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Tulane University is one of the nation's most prestigious educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane offers degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work.


Non sibi, sed suis, translated as "not for one's self, but for one's own." Azaleas

Founding Dates

  • 1834, as Medical College of Louisiana
  • 1847, Medical College merges with University of Louisiana
  • 1884, Louisiana Legislature authorizes the Tulane Educational Fund to reorganize the University of Louisiana as a private institution and rename it Tulane University of Louisiana

Tulane History

Academic Divisions

Enrollment 2015-16

  • Undergraduate: 8,339
  • Graduate and Professional: 5,110
  • Total: 13,449 — 7,623 females and 5,826 males

Enrollment Profiles and Undergraduate Admission

Tuition and Fees 2015-16

  • $49,683, Newcomb-Tulane College
  • $51,130, School of Law
  • $58,592, School of Medicine
  • $1,173/credit hour (tuition only), School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • $1,500/credit hour (tuition only), A. B. Freeman School of Business graduate business program
  • $953/credit hour (tuition only), School of Social Work
  • $369/credit hour (tuition only), School of Continuing Studies undergraduate


Tulane's class of 2019 is a diverse group, composed of over 1,700 students from 46 states and 30 foreign countries:  Australia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The class of 2019 also boasts impressive credentials with an average SAT score of 1344 and 55 percent of the class graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class. They are also a diverse class, representing minority groups and communities from throughout the country. 60 percent of students are female and students will travel an average 930 miles from their hometowns to attend Tulane.

Financial Aid

Average financial aid package awarded to 2015-16 entering first-year students with financial need: $40,563.

Financial Aid


  • Tulane’s uptown campus includes 110 acres and 92 buildings, housing the majority of its schools and colleges.
  • The F. Edward Hebert Research Center, near Belle Chasse, La., provides research facilities in medicine and environmental, behavioral and computer sciences.
  • The School of Continuing Studies has satellite campuses in Elmwood Business Park in Jefferson Parish, La., Biloxi, Miss., and in Madison, Miss.
  • The downtown Health Sciences campus has several divisions: School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, School of Social Work, Tulane Medical Center and Technology Services.
  • The North Shore campus is home to the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, La.
  • The A.B. Freeman School of Business offers Executive and Professional MBA programs at its satellite campus in Houston, Texas.


  • The main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library houses the Latin American Library and the Maxwell Music Library. The Rudolph Matas Library is located in the School of Medicine.
  • The Special Collections Division in Jones Hall includes the Hogan Jazz Archive, Southeastern Architectural Archive, University Archives, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Louisiana Collection.
  • Other libraries include architecture, botany, business, law, mathematics, natural history, primate research, race relations and ethnic history and women’s studies.

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • NCAA Division I-Bowl
  • Member of American Athletic Conference
  • Nickname: Green Wave
  • Mascot: Riptide, the pelican
  • Colors: Green and blue


Full-Time Personnel

  • Faculty: approximately 1,180
  • Staff: approximately 3,490

Senior Administrators

  • Michael A. Fitts, president
  • Yvette M. Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development
  • Michael A. Bernstein, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost
  • Anthony P. Lorino, senior vice president for operations and chief financial officer
  • Lee Hamm, senior vice president and dean, School of Medicine
  • Charlie McMahon, vice president of information technology and chief technology officer
  • Victoria D. Johnson, general counsel
  • Anne P. Baños, chief of staff and vice president for administrative services
  • Richard P. Dickson, director of athletics

Board of Tulane

  • Darryl D. Berger, chair
  • 39 active members
  • 37 emeritus members

Board of Tulane and Senior Administrators

Renewal Plan

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Tulane Rankings

  • According to U.S. News and World Report, Tulane University is among the top national universities in the United States, ranked 41st among the best national universities and in the top 26 for its service learning programs. Tulane is also ranked the 38th best university by high school counselors and 33rd among the best colleges for veterans.
  • The A.B. Freeman School of Business is highly ranked by numerous business publications. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank the school 14th on its list of Top Graduate Programs for Entrepreneurs. Forbes magazine ranks it 52nd overall and 28th among private universities; London's Financial Times ranks its EMBA program 64th internationally and 22nd nationally, its MBA program 61st internationally and 35th nationally and its MFN program 30th internationally and 3rd nationally; U.S. News and World Report ranks its undergraduate program 43rd; America Economia ranks its MBA program 20th nationally and 30th internationally; Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the MBA program 35th nationally.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the School of Law 50th in the nation, the environmental law program 12th and the international law program 29th. The National Jurist named Tulane one of the top 20 most innovative law schools. Tulane's law school was also ranked 40th in the National Law Journal's list of the top law schools that send the highest percentage of new graduates into jobs at the country's largest law firms.
  • Tulane is ranked 57 in Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2015 list of Best Values in Private Colleges.
  • In its most recent report, the Gourman Report of Undergraduate and Professional Programs in American and International Universities ranked Tulane's Latin American studies program second in the United States.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 12th in the nation and its healthcare management program 23rd.
  • Tulane University ranked 32nd overall and 17th among private universities in income received from technology transfer.
  • Newsweek ranked Tulane 19th among the country's 25 "most service-minded schools."
  • Tulane ranks first in the nation among graduate schools and 12th among mid-sized undergraduate schools that produce the most Peace Corps Volunteers.
  • OnlineU ranked Tulane 10th in their list of 2015 Top Online Colleges.
  • Tulane University was twice named by Kaplan/Newsweek's college guide as one of the 25 "Hot Schools" in the nation in 2002 and 2008.