Academics at Tulane have been on the upswing in their post-Katrina days. Since the storm, the school has implemented a renewal plan to improve its academics: an addition of a public service graduation requirement to help incorporate the classroom with the rebuilding of New Orleans, and the Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDES) for freshmen, which is designed to help students integrate into college life in small, interesting seminars. Tulane’s efforts have paid off—the University is consistently ranked amongst the nation’s top universities. With each progressive year, the freshman class at Tulane continues to raise the academic bar.
Like any university of Tulane’s size, some classes are going to be large. However, aside from introductory core classes and some science classes, most classes at Tulane are small and don’t exceed 25 students. Classes get even smaller in honors sections where enrollment is capped at 12 students to promote more teacher-student interaction. Most professors are incredibly accessible and encourage students to attend office hours, e-mail them with questions, and participate in activities outside of class. A majority of professors are extremely engaging, intelligent, and passionate about their subjects, and while there are the occasional apathetic graduate students, most teachers sincerely care about their classes. Keeping up with your classes and work and getting to know your professors will definitely help you succeed in academics at Tulane.