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Your chances of getting into University of New Orleans

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

69.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of New Orleans
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UNO is 69.8%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Louisiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UNO and can you get accepted?

UNO is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 5,090 out of the 7,296 who applied were admitted.

University of New Orleans typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.21. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UNO?

70% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of New Orleans you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.21 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1060 on the SAT
  • Score 20 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

UNO GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.21

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into University of New Orleans?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UNO are to have around a 3.21 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UNO accepts 70% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UNO is 3.21 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #18 in Louisiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since UNO is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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UNO SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of New Orleans. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 5% of students submitted SAT scores and 84% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

930-1190

Applicants Submitting SAT 

5%
SAT Scores for University of New Orleans
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 440
Composite 25th Percentile 930
SAT Scores for University of New Orleans
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1190
Average SAT Score 1060

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of New Orleans?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UNO is 1060 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 930-1190. Students who get into University of New Orleans score in the top 73 percent of all SAT test takers..  UNO ranks #13 in the state of Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1060 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UNO regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 930, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 800, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of New Orleans is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1060 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1060, you have around a 70% chance of being admitted. A 1190 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 82% chance of getting in.

University of New Orleans admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >82%
1060 to 1190 Avg + 70%-82%
930 to 1060 Avg - 55%-70%
800 to 930 Reach 39%-55%
Less than 800 Low <39%
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UNO ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

17-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

84%
ACT Scores for University of New Orleans
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for University of New Orleans
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UNO?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UNO is 20, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 24.  The school ranks #16 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 20. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 84 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of New Orleans.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of New Orleans is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UNO for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 20 score has around 70% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 83% with a 24 ACT score.

University of New Orleans admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >83%
20 to 24 Avg + 70%-83%
17 to 20 Avg - 57%-70%
14 to 17 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 14 Low <44%
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High School Class Rank

64% of University of New Orleans freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 34% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of New Orleans students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 34%
Top 50% of class 64%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of New Orleans admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,566 2,730 7,296
Accepted 3,327 1,763 5,090
Acceptance Rate 73% 65% 70%
Enrolled 522 508 1,030
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 29% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

20

Applicants have 20 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of New Orleans is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of New Orleans and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of New Orleans Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of New Orleans
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because UNO is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.21 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1060 on the SAT and 20 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to University of New Orleans often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=159939 IPEDS survey data for University of New Orleans.

FAQs

Does University of New Orleans prefer SAT or ACT?

5% of students submit their SAT scores to UNO. 84% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of New Orleans?

70% of those who apply are granted admission to UNO. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of New Orleans?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1190. The average SAT score is 1060. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of New Orleans?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 24. The average ACT score is 20. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.