SUNO was founded as a branch unit of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge (SUBR) in 1956. A member of the Southern University System, SUNO is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The school first opened its doors on September 21, 1959, on a 17-acre site located in the historic Pontchartrain Park. Post Hurricane Katrina the school came back with physical and academic damage done to the university. Several of the programs were stripped due to the loss of students and faculty. The spring of 2006, when the university returned near the Park campus, saw a boost in SUNO’s enrollment again, including online students.
Notable Alumni Include: The Reverend Avery Alexander, civil rights activist and former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Dr. Louis Westerfield, J.D., first African American dean at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.