wing, and predetermined communities for athletes are available to place students with other students who share common interests. However, students are allowed to choose roommates if they prefer to do so. Roommate matching is done on the UNO Residential Life application in which students can view the roommate profile of other students they may choose to live with. The UNO Office of Residential Life oversees this facility and Lafitte Village. Despite this, Delgado Community College students are allowed to live at Pontchartrain Halls. In addition, the halls are primarily oriented towards undergraduate students though graduate students and faculty do live in the facility on occasion.

Privateer PlaceEdit

Privateer Place is UNO's more non-traditional apartment-style living for students. It is located on the Northwestern edge of campus near Lake Pontchartrain. It features similar units to Pontchartrain Halls but all layouts include in-suite kitchens and thus participation in a meal plan is not required. For students wishing to live alone, all single apartments are studio-style. Four and two bed units come furnished but studio units do not. In addition, Privateer Place features a sand volleyball court, basketball courts, clubhouses for events & socializing, a community pool, and a barbeque area. Privateer place features paid laundry facilities in the clubhouses, but some higher-priced units have in-suite laundry. Being right on the lake, apartments that view the lake directly are higher priced than other apartments. Privateer Place has different aged buildings so many have different features compared to others. Apartments with additional feature such as built-in microwaves, in-unit laundry, newer fixtures, etc. are more highly priced than other units. ADA-compliant units are available on the first floor of the apartment complex. The cost of housing is done in leases paid in monthly installments that range from academic year leases (from August to May), full year leases (from August to August), or semester leases with the option to extend leases between semesters. Longer leases are also cheaper in the long-run. Students are allowed to choose their roommates on the residential life portal. Utilities and maintenance are included in the cost of housing, but meals, internet, and cable are not included. Apartments here are gender-specific. Despite being located on UNO's main campus, Privateer Place is not directly owned or managed by the University, it is owned by a private company known as Campus Living Villages. Because of this, Privateer Place houses undergraduate and graduate students from many academic institutions in New Orleans including Tulane, Loyola, Dillard, Xavier, SUNO, Delgado, etc.

Lafitte VillageEdit

Lafitte Village is UNO's gated graduate and family-housing community. To live at Lafitte Village, one must be married, have children or a family, be a graduate student, or be a faculty member of the university of New Orleans or Delgado Community College. It consists of 48 one-bedroom and 72 two-bedroom units. Each unit has its own kitchen and bathroom. There is a free community laundry facility located in the complex but the apartments do not have in-unit laundry. Leases are paid in monthly installments at the Bursar's office on the university's campus. The price of housing includes utilities, maintenance, internet, and cable. The units come unfurnished but furniture rental is available. Lafitte Village is managed by the UNO Office of Residential Life as well as Pontchartrain Halls. It is the oldest student housing facility on campus that is still utilized.

Bienville HallEdit

Bienville Hall used to be UNO's traditional residence hall. It featured two-student rooms with a conjoined bathroom between two rooms and the building was separated into gendered wings. However, it was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Thus, the building was abandoned in fall 2007 after Pontchartrain Halls opened. The building still stands on the edge of campus near Leon C. Simon Drive, but is closed to public access and remains abandoned.

Dining ServicesEdit

The university's dining services are currently managed by Chartwells Higher Ed. They manage all dining locations on campus including the university's buffet-styled cafeteria is known as the Food Hall at the Galley. Retail dining locations are mainly located on the Deck (which is in the university center on the east side of campus) and the Cove (which is a building located on the west side of campus). Retail locations include Subway, Chick Fil A, Build Pizza, Jamba Juice, Moe's Southwestern Grill, Sushic, and Brewed Awakening (which brews Starbucks Coffee). Additionally, Chartwells manages three convenience "Markets" on campus known as the Market NOLA (which is located in the university center and serves PJ's coffee), Market Cove (located in the cove), and Market Pontchartrain (located in the residence hall on campus). [25]


The University of New Orleans currently has 14 varsity sports teams, and is a Division I member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), competing in the Southland Conference. UNO originally attempted to reclassify to Division II's Gulf South Conference.[26] On February 1, 2011, Provost Joe King submitted the Division II proposal to the LSU Board of Supervisors.[27] Previously, UNO competed at the Division II level from 1969 to 1975.[28] On March 9, 2012, President Peter J. Fos announced that UNO plans to remain a member of NCAA Division I, with potential homes being the Sun Belt or Southland Conference.[29] On August 21, 2012, UNO announced that it would be joining the Southland Conference, effective the 2013–2014 academic year.[30]


  • Baseball
  • Men's and women's basketball
  • Men's golf
  • Men's and women's cross country
  • Men's and women's tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Men's and women's track & field
  • Women's sand volleyball (added Fall 2014)

Fight songEdit

The official fight song of The University of New Orleans is "Let's Hear It For UNO".[31] The song was adopted after a competition in 1981. The winner was Lois Ostrolenk.[31] Before this, the melody from William Tell Overture was used. A variation of the overture is still played to honor this tradition.[31]

Club sportsEdit

The University of New Orleans has many club sports provided by the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports. Club sports are available to all UNO students who have an interest. Active club sports include:

  • Cricket
  • Sailing
  • Kendo
  • Table tennis
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Men's volleyball
  • Sportsman/fishing

Research and Technology ParkEdit

The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park.

The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park is a research park whose tenants collaborate with the university to conduct research, provide training, and create education opportunities.[32] Tenants have many university services provided to them, including the university library and recreational facilities.[33]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit


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