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Tulane University of Louisiana Reviews

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  • 08/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 34 people found this review useful. 1 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to give back to the New Orleans community. Living in New Orleans provides you with so many volunteer and rebuilding opportunities, most of which can be found through organizations on campus! People who want to have the full college experience, meet new people, have fun while at school, work hard, and get a great college education from one of the nation's top universities. Most students here are from over 500 miles away, so if you like to meet new people, come to Tulane.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many clubs and organizations at Tulane to literally have something for everyone. I joined the club Ice Hockey team, played intramural sports, reffed intramural sports as a part-time job, and joined a fraternity. Tulane has everything from political clubs, to sports clubs, to environmental clubs, to acting and drama. Don't hesitate to go to the activities and clubs fair and sign up for some things you're interested in. Also, check out the Greek system. Keep an open mind, and go through the rush process. You don't have to join if you decide it's not for you, but going through rush is the best way to decide if you would like to join a Greek organization or not. Just keep your mind open to meeting new people, trying new things and getting involved in things that interest you.

    Bang for the buck

    It's no secret that Tulane is expensive. However, Tulane has a very large endowment that they use to offer students scholarships to make it more affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tulane students are mostly easy-going, fun smart people. We take our school-work very seriously here, yet also find time to join clubs, play intramurals and just have fun partying. I would say we here at Tulane live by the motto Work hard, play harder.

    Am learning a lot

    In my first year at Tulane, I learned so much; not only in the classroom, but outside of it as well. At a school where almost 70% of the students are from outside of Louisiana, I had no problem meeting many diverse people, (culturally and geographically)! The friends I have made are from all over, including Boston, Hartford, Dallas, and even Sao Paolo, Brazil. At a school with a very high Jewish population, I was exposed to a religion that, living in Minnesota, I had very little exposure to. Meeting and getting to know people from all over the country and world has opened my eyes in so many ways. Whether it's learning new slang, to learning a little about different religions and cultures, you will learn a lot about yourself and others at Tulane.

  • 10/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 24 people found this review useful. 2 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are laid back, studious, fun, and quirky are the best kinds of people around here! Tulane isn't full of stressed out kids competing with one another, everyone helps one another. If that fits your personality, you should definitely come see what it's like!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep track of time! Seriously, time management is key when there are so many things you want to do!

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is expensive, but if you work hard in high school, they give out generous scholarships because this campus really needs good students, not just the rich ones.

    Am enjoying being here

    New Orleans is the one place I feel that you can walk down the street wearing ANYTHING, and no one questions it. It's the place where you can act the way you want, when you want, and everyone is ok with that. Tulane embraces that quality of New Orleans nicely, and I love being a part of that. There are so many things that you can do and actually have a good time,that do not cost any money and are on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    My professors at Tulane are the most involved, understanding teachers I have ever had. I love going to class, I know what is expected of me, and they know what I expect of them (I know it sounds stupid, but it really is a big deal). My courses are challenging, but I enjoy them. I am even having a hard time deciding what to minor in because I love so many subjects because the teachers are so passionate about them.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a school great for students who want to earn an education in a fun and exciting city with an extremely unique culture. If you like to work hard but also like to play hard, this is a great choice. This school takes much determination and hard work to succeed, but there are so many incredible opportunities and fun things to do, both on and off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school to make sure the campus has the right feel for you. Don't be afraid to take a risk and go far from home.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive, yes, but you are getting a wonderful education and wonderful contacts for after graduation. Tulane professors and staff have access to so many internships and career opportunities that they willingly share with students. The social life of campus is also very strong and there is never a dull moment. Financial Aid and scholarships are also available to students to assist with costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school offers so many fun activities on campus. There are sporting events, concerts, and even slip n' slides and giant twister games. There is also a huge variety of activities to do off campus. The city of New Orleans offers so many things, museums, the zoo, a riverwalk, the famous French Quarter, beautiful architecture, fantastic festivals, and incredible food! The people are all friendly and the university staff are always there to help and guide students.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are all very knowledgeable in the subjects they teach. They also make themselves readily available to assist students with questions and other issues. The variety of subjects offered allows each and every student to study what they want and to explore new subject areas.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 4 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If your philosophy is 'work hard, play hard,' this is the school for you. The work is hard, but there's so many opportunities to experience new things and have fun that it's worth it. There's always something going on, which is good. However, you have to know how to focus on your studies when you've got a test because there's always someone who will be going out that night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the activities fair because it's an easy way to get involved in one of our many clubs. If you're having trouble in a class, go see that professor during his/her office hours. The ERC is a student resource center where you can get free tutoring, so be sure and visit when you need help.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is a bit pricey, but they give out scholarships. We have some really nice facilities, like the library, gym (Reilly), and student union (LBC).

