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Reviews 1013 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an English major at Tulane University. It's okay. We don't get much attention, and there's only one honors course offered in the whole department. But we have some really cool teachers. I can't wait to see what's to come.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Tulane is alright sports wise. I feel like club and intramural sports are much more popular, and there is a definite lack of school spirit around campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dat-Dog is about a mile, maybe a mile and a half away from campus on Freret. It's sooo good! It's hot dogs, but they're not your typical kind of hot dogs. You can get a vegan dog, or a kosher one. How about trying a crawfish dog, or maybe some alligator. Of course, beef is also an option. Though they're a little on the more pricey end, about $7 a hot dog, they're definitely worth it. They're a hit at school! But they only take cash, so that's a little inconvenient when you forget. And their fries are delicious!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: New Orleans gets a bit of a bad reputation, but Tulane itself is very safe. You can stay safe in the city, too, as long as you're smart and take the right precautions.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: Still wishing for more Tulane team spirit/fan support at most varsity sport events. There are always a lot of people at the first home football game, the homecoming game, and the Tulane/LSU baseball game. Men's basketball is also pretty well-attended. Other than that, though, don't hope for much unless the new football stadium changes things up.

Intramurals are serious, especially basketball. Some teams even make their own jerseys to play. Club sports are pretty popular, too. Club teams travel and compete all over the country and they're usually a pretty tight-knit group of people.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The Tulane shuttles can be a little slow at times, but they'll take you almost anywhere - downtown/uptown campus, Walmart, Target, Clearview Mall, Lakeside Mall, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, International Market...

The streetcar is slow and unreliable. NORTA says it runs every 15 minutes. That is a bold faced lie. Buses are faster than streetcars, but don't expect them to be on schedule, either.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Try to find a better city to party in. Go ahead, I dare you.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Everyone is going to tell you that you want to live in either Sharp or Monroe. Don't listen to them. The party dorms change by year anyway, and Sharp and Monroe are the two oldest and crappiest freshman dorms. Butler is advertised as honors, but you don't have to be an honors student to live there. Wall is an extra application, but it's a great community and you don't have to share a bathroom with your whole floor. JL isn't as bad as you'd think and Paterson is a great place for environmentally-minded/vegan or vegetarian people.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can either be much cheaper than on-campus or the same cost depending on where you live. HRL has a lot of resources set up to help you move, but they don't advertise them because they want you to live on-campus. Go to their website sooner rather than later for help.

5 College Junior

Weather: New Orleans weather is fantastic. It's usually sunny and 70+. Bring your rain boots/jacket, though, you'll need them.

4 College Junior

Computers: Macs. Macs everywhere. If you want to finish your work on your own time and relatively stress-free, though, you're going to need your own computer. Most of the students have their own, and it can be annoying to have to wait for a computer in PJ's/the library/the b-school or wherever you want to study.

5 College Junior

Majors: Internships can count for college credit and the Center for Public Service partners with local organizations to provide some specifically to fulfill your second-tier service learning credit, too. If you do it for college credit you won't be paid, but you'll knock some classes off of your list and get job experience at the same time.

5 College Junior

Majors: Zero concerns. Zero regrets. I definitely made the right choice. I want to go into publishing or teach ESL.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is no typical Tulane student - that's the best part. Whatever social group you belong to, you'll probably find it at Tulane. (If you're more of the hipster type, though, cross Freret over to Loyola and you'll find a LOT more there.)

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Tulane Greek life is pretty famous for how hard it parties, so if you're looking for that, you've come to the right place. About 30% of the total undergraduate population is Greek. For girls, it ends up being about 50% Greek, 50% unaffiliated depending on the year. You can very easily have a social life without being in Greek life. Non-Greeks view Greeks differently depending on what fraternity/sorority they're in and based on their general views.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do at night, everyday of the week. If you want to go out, there will be a place and people who want to go with you.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls are preppy, well off and white. Greek life is huge and regardless of what people may seem like (independent or otherwise) when you first get here, most will join Greek life. Politics wise, it is very mixed but the diversity ends there, most people are apathetic to causes. There is a subculture of vegetarians, activists, adventurers and environmentalists, but all of those tend to apply to that subculture and you will see the same people in ALL of those club meetings. If Greek life isn't for you and you are not an athlete, there is a high chance Tulane isn't for you.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not the best, not the worst. Taxis are accessible for the most part. The street car takes a long time to get from Uptown to Downtown.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: New Orleans is AMAZING! It's so unique and interesting, there are so many things to do like concerts, museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs, sports games.. the list goes on and on.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunshine most of the time

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everything (excluding alcohol) is incredibly accessible. I wouldn't be scared of being pressured into anything though.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Tulane is incredibly homogenous. I couldn't believe how homogenous it was when I got here... they really need to look into fixing that.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's expensive and if you park illegally you WILL get a ticket

College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great if you are into Greek life. It is VERY big on campus, it was rumored that only 160 girls in the class of 2017 didn't rush for a sorority. Most frat parties are welcoming of non-greeks and you may be asked to parties as a non-greek but its pretty rare because of the networking between Frats and Sororities.

College Freshman

Computers: Every student is required to have their own computer, computer labs aren't really a pertinent with that considered.


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Gibson Hall Gibson Hall Facing historic St. Charles Avenue, it is the entry landmark on the uptown campus.
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Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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Tulane is an acquired taste. Some people take to it instantly, but for others it can take more than a semester to fit in and enjoy the university system. All of the students questioned said that they love Tulane and love being here. Living in such a culturally rich environment creates a unique learning opportunity that many kids who go to different schools will never get a chance to experience.

It takes a very intelligent and well-balanced person to attend Tulane. The nightlife and 24/7 party scene can tempt students
to blow off classes and just have a good time. Finding the right balance of partying and school work makes for the best experience. Remember, this isn’t high school glorified; college is actually going to be a lot of work. Even the so-called “blow-off classes” that you take for humanities credit will make you read one long-winded book after the other and write 10–15 page research papers by the end of the semester. You’ll see a lot of people come in for the fall semester that won’t come back after Christmas. Some people just can’t take the pressure; others miss home too much. If you can get into Tulane, you can handle the workload; it’s just that some adapt better than others. If you do have trouble, most professors are available to talk to, and the ERC’s tutoring and writing workshops are free and easy to access.

You’ll never sit at home on a weekend for lack of something to do, and holidays—especially Halloween and (obviously) Mardi Gras—are some of the best parts about living in New Orleans. The live jazz music and the food is also fantastic. If Bruff’s food tasted like anything out in the city, the average student weight would be close to 300 pounds. Not only will you get a well-balanced education at Tulane, but you will also meet some of your best friends, become involved in things you never imagined you would do at home, be a leader of a group when you never had that chance in high school, and be introduced to a new, unique environment and culture that can not be found in any other place in the country. There is no other school like Tulane, and there is no other city like New Orleans.

Only in New Orleans… Only at Tulane.

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