The University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, is a medium-sized public urban university located on the New Orleans Lakefront. It is a member of the LSU System and the Urban 13 association (a research-sharing association between thirteen public urban universities in major metropolitan areas of the U.S).
The university, originally called Louisiana State University in New Orleans, was legally established by Act 60 of the 1956 Louisiana Legislature, in the wake of a citizens’ movement to bring tax-supported higher education to the metropolitan area. Greater New Orleans, with more than a fourth of the state’s population, was without a public college or university until that time. As a branch campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LSUNO was conceived as a liberal arts college, which might within a few years develop into an urban university.
An ideal campus site became available on New Orleans’ Lakefront when the US Navy relocated its air station on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in late 1957. The Orleans Levee Board leased the closed base to the LSU Board of Supervisors. A quick renovation of barracks, service clubs, and other existing facilities made it possible to begin classes in September 1958, a year ahead of the original schedule. The inaugural convocation was held in a vacant aircraft hangar. This event marked the opening of the first racially integrated, public university in the South. A total of 1,460 students, all freshmen and double the number originally anticipated, arrived for this occasion.
The University of New Orleans has grown to become a major urban research university. Today, 10,903 (8,263 undergraduates and 2,640 graduates) are presently enrolled at UNO and the University offers over 60 undergraduate programs and over 40 graduate programs across five academic colleges wherein some of the most popular majors are Business Marketing, Liberal Arts, and Psychology :
UNO also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
It has four campuses within the New Orleans Metropolitan area:
For incoming exchange students, please visit UNO’s Division of International Education: http://inst.uno.edu/exchange/incoming/
In addition, extracurricular activities, including NCAA Division One intercollegiate athletics, an extensive program of intramural sports, and frequent exhibits and programs in music, drama, ballet, and the fine arts round out the student experience.
New Orleans is the largest Metropolitan city in the state of Louisiana. The city is named after Philippe d’Orléans the Duke of Orléans. It is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture. It is famous for its cuisine and the birthplace for jazz. Mardi Gras and Jazz, Fest are the most awaited event in New Orleans where millions of tourists visit every year. New Orleans consists of seven districts: The French Quarter, Central Business District (CBD), Down River, Uptown, Middle, Lakeside, and Algiers. Each district offers a different vibe in music clubs, museums, antiques shops, and art galleries. Bourbon Street the most popular street in New Orleans is found in the French Quarter, offers a variety of live jazz music on each venue.
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