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Southern University at New Orleans reaches 91% of its pre-Hurricane Katrina enrollment (594 hits)

The official 2011 Spring enrollment for Southern University at New Orleans is 3,318, representing the University’s highest enrollment since Hurricane Katrina. This figure also signifies a 91% return of SUNO’s pre-Katrina enrollment of 3,647 students. Additionally, this marks a 6% increase in enrollment from Spring 2010 to Spring 2011. When the University resumed its on-campus operations in Spring 2006, the enrollment was 2,037.

“This signifies that students remain confident that we are a great fit for them as they pursue their respective undergraduate and graduate degrees,” said Victor Ukpolo, Ph.D., the chancellor of SUNO. “We are thankful for the continued student support as well as the continued resilience of the administration, faculty, and staff. We had more than 3,500 students registered, but financial difficulties prevented some of them from finalizing their commitments to the University.” Per University guidelines, students are required to pay their fees by the fourteenth day of classes.

Spring 2011 is the second semester that SUNO has implemented selective admission mandated by the Louisiana Board of Regents, and the University’s enrollment has increased even with those standards in place.

In January, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal ordered the state's Board of Regents to conduct a study into possibly merging SUNO with neighboring University of New Orleans. Should the feasibility study conclude that a merger would help relieve Louisiana's budget crisis, the institutions, according to the governor's suggestion the two institutions would become members of the University of Louisiana System. UNO is a member of the Louisiana State University System, and SUNO is a member of the Southern University System, the only HBCU system in the world.
Posted By: Eddie Francis
Wednesday, February 9th 2011 at 5:53PM
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