New Orleans, LA
Tulane University of Louisiana


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Recent Reviews

Michael
What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The fact that I live in New Orleans which means that that weather is nice, the food is awesome, and the drinking age pretty ...

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The fact that I live in New Orleans which means that that weather is nice, the food is awesome, and the drinking age pretty much does not exist. I do not study that hard, and still have over a 3.8 GPA. Also that I am going to a $52,000 school for around $7,000 this year (After scholarship and financial aid)

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who gets home sick. Someone who cannot stand partying/drinkers/smokers. Someone who enjoys the cold weather and snow.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Too much importance is put on where you go to college these days. I applied to 18 schools because I did not know where I wanted to go at all and made a big deal about deciding where I was going to actually go to school. Looking back now, I could have went to any of those 18 schools and been equally happy. Yes, what college you go to matters, but anywhere you go, there are text books, teachers, classrooms, and hundreds or often times thousands of kids your age - there are, for the most part, no overwhelming differences from school to school. The attitude you go into college with matters far more than the school you end up at. Do not stress out. No matter where you go you will study, you will learn, and also have a great time - you only get out of it what you put into it, whether you are at an Ivy League school or a Community College.

Sara
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Tulane is a private institution that exudes priveledge and entitlement and lacks diversity, but which tries to be involved in...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Tulane is a private institution that exudes priveledge and entitlement and lacks diversity, but which tries to be involved in the New Orleans community in a positive way which unfortunately ends up following a model of imposition rather than solidarity.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In looking for the right college, never be afraid to ask the questions you really want answers to. Visit the campuses you're interested in and talk to actual students there. Picking a college isn't just about choosing the right academics or campus- it's about finding an atmosphere, culture and overall feeling that feels right for you. Make sure you think hard about where you feel comfortable, and look for that when you visit colleges. It's about a lot more than statistics and ratios once you are actually living and breathing at your new college, so try to take every opportunity to live and breate at different schools before you choose. And most importantly, make a decision for yourself. Don't feel pressured by people's perceptions of different schools or what seems to be "the right choices." The right choice of a school is where you feel you will be most comfortable and able to succeed, not what a magazine has rated the hottest school for the year.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I get to live in New Orleans, one of the most exciting, amazing and inspiring cities in the United States.

Jordan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Tulane University is a place where people can go to pursue any academic interest and be significantly challenged while at the...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Tulane University is a place where people can go to pursue any academic interest and be significantly challenged while at the same time have the greatest time of their life socially and have numerous opportunities and experiences, academically, culturally, and socially, presented to them.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents to allow students to be more in control of where they decide to attend college. The parents are not the ones who are becoming students somewhere for 4 years, the students are. The students should look at schools with the mindset that they are going to be living and studying there for 4 years and they should be happy and comfortable. Also parents should not worry about the finances as much as they do. If a school is out of reach pricewise there are many options a student can take to be able to afford it without having to give up on the school they deserve. It takes more effort and isn't as easy of a process but the end result, the experiences, the connections, the opportunities, the degrees, the friendships, are far more worth it than someone may see when comparing that to the price of tuition. I would advise parents to let students be more in control of where they want to go to school and to not let finances get in the way of the student's dream and the student's future.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Really anyone could attend this school and be happy and successful. However, I would say that most people are very happy and outgoing. Most people are very academically and professionally focused in regard to their future. It would not be a school for someone who is unfocused and who would slack off easily. It's a very rigorous courseload but at the same time there is still time to have fun and try new things. Someone who is very dependent on other people may want to look elsewhere as most people at this school are independent.

Paul
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a school going through some really incredible changes at the moment - it is the perfect time to become a part of it! ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a school going through some really incredible changes at the moment - it is the perfect time to become a part of it! Tulane will become the first university to have a required community service component for EVERY degree conferred. The very thought of the school is often swept away by its host city, which is one of the most incredible communities in the world, and it is panning out to be a major player in the recovery process. As the largest employer in NOLA, it is an integral part of the city. Whereas the school used to have a reputation as a fantastic school with an obnoxious student body, that is no longer the case. Tulane students can expect to become part of something much bigger than themselves. Top-notch academics and the opportunity to live and learn in a city (and a country) that is in transition.

Describe the students at your school.

Tough to nail down, actually. The greek population is pretty small: less than 1/3 of the student body. But if you do decide to go to Tulane, why would you join a frat?! You can go to all of the parties and they're not the only show in town. The city is full of places where (even freshmen) can wet their whistles. No need to join a frat. There is an activist crowd that is into environmental initiatives. Tulane is quickly moving toward a 100% green campus, with the new university center being an award-winning environmental building. There is also an artsy crowd and numerous opportunities to visit funky galleries and the like. The majority are best described as those people from high school who were in all AP classes and involved in some extracurricular activities, but not the "overachiever" - the really smart people who didn't really have to try that hard but might have tried harder if properly motivated. I'm sure most people were relatively popular and well-liked, and many of the people who come here are extroverted. Pretty cool student body overall with some exceptions.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I love this school. I had the opportunity to go elsewhere, but I'm glad I didn't fall into the trap that is college rankings. This is a school having a renaissance. If you are interested in public service of any sort, this is the place to be. The academics are stellar - every bit the equivalent of the notorious Ivy league - don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. This is a truly unique school, just off the beaten path. Maybe it took Katrina to awaken it, but a consciousness exists at Tulane along with the opportunities to apply it, that will allow its students to become movers, shakers, and heart-felt contributers to monumental causes. I love this school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. The post-Katrina Tulane student body has changed dramatically. This is a school for the socially-conscious individual who is interested in contributing to the community through any number of initiatives. There is, however, some truth to the stereotype that Tulane students make some of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the campus miserable. Then again, the school has been there since 1847 and I'm sure the residents of these neighborhoods had notice.

