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Southern University at New Orleans Overview

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Southern University at New Orleans is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Southern University at New Orleans Known For?

300 Undergraduate Awards
$18,295 Avg Cost After Aid
25% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SUNO.
  • In 2017-2018, 69% of the faculty were full-time.

Where Is Southern University at New Orleans?

Location of Southern University at New Orleans

Contact details for SUNO are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126
Phone: 504-286-5000

How Do I Get Into SUNO?

You can apply to SUNO online at:

Admission Requirements for SUNO

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SUNO?

25% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to SUNO, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 25%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 27%, and the acceptance rate for women is 24%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to SUNO submitted their SAT scores.SUNO received ACT scores from 100% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 19. Composite scores were between 15 and 18.

ACT English Scores for Southern University at New Orleans  ( 17 to 21 )
ACT Math Scores for Southern University at New Orleans  ( 16 to 19 )
ACT Composite Scores for Southern University at New Orleans  ( 15 to 18 )

Can I Afford Southern University at New Orleans?

$18,295 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
13.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SUNO is $18,295. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SUNO, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $5,357 a year. That adds up to $21,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNO is 13.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Southern University at New Orleans Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,404 Full-Time Undergraduates
71% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,928 undergraduate students at SUNO, with 1,404 being full-time and 524 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SUNO

There are also 428 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,404 full-time undergraduates at SUNO, 29% are male and 71% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SUNO

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern University at New Orleans students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SUNO Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 980
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 18
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 365

Geographic Diversity

Louisiana students aren't the only ones who study at Southern University at New Orleans. At this time, 8 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 22 countries are represented at SUNO. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Jamaica, India, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Southern University at New Orleans

102 Took All Classes Online
887 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at SUNO. In 2017-2018, 887 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SUNO has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 29th most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SUNO

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern University at New Orleans was -6.3%. This is the #2,514 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SUNO regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SUNO majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 20%
Liberal Arts General Studies 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SUNO ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SUNO.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Museum Studies #5
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #250
Criminal Justice & Corrections #468

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern University at New Orleans Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Social Work 0 31 118 149
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 39 33 72
Business Administration & Management 0 42 0 42
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 41 0 41
Information Science 0 12 15 27
General Psychology 0 26 0 26
Mental & Social Health Services 12 9 0 21
General Education 0 20 0 20
General Biology 0 17 0 17
Human Development & Family Studies 0 17 0 17
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 12 0 12
Public Administration 0 10 0 10
General English Literature 0 4 0 4
Museum Studies 0 0 4 4
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 3 0 3
Mathematics 0 3 0 3
History 0 2 0 2
TOTAL 12 288 170 470


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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