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Community Service Fellowship

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 17:34
Happy New Year, readers! Just over a week till our Regular Decision deadline, as well as our deadline for the Community Service Fellowship.

At the start of every New Year, we each set goals to make positive change in our lives. I actually blogged at my other place of employment about how to create three great resolutions for yourself: one small, one medium and one large. Here at Tulane, we are constantly setting goals to make positive change in the lives of others and the community around us. The new year gives us an opportunity to evaluate what we have done and what we still need to accomplish. A few years ago, through the Cowen Service Challenge, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Tulane community donated over 750,000 hours of service as a tribute to our former President Scott Cowen. Needless to say, we think community service is pretty amazing. That is why we offer you the opportunity to apply for the Community Service Fellowship. You can read more about current CS Fellows here on their very cool website.

The deadline for this fellowship is fast approaching – January 15th! It is $20,000 dollars a year, so definitely don’t wait until the last minute to submit this application. We frequently get questions about how many hours are required, what types of projects we are looking for, etc. When we review these projects with the Center for Public Service, it’s really not just about hours or the names of the organizations that you worked with during your service. It’s about the passion you have demonstrated through service for a cause or multiple causes and the depth of your involvement. For some of you, this has meant starting your own non-profits. For others, this has meant raising awareness in your communities about health issues or human rights issues. In some cases, winners of the scholarship have worked in smaller, unique ways in their communities, but have had a large impact on the lives of those they worked with. In short, there is no formula for winning this scholarship. There is not a specific hour requirement or type of organization you should mention. We are looking for change-makers and social entrepreneurs, not just through the list of things you have done, but through the passion and depth of engagement you exhibit through writing about these activities. I’ve put together some “Do’s and Don’ts” for the application.

Do put time into writing your essays. For the third prompt, let us know why you chose to dedicate yourself to that specific type of service. Why does that type of work resonate with you? Keep it short but make it informative and passionate.

Don’t hold back. For the fourth prompt, we really want you to put yourself into this piece. This is a great way for us to find out more about the way you think, what you are interested in, etc. When you tell us about the organization you would work with in NOLA, let us know why you have chosen it, how you would spend your time, and who the intended audience of your service is. Really think about this one. We want to see how you’ll engage with the campus and community while you are here as a Community Service Fellow. Be creative and be intentional about what you write.

Do tell us what you did specifically with your volunteer work. Don’t just list an organization and expect us to know.

Do scan or send in any newspaper articles, news clips or photos that show you or talk about you doing service, but don't go overboard. We don't need photocopies of each award you've gotten, but a nice visual addition to your resume can't hurt. You might even want to try ZeeMee!

Don’t email in the recommendation letter on your own. We do not accept recommendation letters directly from students. You need to have the individual writing this recommendation email or mail the letter in.

Do understand that this scholarship is not just about receiving merit aid. It’s about joining a community of outstanding individuals dedicated to creating change in the world around them.

Do remember that even if you aren’t selected for this very competitive award, you will still be able to be heavily involved with community service and civic engagement at Tulane and in New Orleans.

Good luck to all!


Mon, 01/02/2017 - 20:47
Tulane has always been a popular school for siblings to attend. It also is evidently a great place for twins! I solicited the help of Tyler and Blane Margaretten, two Tulane juniors, to get some twinfo from some of Tulane's many sets of twins. Read all about what life is like at Tulane when you've got an identical twin to share it with!

Blane Margaretten:
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Class of 2018

Did you plan on going to college together?

My brother and I did not plan on attending college together! We made our decisions independent of one another, and us choosing the same school just shows how alike we really are.

What’s the funniest part about going to Tulane with your twin?

The funniest part about my twin and I on campus is that he was a Freshman RA and I got to serve as Orientation staff. We both individually have hordes of younger students who consistently mix us up. Our apologies to the class of 2019 and 2020!

Tyler Margaretten
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Finance / Management
Class of 2018

What’s the best part of having your twin at Tulane?

The best part is how easy it makes it meeting people! People come up to me on a daily basis thinking we’re friends (in reality I’ve never met them before!) and because of that I get to introduce myself and make more connections. It’s kind of like we’ve divided and conquered campus because we can meet twice as many people as a regular student. It’s awesome.

What’s the funniest thing to happen to you here?

It’s so hard to choose just a few. When I visited Tulane during a Top Scholars Weekend when I was a senior in high school, I met another incoming freshman from South Carolina. We became instant friends and are still super close today. Later that day in the bookstore, Blane came up to me and was like “Tyler…there is a blonde girl who keeps making eye contact with me and I have no idea why.” I turned around and sure enough there was my friend Carly! Quite possibly my first friend I ever had that didn’t know I’m a twin.

MiQuelle Phillips
New Orleans, LA
Public Health (currently working towards MPH)
Class of 2015

Miesha Phillips
New Orleans, LA
Sociology (currently applying for Law School)
Class of 2016 (yes, they graduated in different years)

Did you plan on going to Tulane together?

Yes, Miesha and I both attended Tulane Upward Bound from age 14, we also during our senior year of high school attended the Tulane Summer Transition Program and were able to receive academic scholarships through that program that allowed us to be able to attend Tulane together. We were truly blessed and excited to have such a wonderful opportunity. The mentorship and guidance we received, personally, professionally and academically through both programs was amazing!

What’s your favorite thing about Tulane?

We loved being so close to home but still getting a full college experience that allowed us to feel like we were away. Tulane provided us with the opportunity to go to school in our own neighborhood, and still experience what we would like to think all students need as a college experience. From living on campus, to participating in campus organizations, even being able to do service learning projects and working in our very own community. The school is stapled in our city and allowed us to give back to the same city that got us to where we are today. There couldn’t have been a better option for us! We were able to grow as young women and become campus leaders at Tulane and that has shaped our paths to this day.

Have you ever lived together at Tulane? How was that?

We never lived together in the same room at Tulane, however we both worked for Housing and Residence Life. Over the summers Miesha worked as a lead conferences coordinator and MiQuelle worked as the housing room’s assignments coordinator assistant. Both positions gave us the opportunity to become Resident Advisors. MiQuelle was an RA in Weatherhead Hall for 2 years, and then spent her senior year as the Senior Resident Advisor of Greenbaum House when the hall first opened. Miesha spent one year in Wall and a second in “coincidentally” the first room MiQuelle had as an RA in Weatherhead Hall. Working and living on campus was awesome, and being an RA at Tulane provided us with some of the professional tools we still use today like working in teams, organization, always being personable, remaining professional, and being able to lead in groups, among several other things.

Margaux Armfield
Knoxville, TN
Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
Class of 2020

Brenna Armfield
Knoxville, TN
Class of 2020

Did you plan on going to Tulane together?

Brenna and I did not plan on going to the same college. In fact, after I chose Tulane, Brenna had a difficult time deciding if she wanted to go here because, while she adored Tulane, she wanted to have her own identity in college apart from me. However, I'm glad she decided to come here, as we both have been able to have independence while maintaining a close friendship.

What is the best part about having your twin at Tulane?

The best part of having a twin at Tulane is all the random people who wave at you because they know your twin.

Sergio Medina
Avondale, LA
Finance w/ Energy Specialization, Management
Class of 2017

(side note here: Sergio’s twin goes to arch rival LSU! But I thought this perspective was cool too)

Did you plan on going to Tulane with your twin?

In high school, my twin and I started to branch off from one another in case we would be unable to attend the same university. This is a funny story but when we were thinking about where we would go to college I never thought I would attend Tulane University. My twin brother wanted to attend Tulane and I on the other hand did not know where I would go to college. My twin brother decided to attend LSU and It wasn't until senior year of high school where I received an athletic scholarship to Tulane University that I knew this was where I wanted to be. In the heart of uptown, 30 minutes away from home, the rich culture of New Orleans and the opportunity to receive an outstanding education from a prestigious university, it was a no brainer.

Do people know you’re a twin?

Believe it or not, but there are students at Tulane who have friends that attend LSU and think that I am my twin brother! They either meet my twin from their friends or think the same person attends two universities! It's funny because one guy was looking at me with a confused look and came up to me and said "Julius!?". No I am not him, I'm his twin Sergio! He goes to LSU.

Have you ever switched places?

We never switched places but in high school we convinced a teacher that we did switch places when we actually didn't.

Molly Lynch
Bayville, NY
Marketing and Management
Class of 2016

Did you plan on going to Tulane together?