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Tulane. The students always want to meet new people so it's really easy to make good friends. If you ever need any help, you're likely to get it just by asking a student walking to class. There are so many ways to get involved on campus. There is an activities fair once a semester where you can sign up to get emails from the clubs. These clubs advertise their events by 'chalking' the sidewalk in eye-catching colors. They also do tabling by the student union and sometimes give away free food. New Orleans itself is a place of its own original category. There are festivals probably once a month and a few of the big ones are VooDoo Fest, JazzFest, and Mardi Gras. It's really fun to ride the streetcar down to the French Quarter with your friends on weekends. You can shop the French Market and visit Cafe Du Monde for beignets. Our campus is beautiful. We have sculptures all over the Academic Quad and there's always a project going on to help beautify and make our campus more eco-friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors actually care about their students and always give their office hours in their syllabus so you can come visit them whenever you have a question. When you visit them, they're very accommodating and try to help you understand. They make their lectures really interesting and relate the subject matter to the real world so you understand why this information is important. Also, students usually form study groups before tests, which are really helpful. You can most likely find someone studying the same subject you're studying in the study lounges or library. The majority of the student body is from somewhere other than Louisiana, which is incredible because it gives you a chance to interact with peers that come from all over the country. I love our geographic diversity because it allows me to have friends from Utah and Boston whom I otherwise never would have the opportunity to meet. People from elsewhere have different opinions and viewpoints on subjects and learning from your peers is a great experience.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 5 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As I said earlier, Tulane has tons of diversity. If you like sports, they have sports. Quiz bowl? Got it. Want to go Greek? Not sure? Spring rush gives you a semester to acclimatize. There is amateur theater, band, orchestra, science clubs, culture clubs, juggling clubs, you name it, there's a club, and if there's not, grab a couple other people, submit a form, and you're official. With all this extracurricular activity going on, the most successful students are those who can focus, compartmentalize, and weigh their obligations wisely. Being able to self-discipline is extremely important, and not only when it comes to academics. Tulane is in New Orleans, after all. The unofficial motto is Work hard, Play harder. People who embrace this motto without losing sight of their academic career will have more than a great college experience. It'll be the time of their lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike. If it breaks, the Benevolent Society can help you out. Additionally, find and befriend someone with a car - motor vehicles, while generally unnecessary in a city like New Orleans (sidewalks, buses, streetcars, and cabs are all readily available), are always a good thing to have access to in emergencies. Don't live in Sharpe or Monroe. Please heed me on this. Try to pick your roommate. Though I have heard of random matches made in heaven, I've also heard some horror stories. Financial Aid is, sorry to say, a nightmare. Become best friends with your adviser, don't be afraid to ask questions, and do your research. Read the Terms and Conditions, and find out what Financial Aid covers and doesn't cover. You register for classes for a reason. Show up. Teachers notice when you're not there, even in the big lectures. Try to bring some AP credits with you. I'm beating a dead horse, but sign up for lots of activities. You never know which one will really strike your fancy or expose you to some awesome people. Additionally, being involved gives you more contacts, which are really valuable: knowing someone in the student employment office might help you out someday.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is a private university, with a pretty good academic reputation which is only getting better, as the school is getting more and more applicants and can thus be more selective. It's been called a baby Ivy, and though I can't vouch for this statement's accuracy, I can say one thing: Tulane is expensive. Real expensive. They throw scholarships like candy to promising freshmen, but beware: tuition, as at most other institutions, is going up. As students progress, it's likely financial aid will decrease. As far as bang for your buck, it's a great school. If you have great grades and a enough money to go to your local state school, you're in the clear. Tulane will take care of you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Bursting at the seams with culture, New Orleans is a phenomenal city to live in. It's walkable, though the sidewalks are a little worse for wear Uptown near Tulane's campus. The streetcar will take you from campus to the French Quarter for $1.25 in usually less than an hour, and the ride itself can be pretty interesting. The Quarter is fantastic at any time of year, not just Mardi Gras. Actually, it's better at not Mardi Gras. Campus is directly across from Audubon Park, a great place for picnics or to go jogging, if you're so inclined. The area immediately around campus is chock full of interesting cafes and hangouts, and finding them is a little like a map-less treasure hunt - walk around, see what you find. Tulane itself is pretty great - campus is beautiful, housing isn't the worst I've seen, and the newer, more expensive buildings are actually quite nice. Majestic stone buildings lend to the grandeur, while the more modern architecture of the student center is refreshing after the collegiate quad. Grub is passable and the student body as a whole is friendly and diverse enough for anyone to find their niche. Finally, student life at Tulane is anything but boring. Between intramural sports, the Riley Rec center, Greek life, about a bazillion student organizations, and just hanging around with fellow students, being bored is pretty unlikely. Unless you want to be bored. That's cool too.

