August 13, 2007
Tulane University has been named one of the 25 "Hottest Schools in America" in the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College" guide. Schools on the "Hottest" list offer top academic programs but also are generating extra buzz this year, according to the creators of the annual guide, which is published through a partnership between Newsweek magazine and Kaplan, the test preparation giant.
"This is national recognition that we are achieving our goal of not only surviving Katrina but thriving in its aftermath," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said. "Tulane's best days are still to come as the school moves closer to achieving its potential as one of most distinguished and distinctive educational and research institutions anywhere."
Tulane was recognized as the university that was "Hottest on the Rebound," for its recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which flooded two-thirds of the university and caused more $600 million in damages. In the wake of the storm Tulane rebuilt its campus and enacted a Renewal Plan whose goal is to continue to build Tulane into a world-class educational and research institution and ensure its financial stability.
Though challenges remain, the university is well on its way to achieving both goals. Since the Renewal Plan was adopted, the university's endowment reached $1 billion for the first time in its history and its freshmen class increased by a record 50 percent this year; the largest one-year increase in first-time freshmen in the history of Tulane. The school also recently enrolled the largest medical school class in its 173-year history.
"Our 'Hottest' list recognizes the growing reputation that your school and other outstanding schools have achieved, in light of growing popularity among top students within a booming college-bound population," the guide's publishers wrote to Tulane administrators. The guide will be available on newsstands on August 20. Tulane also was named one of the guide's hottest schools in 2002.
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