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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It can get really tough sometimes, especially the workload. However I definitely think the profs & classes are some of the best available & really think the classes & academics are very worth while.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are extremely smart and caring. Help is easily available outside of class if needed, including in large lecture courses, and most of the teachers will try to learn all of the students' names. It's important to be on good terms with the teachers to be able to get involved in research etc. Getting all As is not easy, especially in the Science department. I know very few people with perfect GPAs, but often it's not GPAs that really matter. Even if I don't always end up with straight As, I really feel like I'm learning a lot at Tulane and the classes are not just "easy As" but fascinating subjects that I'm really learning a lot about.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Workload is manageable but challenging. Professors are generally great.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I absolutely love the fact that in college you get to choose what classes you take. Tulane has broad requirements that you have to complete, but a large variety of classes fit these requirements. Being able to study what you're passionate about makes school so much more interesting--I strongly recommend coming to college to learn about something you love, not just to get a job someday.

I'm a liberal arts major, so there's a lot of reading involved. The best advice I received coming to college was to pick and choose what readings you do, which is easy to do once you feel out the class and professor and figure out what's essential to complete. Otherwise, skimming/finding a summary is okay. I've never felt like the workload was unmanageable, and I'm a big procrastinator.

The registration process can be frustrating, especially when you have a later time to register and the classes you're most excited about are filled up. I'd suggest getting on as many waitlists as you need to, and keep checking back if there isn't a waitlist. Just today, I checked a small, hugely popular class that had been filled for months and there was an open spot! There are so many fascinating class options, I'm really satisfied with the course offerings.

I love to study in my room and at the PJs on Willow, but others utilize dorm common rooms, the library, the LBC, or anywhere outside because the weather is amazing.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Tulane are great. They are definitely getting better and better every year. There is a wide variety of interesting classes to take. Classes are small enough to get individual attention. The professors are very easy to reach and helpful. Tulane will definitely be going up in the rankings.

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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
99
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 Administration and Management: 2%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • 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 87 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 48 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 48 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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