    Am learning a lot

    In general, the professors at Tulane are superb instructors. Almost all of them will take time out of their day to help a student in need, and many try to keep students aware of his or her progress. However, don't think these learned men and women are there to hold your hand - learning is definitely the responsibility of the student. As a research university, Tulane exists for a reason other to churn out liberal arts degrees. Tulane's teaching goal, as far as I can tell, is to produce self sufficient individuals who will be valuable to their respective field. Developing discipline is very important - I, like another reviewer, may or may not have played 5 hours of pool when I could have been learning the intricacies of cellular respiration.

  • 02/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Biology and chemistry majors, especially pre-medical or medical engineers. Political Science majors. Cultural studies majors, especially in Latin American affairs but European studies are developed and Asian studies are coming up. Business majors of all kinds. Pre-law students. Student athletes. Students interested in leadership positions. Students of diverse ethnic background. Party-oriented students. Research-oriented students. Students interested in development and community relations.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a fantastic place to come if you are looking for a change in your life, especially if you want the last days of your youth to be the best ones. Regardless of whether you want to go to college only for parties or only to do work, this place will show you the right way to cross over, and foster the right skills to become a diverse, sociable but diligent adult.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, Tulane's tuition is steep, and room and board are both expensive and below value, not to mention mandatory for even sophomores. It's also horribly obvious that a lot of funds are wasted by poor budgeting on the part of both the administration and the Associated Student Body. For a school with so many intelligent Business students, it seems financial planning is completely lacking, and financial aid is a nightmare.

    Am enjoying being here

    The location is great, even if transportation is a bit difficult. Tulane has a magnificently large and diverse campus. Greek life is amazingly fun here, but students are still highly encouraged to be independent and seek alternate social circles. The amount of general interest clubs as well as political action, academic, and social clubs is crippling. Most importantly, the student body has a certain unique character that comes from a mix of each individual's intelligence, creativity, charm, and sense of fun. At most universities you will not see such a mix of party and study, but the mixing of these diametric opposites creates a unique environment where every student will feel really encouraged to live out his or her youth while planning a professional career.

