Southern University at New Orleans primarily serves the educational needs of the Greater New Orleans area. As a public, historically black university, SUNO creates and maintains an environment conducive to learning and growth as well as promotes the upward mobility of a diverse population. Southern University at New Orleans was founded in 1956 to expand academic opportunities for African-Americans. Today, SUNO still serves as a beacon for those looking for educational advancement in an environment that provides personal attention some students need for success. Our mission is to be one of Americas premier urban institutions of higher learning and to graduate students ready to contribute to our city and nation.