Location & Contact Information

6400 Press Drive Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70126
Main Phone: (504) 286-5000
Main Contact: Renee Gill-Pratt

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Southern University at New Orleans

     Nestled in historic Pontchartrain Park, the first African-American subdivision in America, Southern University at New Orleans is a teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, the only HBCU system in America. SUNO, as it is affectionately known, is New Orleans’ only public HBCU. Located seven miles from downtown lively New Orleans, the University is comprised of two campuses adjacent to beautiful Lake Pontchartrain. With a focus on the value of community engagement, SUNO is an institution that specializes in providing students with a unique brand of academic and social support.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 2590
Graduate Population: 575
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $3738
Out of State Tuition: $1869
Room & Board: $9470
Applications Due: July 1st ()
Conference: Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference (GCAC)
Mascot: Knights
Accreditations: CSWE, NCATE, SACS,
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 25%
Percent Women: 75%
Majors Offered

College of Arts & Sciences
-Criminal Justice
-Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention
-Forensic Science
-Health Information Management Systems
-Interdisciplinary Studies
-Museum Studies

College of Business and Public Administration
-Business Administration
-Public Administration
-Small Business Development & Management Institute

College of Education and Human Development
-Child Development and Family Studies

School of Social Work
-Social Work

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Concert Band, Dance, Fraternities, Honors Program, Intramural Sports, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     Southern University at New Orleans was founded as a branch unit of Southern University and A&M College by the Louisiana Legislature in 1956. On September 21, 1959, SUNO opened its doors with 158 freshmen, one building, and a motivated faculty of fifteen. The University’s leader was Dr. Emmett W. Bashful, who remained chancellor until 1987.
     Over the years several events have affected SUNO. In 1960, the Louisiana Legislature adopted Amendment 26, an act which prescribed that SUNO should remain an extension of Southern University; and in 1975, management of SUNO was transferred from the Louisiana State Board of Education to the newly-created Southern University System Board of Supervisors.
     The other events which dramatically affected the University were Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Levee breaches from around New Orleans caused the University to be inundated with more than eleven feet of water. Despite projections that fewer than half of the pre-Katrina enrollment of 3,600 students would return to campus, SUNO welcomed more than 2,000 students back to school.
     By 2010, SUNO had distinguished itself as Louisiana’s fastest growing four-year institution in the post-Katrina era by replenishing more than 90% of its pre-Katrina enrollment. Armed with a new Lake Campus, new academic programs, and new buildings with more in development, Southern University at New Orleans continues to serve as example of citywide, community, and institutional resilience.
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News and Upcoming Events at Southern University at New Orleans

SU professor’s article on origins of the English language published in prestigious international journal
Calling it one of his greatest accomplishments, Southern University and A&M College’s Dr. David Porter recently had his article on the origins of the ...
SUNO launches Honors Program with initiation
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) welcomed its inaugural Honors Program class at an initiation ceremony on Friday, October 24th in the Univers ...
SUNO to host international multicultural conference
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will serve as the host institution for the 18th Annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAM ...
SUNO professor and student receive national role model award
A professor and a student from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) received a national role model award in science. Dr. Murty Kambhampati (KAM- ...
SUNO's enrollment growth greatest in Louisiana for second consecutive year
For the second consecutive year, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has again registered the greatest enrollment growth among public four-year ...
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