    Am learning a lot

    If there is one thing that can be said about Tulane, it's that the academics are miles above any school with which it's often compared. Multiple choice exams, 200-person classes, and TAs have little presence here; in my experience my professors have always involved their students and saw to it that each student would learn the material not through endless drills and notes but through research, open discussions, and one-on-one meetings in which students could learn in a manner flexible to their skills. It amazes me that there are universities where students are taught as though directly from a textbook while we learn from diverse sources, professors who know and love their topics of study, and research assignments that correlate to theses that masters or doctoral candidates would be investigating and methods they would be using.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think pretty much anyone would have a great time here. If you are one of the weird kids the Benevolent Society is for you. If you are unabashedly nerdy, the library is for you. If you are a bro, you will enjoy frat life. If you are sports-inclined, there are intra-murals. If you like playing music, you can do orchestra or be in a band with some buds. If you like chillin' with friends, you can do that 24/7. It's college, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school has scholarships, try to get them. Evidently all of the new freshmen this year want to live in Monroe and Sharp. You don't want to live in Monroe or Sharp. Really. You don't. Everyone says this, but join a lot of clubs/activities. More than you can conceivably actually do. You can drop out of the ones you don't like much, but the only way to meet your soon-to-be-favorite people is to meet them. So try to. Reilly (the gym) is probably nice, not that I would know. I hear they have ping pong. If you have bike problems, there's a free bike help desk twice a week. They would love to help you fix your bike. They also rent bikes for cheap. The library is actually a really great place to finish a paper/do work. You can try that if all else fails. If a class is full but you need it, ask the professor if they will override you in. It works all the time. You want Brent Koplitz for Chemistry. And you want Anthony Polizzi for math. These are facts.

    Bang for the buck

    Like others have said, Tulane gives out a lot of scholarships. I got the Dean's Honor Scholarship, which covers all of tuition. It's due in December, so apply for that if you think it's an option. My sister is having almost all of her tuition covered by grants and merit scholarships. Now, that's not to say the other costs aren't high. On-campus housing and food plans are required the first two years, and they are expensive, but I figure they are expensive everywhere. Bottom line, the school is seemingly expensive, but if you have the grades, they will throw scholarships at you (I think I only met one person who was paying full tuition). The school keeps getting rated more and more highly (due to gaming the system, I think, but whatever), so the impact of a degree from Tulane is only going to get better.

    Am enjoying being here

    According to my mom, Tulane is an urban campus, but it doesn't really seem like it. I'd have to agree. Everything is close together and easily walkable, but the trees and open grass spaces make it seem bigger than it is. I love being able to hop on the St. Charles streetcar and get downtown for $1.25. If you are into music/concerts, I'm sure you could go to one every week if you felt like it. It's also nice just to be able to walk or ride a bike anywhere you want to go. Whole Foods, the shops on Magazine, the Audubon Zoo, the shops over by Adams + Carrollton, and a lot more aren't more than a 15 min bike ride away. There are also free shuttles to Whole Foods, the downtown campus, and Wal-mart.

    Am learning a lot

    Tulane doesn't accept credit for college classes not taken in an actual college, so I had to retake general biology and general chemistry despite having already taken dual-enrolled classes in high school. If you want to skip those, take the AP tests and you should be fine. Anything that I didn't learn wasn't the fault of the school or professors, but the fault of my continued senioritis. I'd say that Tulane gives you every opportunity to learn whatever you would like. It's just up to you to spend time learning instead of playing pool for five hours with friends. Not that I would have done that or anything...

  • 11/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Lecture style learners; work hard, play hard people; people that wish enjoy getting involved in extra curricula's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you deal with Financial Aid right away. Also make sure to get all of your questions about financial aid answered because you generally have to complete most of the process by yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is a very good university. It does cost a lot but is very worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being at Tulane and in the city of New Orleans. Tulane is really good at offering programs and having extra curricular activities available. The student body is a great group as well. It seems that everyone here has a passion for learning.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are generally awesome. Of my 5 semesters here I've only had one professor I didn't care for. They generally know what they are talking about because most of them have had field experience. They are also excited to learn from the students. If a student asks a question to which they have no answer they will typically research it and come back with an answer.