We did not plan on going to college together! We both originally wanted to go to school in the same city but at different universities. Tulane was not originally on our radar, but we applied because some of our high school friends were also applying. It turned out to be the first school that I got into back in November of my senior year. Fast forward to January, it was very cold in New York and we wanted to go somewhere warm for a few days. We decided to visit New Orleans and check out Tulane while we were there. We both absolutely fell in love, and put a deposit down soon after.

What's the funniest or weirdest twin-related thing that ever happened to you here?

On a pretty regular occasion, people would mix my sister and I up. Casey and I were both involved in different activities at Tulane (aside from being in the same sorority), and hence knew different people on campus. There were many times when people did not realize that I was a twin, and that she also attended Tulane. So, my friends and colleagues would go up to Casey and start talking to her about USG or WTUL, and she had no idea who they were and what they were talking about. A few people even were offended and thought I was ignoring them, but it was really just Casey not knowing them! Someone else thought that I made multiple outfit changes during the day! Some funny stuff happens when you go to school together

Casey Lynch
Bayville, NY
Class of 2016

Did you study abroad without your twin? What was it like?

I studied abroad in Nice, France, and Molly did not study abroad. Being that we went to the same school all our lives, I think it was important to do something apart from each other. Ideally, it would have been super fun to both go to Europe and study in different cities, but we both had amazing semesters getting to know new people. We talked and FaceTimed everyday, so we were always up to date with each other’s lives. It was by far the longest span of time we have spent apart, so I think we were super excited to see each other over Thanksgiving break when she came to visit. Just like we have with all our decisions, our separate decisions about whether or not to study abroad were independent of what the other decided to do. Study abroad was definitely the best semester of college, and probably the best four months of my life.

Have you ever lived together at Tulane? How was that?

We happened to be placed on the same floor in Sharp Hall our freshmen year, but we didn’t live together until I came back from abroad. It was very convenient to live together — we shared groceries, and I like to cook, so I was able to prepare food for both of us. Having the ability to share closets was also useful. We also lived with three friends from our sorority. We brought our car down senior year, so it was helpful to live together to share the car. We had a terrible landlord so it was comforting to have Molly by my side to deal with our house’s problems and ultimately make the decision to move out of the house. Although we lived under the same roof, we often didn’t see each other till nighttime after classes and meetings were over, so we lived very independently of each other.

Courtney Pellegrini
Cary, NC
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, SISE
Class of 2018

Emily Pellegrini
Cary, NC
Neuroscience, Philosophy
Class of 2018

Did you plan on going to Tulane together?

Not really; we applied to about half of the same schools and figured "We don't have to go to the same place, but it would be cool if we did!" We both ended up loving Tulane, so it worked out that way! Looking back, I'm really glad that we both decided to go to the same school. It's been nice having my sister here, especially since we're so far away from home.

What's the funniest or weirdest twin-related thing that ever happened to you here?

One semester, Emily and I both had classes on the same day with the same girl; I had a class with her at the end of the day and Em had one with her at the beginning. After an entire semester of knowing her, she finally came up to me at the end of the year with a confused look on her face. She said, "I'm sorry, but I've been wondering this all year and I just have to ask. Why do you always change your outfit halfway through the day?"

Have you ever lived together at Tulane?  How was that?

Yes, we actually live in the same off-campus house together! (Not just us, though- we also live with two other girls. I don't think things would end very well if it were only the two of us). It's going really well so far, probably because we had the foresight to not share a bathroom. We can share a house together quite nicely, but I think that sharing a bathroom tends to bring out the worst in people.

Sabrina Tucci
New Hope, PA
Public Health, IDev, Psychology
Class of 2020

Marissa Tucci
New Hope, PA
Class of 2020

Did you plan on going to college together?

We definitely did not plan on going to college together. I had my heart set on Tulane for over a year before I applied, and I only ended up applying here. Marissa on the other hand applied to many schools and waited until the last minute to send her deposit here. I think the whole time she liked Tulane but didn't want to have to deal with hearing "Oh my god, I said hi to your sister again today! So embarrassing!" 5 times a day for another 4 years. That would have been nice.

What's the best part of having your twin at Tulane?

The best part about having my twin at Tulane with me is the fact we didn't have to completely split our wardrobe. Being the same size in everything, it made sense to share every article of clothing for our whole lives. Having to split that if we went to separate colleges would have been very stressful and probably would have ended in blood being shed.

Rosalia Costa
San Jose, CA
graduation year: 2020

Victoria Costa

What’s the best part about having your twin at Tulane?

The best part about having my twin at Tulane is that I get to experience such a fun time in my life alongside my best friend! She's not only my twin, but my best friend, so college is just a lot more fun because I have my best friend to share all these amazing experiences.

What’s the funniest twin-related thing that has happened to you so far?

The funniest twin-related thing that happened to us while at Tulane so far was when a random man outside Bruff asked us for a picture because he said he had never seen identical twins before! He looked so excited, so of course we said yes haha!

Allison Woolverton
Baton Rouge, LA
Political Economy, Spanish, SISE
Class of 2019

Did you ever live together at Tulane? How was that?

Yes! We lived together last year and still do. Freshman year, when our RA asked us to write and sign the "roommate contract" we burst out laughing. We'd shared a room forever, why would we have to write rules about it now? When we chose to room together freshman year (an easy decision) I had intended to separate for sophomore year - but it worked so well that we decided why not keep on living together? I mean, we share all of our clothes, jewelry, everything. It doesn't make sense to have to split all of that up. Plus, we share all the same friends, pretty much, and have very similar living habits. It's been nice to not have to deal with any roomie drama!

Have you ever swapped places? What was it like?

We've only swapped places once, actually! All our lives we wanted to switch classes on April Fool's Day, and senior year of high school we finally did it. Most of our classmates and teachers figured it out right away, but not all of them! In history class I had conversation with my teacher about something "Allison would say," before he had figured it out that I wasn't Madeleine. It was very hard to keep a straight face. Needless to say, we were the center of attention all day, haha. That was a good time.
Also, in like 8th grade, sometimes I would talk to Madeleine's boyfriend on the phone, or vice versa. We thought that was so funny.

Favorite thing about Tulane?

For me, Tulane is a perfect combination of being home and being far away. My family is from New Orleans, but we moved to Baton Rouge when I was 8 after Katrina. So New Orleans is a new city and an old city for me, and I love that. What's even better, though, is being at home in south Louisiana but going to school with people from all around the country. Even though I'm only an hour away from home, so many of the students here are from the East and West coasts that Tulane is culturally pretty different. And I've loved that also.

Madeleine Woolverton
Baton Rouge, LA
Sociology, SISE, SLAMM
Class of 2019

Funniest twin related thing:

Beginning of this year Allison and I were walking across campus together and we passed by twins Rosie and Victoria Costa and all four of us just stopped and did a double take. They were like "are you guys twins!?" and we were like "yeah are you guys twins?!" and we bonded right there over our twin-ness! Turns out the four of us have alot of other stuff in common too, and now we all became good friends. Our favorite thing to do is to share all of our twin stories!

Living together:

Allison and I lived together freshman year and again this year, and we love it! We share all of our clothes so it's great to also share both closets and drawers! We've shared a room all of our lives, so it defiantly made the transition to college a lot easier, and it's also really nice to feel like the whole room is mine. If course, it's also all hers, but I think sharing everything is was better than having a room divided in half!

Tomas Salter-Cid
West Windsor, New Jersey
Class of 2018
Neuroscience and Public Health

John Salter-Cid
West Windsor, NJ
Class of 2018
Public Health

The best thing about having your twin at Tulane?
John is much more into local music scene than I am, so he brings me with him to go see live bands around the city. Without him I wouldn't have been exposed to the vast amount of culture that New Orleans has to offer.

Did you want to go to college together?
Honestly, going to the same university as John wasn't really that big of a priority for me. However, when I was accepted to the University of Michigan I went to Ann Arbor to visit the campus. When we got out of the taxi at out hotel the temperature was -35 F with wind chill and I immediately enrolled at Tulane and came to sunny New Orleans with my brother.

I've Been Deferred. Now What?

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 22:00
December 20th is upon us, so if you've applied to Tulane for our Early Action or Early Decision round, chances are you've gotten a decision from us by now or will in the next few days. For many of you, that decision may have been, "The Admission Committee has chosen to defer final action on your application until our regular review periods this spring." You're probably asking yourself. "What now?" So here we go, here are my steps for helping you through this process.

