The final enrollment figure for the Fall 2013 semester at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is 3,176, a 4.1 percent increase over the Fall 2012 enrollment of 3,046. The final enrollment figure is based on the final day that students were required to pay fees, which was Friday, September 6. Included in that number are 268 first-time freshmen, an increase of 11.2 percent from the Fall 2012 freshman class of 241.
SUNO administrators contribute the enrollment growth to several factors. This fall, the University launched its new Forensic Science curriculum and opened its West Bank Satellite Campus in the Landry-Walker High School Complex in Algiers, allowing students to attend SUNO courses without crossing the river.
“This increase represents several factors, especially the fact that SUNO continues to grow as an institution of first choice by students, as noted by the impressive increase in the number of first-time freshmen,” said Leatrice Latimore, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. “The West Bank Campus and new academic programs certainly play a role in increasing enrollment, and we anticipate more students enrolling at SUNO as construction of various buildings nears completion. That, too, will certainly add to the attractiveness of our institution.”