Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

About Tulane University

Established in 1834, Tulane University is a member of the Association of American Universities. It's classified as 'a university with very high research activity' by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only two percent of universities in the nation to hold this distinction.


Tulane has 10 schools and colleges covering areas such as architecture, public health and tropical medicine, liberal arts, social work and law. In 2012, the most common major sought was business, management and marketing, according to U.S. News & World Report. Social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and foreign languages, literature and linguistics were the next most popular majors. Along with traditional degree programs, Tulane has ROTC, online, study abroad and teacher certification programs.


In the 2012 academic year, Tulane enrolled nearly 13,000 students. For fall consideration, freshmen must apply by January 15 in order to be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 1. Tulane's admissions officials look for students with high grades in high school English, math, social studies, science and foreign language. Other application requirements include ACT or SAT test scores, transcripts, a personal statement, a list of extracurricular activities and a guidance counselor recommendation. There are three ways to apply: online, paper or the Universal College Application. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that about 30,000 individuals applied for admission to Tulane for fall 2012. Of that figure, 27% were admitted and 20% of those admitted enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The NCES listed tuition and fees for first-time beginning Tulane students as $45,240 for 2012-2013. Books and supplies came to $1,200, while room and board was $11,540 and other housing-related costs were $1,020. Financial aid was received by 80% of first-time undergraduates for the 2011-2012 school year, per the NCES. A number of merit and need-based scholarships are available for Tulane students. There are also specialty scholarships for Louisiana residents, ROTC members, transfer students and athletes. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed to be considered for any financial aid. Students should be aware that the deadlines for FAFSA and scholarships are different from the regular admissions application.

School Type 4-year, private not for profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 8,357 undergraduates and 4,601 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing There are six residence halls, all of which accept first-year students**
Schools and Programs 10 schools and colleges; more than 75 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Legal Assistant/Paralegal (23)
Bachelor's: Finance (146)
Master's: Finance (189)
Doctorate: Law (268)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 62% in four years
75% in six years*
Admission Rate 27% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 1,641 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 89% for full-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students (2012) SAT: 630-720 (critical reading), 620-710 (math), 640-720 (writing); ACT composite: 29-32*
Application Due Date Applications are due January 15**
Decision Notification Date April 1**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $45,240*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (11%), state and local grants/scholarships (13%), institutional grants/scholarships (76%), federal loans (41%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Tulane University, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Phone: (504) 865-5731
  • Website: www.tulane.edu

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