Step one: read this post that I wrote last year. Don't proceed any further until you've read that post.

Welcome back. Step two: what does that mean? In essence, being deferred means that we need a bit more time before making a final decision on whether or not to admit you. There are two major factors that will come into play from here on out; one is in your control and the other is not. Your application will come back to the admission committee in the spring and will go through the same review it went through in Early Action, this time however you will be up against the Regular Decision pool of applicants.

The first factor, the one outside of your control, is the way the rest of the applicant pool shapes up. We will do a full re-review of your application with the regular decision pool. Depending on the competitiveness of that regular decision pool, we will make a new decision on your application before April 1st. If the regular pool is much larger and stronger than we expect, then it will be more of a challenge for deferred students to be admitted. However, if it is closer to what we saw with Early Action, we will be able to offer admission to a number of deferred students. We won't know more about this till after the January 15th deadline.

I think it is also worth mentioning that Tulane saw a pretty substantial increase in applications this year. Bottom line, we could fill up multiple freshman classes with students who are academically qualified to attend Tulane. We could fill up multiple freshman classes just with students who would be great fits here and genuinely want to be at Tulane. The problem is we can't admit all of them, even if we wanted to.

That brings me to the second factor that comes into play now that you have been deferred, and this is the one that is within your power. This has to do with what you can do from here on out now. There are a number of things that you can do to strengthen your application to Tulane, and a few things you shouldn't do. Here are my Dos and Don'ts for deferred students:

DO: Consider switching your application to ED II. This is for deferred EA applicants only (and for first time applicants.) You can get more info here. The deadline is January 6th.

DO: Contact your admission counselor and let him or her know you are interested in Tulane. You can reach out to your admission counselor here. You'll want to shoot him or her an email in the coming weeks (not necessarily today... let the dust settle and your emotions subside) letting them know that you have been deferred and that you remain strongly interested in Tulane. Let your counselor know that you'll send your first semester grades and also feel free to let him or her know that Tulane is very high on your list. It will be nearly impossible to be admitted to Tulane if you do not, in some form, reach out to us. We'd like to only take those students we know want to enroll here.

DON'T: Over-contact your admission counselor. One email to your counselor over the course of the spring semester will help, especially if you have some bigger news for us (you retook the SATs, a major (major) advancement in your extracurricular activity, etc) but do not send us a weekly email update. It will not help your cause. Major profile in your local paper's community section? Send it in. Promoted to secretary of the National Honor Society? No need to send; we already have a nice list of your extracurricular activities you sent us when you applied. Also, be honest. If you'll enroll at Tulane if you are admitted, tell us, but only if that is the truth.

DO: Send us an essay about why you are interested in enrolling at Tulane, if you have not already done so. See the Why Tulane? prompt on the application for admission. Tell us why you would be a great fit here, and why Tulane is a great fit for you. Do some research. Many times, we defer students who are academically qualified to be admitted, but we are unsure of their interest level. So reach out and let us know.

DON'T: Feel pressured to come down and visit. We know money is tight these days, and New Orleans is a big trip for many of our applicants. If you feel the need to come down to express your interest in Tulane in person, you are definitely welcome to do so, however if this is not possible (for financial or any other reasons) do not fret. We understand not everyone can make it down to visit, especially if you are not admitted yet. If you are interested in coming down, let your counselor know.

DO: Be patient. Understand you may not hear from us before April 1st. We are working to get a decision to you as quickly as possible, but in some cases it may not be till late March. We're sifting through thousands of applicants and are giving each one the time they deserve.

DON'T: Compare yourself to others. Calling the admission office or emailing your counselor to inquire why "Diane and Jack who have lower scores and lower grades and fewer extracurricular activities were admitted but I was not" will never, ever help your cause to be admitted at Tulane. We don't compare students to each other directly when they apply, and are always looking to build a diverse and well-rounded class of students. You may not be aware of what is in other student's recommendations, essays, etc., or what we are specifically looking for. It will not do you any good to mention other students. If there is a very specific question about this, your high school counselor can direct those questions to us. We especially do not appreciate "Tommy and Gina used Tulane as a safety school and aren't even that interested in attending but I am!"

DO: Send us some additional materials. You are welcome to send us a new resume, essay, your first semester grades, an art or music portfolio, a new SAT or ACT score, etc. While some of the smaller things may not make a big difference, an increase on your SATs, or a well-written essay about your Tulane visit can go a long way. Mid-year reports are recommended for deferred students. Again, keep in mind, unless it's a major change in extracurricular activities, it won't change too much (same goes for additional teacher recommendations). The biggest changemaker will be new test scores.

DON'T: Be rude. We know this is a stressful time and we know that you may be very excited about Tulane and disappointed to not be admitted. But keep in mind that you still want to maintain your composure and maturity while communicating with the office of admission. Dramatic emails or calls will get you nowhere.

DO: Understand how competitive this all is. As of today, Tulane has admitted fewer than 25% of the students who have applied to Tulane. Application to schools like Tulane are competitive, and we have far fewer spots in the class available than we have students who want to be a part in the class. So keep your head up and know that, in the end, whatever is meant to be will be. Defer is not a NO, it's more of a "not yet."

Hope this helps you deferred students out there. Best of luck!

We Messed Up.

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 17:14
One thing we pride ourselves here in the Office of Admission is being a compassionate place. I've written frequently before about anxiety, love, and the fact that it's all going to be okay in the end.

Yesterday, we made a mistake that goes against all of those ideas of compassion. A mistake that has created such an immense sense of anxiety for a population of students who want to go to Tulane more than anything else in the world.

Around 1:00pm on December 14th, Tulane Technology Services sent an email to 130 Early Decision applicants. The email welcomed them to the Tulane family and gave them a Tulane email address. While we are currently working on figuring out why and how this happened, for those 130 students, that does not matter. We've created an anxiety so deep for this group that there really aren't words to describe it. I'll own up to it right now.

The reality is that we did not have final decisions for those 130 students yet. For a few hours, they had notification from Tulane that led them to believe they had been admitted before we sent an email to let them know we did not have a final decision and to disregard the tech services email. I am sure many celebrated and posted on social media about it, as any admitted student should.

What Tulane has done is inexcusable and I offer those students, their families, their high school counselors and their communities a heartfelt apology. Tulane can do better and we will.

Many people have told me that we should just admit that population as it's the right thing to do. In a perfect world, that would be true. But admitting an additional 130 students is much easier said than done and greatly throws off the size of the class. It simply can't be done. We sent final decisions to our Early Decisions applicants by midnight on December 15th.

Please know I am here to speak with each of you who was affected by this. You can email me any time at I can't say "I know what you're going through," because I do not. All I can offer is a an apology.

Life is so much about how you respond (not react) in situations like this. It is my hope that we learn from this. We have really messed this one up, and for that, I offer you my deepest apology.

5 Tips for a Great Campus Visit

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 15:30

Seeing a college or university's campus firsthand can be the best way to find out if that school is a good fit for you. Take a look at the list of schools that you are seriously considering and decide on a few to visit. If it’s not financially feasible to check out some of these schools, visit one near your hometown—even if it’s not on your list. It will at least give you a feel for what to expect and what this whole world of “college” really can be like.
For the schools that are high on your list that you do plan to visit, here are a few tips for maximizing the trip so that it is the most successful that it can be. 

Oh, and don't forget to tag your photos and IGs with #TulaneVisit and we'll holler back! 

1)      Visit at the right time of the year. Summer may be a convenient time for you to check out schools, but it’s not always the best time to get a good feel for a campus. With few students on campus during the summer months, it’s tough to get that solid impression for what the school is like. The same goes for visiting during weather-appropriate times—if you’re considering a school in a cold weather climate, be sure to visit at that time of the year. Some people love the cold, others are warm weather folk (like me down here in New Orleans!). Oh, and always check when Mardi Gras is happening before visiting Tulane. Great time to visit NOLA, but, not the best time for a visit to campus (we're closed!).

2)      Pull the randoms aside. Your tour guide is going to give you some great facts and personal anecdotes, but go past that. When you're done with the tour, sit outside and see if you can chat with students. Ask them about their experiences, see how much love they have for their school. If the students who you talk to think it’s weird or are uncomfortable with you asking them questions, then maybe that is telling about the school. Tour guides are great but check with some other students to get the inside scoop. 

