Location: New Orleans, LA
Size: 6,500 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 58%
Tuition (one year): $63,110
Most Popular Majors: Business (Marketing, Management, and Related Support Services), Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, and Foreign Languages, Lingusitics, and Literatures
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 27%
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Why Choose Tulane?
"It was everything I was looking for in a school - the right size, location (I wanted to be in a city and in the south), areas of study, campus organizations, etc. When I came to visit as a high school senior, I fell in love with it immediately."
"Tulane was the perfect size for me. I went to a very small high school, so it was a great opportunity to branch out more without being overwhelmed by a much larger college. However, what solidified my decision was that during my campus visit in January, it was sunny and 70 degrees."
"I chose Tulane because it's a great, academically-competitive school with a unique and diverse student body. It felt like a great fit from the start, and it was a place I could see myself living for four years. The campus is beautiful, there is an incredible amount of opportunities for students, and people seem excited to be here."
"I wanted to go to school in a city, not in the middle of nowhere. Tulane is perfect because it's located in the incredible, vibrant city of New Orleans, but has a beautiful campus. You get the best of both worlds!"
"The rich historical and music culture of the city is an essential part of the Tulane's foundation and heart. All of the endless opportunities to venture out into the New Orleans community make Tulane a well rounded learning experience, one where you are not only submersed in a vibrant, electrifying culture, but also where you have phenomenal professors who truly love Tulane."
"The people! The people here are fun and social but so smart and studious at the same time. Of course, New Orleans isn't too bad, either. There's always something to do, see, or go eat."
"Our campus is beautiful, and so is the NOLA weather (usually...). There are endless amounts of clubs to join, or at least try out. Getting involved here is so easy, and I've made so many connections and friends through the clubs and organizations I've joined."
"The best part of Tulane is New Orleans and how students integrate into the city and all the events that come with it."
"I love how pretty the campus is and how the school is big without being huge. I pretty much always see a face that I recognize."
"Some of the professors are a little less than stellar. Also, the dorms are in some desperate need of renovation, as does the meal plan and food options on-campus.
"The dining hall and the health center definitely need to be improved."
"No school is going to be a perfect fit, but what Tulane may seemingly "lack" are going to be downfalls at any university."
"The advising here is really bad. For some things you're really on your own regarding classes and academics."
"I had a really hard time with the eating situation my freshman year. I pretty much lived on cereal and making my own sandwiches. Bruff (the dining hall) needs better, healthier options."
New Collegiette on Campus
"If I could sum it up in one word: busy. Right from the start, you're overwhelmed with classes, finding your way around campus, and making new friends. Tulane makes the transition relatively easy because they have a lot of bonding programs that get you out of your room and force you to get out there and meet people."
"Being a freshman is so overwhelming, but in the best way. There are so many new things to do and experience! The first few weeks are challenging as you find your way around campus and the night life, but you quickly learn the ropes. Everyone has their embarrassing "freshman moments," but you learn from them and nobody will remember them for very long."
"It's a great experience, but you have to learn quickly how to balance all the things you want to do. Sleep is overrated, anyway."
"Overwhelming and so fun at the same time!"
"First semester was a little rough because it was a lot of finding your place and trying to get by. I loved second semester though! Once you start joining clubs, finding close friends, and getting involved in school and social aspects, everything falls into place."
All About Academics
"The work load is manageable but can be a lot at times. Being in the business school is definitely a lot of work but also comes with a lot of amenities. I like studying in break out rooms in the business school or in the business school library."
"Tulane has a great academic program. The workload definitely varies depending on your major and the level of the class you are in. In most classes, you can expect tests, midterms, assignments/papers, and a final. Howard Tilton (our library) is my favorite place to study because it has large, well-lit cubes and remains relatively silent."
"The workload freshman year was easy, but the workload sophomore year is much more intense. I can't just study right before a test and I have to pay attention in class. Course registration is like being an tornado of confusion. You think you know what classes you need and which professors you want to take them with, but once your registration time comes around they're all full. You need to make at least three acceptable schedules and put yourself on a lot of waiting lists. I study at the Library, Hillel, or my room."
"The workload is as much or as little as you make it. To truly have an enriching academic experience, putting in most of your work outside of class is essential to making the few hours in class engaging and beneficial. If you choose to skip readings and/or not complete assignments, classes seem to drone on and you'll find, especially at a school like Tulane, that you want to take advantage of the brilliant professors teaching your classes."
