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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.

Do I have to register for CAST?

Yes, all new students need to logon to the Green Wave Portal and register for one of the six CAST virtual sessions.

I signed up for CAST when it was originally an on campus event. Now that it's been changed to virtual, do I need to re-register?

No, you can keep your original registered CAST date and you'll receive all the information needed for the virtual event. If you need to switch to another CAST date, you're welcome to make that change, but there is no need to re-register for the same date now that CAST is virtual.

I haven’t been able to visit campus yet. Can I come to campus for CAST?

No. There are no on-campus resources available for CAST and the program is 100% virtual. Check the university’s official COVID-19 Response & Resource site for the most current campus updates.

I'm an Honors student and participated in Honors Weekend. Is CAST different and do I need to register?

CAST is the first part of New Student Orientation and is mandatory for all incoming students. Honors Weekend is a separate event with a different focus than CAST, so even if you’ve attended Honors Weekend, you still need to sign up for a CAST event. If you're already enrolled in fall classes, you won't get a CAST advising appointment; however you will learn more about the academic and support services Tulane offers.

How can I get an advising appointment?

Attending CAST is required in order to schedule an advising and registration appointment. Based on your academic interests, you will be pre-registered for a few classes in advance of your advising and registration appointment. Your advisor will work with you to select additional courses for fill out your fall schedule. You'll receive further information about advising and registration at CAST.

Do I have to take the classes that were automatically added to me schedule? Can I make changes?

The pre-registered classes were selected to assure your schedule supports your academic interests, but in no way are you locked into these courses. You can make changes when you meet with your advisor during your registration appointment. If needed, you can make further adjustments to your schedule beginning July 1st through the last day to add classes.

My academic interests have changed since I completed the survey. Can I change my responses?

Sure! Reach out the and the registrar’s office will be happy to make the change.

What is the difference between CAST and NSO?


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 focus 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.


New Student Orientation 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.

Can parents attend CAST?

No, CAST Virtual events are for students only; however the Office of Parent Programs will host a variety of events for parents throughout the summer. Parents should be on the lookout for more information from the Office of Parent Programs beginning mid-May.

My parent wants to attend my advising appointment, is that ok?

No, your advising appointment is a one-on-one meeting between you and your academic advisor. Parents are welcome to reach out to if they have questions, but your advising and registration appointment is strictly for you.

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 @