Concerned about your student? Click on our Quick Questions Guide.


For Parents

The transition to college is an exciting time, but can also be challenging for both parents and students. You may have some concerns about your student's newfound freedom and what that may mean in regards to their alcohol use. Open communication with your student, as well as accurate information and insight about talking with your student about alcohol can ease your worries. Many students arrive on campus believing that everyone drinks excessively in college. This is not the case, and you can help weaken these drinking myths. The majority of Tulane students drink infrequently, moderately, or not at all.

College drinking is not Tulane-specific, but a reality dealt with on college and university campuses nationwide. The more you know about these issues and how to help your student stay safe and successful the more confident you will feel while your student is away from home.  Click on these links to stay informed.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): Parent's Page 


Talking with Your Student about Alcohol

Talking openly about alcohol and staying in touch while your student is at Tulane are critical ways to encourage responsible drinking behavior. Click on the links below to find key talking points and information about times during the school year when excessive drinking is common. 

Critical Times: Before Arrival, First Six Weeks, Specific Holidays/Event

Eight Points For Parents Speaking With Students About Alcohol

Understand the difference between low and high risk drinking


What Else Can I Do?

Get to know Tulane’s alcohol policies, and remind your student to become familiar with them as well.

Remind your student to complete AlcoholEdu, a required online course for all incoming students.

Encourage your students to visit theWELL in person or online to learn more about Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS).

Make it clear to your student that drinking is NOT the only campus activity. Tulane and the New Orleans community offer numerous opportunities for your student to get involved and have fun without alcohol. Click on the links below for more information.

Office of Student Programs

Student Organization Center (SOC) Online

Tulane after Dark

Department of Campus Recreation

Center for Public Service

Wellness and Health Promotion, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5255