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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.

There are three parts to CAST: Online Modules (allow about one hour to complete) Live Virtual Event (half day event offered in-person or virtual), Advising and Registration Appointment (one hour virtual appointment).

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 sessions.

How do I change my registration?

If you need to switch to a different CAST session, you can make that change in the Green Wave Portal. If you need to change your advising and registration appointment, log in with your Tulane credentials. (Advising appointments can be rescheduled, but rescheduling your appointment will likely result in a significant delay in advising and registration.)

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?

Sign up for one of the six CAST sessions and complete the online modules. Students who are registered for CAST will be contacted by Advising 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 appointment. Your advisor will work with you to select additional courses for fill out your fall schedule. Advising and registration appointments will take place throughout the month of June.

I’ve completed the online modules and I’m ready for my advising and registration appointment now. Why do I have to wait until June?

The Advising Center works with current students throughout the spring semester and works to certify graduating students through May. They are available to incoming students beginning in June.

Do I have to take the classes that were automatically added to my 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?

Unfortunately, the survey is no longer available; however, when you meet with your academic advisor you’ll be able to update your academic interests.

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.


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?

For those attending CAST in-person, the Office of Parent Programs will offer concurrent programming for parents during CAST sessions. Parents of students attending virtual CAST sessions should be on the lookout for the "Parents as Partners" e-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs, which contains a variety of resources for the parents of incoming students. All parents of the incoming class will receive updates from the Office of Parent Programs starting in 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 advising@tulane.edu if they have questions, but your advising and registration appointment is strictly for you.

Are more classes available for students who have earlier appointments?

No. The date of your advising and registration appointment will not impact your course options. There are an even number of seats made available to students during each registration session.

How do I sign up for CAST?

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