"The workload varies from course to course. In some classes showing up and participating in class discussions will get you an A, and in others I've struggled to pull through with a B. Course registration is really straightforward, and there are plenty of classes to choose from even if you don't get your first choices."
Learn from the Best
"One of the coolest things about being a Tulane student is the extremely flexible core curriculum that invites you to take classes that are totally out of your comfort zone. There are way too many interesting classes to list here but my professors have been some of the most interesting, accomplished people I've ever met, and always are down to answer any questions/meet with you during office hours."
"My favorite classes have been my freshman year writing seminar taught by Lauren Cardon, Legal Studies/Business Law with Sanda Groome, and Music for Film by John Dobry."
"As a Gender and Sexuality Studies major, my favorite classes have been Queer Theory with Moon Charania and Psychobiology of Human Sexuality with Gary Dohanich because the professors were inspiring and the information I learned was relevant to modern society."
"Right now my favorite class is Intro to International Development with Eamon Kelly. He was the former president of the university before Scott Cowen, and he knows everyone and has done so many things. It's amazing to have a professor who not only knows facts and theories, but has actually been involved with policy making around the world in developing countries."
"My two favorite classes I've taken while at Tulane were Mythology with Dr. George, and Egypt Under the Pharaohs with Dr. Carter."
"Hands down, Women in Standup Comedy with Rebecca Mark, was one of the best classes of my college experience. Simply put, it's just as good as it sounds. Additionally, any class with the head of the Undergraduate English Department, Adam McKeown, is a true delight. He is a teacher who truly knows how to transform your view of literature, and by extension, your world. Remarkable professor."
Interests & Involvement
"The clubs at Tulane range from any interest you may have, to more service oriented organizations. My favorite club is TUCAN, which is a club that makes trip to a local Boys and Girls Club to help kids with homework and play sports and games."
"It's cliche, but there really is something for everyone. Getting involved in extracurricular activities is what helps to make a well rounded college experience."
"Tulane has so many different extracurricular activities. Besides Her Campus, I am involved in Greek life which opens up my philanthropic and sisterhood experiences."
"Everyone's involved! Whether it's writing for Her Campus, playing for the club ultimate frisbee team, or the cinema club! There's something for everyone."
"Tulane has hundreds of clubs, which makes it easy for everyone on campus to belong to a club that fits their interests. Personally, I'm involved in Greek Life and Hillel, and I've made some of my closest friends from these organizations."
"Tulane is a Division 1 school but the sports, unfortunately, are not often paid attention to. Tulane as a school, and New Orleans as a place, are very spirited, however."
"I'm a huge sports fan, and if anything about Tulane disappoints me, it's the school spirit. With Yulman Stadium and school tailgates this year, I definitely get more of that football school experience that I originally thought I missed!"
"Sports are not a major part of the Tulane community. Some people are very involved in football or basketball, but those tend to be the athletes themselves or those cheering for them. But the administration really caters to the sports teams and offers them many amenities."
"There is not a lot of team spirit and the sports teams at Tulane aren't the best. However, the city of New Orleans is all about showing team spirit and loyalty to the Saints!"
"Sports at Tulane are definitely almost obsolete. Yes, the teams exist, and yes, students go out to support the larger teams like football, but sports in no way describe Tulane's culture. School spirit on the other hand is a different story. Everyone at Tulane truly loves the school, they are passionate about the culture and the city that is so unique to the university. Students stand behind important causes and public service and truly inspire others to make a difference. "
"There are a lot of women in positions of power at Tulane, and there is definitely a strong emphasis on female empowerment. However, like most colleges, there are a lot of men objectifying women."
"Women have plenty of opportunities to be involved in various clubs and hold leadership positions. The Greek system, which I am a part of, is also very strong at Tulane with 8 sororities on campus!"
"We definitely aren't outnumbered; the ratio is 60/40 women. There's a lot of organizations for women to get involved. The Newcomb Institute is kind of a hidden gem on campus, it's a beautiful old "house" where Her Campus has meetings, and there's plenty of study space and snacks for girls to take advantage of. As far as safety goes, you just have to be smart. We're in a city - don't walk around by yourself at night, and you'll be fine"
"There are so many opportunities for women! Before you even get to Tulane, you can do the Newcomb Sisters program where you get a big sister to help you transition into Tulane life. My Newcomb big was the biggest help in knowing what to expect when I came to Tulane and NOLA."
