Tulane University is committed to treating applicants with criminal or disciplinary histories with respect. We support second chances and the opportunities that may come with the pursuit of a higher education.
Tulane thoughtfully evaluates students who are asked to disclose a criminal or disciplinary history on their applications and reviews each application for admission holistically. No admission decision is based on a single aspect of an admission application, including a criminal or disciplinary history. A prior criminal conviction does not automatically preclude you from admission.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission avoids a “one size fits all” approach to reviewing an applicant’s information regarding their criminal or disciplinary history. When making an admission decision, we first consider academic accomplishments and extracurricular leadership, including but not limited to rigor of curriculum, letters of recommendation, and involvement in activities. Based on this framework, we evaluate the applicant on how they may impact and contribute to Tulane’s community. Any disclosure regarding previous criminal or disciplinary actions will not be considered until after this initial review.