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Tulane University’s campuses will remain closed and classes cancelled until 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Evening classes WILL be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 as will online classes, unless you are notified otherwise by your instructor. Some special events will continue as planned and employees will be notified if they need to report to work. Visit tulane.edu/emergency for more information.

Public Service Requirement

Volunteers hang artwork on a home in a neighborhood beautification project

Tulane is the first private research university to make community engagement a curricular requirement. What does this mean to you? For one, you’ll learn better when you “learn by doing.” Studies have shown that students who take a course that includes service learning understand the material better.

The Center for Public Service administers the public service requirement, and they’re really good at what they do. But don’t take our word for it: The center has won nearly all of the field’s top honors. Tulane has consistently been honored among U.S. News and World Report’s top 25 Universities for Service-Learning, and Newsweek recognized Tulane on its list of 25 Best Schools for Do-Gooders as one of the most service-minded schools in the country.  

Here’s how the public service requirement works.