"Tulane is a university of a rare breed in that it truly practices what it preaches. Being a woman at Tulane has never gone unsupported, in fact, it has been celebrated. Thanks to the Newcomb College Institute, women at Tulane have a place where they can be supported."
Food & Drink
"While you'll definitely get tired of your on-campus meal plan, New Orleans as a city is obviously known for its amazing cuisine. There's always a new place to try or local favorites that you will go to every chance you get. As far as drinking, New Orleans is a laid-back city. Tulane pretty much acknowledges that many students are going to drink when they're here, but the school just focuses on student safety rather than prohibiting them from going out"
"Eating on campus is not great, but it's totally doable. The LBC has several nice options, no matter what kind of food you like. Bruff is a little rough, but there are endless possibilities if you get a little creative."
"The food scene in NOLA is a foodie's dream come true. There are so many world-famous restaurants and chefs, and it's not just Cajun cuisine."
"You could eat at a new restaurant everyday for a year and still not make it through them all. Enough said."
"Since going to Tulane, I've tried more food than I would have ever imagined. The food in New Orleans is absolutely incredible and there is always a new restaurant to try!"
"The social scene is right off-campus. You can throw a rock from the "off-campus" bar (The Boot) and it will likely hit the new freshman dorm that they're building. All of the fraternity and sorority houses are right off campus, so everything is walking distance. We rarely take cabs when we go out. Greek life is pretty big here, but we don't have recruitment until spring semester. As you get older, you will probably venture into New Orleans more and scope out cool music bars downtown instead of just around campus"
"The Tulane social scene is whatever you make of it, regardless of what you like to do, though it does tend to favor the bar scene."
"The social scene is unbeatable. There's always somewhere to go out around campus as well as around New Orleans. I particularly love the music and all the music venues here, especially Tipitina's."
"The scene is very much active, but with a good amount of diversity. You don't have to be in Greek life to be apart of the social scene."
"Tulane social life has about four main staples: The Boot, Palms, F&Ms, and frat parties. But that being said, anyone and everyone goes to these places at some point and there isn't one group that dominates any of these places. It's also readily accessible to get off campus and explore all that New Orleans night life has to offer."
"The freshman dorms are really fun and social but definitely not of the nicest housing that exists on campus. The sophomore dorms provide more well-maintained options along with the usual social (and dirty) buildings."
"The freshman dorm options are incredible, but the dorms themselves--not so much. Sharp and Monroe have that traditional college experience. People are packed into close quarters and make friendships with those on their floor. Yet the rooms are small and if you're not well organized, it gets very cramped very quickly. JL has more space, but it's extremely quiet. Wall is beautiful and houses some upperclassman, which people really look for when going there."
"I live in Wall Residential College. To live here, there's a simple application to fill out that mostly consists of quirky questions. Living here has been a strange experience; I love having a shower in my suite and a sink in my room, but the atmosphere is a little too quiet and it's hard to meet people in the dorm."
"I lived in Sharp my freshman year and had the typical college experience- great social scene, small rooms, communal bathrooms. It was so much fun, but the dorm itself definiely needs a renovation. Sophomore year I lived in Mayer with 3 of my friends in a suite, and I loved having my own bathroom and a much cleaner room!"
"Freshman have a few different dorms to pick from, and everyone can find the right dorm for them based on their needs and what they want out of a freshman college dorm experience. Sophomores have to live in dorms as well, but the sophomore dorms like Mayer and Willow are nicer."
Exploring New Orleans
"There is ALWAYS something to do in Nola! I've found myself just walking around and staring at houses on St. Charles for hours! There's also Audobon park across the street from campus which is fantastic, and an infinite amount of restaurants and shopping just a short walk away."
"Living in New Orleans has been the best part of my college career. Since it is a place that is so unique and wildly different from my home, exploring the city has been like being in a foreign country for four years."
"Living in NOLA is such an adventure from adjusting to the crazy weather to learning the streetcar travel. No matter how sturdy your plans may be, always expect the unexpected here. You never know when it a sunny day will transform into a torrential downpour... or when a streetcar will need maintenance."
"NOLA runs on its own clock. Don't try to rush someone because they'll only move slower. It makes for an incredible day when you want to sit in the sun and drink a daquiri!"
"Fortunately, New Orleans is an incredibly accessible city. Tulane funds bringing phenomenal academic speakers to campus and works in tandem with the New Orleans community. Especially for freshmen, there are numerous courses offered that emphasize the exploration of New Orleans as a key part of the course."
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