Affinity Housing in Pontchartrain Halls

Living on campus offers a variety of benefits. As you can imagine some of these benefits include easier access to campus facilities like the recreation center and the dining hall. But living on campus is also a great way to meet new friends and create lasting relationships. Furthermore, students who live on campus have higher GPAs and are more engaged in their college experience.

One way that we help students create friends and engage the college experience is through our Affinity Housing Programs. The Affinity Programs were created in the Fall of 2013, and originally started with 4 programs: Honors, Transfer Students, ilead, and New Orleans Culture. They were designed as a way for students of similar interests or backgrounds to integrate their social and academic lives.  Today, we are now proud to say that we offer a total of 7 Affinity Programs. Below you can find more information on each of the available programs.

**You are not required to choose an affinity housing option. Students who are not interested will be placed on another floor.**

Affinity Housing Wings

The University's Pontchartrain Hall North and Pontchartrain South will have seven specialized wings.

New Orleans Culture WingNew Orleans Culture

*Freshman only

New Orleans is a vibrant city that serves as a colorful backdrop to your UNO college experience! The New Orleans themed Affinity Housing floor will provide you with opportunities to engage in various aspects of New Orleans culture and to GEAUX explore your city! Whether you are new to the Crescent City or are a lifelong resident, students who want to learn more about NOLA and UNO belong here.

STEMScience and Sustainability Society

The STEM themed Affinity Housing floor brings together students who want to understand the challenges facing society and use their talents to make a better world for the future. You’ll meet local scientists, engineers, and policy professionals and have the opportunity to participate in service-learning projects that benefit the local community. If you are interested in sustainability you can make a difference, and it’s time to start now.

Transfer Student WingTransfer Student
*Transfer students only

 In addition to living on campus, students in our Transfer Wing will have the chance to bond with others who share their experiences and want to become engaged in campus life. Create a community of transfer students and experience life at your new university together! Learn about all the opportunities new transfer students have: transfer mentor program and transfer executive council to name a couple. Make connections. Make your mark.

Leadership and Involvement WingLeadership and Involvement
*New freshman and transfer students

At the University of New Orleans, there are over 130 student organizations and numerous leadership opportunities.  The Involvement and Leadership themed Affinity Housing floor will assist you in maximizing your college experience by building lasting friendships, exploring your leadership style, and having fun!  No matter your current level of involvement or leadership, this floor will help you in becoming the ultimate Privateer!

Arts and Technology affinityVisual and Performing Arts

New Orleans has long been associated with arts. For example, The National Park Service writes, “Even before jazz, for most New Orleanians, music was not a luxury as it often is elsewhere–it was a necessity.”1 With this Affinity Program, UNO Housing continues and expands on that tradition. Students in this Affinity Wing are passionate about the many disciplines of emotional and cultural expression including but not limited to dance, theatre, music, digital design, film, painting, and sculpting. Students in this program are creative individuals looking to hone their skills and spread the joy of the arts to others. They will explore the philosophies behind art as well as strategies and skills to turn their passions into successful careers. The Visual and Performing Arts Affinity Program is open to Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors of all artistic skill levels and majors.

1"A New Orleans Jazz History, 1895-1927." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <https://www.nps.gov/jazz/learn/historyculture/jazz_history.htm>.

health and wellnessHealth & Wellness

According to the American Public Health Association, the field of Public Health is dedicated to “preventing individuals from becoming sick or injured”2. Specifically, individuals in the field of Public Health “promote wellness and healthy behaviors”2.  As such individuals in this affinity wing are students who are passionate about researching the spread of disease and/or taking a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how social factors affect health risks. Students in this affinity program also advocate for government policies that reduce health risks, and educate the public on ways to improve their mental and physical well being. Students in this affinity will not only explore health issues that affect college students, but also state, national, and global concerns. The Health & Wellness Affinity Program is open to Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  To encourage multi-disciplinary discussion students from all majors are encouraged to participate.

2"What is Public Health?" AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. < https://www.apha.org/what-is-public-health>


Honors WingHonors Wing

Located on the top floor of the North Hall, this wing is reserved for Honors students. The Honors Program is designed not only to challenge academically astute students, but also to provide a platform to network and create social connections. We are creating an environment for like-minded people to socialize and create lasting bonds of friendship during their college experience and beyond. Meet lifelong friends, form study groups and get involved in the Honors Council, all while enjoying the benefit and prestige of living in an Honors Wing. In order to qualify to live on the Honors Wing, one must actively petition the Honors Program for membership. The criteria for petitioning membership in the Honors Program are as follows:

  1. Incoming freshmen must have an ACT Composite score of 30. 
  2. If the student has taken the SAT, the student must have a SAT score of 1350 out of 1600 on both Math and Verbal categories.
  3. Transfer or continuing students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

All recipients of the Homer L. Hitt scholarship award will be admitted into the Honors Program in recognition of their strong academic record.

We look forward to having you on campus this fall! This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for you to experience UNO as an on campus resident.