3)      Eat in the dining hall. There is no better spot on campus to get a true feel for the pulse of the campus than the freshman dining hall. Eavesdrop on conversations; see what students are passionate about and what the chatter is (I know, it sounds awkward, but do it!). Plus you’ll get to see how good the food is on campus, which is always an important factor!

4)      Do your research before you get there. We are excited to have prospective students tour campus every single day. But what we like even more is when we can tell those students have done some legwork before arriving on campus. If you get to campus and you are asking your admission officer questions like “how large is this school?” and “do you have a psychology major?” it becomes quickly obvious to us that you may not have put too much thought into the school. We’d much rather hear “I read that psychology is your most popular major. Do you find it to be more of a clinical-based major, or maybe more neuroscience?” Here are some great questions you should be asking during your visit. 

5)      Do some stuff on your own, but also do the formal visit. Going on a campus tour is a great way to share your excitement about the school with the team in the Office of Admission. So while you may just want to chill with your cousin who’s a sophomore at the school, take the time to register and attend a formal campus tour. See if the school offers interviews (we don't at Tulane, but many schools do.) Make the most of your visit, but also be sure to connect with the Office of Admission at some point. 

Have a great trip! If you're planning a Tulane and NOLA visit, here are some tips from us. And if you can't make it down, you can meet our tour guides to get your questions answered here

Doesn't this make you want to come visit us in New Orleans? C'mon down!

Six Tips for a Great Dean's Honor Scholarship

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 15:15
President Fitts displays his DHS project For this blog, I went straight to the best source on all things DHS. Leila Labens, our Director of Strategic Recruitment, is taking over today to give you her best tips for a great DHS project. And she would know- she leads the committee that selects the finalists before they head to the Deans of each school. Let's do this!
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Leila Labens, today's guest blogger It’s almost early December which means it’s almost one of my favorite part of the admission cycle – seeing the wonderful, brilliant, creative, expressive DHS projects come through the door (mostly figuratively, but sometimes literally). I’ve participated in the committee that gives the first review on all of the projects for a number of years and I wanted to share some tips on putting together a strong project.

Don’t get too caught up on “the box.” The actual box does not need to be part of the project. It can be but doesn’t have to be. So, if you can’t move past an idea that is strictly square in shape or message, I encourage you to “think outside of the box.” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). 
Don’t completely ignore “the box.” I know- I just told you don’t get hung up on it BUT you should also have some reference to a square or box or something somewhere in your submission. Think figuratively (the box that defines you). Think big (the square façade of a building). Think tiny (pixels that make up a larger picture). Think logically (the mathematical area of the box as part of a larger equation that proves why you should get the scholarship). Think historically (an American history rap that mentions famous boxes throughout time- square stages where famous addresses were delivered, chests/boxes of tea in Boston Harbor, voting booth check boxes…) Think literally (hundreds of post-its that turn into an incredible flip storybook).
Express yourself. Take this as an opportunity to tell us about yourself. Maybe incorporate an artistic passion, or a skill for computer programming. You could use this as a chance to show off your ability to write an incredible screen play or as a vehicle to show your drive for service and your community. Help us know more about your without making the project completely about yourself. Think of this as a “humble brag,” a way to introduce yourself beyond just pictures documenting your accomplishments. 
Include some semblance of something academic. After all, this is the Dean’s Honor Scholarship- meaning some very bright members of the Tulane faculty and community (ahem, Deans) will be selecting the final recipients. This doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, humorous, or have fun while working on your project. Just remember to show off some of your impressive brain power in the process.
Put some time into it. After seeing hundreds of projects, it can become obvious which ones were thrown together in a hurry to meet our deadline. Have a plan in mind and give yourself enough time to submit a well thought out and seamlessly produced project.
Be proud of it. If you aren’t excited about your submission and didn’t enjoy working on it, the multiple reviewers may not be thrilled by it either. Do something that you would be excited to show your classmates, family, and friends.
One last technical point: if you opt to put something together online, make sure you are using a platform or host site that can be accessed by different computers across different networks.
We always get plenty of video submissions, so here are some of the best of those:
Gabreilla Runnels 
Evan Doomes from Louisiana 
Jacob Morris from Colorado 

Rebekah Oviatt from Washington 
Now get to boxin!

What's the Deal with ED II?

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 21:31
By now, many of you seniors have probably gotten emails from us about our new Early Decision II option.  Like Early Decision, ED II is binding, meaning that you are committing to attend Tulane in the fall if you are admitted through this plan. The application is due January 6th, and you will hear a decision from us by January 31st.  How's that for a quick turnaround?

ED II is a great option if you were planning to apply Regular Decision, but have decided that Tulane is now your #1 choice. Or, if you applied Early Action, and your list of schools has changed throughout the process, you can switch your application to Early Decision II. You don’t have to let us know until January 6th, so you may wait until you receive a decision from us about your Early Action application, and then be in touch. Between you and me, it's a great option if things didn't go as planned for you in EA, either at Tulane or elsewhere.

If you would like switch your application from Early Action or Regular Decision to ED II, email your counselor by January 6th to let them know. Since it is a binding agreement, you will receive an Agreement Form to be signed by you, your parents, and your guidance counselor. You can read a bit more about the process here, and as always, be in touch if you have any questions!

Meet The Admission Interns!

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 22:27
Every time you call the Office of Admission it goes directly to my cell phone! Just kidding. As it turns out, the biggest MVPs of the office are our incredible team of student interns. They are a pretty epic group and they run the show; from answering your e-mails and calls to greeting you right as you step foot on campus, this team really does it all. They are really accessible to you to answer any questions you may have; you can chat live with them most afternoons by clicking the chat link at the bottom of our homepage. Want to get in touch with even more of our students? We've got you covered.

Let's take some time to get to know the team that really runs the Office of Admission at Tulane.

Name: Nate Fowler Hometown: Boston, MAGrade: SeniorMajors/Minors: Political Economy and FrenchFavorite thing about Tulane: 1) Size, it is small enough to see your best friends everyday by accident, but large enough to meet new people all the time & 2) The location, New Orleans is the coolest place ever to go to school Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: A super burrito at Felipe’s or vermicelli noodles at every Vietnamese restaurantInvolvement on campus: I've been in a fraternity since my freshman year, I play intramural basketball, I'm a tour guide on campus, I help tutor local kids with the Newcomb Tutoring Program, I have competed with the schools Model UN team and am very involved with the scene at the social pool on weekend afternoonsTulane email:

Name: Sydney Satre
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Spanish and Portuguese with a minor in Philosophy
Favorite thing about Tulane: The close proximity to so much green space! And of course all of the cats on campus :)
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Ride the streetcar and go to Audubon Park!
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Satsuma for their biscuits and iced latte
Involvement on campus: Ultimate frisbee, ESL tutoring, was involved with TUSTEP as a puppy sitter
Tulane email:

Name: Barry Rubenstein
Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Major: Finance and Marketing, Minor: Social Innovation and Social Entrepenurship
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is the out of the classroom learning that takes place on a daily basis. Tulane is able to prepare me to excel in the real world, not just in the classroom. Every day at Tulane is a new experience that betters me as an individual looking to make a difference in this world. I originally chose Tulane because of the people, but I have stayed because of the opportunities I am exposed to as a Tulane student.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: When you visit New Orleans, you need to walk down Royal St. during the day time. Royal St. is one of the most quintessential NOLA streets. Royal captures everything that makes this city unique and places it on a single street! From the stores, houses, and people, this street is a must explore destination in the French Quarter. Block after block, Royal St will make you fill in love with New Orleans. Also, it is only pedestrian mall that is left in this country, which means it is closed for 5hours a day to allow street performers to play their NOLA music! New Orleans is unlike anywhere else in the world, and Royal St will show you why.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: One of my favorite meals in New Orleans is at Peche. They have an amazing whole grilled fish. I also love their fried bread with salt.
Involvement on campus: GWA Exec, Chair of Crawfest, BTIDES Teaching Assistant, CACTUS Exec, Orientation Coordinator (Greenie Camp)
Tulane email:

Name: Shelby Strattan
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Finance with Computer Science Specialization
Favorite thing about Tulane: Endless opportunities to immerse yourself into New Orleans' unique and diverse culture. Tulane always promotes ways to get involved in the community through classes or outside service work in efforts to really understand the amazing city we live in.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Go to ANY live outdoor music show - Jazz Fest, Blues and BBQ, Voodoo Fest
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: District Donuts anything. I'm a total addict.
Involvement on campus: Green Wave Ambassadors, Admissions Intern, Greenie Camp Orientation leader, Greek life, Green Bull Investment Club, and a semester abroad in Vienna
Tulane email:

Name: Justin Baris
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Biomedical Engineering
Favorite thing about Tulane: Emphasis on making you a well-rounded person. You really feel like more than a number here.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Just walk around the French Quarter! It truly is more than Bourbon Street and lewd behavior. There is so much vibrant culture in this city that people need to see when they come visit.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Muffuletta from Central Grocery
Involvement on campus: Greek Life, ACEing Autism, Biomedical Research, Calculus Tutoring, Novel Tech Challenge
Tulane email:

Name: Will Dickson
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Double major in Classics and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is the emphasis it puts on interdisciplinary studies. Tulane offers many pre-professional programs that are centered around integrating the undergraduate and graduate experience, which prepares students well for whatever they wish to achieve after graduation. What makes this even better is the amazing city that Tulane is surrounded by--where else in the country can you apply early to medical or law school one day, and then see Elton John at Jazz Fest the next?
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Spend an evening at the Fly Park on the Mississippi River, and then end the day at New Orlean's many live music venues. Maison, Tipitina's, and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop are some of my favorites!
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: The brunch at Live Oak Café on Oak Street! Best made-from-scratch biscuits and preserves you will ever eat.
Involvement on campus: In addition to working in the Admissions Office as an Intern and Tour Guide, I am on Tulane's Honor Board, a member of the Classics Honors Society Eta Sigma Phi, and am a member of Tulane's Creative Premedical Scholars Program. I was also one of the 2016 Orientation Team Leaders this past summer!
Tulane email:

Name: Chesley McCarty
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Grade: 5th year
Majors/Minors: Masters of Architecture
Favorite thing about Tulane: Oh man, I think the professors, staff and the people here are incredible. Within five minutes of being on campus, I’m catching up with a familiar face and swapping stories about whatever new project I am working on in architecture. I get so distracted walking around campus and New Orleans – there is always something new to discover, learn about, and appreciate. I also love that even in November, if you have the free time, you can sit outside in a hammock on the Academic Quad, catch up on your schoolwork, simultaneously eat a donut from Cudd Hall, and still hear the sound of the streetcar in the distance.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Explore the Lower Garden District on foot while sipping on an Arnold Palmer (Sweet Tea + Lemonade). Currently my favorite street is Eighth Street, between Magazine and St Charles, but this changes every week.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Willa Jean has my heart – you can’t go wrong with anything there. I usually stop in for an Iced Dirty Chai and a Chocolate Espresso Cookie, but the shrimp and grits are also incredible. I also love “Cookie Monster” ice cream from Creole Creamery and the Pork Belly Bowl at MoPho.
Involvement on campus: Vice President for Academic Affairs on USG and the Admissions Office. I’m also helping with Crawfest branding this year
Tulane email:

Name: Tyler Margaretten
Hometown: Seaside, FL
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Finance and Management
Favorite thing about Tulane: HOW DO I CHOOSE ONE? The campus is stunning, the weather is perfect, the size of the university is ideal, the people are friendly, the atmosphere is smart, the opportunities are boundless, and New Orleans is home.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Eat at Jacque-Imo's - order the alligator cheesecake.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: The best thing I've ever eaten in New Orleans was the rabbit and dumplings from Cochon. This will change your life.
Involvement on campus: I serve on the Student Government executive board as the Vice President for Finance, am a brother of the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, sit on Crawfest executive board, am a Green Wave Ambassador, and a have the best job ever working for Tulane Admissions! Roll Wave!
Tulane email:

Name: Amanda Skellington
Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Mathematics and Economics Double Major
Favorite thing about Tulane: All the professors do really cool things outside of school. My Italian professor is in a Mardi Gras Krewe!
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Listen to live music at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Alligator sausage with crawfish étouffée from Dat Dog
Involvement on campus: AKPsi Business Fraternity, TUSTEP, intern in the business school, calculus tutor in the Wilson Center
Tulane email:

Name: Jakob Cohen
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Major: Psychology, Minors: Mathematics; Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane has to be the people. Our presence in New Orleans indoctrinates our geographically diverse student body into a culture of kindness, service, and resilience that is unrivaled by other cities. The community that I feel at Tulane and in New Orleans has shown me the value of social support to lift others up in bad times, and to celebrate together in good times.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: To get a full taste of New Orleans ride the streetcar from Uptown to the French Quarter to soak in the beautiful homes and oak trees along the way. Although this experience would not be complete without exploring the Quarter and dancing in the street to a brass band.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: This is a nearly impossible question to answer for a foodie like me (shameless plug of my Instagram @jakobeatsfood). Everyone deserves to experience seafood gumbo from Tableau, fried chicken from Willie Mae's, and a po-boy from Parkway.
Involvement on campus: On campus I have been involved with Housing & Residence Life as a Residential Adviser, New Student Orientation as an Orientation Team Leader and Orientation Coordinator, Green Wave Ambassadors, Greek Life, and One Wave Bystander Training. In the community, I am the Director of Community Development for a non-profit called Top Box Foods that works to increase food access in the city. My involvement with Top Box Foods motivated me to start a service-based food justice club on campus called Food for Thought and Action
Tulane email:

Name: Lucas (Lu) Clark
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Grade: Sophomore
Majors/Minors: Legal Studies and Management-Entrepreneurship Specialization
Favorite thing about Tulane: I love being in an environment where everyone is so involved. Almost everyone I have met here has three or four activities that they are really passionate about, which is such an awesome culture to be a part of.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Ride the street car down St. Charles to look at the houses
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Dat Dog on Freret! Bacon cheddar ranch fries are a must!
Involvement on campus: Religious life, Freshman EXPLORE leader, TUSTEP (service dog organization)
Tulane email:

Name: Jordan Margolin
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Finance and International Development, Master of Accounting
Favorite thing about Tulane: Being in an incredibly unique city with individuals from all over the country is pretty awesome. I really think I can take a road trip across the country when I'm done with school and I will have a couch to crash on in every city.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: You have to go the Fly. The Fly is a beautiful grassy park area right on the Mississippi River at the end of Audubon Park. A short distance from campus, the Fly is the perfect location to watch the sunset or throw a frisbee around with friends on a sunny afternoon.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Jacques-Imo's
Involvement on campus: Admission Intern, Greek Life, Green Bull Investment Club, Intramural Sports
Tulane email:

Name: Corinne Watson
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Public Health and Spanish with a Minor in Psychology
Favorite thing about Tulane: It's cliche, I know, but it's the people that make Tulane what it is for me. I find that everyone here is super engaged and in active pursuit of things they care about. This positive pressure keeps people busy, but ultimately is a good way to find community and make strong relationships with people who share your passions.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: It's not a trip to New Orleans without good food and good music! Dinner at Palace Cafe, a show at Preservation Hall, and dessert and drinks at Three Muses should do the trick.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Melba's has my heart. At Claiborne and Elysian Fields, their red beans, shrimp and grits, and daiquiri specials will set your heart on fire in a good way!
Involvement on campus: GWA tour guide (duh), Tulane Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), Peer Health Educator (TUPHE), on-campus jobs at Reily Recreation Center, queer life through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity, New Orleans EMS
Tulane email:

Name: Alex Kornfeld
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Double Major: Political Science and Philosophy. Double Minor: Economics and Business
Favorite thing about Tulane: The incredible balance that Tulane offers. When I was looking at colleges in high school, I hoped for a few things. First, I always wanted a school that had both a campus and an actual, exciting city. Tulane's beautiful campus allows for me to see friends while walking to class, experience football tailgates, and fosters a home feel. Additionally, New Orleans always has something going on. Whether it is Po Boy Festival or Mardi Gras, the city is never boring. Second, I wanted a medium sized school. At Tulane, my largest classes are usually around 30 students so I get to know my teachers extremely well and the classes are not dauntingly large. At the same time, I constantly meet new and interesting people making Tulane even more fresh and exciting. Finally, I wanted a school that balanced academic life with student life. My ideal college has academics as the priority, but also happy students. At Tulane, we are the 39th best national university according to US News and at the same time, we have the 4th happiest student body according to the Princeton Review. It does not get much better than that.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Visit World War II Museum
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Big Easy BBQ Shrimp at Superior Seafood
Involvement on campus: Career Development Chair of the Tulane Student Alumni Ambassadors, Tutor for 2nd graders, Greek Life (Phi Gamma Delta)
Tulane email:

Name: Kidd Duhe Solomon
Hometown: Aspen, CO
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Major: International Relations, Minor: Spanish and International Development
Favorite thing about Tulane: The Admissions Office
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Wine and Jazz at Bacchanal
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Brunch at Willa Jean
Involvement on campus: Dance, Admissions, Peace Corps Preparatory Program, and Honors
Tulane email:

Name: Stephanie (Steph) Most
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: International Development and Public Health
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is our location. New Orleans is the most special, unique, magical place that has provided me with endless opportunities, fun, and allows Tulane to greatly benefit.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Hop on the Saint Charles streetcar line and ride it beginning to end. Even if you have no where to go or get off, it is the best, and most classic, way to see the city. Definitely a must.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: 1000 figs!
Involvement on campus: The Admission's Office/ GWA, Orientation and New Student Programs, Tulane Jewish Leaders, (was involved with Tidal Wave Homecoming Committee & USG)
Tulane email:

Name: Aaron Silberman
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Grade: 5th year
Majors/Minors: Master of Accounting, BSM in Finance, Minor in Legal Studies
Favorite thing about Tulane: I love having friends from all over the country. No matter where I end up after school, there will always be at least 1 Tulane Graduate I can connect with.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Check out the sculpture garden at City Park. The park is beautiful and the garden is free!
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: DAT DOG!!! -Gotta get a side of étouffée fries
Involvement on campus: As a fifth year I am not involved in some of these things anymore, but during my time at Tulane I was involved in Greek Life, Hillel and Chabad, TUCP Direction, Avid Green Wave Athletics fan, Research Assistant in Jewish Studies
Tulane email:

Name: Tori Quiroz-Haden
Hometown: Olney, MD
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Majoring in History and International Development, minoring in Spanish. Pre-Law
Favorite thing about Tulane: It's the perfect size! Tulane is big enough to offer any major I could think of, while small enough that I always pass a friend on the way to class.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Beignets at Cafe Du Monde! I promise you can't eat just one.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Toss up between St. James Cheese Company and Cheese Day at Bruff.
Involvement on campus: Green Wave Ambassadors, Greek Life, After School Newcomb Tutoring Club, Community Service Fellowship, and Peace Corps Prep Program
Tulane email:

Name: Emily MacLaren
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Grade: Junior
Majors/Minors: Public Health and International Development
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is having the opportunity to connect and work with amazing staff members through organizations and leadership positions over the past two years. From the counselors in the admission office to staff in alumni office, I am so grateful to have worked with members of the Tulane family that are so passionate about this university and city.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Explore the Bywater! My suggestion is to grab a New York style pizza from Pizza Delicious and head over to Crescent Park to watch the sunset with a view of the New Orleans skyline. You also cannot go wrong with brunch at Elizabeth's.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: My absolute favorite meal in New Orleans is from Shaya. Here is my order: labneh "for the table," lamb ragú for hummus, and chicken schnitzel for an entree.
Involvement on campus: Greek Life, Greenie Camp Orientation Coordinator, One Wave Bystander, Tidal Wave Volunteers Co-chair, Green Wave Ambassadors, Semester Abroad in Amsterdam
Tulane email:

Name: Maddie McGee
Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: English/Digital Media Production
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is how everyone comes from all of the country. Everyone brings a different perspective and energy to campus because of their different life experiences. Even just in my off campus house, I live with four of my friends and we're all from different places (Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, and New Jersey). It also just makes for a more adventurous student body and you can always find someone to explore the city with you.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: You mean besides eat? Going to The Fly (which is a park on Mississippi near campus) and watching the sunset with friends is a must do. There is nothing like hanging out there on a beautiful day in New Orleans.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: My favorite meal (or more like dream meal) would be all from different restaurants in the city. First I would get blue crab beignets from La Petite Grocery. Then for the main course the applewood smoked scallops at Boucherie. For dessert I'd go to Creole Creamery and get the seasonal black and gold flavor.
Involvement on campus: On campus I'm also a social media intern for admissions and I am on exec for our tour guide group Green Wave Ambassadors. I also involved in AKPsi a co-ed professional business fraternity.
Tulane email:

Name: Phoebe Coughlin
Hometown: North Salem, NY
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Double Major in Studio Art and Public Health
Favorite thing about Tulane: Flexibility inside and outside of the classroom, you don't get locked into studying or being involved in just one thing! As your interests change, you are free to change up your classes and extracurricular involvement which is awesome. Everyone at Tulane is so passionate about what they are doing, its exciting to be around people who really love what they are studying and learning about!
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: BIKE! Rent or borrow some bikes a cruise around the flattest city ever, make sure your ride includes a spin around Audubon Park (located right in front of Tulane!) Its a great way to see the city and super fun!
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Basic but true, Shaya! Lives up to all the hype!!! and for more student friendly pricing Ba Chi, especially the coconut curry shrimp bacos
Involvement on campus: President of Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee, Vice President of Tours for Green Wave Ambassadors, Orientation Team Leader, Intern at Upward Bound, Admissions Intern, Studied Abroad in Durban, South Africa
Tulane email:

Name: Summer Lawson
Hometown: Forest Knolls, CA
Grade: Senior
Majors/Minors: Major: Anthropology, Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Favorite thing about Tulane: I have never felt more welcomed by so many friendly people. Everyone is super excited to be part of the Tulane community and makes an effort to get to know each other by being involved in many different things on campus. There is always so much going on on campus and in the city that it is easy to keep your schedule packed with so many fun, unique things that truly enrich your academic experience.
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: Walking up and down Royal and Julia Street checking out all the groovy art galleries
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Southern Fried Tofu Nuggets with Garlic Aioli from Seed (Restaurant serving 100% plant-based Southern comfort foods)
Involvement on campus: Other than being an intern in the Admission Office, a swim instructor for Swim 4 Success (a volunteer-based club that offers swim lessons to local children of low income families), Vice-President of my sorority, and a member of SAPHE (Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education). I am also a resident of Howard Tilton Memorial Library during finals.
Tulane email:

Name: Kelly Aucoin
Hometown: Cut Off, LA
Grade: Super Senior! (5th year)
Majors/Minors: 5-year MACCT & BSM in Finance/Energy and Marketing; Minor in Psychology
Favorite thing about Tulane: My favorite thing about Tulane is that I've had the opportunity to meet people from all over the country & the world while being able to stay in my home state. Since so many of my friends are from outside Louisiana, I've loved having the opportunity to share my culture with them!
One thing you have to do when you visit New Orleans: When you visit New Orleans, you have to take the time to look at the incredible architecture all around the city. If you take the streetcar downtown from Tulane’s campus, admire the majestic mansions along St. Charles Street (especially when they’re decorated for Halloween!). When you get downtown, notice the Spanish influence throughout the French Quarter. If you have a few hours to spare, you should check out the historic plantations in the New Orleans area like Southern Oaks or Oak Alley.
Favorite restaurant or meal in New Orleans: Crawfish beignet & andouille and cheese grits for brunch at Katie's
Involvement on campus: Admission Intern, Manager for the marketing research lab, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, Phi Mu sorority, and Panhellenic Council
Tulane email:

Another Travel Season in the Books

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:30
I got to go to Switzerland! It was cool.
ovember 1st just passed which means #TulaneTravel 2016 has come to an end. Our staff of admission reps spent the last two months quite literally travelling the world to meet the future members of the class of 2021. By the numbers alone:

1092: High Schools Visited5891: Number of students who attended a Tulane high school visit29: Countries Visited (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, UK , Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, UAE, and Egypt.)16: Community Based Organizations visited. We hit up places like College Track in Los Angeles, the College Crusade in Rhode Island and Breakthrough Atlanta. Out top priority right now is to have the class of 2021 be the most diverse yet, and visiting CBOs is a great way to connect with some fantastic students. CBOs provide great programming and mentorship to these students and we're excited to partner with so many of them.  436: Total days spent on the road by admission staff members154: Number of individual flights taken by admission staff members 
We've met some great kids and already have our first wave of admitted students with letters in hand this week. Congrats guys! Lots more to come. Don't forget to join the Class of 2021 Facebook group
Enjoy the travel photos, including yet another year of the Great Admission Sefie-off.

