As so many universities did for Tulane students after Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University will be opening its doors to college students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who are unable to continue at their institution due to Hurricane Maria. Students accepted into the Guest Semester Program will spend the spring 2018 semester, tuition-free, at Tulane University. We are working out many of the details of the program, but here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
You will need a copy of your transcript and a list of the most recent college classes in which you enrolled. The deadline to apply is November 1, and you will receive a decision by November 15. If you are admitted, you have until January 10 to accept your spot in the program.
Tulane is dedicated to supporting the recovery of Puerto Rican universities. Students accepted into the Guest Semester Program will not pay any tuition to Tulane, but they would be expected to pay their normal tuition to their Puerto Rican university. If your current university is not able to accept payment or not reopening, please indicate that in the “more information” section of the application.
While we do not publish specific admission requirements, Tulane will screen each application to ensure that the student will be academically successful at Tulane in their intended major and that adequate classes are available. Due to limited space and housing available, not all applicants who apply will be offered admission.
The Tulane Guest Semester Program is for undergraduate students. Please reach out individually to the dean of the graduate program in which you’re interested.
Submit whatever you can. We’ll accept screenshots or even a photograph of a transcript.
Submit your high school transcript and either a list of the classes you intended to take this semester, or a list of classes you would be interested in taking. We want to make sure we can offer you the classes you need to start working toward your degree.
We are working with the University of Puerto Rico to make sure classes will transfer. If you attend another university, it will be up to that institution to decide what Tulane classes they will accept for credit. We highly recommend that you look at our list of majors and available classes to make sure we can offer you classes that align with your degree requirements.
Have your school’s Provost or administration contact Rebecca Greaves at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be coordinating the approval process for students outside of UPR.
We are not limiting the program based on citizenship, however students with citizenship outside of the United States will need to work with us to ensure completion of a timely visa process.
If you participate in the Guest Semester Program, you will be a Tulane student for that semester and will have access to the full range of classes. You will also be assigned an academic advisor, who will help you with course selection.
We are working on securing housing for our guest students and do not expect students to pay for it.
Tulane will cover a basic meal plan. Students will need to pay for a higher-level meal plan if desired.
If you decide you would like to remain at Tulane, you will have to apply to the university as a transfer student. Learn more about the transfer application.
Students should be prepared to finance some amount of food and transportation in the city of New Orleans, as well as their flights to and from New Orleans. Many of our students have on- or off-campus jobs to help finance their time as a Tulane student.