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CAST FAQs

What's the schedule for parents and students?

Students

Check in will be from 8:00-8:30 AM. After meeting their CAST fellow (current student) and a small group of their new classmates, students will receive a formal welcome from the Provost, welcoming them to their first academic experience at Tulane. Then, students will meet with faculty in small round-table discussions. Throughout the day, students will learn about Academic Success at Tulane, Career Development, and the Center for Public Service. Lunch will be provided with a fun "Tulane trivia" game (for prizes!). Each group of students will spend over an hour in academic advising, meeting with an advisor and registering for fall 2019 courses. Students will also engage in an "Ask Me Anything" session with their CAST fellows where they can take care of any unanswered questions about academics, student life, and anything in between with an informal Q & A session. The day will end at 3:15, with optional open-houses throughout campus including the Model Dorm Room, Splash Card Services, and the Goldman Center for Accessibility.

Parents

Check in will be from 8:00-9:00 AM. Students and parents will receive a formal welcome from the Provost, welcoming them to their first academic experience at Tulane. Parents will attend the three main sessions: Academic Success at Tulane, Career Development, and the Center for Public Service. Further, they'll hear from Penny Wyatt, Director of Parent Programs, about how to understand how they can support their student during this academic transition, such as hearing about some typical first year transition issues and how to align parents' expectations with those of your student. In addition, parents will sit in on a Dean & faculty panel in which the Dean of Newcomb-Tulane College and faculty will share common challenges that first-year students face and tips on how parents can best support their student. The day will end at 3:15, with optional open-houses throughout campus including the Model Dorm Room, Splash Card Services, and the Goldman Center for Accessibility.

What can I expect from CAST?

CAST is the first step of New Student Orientation which will provide students with an academic framework for their first year at Tulane. Students will develop an understanding about resources on campus as well as meet with an academic advisor to register for their fall classes. CAST will also allow students to meet other incoming classmates as well as upper classmen.

If I don’t attend will I be at a disadvantage?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a CAST session on campus. For those students who absolutely cannot make it to campus, they will have an opportunity to meet with their academic advisor virtually after the on campus sessions. While they will have access to all of the same content virtually, they should find attending sessions on campus with other incoming freshmen beneficial.

If I don’t attend how will I register for classes?

Students who cannot attend CAST will register for a virtual advising session on one of the days that CAST is not offered on campus. Students must register for one of these sessions ahead of time through their green wave portal. These virtual advising sessions will be available during the month of June.

Is housing available?

No. Since CAST is a day program, on campus housing will not be provided. Hotel information with discounted Tulane rates will be provided for visitors who plan to spend a night.

What is the difference between CAST and NSO?

CAST

CAST is the first step of New Student Orientation and is designed to develop the foundation of a student’s academic career at Tulane. The main focuses of CAST is registering for classes and learning about academic resources and opportunities available for undergraduates. CAST sessions are one day long and each will accommodate a few hundred students.

NSO

NSO is a mandatory orientation that begins with move-in day. The entire freshmen class will experience the five-day program together as they learn about all of the services, academic, and social opportunities at Tulane. They will meet classmates, faculty, and staff through small and larger group events. NSO will prepare incoming freshmen to hit the ground running and make the most of their first year at Tulane.

Do parents need to attend?

While parents aren’t required to attend CAST, there will be programming specific for parents. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff and learn more about the steps that should be taken before their student arrives at Tulane and the resources on campus that will support the students once they arrive.

I absolutely can't attend any of the on campus CAST sessions. What should I do?

Be on the lookout to register for a virtual advising session through your Green Wave Portal. Students who are not able to make it to campus will also be required to access all of the CAST content virtually. They will be provided with information on how to do this in the spring.

Are more classes available for students who attend earlier sessions?

No. The date that you attend CAST will not impact your course options. There are an even number of seats made available to students during each CAST on-campus and online session.

How do I sign up for CAST?

Through your Green Wave portal @ apply.tulane.edu/status

Do I need to do anything before attending CAST?

Be sure to watch all of the videos provided and become familiar with the process of registering for courses. Expect an email from the academic advising center before your on-campus or online CST session. You will receive a questionnaire to collect your areas of academic interest, goals, questions about AP and IB credit, etc.

Is there available funding to help cover the costs of my travel to CAST?

Unfortunately, there is not. However, while students may not be able to make it to campus, all of the sessions offered on campus will be available in a virtual format.