One of my favorite parts of travel is getting to meet up with my former students who are now alumni. Here is me with Lena Franklin who gradated this year and now works for Interscope Records in Los Angeles.Toni at Cedar Creek High School in Texas  
Palisades Charter School in Los Angeles- always one of my best visits of the year! 
Nora in Honduras at Del Campo International School in Tegucigalpa Owen with some of the girls at Georgetown Visitation in DC Sarah at Staples High School, always one of our biggest feeder schools in the USA Not a bad turnout at Roslyn High School in NY for Rachel 
I brought the selife-off to Hawaii here at the Punaho School.

Jill takes the angry wave to the beach in San Diego 
Sarah got a little time in for hiking 
Val in Arizona with special guest Erin who is in the video! 
Nora in Latin America 
I got to visit the Berlin Wall!I found this Tulane pennant in a bar in Paris
College Track Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. What an inspiring place! Those cut out walls are maps of college campuses across the USA. 

Paul's in India!

And here he is with an alum in China 
Of course I found the rainbow  while exploring Switzerland on my day off. 

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:00
Fall travel season is in the rear-view mirror and yesterday I made my return to New Orleans in all her glory, just in time for Homecoming! The admission team has met some awesome students on our trips and we are looking forward to welcoming a huge group of you next year to our campus as members of the class of 2021.

I have spent a good portion of the last two months answering your questions about Tulane and life in New Orleans. It's probably one of my favorite parts of this job- sharing my Tulane experiences and giving prospective students as much insight as I can into the world of all things Tulane. In that light, I thought it might be helpful for me to let you know about some of the best questions that we as admission officers get.

I'll give you six examples of great questions to ask your admission counselor when you visit our campus, or when we are visiting your high school or hometown. These are interview questions and questions you could be asking students on these campuses when you visit, too. And... what blog of mine would be complete without a list of a few questions not to ask? We'll save those for last.

Ready? Let's go!

1) What is the political climate on campus? Great question here. I think it's cool to find out if the campus is red or blue, conservative or liberal. It says a lot about if that place is a good fit for you, and what kind of kid goes to that school. Especially with our politics in the USA right now, it's a very interesting time to be on a college campus!

2) What kind of student fits in (or doesn't) at your school? This one may put us on the spot a bit, and for some schools may be tough to answer, but I still think it's a great question to ask. One of my favorite student tour guides at Tulane tells her tour to look at students' shoes as they walk around Tulane on the tour. That will tell you what kind of kid can be found at that campus (and it will also show you just how crazy diverse our kids at Tulane are). Birkenstocks, Chacos, hightops, Converse, Sperrys, barefoot... you get the idea.

3) What was your favorite class when you were at Tulane? Or better yet, ask our current students about their favorite class. We like talking about this kind of stuff.

4) What did you do last night? This is one to ask our students (unless you want to hear about my Netflix marathon). Put them on the spot and I think you'll enjoy hearing what our kids do with their nights. It's everything from late nights in the library to late nights on Frenchman Street. This is a great question to ask a student panel if you happen to hit one up.

5) What is the cost of living like in your city? And how easy is it to get around town? Good questions because they will make a real impact on you once you arrive on campus. Luckily for you NOLA fans, we are inexpensive and that there streetcar will take you to the heart of downtown for just a buck .25!

6) What kind of support can I get on campus? Schools have great resources that we want you to take advantage of. Tutoring, academic advisers, Tulane's success coaches... ask us about them and use them when you get here.

There you go! Remember these are just a few examples of great questions to ask during your visit; there are many more. And also, keep in mind that these are good questions to ask in person, rather than via e-mail (I take it you've read my previous blog on said topic before...).

Now... selfishly, here are just a few questions that may not be the best ones to ask. If you have asked me these in the last 7 weeks, (and every single one of them has been asked many-a-time) do not fret! Seriously! I am just offering positive suggestions for the future. You'll thank me later, I swear. A good rule of thumb, if you're asking a question just for the sake of sending an e-mail or just for the sake of asking anything, your question likely could end up on this list. We don't track demonstrated interest that closely, so don't feel the need to ask just for the sake of asking or e-mail just for the sake of e-mailing.

Here are just a few...

1) Does your school offer internships? I said the word "internship" 78,192,120 times in the last 7 weeks. I counted. Maybe that is an exaggeration. But in all seriousness, I am going to blow your mind with a fact right now: every single school in America can offer its students an internship. Every. Last. School. If you are a motivated student, are doing well in school, and take some time to explore options online (both your school's site and a regular ol' search), I can nearly guarantee you that you'll be able to find yourself an internship. Northeastern has a great co-op program, GW offers great internships on Capitol Hill. Every school from Harvard to your local community college can help get you an internship, and, dare I say it, an internship is possible no matter where you go to college. If you apply yourself, use your school's resources and put in a little legwork, you can make this internship dream a reality! The same goes for study abroad- we've all got it!

2) What is your school's best major? Instead, try this: "what are some smaller majors that are very strong but not well known, or are doing some really cool things?" The best major thing... well to be honest, we would probably not have it if it wasn't a strong major. You can even ask what Tulane is known for; that is better than asking our best major.

3) These

4) How's your math major? See also: chemistry, English, communication, etc. Some of the schools you apply to may have over 150 majors. We, as admission staff members, know a lot about each major but when you zero in on a specific one, you'll probably get an answer that includes things like "it's interdisciplinary! "it's broad!" "its' focused!" "it's great" or "it's strong!"

5) Should I answer the optional statement? The answer is always yes.

So there you go! Hope this helps get some good ideas generated for what you should be asking student and admission reps at the schools you are applying to.

Best of luck, you all! And Happy Homecoming!

What your Resume Should Look Like

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 18:55
We read thousands of resumes during the application season here at Tulane. Some are fantastic, some are meh, and some are better left unsent. So, what makes a great resume? Here are five quick and easy tips for making your resume rock in the college application process:

Less is More. I cannot stress this enough: We don't need to see a four page resume. We don't need to see every single blank on the Common App activities page filled in. In fact, the more you add on, the harder it is for us to get a sense of what you are truly passionate about. Remember, I am not looking for well-rounded students; I am looking to build a well-rounded class of students. Let me know the few things you love to do, are passionate about, and will possibly continue when you get to college. Trust me on this one—your resume shouldn't be longer than your parent's. Pick your top three or four things you commit the most time to and let us know. Keep the most important stuff at the top. Cut the fluff, unless you were NHS president, we don't really need to know you were a member—the majority of the students we admit are (nothing against NHS!). Keep it succinct, sharp, and focus on your passions and what makes

Get a Job. I just finished reading a resume of an applicant who is a Barista at Starbucks. I loved it. Back in the day everyone had a summer job: lifeguarding, waiting tables, working the carnival rides (or did I just watch too much The Sandlot as a kid). We think having a job shows dedication, responsibility, and maturity—all things we look for in college applicants. Having a humble, part-time job carries just as much weight as being on a sports team or an officer in student government. I did a survey of the admission staff and most of us had summer jobs in high school:

Leila: Employee at a flower shop.
Morgan: Receptionist at a hair salon.
Nora: Worked at a knitting store.
Jill: Ice cream scooper.
Jeff: I worked in the stockroom at good ol' Pier One Imports.

Think Outside the Box. We like non-traditional extracurricular activities. Your resume doesn't just have to be BBYO and baseball. I read an applicant who had a collection of stamps from 136 countries that he'd been working on his whole life. I read someone who did a huge ancestry project to find his family's Russian heritage, even saving money for a trip to his family's homeland. I read applications from students whose parents work very late and they are the primary caregivers to their younger siblings. Or applicants who design custom t-shirts. It doesn't have to be something that you think we're expecting to see.

Be Specific. Did you increase the budget for your student government association by $5,000? Make it to the state meet for the first time in men's track history at your high school? Become the first person in your school to be elected to a national nonprofit group? Tell us the specifics of what you are involved in. Just like in a real life resume, a fact or figure can help out here.

