Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards

3.4.3  The institution publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission. (Admissions policies)

Partial Compliance


The University of Louisiana System Bylaw Chapter 2, Section 1 states the following:

In recognition of the diversity of higher education in the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, each institution will develop its own criteria for admission, consistent with Board of Regents standards, including early admission and concurrent enrollment suitable to its stated purpose or mission consonant with the needs of the people whom it serves. Furthermore, each institution shall publish its criteria for admission in all appropriate documents. Particular degree programs, departments, colleges, or divisions within an institution may have requirements in addition to those for the institution as a whole.

The University adheres to the minimum admission standards for first time freshmen and in accordance with the Louisiana Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.18, the University adopted new admission standards which were implemented Fall 2012.  The new admission policy is consistent with that of the University mission as a student-centered, urban research university as well as the current strategic plan.

UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Goal 2:

Provide a supportive and student-centered for high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students that enhance their success.

UNO 2020 Strategic Plan, Strategy 1:

Recruit, enroll and retain high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students.

Admission requirements for first time students are published in the 2014-15 Catalog [Page: 11]  as well as other informational materials.  These requirements state that successful applicants must have the following:

  • At least an 18 on the ACT English test (450 on the SAT Verbal or a 74 on the writing section of the Compass)
  • At least a 19 on the ACT Math Section (460 on the SAT Math section or a 40 on the Algebra section of the Compass)
  • And either a 2.5 GPA on the approved core curriculum or a 23 composite on the ACT (1060 combination of Critical Reading & Math on the SAT).

Transfer students must have the following:

  • Earned an AA or an AS degree or
  • Have completed 24 hours of transferable credits including at least one college level math course and one college level English class with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25.

Additional admission requirements for transfer students are published in the 2014-15 Catalog [Page: 12]  as well as other informational materials.  These requirements state that successful applicants must have the following:

Transfer Students Under 24 Transferrable Hours.  Students applying to UNO with less than 24 transferrable hours must have:

  • ACT sub-scores of 19 Math (460 SAT) and 18 English (450 SAT).
  • Official high school transcript with a core GPA of at least a 2.5.
  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25.

Transfer Students Over 24 Transferrable Hours.  Students applying to UNO with more than 24 transferrable hours must have:

  • Completed one non-developmental English and Math course.
  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25.

The UNO Admissions Website provides detailed information regarding admissions requirements and the application process for various student classifications, including:

Freshman Application Process

Dual Enrollment Application Process

Transfer Application Process

International Application Process

Adult Student Application Process

Graduate Program Requirements

Returning Students

Non-Degree Students

Colleges may elect to implement higher admissions standards, as is the case with undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, as described in the 2014-15 Catalog  [Page: 65] and website.

Admissions policies do not differ for various delivery methods.  Students applying to the Philosophy, BA program offered 100% online must adhere to standard university admission requirements.  The staff in the Office of Enrollment Services ensures the applicant meets the minimum admissions standards.  However, the Department of Philosophy requires students applying to for the online degree program to submit a letter of interest that is reviewed by the faculty who notify the Office of Enrollment Services of the admission decision.

The University of New Orleans offers a BA in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Cultural and Arts Institutions.  The degree program is offered through collaboration among the nine universities that make up the University of Louisiana System. The program is designed for working adults (at least 25 years old) who have already earned at least 60 hours of college credit and intend on completing a baccalaureate degree.  Students participate in five academic terms per year, with each term being eight weeks in duration, and the program can be completed in two years.  Thirty hours of study are offered jointly by faculty at the nine universities and 30 hours of concentration and elective courses offered by each institution.  Standard University admission requirements apply.

The Office of Enrollment Services is responsible for reviewing the credentials for any student applying for admission as an undergraduate student.  Students applying for graduate admission are reviewed by the individual academic department.

Evidence that the standards for admission to the University are consistently implemented is presented in Table 1. 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconFirst_Year_One_SheetInformation Materials: Admission Requirements for First Time Students
Document IconLA_BOR_AA_Policy_2.18Louisiana Board of Regents AA Policy 2.18: Minimum Requirements for Entry-Level College-Level Mathematics and English
Document IconLA_BOR_Admission_StandardsLouisiana Board of Regents Minimum Admission Standards: First Time Freshmen
Document IconOrg_Leadership_WebsiteUNO Website: BA in Organizational Leadership
Document IconTransfer_Student_One_SheetInformation Materials: Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
Document IconUL_System_Chpt_2_I_AdmissionUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw Chapter 2, Section 1
Document IconUNO_Admissions_WebsiteUNO Admissions Website
Document IconUNO_Adult_Student_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Adult Student Application Process
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_COE_Admissions_WebsiteUNO College of Engineering Website: Admission Standards
Document IconUNO_Dual_Enrollment_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Dual Enrollment Application Process
Document IconUNO_Freshman_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Freshman Application Process
Document IconUNO_Graduate_School_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Graduate Program Requirements
Document IconUNO_International_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: International Application Process
Document IconUNO_Non_Degree_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Non-Degree Students
Document IconUNO_Returning_Student_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Returning Students
Document IconUNO_Transfer_Application_ProcessUNO Admissions Website: Transfer Application Process