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What are the benefits of attending CAST?

Students will begin developing relationships at Tulane as they meet other classmates, upperclassmen, and professors. They will also be able to work with academic advisors to select their classes and register for the fall semester. CAST will help students feel prepared for the first day of classes.

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

Not at all. Students who cannot attend will be able to register for a virtual advising and registration session and will have online access to information provided during CAST.

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 is optional 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 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 can’t attend any of the CAST dates. What should I do?

Sign up for a virtual advising session through your Green Wave portal. Also, be sure to stay up to date with videos and information published on the CAST website. Consider joining virtual chats throughout the summer to hear from faculty and students.

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 @

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.