On September 21, 1959, SUNO opened its doors on a 17-acre site located in historic Pontchartrain Park, a subdivision of primarily African American single-family residents in eastern New Orleans.
Established as an open community of learners, classes began with 158 freshmen, one building and a motivated faculty of 15. The University offered 10 courses in four academic disciplines: Humanities, Science, Social Science and Commerce.
The Office of Career Counseling and Placement provides information for individuals seeking help with career decisions.
The office provides individual counseling sessions and referrals to SUNO students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In addition, the office sponsors activities, programs, and workshops for people seeking career advancement opportunities.
The Office of Student Affairs develops programs and services that foster a sense of community, ensure a respectful and inclusive environment and enrich the overall student experience.
The Library participates in the Louisiana Library Network Consortium (LOUIS). LOUIS is a cooperative lending program between the public university libraries in the state of Louisiana.
Southern University at New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Bachelor, and Masters degrees.