  • 11/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Exploratory Students, those who like to further investigate outside the classroom and campus. Time-Savvy Students, those who know when to work, and when to play.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be attentive to your financial aid status, there could be issues that arise during the process.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is very expensive, thankfully Tulane does provide generous scholarships, and aid. But even with that I feel that certain costs could be revised and lowered. If you wanna get the most bang for your buck it's important to GET INVOLVED and participate in student activities and school events.

    Am enjoying being here

    New Orleans is a wonderful, entertaining, and dynamic city. There's always something to do and learn. Tulane is as equally dynamic. Tulane is constantly offering sponsored events, free for students. There are a lot of extracurricular and student activities to get involved with.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are extremely talented and experienced in their field. Tulane offers a wide range of subject matter to study, so I feel free to explore. Classes heavily tie in with New Orleans.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Tulane is great for students who are focused on having a well rounded education, and who like being involved in their communities. The service aspect of the curriculum gets you out into the city, while the Residence Life team keeps you plugged in on campus. Though Greek life does exist on Tulane, it isn't a necessary part of your life. I'm not in a sorority, though I know many girls who are and who enjoy it. Really, at Tulane there's a niche for everyone, no matter what your interests are. Tulane is great for the student who wants to really be involved on campus and in the city, and who wants to have a good time, learn new things, and meet some potentially weird people, while still broadening their academic horizons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Deinately get involved on campus and in the city. New Orelans is a great place to be, and there's no reason you shouldn't venture into the French Quarter on weekends. However, There's also tons and tons of stuff to do on campus, so check that out too. It's where you'll meet friends, foster new interests, and make good connections with professors and counselors outside of the office and classroom. However, even with all that going on, don't lose sight of why you are at Tulane. You are there to get a good education, and Tulane can be a hard school. Don't get distracted from your studies too much. In New Orleans and at Tulane, the best way to go about your college life is Work Hard, Play Hard. Its how we roll. Only in New Orleans, Only at Tulane.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is a very expensive college, and the only reason I got to go was because I got a really good scholarship. I don't know if it is worth going into thousands of dollars worth of debt for, but luckily that wasn't a problem for me. However, I do know that the academics are great, as are the social aspects of the school. Furthermore, the counselors are very good at placing graduates into jobs and internships right out of college, or into graduate programs, if you prefer. The service portion of the school's curriculum gives you a leg ahead, and Tulane offers many ways to boost your resume including tutoring programs to get involved in, numerous on-campus jobs, and overseas programs with foreign colleges. It isn't an ivy league school, but in my opinion the education they offer equals or surpasses them. The one negative about Tulane ios their financial aid office. I've had two freinds whose financial situations changed in the middle of the school year, and there wasn't much the financial aid office could do about it, so they had to take out more loans. On the other hand, they do give out pretty good scholarships and aid to incoming freshmen, and as long as you keep your GPA up, you should be okay.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tulane is a very involved campus. The Resident Life office is very involved and sponsors cookouts, comedians, activities, and more to keep students busy. Frequently, I had to choose between the fun things I wanted to go to! On Campus and Off campus, there's enough to do to make your head spin. I went to Crawfest, which is on campus, and VooDoo fest, which is off campus, and found both to be really fun. On campus though, I'm involved in four clubs, and am not the treasurer of two. Even with an insane class load, It is worth it to go out and make friends on campus. I met most of my current friends (and current boyfriend) through the clubs I'm involved in. Its a fun way to stay in touch and get away from some of the stress of academia. Overall, I can't imagine going anywhere else and having nearly as much fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Tulane is a great school with stellar academics. