Tulane University

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  • Can you tell me about the School of Architecture?

    Tulane’s School of Architecture is one of the best in the southern United States. The School of Architecture offers an accredited five-year professional degree program in which all students are awarded Bachelors and Masters Degrees upon successful completion.

    The design studio is central to Tulane’s architecture program, but the curriculum exposes students a broad liberal arts background as well. Unlike many other five-year architecture programs, first years will jump into studio to get a “hands on” experience from the beginning of their undergraduate years. There is also an Architectural Studies minor for students who decide to pursue an alternate major after completion of the first year architecture curriculum.

  • Are students allowed to double or triple major within different undergraduate schools?

    Yes. Students can decide to major in multiple programs of study that are within more than one of Tulane’s 5 undergraduate schools. For example, a student can double major in psychology (in the School of Science and Engineering) and political science (in the School of Liberal Arts). Some major combinations might be more feasible than others, but a student’s advisor will be sure to lead him or her down an appropriate academic path.

  • What is the size of Tulane’s undergraduate population?

    Tulane has approximately 6,600 undergraduates throughout the five undergraduate schools: Liberal Arts, Science & Engineering, Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Architecture and Business.

  • What is Tulane’s average SAT/ACT score?

    Middle 50 percent of test scores for admitted freshmen for the class entering in fall of 2013:

    ACT: 29 - 32

    SAT: 1950 - 2150

  • What are the different schools within Tulane?

    There are five, full-time undergraduate schools at Tulane which make up Tulane’s Undergraduate College: the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Science and Engineering, the School of Architecture, the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

    Tulane also has a medical school, a law school and a graduate school of social work.

  • Can you describe Tulane’s core curriculum?

    The core curriculum provides a common academic experience to undergraduates across all schools.  It ensures the attainment of basic competencies in writing, foreign language, scientific inquiry, cultural knowledge and interdisciplinary scholarship.

    All Tulane undergraduates will share a common Core Curriculum designed to ensure basic competency in the following areas:

    • Writing
    • Foreign Language
    • TIDES: a freshman interdisciplinary seminar
    • Scientific Inquiry
    • Cultural Knowledge
    • Public Service (2-3 hours, 2 separate components)
    • Understanding Interdisciplinary Scholarship (1 hour–TIDES seminar)
    • Capstone Experience (3-plus hours, to be designed by the schools and departments and intended to allow students to demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills and ideas acquired from their majors to bear on one significant project)
  • Can you tell me about the School of Business?

    The Freeman School of Business permits extensive flexibility in the selection of courses and minor fields and emphasizes the studies of ethics, leadership and communication. Business students may major in management, marketing, finance, or legal studies in business. Representatives from companies such as Bank One, Entergy, Ernst and Young, JPMorgan, KPMG, Morgan Keegan, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Saks travel to campus in order to recruit Tulane business school undergraduates. Each year, over 120 companies across the country request resumes from the A.B. Freeman career center.

  • Can you tell me about The School of Liberal Arts?

    The School of Liberal Arts houses academic departments and programs in fine arts, social sciences and humanities. Over 200 faculty teach over 2,000 students within the school. There are over 40 major programs to choose from within the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane.

  • Can you tell me about the School of Science and Engineering?

    The School of Science and Engineering combines renowned engineering programs with five distinct divisions of the sciences. Science and Engineering students have the option to pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees in biomedical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and engineering physics, as well as traditional scientific disciplines like biology and chemistry.

  • How many credit hours must I take at Tulane in order to graduate?

    A typical Tulane student must complete at least 120 credit hours in order to graduate; in most cases, a student’s major program of study will make up approximately 30 of those hours. The average course counts for 3 credit hours. At least 60 hours must be completed at Tulane in order to be granted a Tulane degree.

  • Can my foreign language requirement be waived?

    No. According to the core curriculum of the Undergraduate College, students may “test out” of introductory language courses by showing proficiency in the SAT II language test or through AP tests, but they must take at least two semesters of language at Tulane.

  • Will I receive credit for my AP/IB coursework?

    For qualifying coursework, typically a minimum of three credits and/or advance placement is awarded for AP scores of 4 or 5 and for IB scores of 5 or above. No placement or credit will be awarded for IB subsidiary tests.

    Please visit this page for a full list of qualifying coursework and scores.

  • Does Tulane accept credit for college courses I have taken during my high school years?

    For dual enrollment program credit to transfer - in the case that a student is taking college course work during their high school years - the student must be on a college campus, in a classroom with mostly college students and taught by a college professor. If all three criteria are met, the individual courses will be reviewed by different departments in order to determine if they are similar to any of the courses that Tulane offers. If a course matches up with a Tulane-taught course, the credit will transfer.

  • Are students allowed to double major?

    Yes! In fact, in the past five years, approximately one third of our students have double majored.

    Students may elect to complete more than one major and are encouraged to do so. All courses for each major and a total of at least 18 different courses between the two majors must be completed, because several interdisciplinary majors “overlap.” Students will declare majors no later than at the end of their fourth semester of college study.

    Students also frequently choose to minor. Minors are optional and are designed to give structure to the study of a secondary field of interest; students may complete up to two minors.

  • Does Tulane offer joint undergraduate - graduate/professional programs?

    Tulane offers joint Bachelor/Master degree programs in all of our undergraduate schools* in addition to Bachelor/MD and Bachelor/JD programs for outstanding students.**

    *Students can elect to complete a 4+1 program in which they finish their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 5 years as opposed to 6. Tuition is oftentimes reduced for the student’s fifth year. These programs are offered in all of our five undergraduate schools, in the following fields:

    Liberal Arts: Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Economics, English, French, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish/Portuguese

    Science & Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Cell & Molecular Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics/Statistics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology

    Architecture: the architecture program is already a 5 year Masters/Bachelors program

    Business: Accounting, Business Administration

    Public Health (4 + 1.5 years): Science in Public Health, Public Health, Health Administration, Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Medical Management, Bachelor Public Health/Master of Science

    **Outstanding students can apply for a six-year Bachelor/JD program or a seven-year (6+1) Bachelor/MD Program.

  • Are students allowed to design their own major?

    A student with a 3.00 cumulative GPA may construct a major program by grouping courses from different academic departments. Such self-designed majors must include at least 10 courses, more than half of which must be at or above the 3000 level, and no more than two courses below the 3000 level can be taken in any one department. Majors such as Linguistics and Neuroscience were developed from students who designed their own majors.

  • Can you tell me about the pre-med program?

    Upon graduation, about 10% of Tulane seniors enroll in medical schools throughout the country. Our premedical students also receive preferential consideration when applying to Tulane School of Medicine if they have participated in certain programs offered to Tulane undergraduates.

  • Can you tell me about the pre-law program?


    • National: 59%

    • Tulane: 90% of Tulane University’s applicants who worked with the Pre-professional Advising Office gained admission to at least one law school.

    Academic Preparation

    Tulane University neither requires nor recommends a prescribed pre-law major or curriculum.  “Pre-law” simply notes a student’s intention to pursue admission to law school following completion of a baccalaureate degree.

    In planning a pre-law curriculum, note that spoken and written words are the principal tools of the legal profession.  Students who intend to study law must develop an excellent knowledge and grasp of the English language as well as a clear and concise style of expression.

    In choosing a major, students should concentrate in a discipline in which they have genuine interest and one that will motivate them to be most productive. The range of undergraduate majors is broad; students should seek intensity and depth in an undergraduate program, thereby demonstrating a capacity to perform well at an academically rigorous level and in law school.

  • Can you tell me about the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine?

    The field of public health has applications in many disciplines and offers many career opportunities. The undergraduate program in public health is an effective and cost-efficient way to prepare individuals with public health competencies either for graduate education in the public health sciences or to enter the field immediately upon graduation.

    Tulane’s school of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is one of only 31 accredited undergraduate public health programs in the country. The Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health provides a strong base for students interested in pursuing graduate study at The School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.

  • How can I join the marching band?

    Membership in the Tulane University Marching Band (TUMB) is open to all New Orleans-area university students. Band scholarships are available based on auditions, leadership experience, and instrumentation needs of the ensemble. For more information visit the band’s website or contact Barry Spanier, the band’s director, at bspanier@tulane.edu, 504.865.5139.

  • Does Tulane award musicianship scholarships?

    Tulane does award a limited number of marching band scholarships based on auditions, leadership experience and instrumentation needs of the ensemble. For more information visit the TUMB website or contact Barry Spanier, our marching band director, at bspanier@tulane.edu, 504.865.5139.

  • Who awards the Tulane Legislative Scholarship?

    The Legislative Scholarship is funded by Tulane University; however, it is named the Legislative Scholarship because Tulane gives each Louisiana state senator and representative one scholarship each year to award to a student who graduated from a Louisiana high school and resides in Louisiana, given that the student has been admitted as a full-time undergraduate to Tulane and has a 28 or higher composite ACT or an 1870 (2400 scale) or higher composite SAT score and ranks in the top 25% of his/her high school graduating class.

    Continuation of this scholarship is dependent on nomination by a legislator in subsequent years, the student’s maintenance of a 2.30 cumulative Tulane GPA, and continuous full-time enrollment. You may access a list of Louisiana legislators at http://www.legis.state.la.us under “Who Are My Legislators” and contact legislators at your discretion.

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Did You Know?

At the first commencement address for the Tulane Medical School in 1836, the Dean delivered his entire speech in Latin.