University of New Orleans Reviews

  • 24 Reviews
  • New Orleans (LA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,608
57% of 24 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 24 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

J. Johnston
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2018
  • Degree: Film Production
"University of New Orleans is a troubled school with byzantine funding and organizational issues. It is not uncommon they don't have financial aid processed before payments for classes are due, for example... throwing almost the entire school into chaos. To be clear, I had straight As (well, one B), was President of the film society, and was the graduate student chosen to sit on the faculty committee. I was a Graduate Asssistant and in fact managed a dept. In Film Production, there was just no graduate oversight. I was allowed to make an entire 96 minute film, greenlighted at every stage, and told I was doing excellent the night before my thesis defense. The next morning, the dept. head decided he didn't like the film, and I was suddenly required to make a whole new movie and register for years more classes with no warning. They admitted to not having watched any of the previous edits, and simply rubber-stamped me throughout. It took 3 years to complete my film, which they said was going great, then suddenly required me to fund a whole new project. It was against the manual, against every policy in the dept, was definitely misconduct for grading on false criteria but the university refused to follow its own policies in looking into it when I appealed the issue. I cannot un-recommend this school enough. The worst part of reporting it was that no one was surprised. The reaction was not "You're lying!", it was "Yeah, and so what? Don't you see there are bigger issues happening than one student losing their $40,000 investment in grad school?" Was kind of unbelievable, but the professors have so internalized the bad system they blame the students for every issue. There are exceptions, but I'm describing the culture. Sometimes other graduate instructors would grade on things like how long someone's paper was. And there was no system of overseeing any of it. I had classes where professors had forgot to make a syllabus when we walked in on the first day of class. Was a really poor showing in umpteen ways. The experience was good in some ways that I and other students made good, the university contributed much less than we put in."
MJ Warren
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2017
  • Degree: Film Production
"The University of New Orleans is an excellent choice for students wishing to pursue a degree in Film Arts. The curriculum is inclusive of both film history, theory and writing, as well as practical instruction in film production and post-production. The student film community is very active, allowing students to learn from participating in the production process at various stages. Attending this program also allows students to assert their ambitions and be involved in the film community at a professional level, as New Orleans is an active production hub. Unfortunately, the student is generally solely responsible for seeking out professional career opportunities. The University did not provide me with any support in terms of networking opportunities or career advising. I was also disappointed that the film curriculum did not provide the opportunity for independent projects, namely to write, produce and direct a short film for one's portfolio. Overall, I am satisfied with my degree in Film Arts from the University of New Orleans and am grateful for the opportunities my education provided me."
DB
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It is a great college. It is great for people who are working while obtaining a degree or want to stay home with parents to save some money. Too many people are racking up serious debt by going away to college. This will hurt you later in life when you won't be able to wait for the perfect job instead just get a job to pay the student loans."
Daughter of a Navy Veteran, sister of active Navy participant
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Teaching
"The University is very personable to every student! I loved the faculty!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"UNO has one of the best psych undergraduate programs in the country."
Desiree Packard
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2015
  • Degree: Public Administration
"The University of New Orleans' Public Administration program provides great accommodations for a working student like me. The faculty and staff have been extremely helpful accessible and the tuition is reasonable compared to schools in the surrounding areas. The only con is that due to budgetary cuts from the state, a number of the schools resources have been reduced."
Cynthia
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"If you like being taught by TAs, having a limited choices as to what classes you can take (many students can't finish because the courses they need aren't offered), and not being prepared to enter the industry (unless you want to be a PA), then UNO is for you. If you do attend, watch out for the int'l dept. If you try to study abroad in a program that they don't provide, they'll take your money and run! And don't bother with counseling. They'll ask you why you're trying to take classes and graduate. X'D"
Mahmuda Hamid
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2014
  • Degree: Business
"I've had some great professors and the classes were very informative. Everything was great about this school, except for their financial aid for graduate students. I was unable to apply for any scholarships, no assistantships available in my department and no federal work study positions. This mostly was due to lack of funds. Very aggravating to have no financial aid and having to apply for large loans that could have been easily decreased with more funds."
