Tulane University

Undergraduate Admission

Application Instructions

This page provides a step-by-step overview of Tulane's application process.

STEP 1: Review our checklist and application requirements.

STEP 2: Select the application timeline that is right for you.

Early Action (Non-binding)
Application Deadline: November 15
Decision Notification: December 15

  • Early Action (EA) is designed for students who wish to complete the admission process early in their senior year.
  • EA does not restrict a student from applying to other schools or applying for Tulane scholarships and financial aid.
  • If a student is not admitted in the EA pool, Tulane may defer the admission decision, ask for further supporting materials, and reconsider the application during Regular Decision.
  • Students have until May 1 to notify Tulane and make their final decision.

Single Choice Early Action (Non-binding)
Application Deadline: November 15
Decision Notification: December 15

  • Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) is designed for students who wish to complete the application process early on in their senior year.
  • Designates that Tulane is a student's first-choice institution at the time of applying and that they are not applying to any other schools early (either through early decision or early action).
  • Students may still apply to other institutions with:
    • Rolling admission
    • Regular Decision admission processes
    • State school priority deadlines
    • Early application requirements for merit aid and/or special program consideration at home-state public flagship institutions
  • If a student is not admitted in the SCEA pool, Tulane may defer the admission decision, ask for further supporting materials, and reconsider the application during Regular Decision.
  • Students have until May 1 to notify Tulane and make their final decision.

Regular Decision
Application Deadline: January 15
Decision Notification: April 1

  • Students have until May 1 to notify Tulane and make their final decision.


STEP 3: Apply. We accept the Tulane online application or the Common Application. Each is evaluated in the same way.


STEP 4: Review the application checklist to be sure you've submitted all supporting application materials.

*We do not require teacher recommendations (only a counselor recommendation), but we are happy to review additional recommendations you submit. Please submit extra recommendations in PDF format. Your recommendor or counselor may submit additional recommendations electronically (through Naviance or SENDedu) or via email to submitTUdocs@tulane.edu.

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What's the Deal with Single Choice Early Action?


If you've done a little bit of research about Tulane and how to apply, by now you may know that we offer both Early Action and Single Choice Early Action.

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Did You Know?

At the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia, Barry Spanier—director of the Tulane University Marching Band—was the artistic director for the International Olympic Band.