Academics

Location
New Orleans, LA
Undergrads
6,443
Tuition
$45,240
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the Business school and I'm given a multitude of free resources that are very nice. I can't speak for other schools within Tulane, but most of my professors have been great, though I have had a few really awful ones.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think the workload overall is fair and the Public Health and Business School are very respected and well-established. As a business school student, I have found a lot of difficulties and disappointments along the way.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: They are overall good I guess. Many places have some pretty significant holes. For example, the math/sciences have lots of very nonfluent professors. We have architecture but no civil engineering. Public Health and the Business school require enrollment to take classes in them even though they tell you everything is free roam. But we have to ranked highly for a reason, right?

5 College Freshman

Academics: Tulane is a very good school and the academics reflect that. If you can get in here then you can definitely handle the course-load.

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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

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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