Go Digital. We see things a bit differently at Tulane. While your scores and grades are the most important parts of your application, we'd love to get your story behind the numbers. That is why we are partial to ZeeMee, a great platform that allows high school students to visually share their resumes with us. It's way cooler for me to hear your spoken word poetry than read about it in your resume. I'd rather see a photo of you as the lead in The Wiz than just read about it. We're impressed by seeing you in action. Think of it as LinkedIn meets Instagram for high school seniors. The bonus is this site can stay with you as you build your resume in college and go on to the real world with it. The links in the jobs section above are actually the ZeeMee pages of a few of the admission staff. Have a look at Tulane legend, Owen, too. There's a spot to add your ZeeMee page on the Common App. (side note—ZeeMee is totally, completely optional, and not "optional" optional like the optional statement. That is a lot of times to say optional)

Hope this helps as you get that resume or activities section together in your applications. Good luck!

Five E-mails You Should Never Send

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:00
It's back- application season! I've been in Europe recruiting the class of 2021 and spreading the Tulane love around the world. I've been meeting some really great students, and I look forward to reading your applications.

Speaking of things I look forward to reading, I read a lot of e-mails. A lot lot. Like, thousands a week. Which is great! I love hearing from you students with your questions, your interest in Tulane and your follow up e-mails. However, there are five kinds of e-mails I do not particularly enjoy getting. I thought it would be a great service to you, the applicant, and to me, the admission officers (and admission staff nationwide) to give you all a few tips on e-mails that you should not send, or at least be very wary on sending. So here is a list of 5 e-mails to not send to your admission officer. Hope this helps you all as you enter the application process. Selfishly, I know it will help me!

1) Take the time to communicate effectively with your admission counselor. I know it seems like a no brainier, but "i" is a lot different from "I". When e-mailing with your admission counselor, take the time to write thoughtful, error-free messages. I suggest sitting down at a computer to do these.

2) This hasn't been as much of a problem in recent years, but please do create a professional e-mail address to communicate with colleges. Where this comes more into play is your social media presence. Be careful with your Tweets, Snaps and Instas. I honestly don't check them (we don't have the time to!) but if at some point, maybe I want to quickly refresh my memory as to what you look like (was she that student I met a few months ago in LA?) and if I search you and you come up in bikini with a Bud Light, well that doesn't look so good to admission staff. Remember, all it takes someone else pressing two buttons and a screenshot is sent to me of you doing something dumb. This happens every single year. It's pretty simple- be a good person on social media (and in life, too.) Just be smart, compassionate and good to each other.

3) I really do love replying to your e-mails. I mean it. But it gets hard when we get very vague or broad questions that become difficult to type out responses to. For questions that are not really easy to find out by reading our website, there's nothing wrong with picking up the phone and giving us a call to chat. Or logging on line and chatting live with our students, which we have every day! You can attend a regional reception, attend a high school visit if we are at your school, or visit campus. You should definitely have these kinds of questions, but since we do get such a high volume of e-mails, asking in person or on the phone may be the best way to get these more vague questions answered. We want to make sure we are providing you with the best answers we can.

4) Oh man. Okay, great questions. Really! But again, see above on this one. For the most part, you can get the answer to every single one of these questions on our website. We want you to ask us questions, but we also expect that you do your own research as well. There is so much information out there on Tulane, and on school sites in general- use it! When you list out 24 questions on an e-mail to me, it just is not the best use of our time.

5) I get an e-mail like this every single week, without fail. Don't cut and paste! We can tell! Especially when just the name and school are different. Take the time to send individual e-mails to each school, even if they say the same thing. We want to know you have taken the time to contact us personally with your questions, especially if you are expressing your interest in our school.

All of the e-mails above are recreations of e-mails we get every week. So don't worry, all of the above are fabricated e-mails I made. But they represent real e-mail situations that happen all the time. I want to make sure you put your best foot forward when you apply, and I also want to make the very hectic and very busy lives of college admission staff members a little bit easier. I'm never one to only look on the negative side and tell you what not to do, so here are my tips for great questions to ask!

Hope this helps. E-mail me if you have any questions about it! (Seriously!)

9 Application Tips from the "Experts"

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:30
We generally like to post some tips for applying to college around this time of the year. Hard to believe it, but ED deadline is just over a month away, and EA on 11/15. At this point, I know Mom is probably bothering you finish up that essay and you are getting close to a finalized list of where you will be applying, so I think this list of simple tips may be a big help for you all. Best of luck, class of 2021! (that's you, current high school class of 2017!)

Look how happy these Tulane students are that they listened to my application advice. 

Jeff's Top 9 Application Tips 

1) Do the Optional Statement: If the application asks "Why are you applying to [insert school here]?," take the time to write a thoughtful, insightful answer. Show you have done a little research, and really make your case as to why you think said school would be a good fit for you. If there isn't a question like this on the application, then send in a short paragraph as if this question was asked. Tulane does have an optional statement that asks why you are applying- fill it out! You can read all about this in detail on my blog entry here
2) Explain everything! If you had a real tough semester in your personal life in your sophomore year and your grades suffered, let us know. If AP Calc wasn't your thing but you got two tutors and worked every night for two months studying but still got a C, let us know. The more insight you can give into your grades the better. 
3) Pick an essay topic you love to write about, no matter what it is. We're more likely to love reading something you loved writing. We read thousands and thousands of these things, so make sure you get us going right off the bat. And remember, sometimes (oftentimes) the best essays are the simplest ones. No need to dig for a tragedy, over embellish anything or try to change the world. Just be yourself. And I hate to tell you all this, but I must have read a thousand essays about summer camp, Harry Potter, grandmas and your service trip to Fiji last summer. Think outside the box! You can read all about my tips on the best college essays here
4) Make a ZeeMee page. There's been a shift in the world of college admission and Tulane is a part of that. We want to know your authentic story, beyond just your scores and your grades. We've partnered with ZeeMee this year so you guys can do just that: share your story. I bet you'll really love making your page- be sure to add it to the section on the Common App where we ask for it. You can see my ZeeMee page here
5) Edit. Then edit again. Then again. There is no excuse for errors anywhere on your application or essay. None whatsoever. It should be flawless, people. Take the time to edit and review and revise your full application multiple times. Along those lines, never write the wrong school. Ever! You would be shocked as to how many times I get an essay with the last line of "... and that is why I would be a great addition to the Vanderbilt community." Just don't do that. Ever. You think this is is silly tip, but you'd be surprised... 
6) Communicate with us. Got questions? Call us! Communication with the admission office is key. Don't over do it, but reach out to your admission counselor and meet with him or her during a high school visit or a regional reception in your hometown. Let us know why you want to come here. But don't over do it. Oh, and Mom and Dad, if you are reading this, this tip is more for your son/daughter. We care a lot about our prospective parents, but let your kid do the work. He or she should be calling to check on the application status and communicating with the counselor. Trust me on this one. (You can reach out to your Tulane admission counselor here!). Want to know the best (and worst) questions to ask your admission counselor? Read all about it here
7) Be Professional. Get a college e-mail address. Something professional. While the e-mail I got a few years back from Bluntz4Life or LaxStud6969 may sound cool to your friends, it looks silly to me. And I'm actually pretty cool too. Just put your best foot forward. Same goes for Facebook, Snapchat, Insta, Twitter- we don't use social media all that much for recruitment here at Tulane, but keep make sure your picture is something you'd be okay with your grandma seeing. What usually happens each year is we'll get screenshots of dumb things students put on SnapChat or Twitter. Just be smart, nice and treat your peers with some compassion. 
8) We like jobs. So if you have one, tell us about it. Working 15 hours a week at your local Subway as a Sandwich Artist carries just a much weight as playing a varsity sport. Whatever takes up your time, we want to know about it. 
9) Pick your passion. In general, with your extracurricular activities, keep in mind that schools like Tulane are not necessarily looking for well-rounded students. What we are looking for is a well-rounded class of students. You don't have to be the Renaissance man/woman, but what you have to have is a passion. For anything. For football, fencing, chess, dance, community service, student government, water polo, etc. We don't care what you do, as long as you do it well and you love to do it. What makes you tick after the bell rings? Where do your strengths lie? What makes you... you? See tip #4, or send us a nice, clean, one-page resume with the above listed. Keep this resume simple. Just give me a quick description of those three or four big things. Do not, I repeat, do not send me a six page resume listing out every time you donated blood. I wont read it, and few colleges will. We don't need a list of everything, just the most important things to you. On the common app, there's no need to fill in every single blank on the activities section. Less is more. 
Hope this helps guys! Feel free to e-mail us if you ever have any questions. 

Look at all these students cheering for these application tips.