NEW ORLEANS, LA – August 29, 2013 – For the first time, students who reside on the West Bank are able to attend courses at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) without crossing the river. Nearly 160 students began attending evening classes last week at SUNO’s West Bank Satellite Campus, which is housed in the Landry-Walker High School building in Algiers.
Additionally, more than 80 Landry-Walker students are taking college courses at the Satellite Campus through SUNO’s Early Start program, which is available to high school students who meet the University’s Early Start program admissions criteria. Given the proximity of the course offerings, the 80 students represent the highest number of students from any one high school that participates in SUNO’s Early Start program.
“The West Bank campus offers a tremendous opportunity for increased educational access for the citizens of the New Orleans Metropolitan area,” said Wesley Bishop, SUNO’s associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and the coordinator for the West Bank Campus. “The students are excited and thankful that SUNO has provided the ability to earn a quality four-year degree at affordable rates – in their own backyard.”
SUNO’s overall enrollment remains poised to move closer to its pre-Katrina numbers. The preliminary Fall 2013 enrollment is 3,391. Included in that number are 289 first-time freshmen, which represents an increase from the Fall 2012 freshmen class. Official enrollment data will be compiled after Friday, September 6, the final day for students to pay their fees.
“The entire SUNO community remains optimistic about the University’s current and projected growth as a premier, urban, public HBCU [Historically Black College and University],” said Victor Ukpolo, SUNO’s chancellor. “Undoubtedly, SUNO is a highly accessible, affordable and viable higher education option in this community and throughout the surrounding region. This will be a very exciting academic year, and we are already working hard to recruit other students who will help contribute to our success.”