Academics

Location
New Orleans, LA
Undergrads
6,443
Tuition
$45,240
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: it can definitely be rewarding depending on your major. many perks for business school students like myself and architecture students. lowkey tulane has one of the best architecture programs in the nation

4 College Senior

Academics: The curriculum here is challenging, but rewarding.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have learned a lot and professors are always helpful.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The theatre program is great. Many people are friends and the professors treat you as equals more so then other departments.

1 person found this useful Report
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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 127th
    Best Course Variety
  • 476th
    Smartest Professors
  • 501st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 551st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 584th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Hometown
Knoxville, TN
Major
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
653
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
441
Total FT Faculty
1,136
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,473
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
93
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 65%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 29%
  • 50 or More Students: 6%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Freeman School of Business
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Science and Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 2%
  • Finance, General: 4%
  • Law: 3%
  • Medicine: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Howard-Tilton Library, fourth floors, Latin American Studies
  • James Lounge in the LBC
  • PJ's on Willow
  • Z'otz on Oak Street
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance partying with school!
  • Do your homework.
  • Don't go out alone at night.
  • Get to know your professors and TAs.
  • Get your core requirements out of the way sooner rather than later.
  • Go to class.
  • Go to the ERC if you need help or are sick.
  • Keep your door open-it's a great way to get to know the students on your hall.
  • SLEEP.
  • Stay active.
Did You Know?
  • In 1886, Josephine Louise Newcomb founded Newcomb College, the first degree-granting women's college in the nation, to be established as a coordinate division of a university.
  • Nearly 40,000 applicants have applied to be apart of Tulane's 1,400-member fall 2009 freshman class.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 29% Scott Cowen
  • 18% Huey Long
  • 18% Ian Terry
  • 12% Bobby Brown
  • 6% Lauren Hutton
  • 6% Harry Blackmun
  • 6% Amy Carter
  • 6% Ira Sorkin

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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