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There are 13,500 students at Tulane. Every last one of them has been exactly where you are right now: Wondering if Tulane is the right fit. Wondering if the programs here are what you’re looking for. And—­let’s be honest—wondering how you’re going to pay for this.

We helped them. And we’ll help you.



Members of the Tulane Quiz Bowl team (from left) Andrew Cerise, Brianna Tucker and Dominic Lloyd say they enjoy the camaraderie of competition most.
Tulane Quiz Bowl team readies for regional competition

Andy Sykes, left, Brianna Tucker, center, and Dominic Lloyd, right, are members of the Tulane Quiz Bowl team that recently won first place at the Academic Competition Federation's  fall competition in Austin, Texas.

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Tulane first-year students Alex Whitacre and Mirna Sanyal discuss their research projects with attendees at a Native American Heritage Day celebration on Nov. 12 hosted at Vermilionville, a living history museum in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Tulane student researchers add indigenous voices to state's history

First-year students enrolled in a course called Indian Tribes Down The Bayou: Native American Communities of Southeastern Louisiana presented historical documentation projects to visitors attending a festival at Vermilionville, a living history museum in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Roseanna Gossman, a doctoral candidate in the Tulane Department of Mathematics, is the grand prizewinner in the 2017 Three Minute Thesis competition. Her next stop is the regional competition taking place in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Three Minute Thesis competition polishes academic communication skills

Tulane doctoral candidates were challenged Wednesday with presenting their research to a general audience in 3 minutes or less, using only one PowerPoint slide.

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Julia Lang, program manager of student programming at Taylor, walks prospective changemakers through an exercise at an information session in October.
Tulane prepares students to become agents of social change

The Changemaker Institute, housed at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane, has been redesigned to help students streamline their interest in social change and to develop their social-entrepreneurial ideas.

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Right Here, Right Now

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Financial Aid

Last year, Tulane students received $118 million in grants and scholarships. That includes both merit aid, which you earn based on your academic performance, and need­-based aid, which you get by demonstrating financial need.

Almost every single student with a demonstrated financial need—99.3 percent—received need-based aid. On average, students with demonstrated need received more than $40,000 each. In all, 79 percent of our first-­year students were offered aid.

Want merit aid? You don’t have to do anything—all applicants are considered. If you’d like to be considered for need­-based aid, though, you must fill out a FAFSA form.

Undergraduate and Graduate Admission

Nearly half of our students are undergraduates. They’re here for the programs (we offer 70 majors and minors), they’re here for the city (The Princeton Review says we’re the #2 College City, woohoo! We think they’re only off by one.), they’re here because they’ve heard it’s great when a professor actually knows you by name (average class size: 21), they’re here because it’s easy to get away (a third of our students study abroad). Whatever their reason, we’ll help you find yours.

Our admission office works directly with undergrads. Every school at Tulane, though, sets its own graduate admission policies. If you’re coming for graduate work, reach out to those schools directly.

Average financial aid package (including gift aid, loans and work-study) awarded to 2016-17 entering first-year students with financial need: $45,312.

The Class of 2021 represents one of the most diverse and academically qualified in Tulane's history. 22 percent are students of color and five percent are international students. Seven students have a perfect ACT score, nine have a perfect SAT score and 191 never got less than an A through their high school careers.

About a third of undergraduate students study abroad. Programs range for as little as 4 week to a full year. Students can choose from more than 80 university-approved courses of study in about 30 countries.