Final enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is 2,734, an 8.5 percent decrease from the Fall 2013 enrollment of 2,989.
“The reduction in enrollment was expected due to the new stringent admission requirements that became effective this semester,” said Latrice Latimore, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. “SUNO is no longer an open admission University. It is now highly selective as required by the Louisiana Board of Regents, which does not allow our institution to accept students who need to enroll in developmental coursework.”
SUNO administrators are encouraged by the 218 students enrolled in the SUSLA Connect Program, which allows students admitted to the two-year program at Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA) to begin their collegiate careers taking SUSLA classes while on SUNO’s campus.
The expectation is that these students will transfer to SUNO once they earn the required 18 college credits for admission. Inclusive of the SUSLA Connect program participants, all total, 2,952 students are currently taking courses at SUNO this semester.
Also, the University’s retention rate increased to 58.8 for its 2013 freshmen cohort. This marks the second highest rate SUNO has amassed since the Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act (Grad Act) became a law in 2010.