What are the academics like at your school?

I earned my BA, MA, and JD at Tulane. At every corner, I was challenged and impressed. I was looking for a serious curriculum (Ivy or the equivalent) when applying at each level and found Tulane to be a great suit at each junction. I NEVER had a teaching assistant or grad student teach a class. I NEVER had difficulty reaching a professor. In every semester, I had at least one professor who was a Nobel laureate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, or Peabody Award recipient. From introductory classes to graduate level courses, my professors were accessible and kind. That being said, they were fierce in lectures and class debates. Nothing is spoon-fed to you. Like all top-tiers, it's up to you but you will be provided with a world-class basis upon which to build a career and, most importantly, become a free thinker.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

If you've heard of any stereotypes about Tulane, this one is probably the most accurate. While not everybody is out drinking every night or weekend, most are. There is so much good music, food, festivals (Jazzfest is probably one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world). Mardi Gras is precisely as you envision it, but the entire school (professors especially) embrace it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Students who are smart but lazy, wealthy outsiders (not originally from NOLA) who terrorize uptown New Orleans and whatever bar they may be visiting that night.

Lucas
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A school that's large enough to be strong academically, but small enough that anyone can get to know almost everyone else.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A school that's large enough to be strong academically, but small enough that anyone can get to know almost everyone else.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Most staff member at the school are quite helpful, but students may encounter unecessary bureaucratic manuvers they may have to deal with in housing and dining - do not expect a high standard of service in these areas. Students should have their parents do the liasoning work should they encounter any problems with these departments. Also, as a private institution, students' constitutional rights that they may enjoy in the public sphere may be curbed by the internal judicial and conduct system.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

All college applicants should ask themselves two questions: "What would I like to do with my next four years?" and "What can I do with four years?" Of course, being unsure about what to study in college is perfectly fine. Look for a flexible and diverse curriculum. Chances are, you can switch your area of study while you are in college. But your subject isn't the only thing that matters. Would you prefer being surrounded by incessant bookworms? Would you like to be instead with people who enjoy both work and play in moderation? Would you rather consume these four years in pure ecstasy? Each college has its own personality, but different ways of life that deviate from "the norm" do exist. Talk with actual students (not orientation helpers) during campus visits to see if you would fit in with the school's atmosphere. Opportunities abound regardless of where you attend college. Find out if making connections is easy through the school's career center and faculty. With today's economy in recession, the diploma is no longer an end but a means. Take advantage of these four years to have fun and get connected with the real world.

Caitlin
Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

Halloween on Bourbon Street, in the French Quarter

Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

Halloween on Bourbon Street, in the French Quarter

Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

The second biggest party of the year!

When you step off campus what do you see?

New Orleans is home to the oldest streetcar system in the world. Cars go from Tulane all the way to the French Quarter.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Football games are fun, but real fans wait for baseball.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Always full of in-shape Tulanians, Reily has something for everyone.

When you step off campus what do you see?

The Boot is everything a college bar should be and Crepes a la Cart always satisfies late night hunger.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Crepes a la Cart, across the street from campus, serves authentic French crepes filled with everything from nutella and strawberries to chicken and dill.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Why Tulane-LSU football can't be beat.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

A local capoeira club practices in the LBC.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Heavy rain and occasional flooding are a fact of life when you go to college below sea level. A typical Tulane rainstorm.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

A Tulane student talks about sports apathy at Tulane.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

A Tulane sophomore talks about Tulane football and student enthusiasm.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

Tulane students have a love-hate relationship with Bruff.

Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

PJ's Coffee is a popular place to meet friends and study.

Craig
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a unique place with great traditions and all of the food, music and culture of New Orleans. It is also a very academi...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a unique place with great traditions and all of the food, music and culture of New Orleans. It is also a very academic school with high standards.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, start early and let your search be wide and inclusive. As you continue, realisticly pare down your choices and if you can, visit those campuses that you are really interested in. Make sure you participate and register for each college visited as this has some importance for acceptance. Look into both private and state schools as private schools may have the scholarship/grant funds to even out costs with the state schools, It also seems that if you are a very good student, and you apply to schools that you have a high chance of acceptance, those schools may want your caliber of student and you will receive scholarship offers. While this is a stressful time for both parents and students, students usually make the correct choice and wind up happy at the school they have chosen.

What's unique about your campus?

The culture of New Orleans.

Lindsay
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't base your decision on fear. Choose something that is challenging to your comfort and that offers programs and activiti...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't base your decision on fear. Choose something that is challenging to your comfort and that offers programs and activities that you never thought you would be interested in. College is an opportunity to get away from your normal lifestyle and try something new.

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