Samantha Naring
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Professors who genuinely care about what they are teaching. They are also active in the Arts Admin field so they can give us real world lessons which is helpful. They all also make themselves very available to help in any way they can outside of the classroom with work they have assigned. They are excited about what they are teaching, which gets me excited and keeps me motivated. I wish there were more classes offered in the afternoon, I am usually pretty tired by the time my night classes roll around."
Alan A
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Accounting
"UNO is a great campus for those who are ready to begin their journey into the working world. They prepare you well for the challenges you will face in your career and how to overcome."
S. Elizabeth Blake-Gatto
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2014
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The pros of the computer science graduate program include access to multiple computer labs, tutoring facilities on campus, and helpful classmates and professors. The one con of the computer science program is the seemingly lack of support for non-traditional female students."
Abigail Arnold
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2014
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"The academic aspects of the program as well as the area, lifestyle, and accessibility of the program are all fantastic. The main issue I have encountered so far is financial issues related to being a first-time, first generation graduate student. There are very few financial aid opportunities for incoming graduate students and many find that they have substantial tuition gaps to fill. One thing that I would change in that vein would be to make more scholarships, need-based awards, and tuition waivers available to students."
Karen lundy
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Would be a great program but the school keeps cutting funds so most of the best professors are fleeing fast. They cut all graduate assistantships this year which is terrible. Enrollment is down, facilities are falling apart. Upside is it is relatively cheap."
Shelby Kiefer
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"The University of New Orleans provides me with the sufficient materials to study and complete any work put in front of me. Their computer labs and teacher's office hours are extra tools that allows me to go above and beyond in my understanding of material."
Isabelle Notter
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2013
  • Degree: Sociology
"The faculty in my program is supportive and excited to help us succeed during graduate school and afterwards. UNO excels in engaging undergraduate and graduate students academically and extracurricularly. Go Privateers!"
Lauren Watkins
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2013
  • Degree: MBA
"While the executive education program afforded my an MBA in 1.5 years, I did find some faults in the program. 1. Career placement and coaching throughout the program and at the conclusion of the program. 2. Affordability of such program 3. Work load of the executive program considering that all students are employed full-time"
Stephanie Doyle
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"You really can't beat New Orleans as a city, especially if you're a writer. This program boasts some of the most dedicated professors that I have encountered. With the state of Louisiana's educational system, that certainly makes a differences. Our professors care very deeply about the quality of education they are providing and sincerely do everything they can to support and perpetuate our graduate program. Most importantly, I'd say the emphasis of this program is "cooperation over competition." In the MFA world, competition can sometimes get in the way of honest criticism. Happily, the students and professors here value independent voices and collective improvement. This allows a good relationship between students, and improves the overall quality of work. Negatively, we are a public school in Louisiana, which is infamously cutting the education budget left and right. At the moment, the program provides financial support to a high percentage of students enrolled, but no one knows if this can continue in the future. To counterbalance that, however, this happens to be one of the cheapest graduate degrees in the country; on par with the cost of several undergraduate institutions, in fact."
Allison Ransom
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"The main problem is a lack of funding, but the faculty, strained as they are, works hard to make up for the deficit."
Luke Sirinides
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2013
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"The CWW at UNO is a graduate program for writers who are committed to the development of their crafts. All students are required to take workshops in their chosen genre, as well as a nonfiction workshop, background literature seminars, and craft classes. As a CWW writer, you are constantly challenged to produce quality work, expand your breadth of literary knowledge, and critique the work of your peers. All students must complete a thesis in their genre under the guidance of a faculty director. This means that you will producing a significant body of work by the end of the program under the tutelage of an experienced, published writer. While many MFA programs have a competitive atmosphere among the students, the CWW has been nothing but nurturing and supportive. It is truly a community where everyone is interested in becoming better at writing, and helping others do the same."
Stephen Hunyadi
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2013
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"The State of Louisiana has significantly reduced funding for UNO. This, in turn, has led toward an overall decrease in the school's quality."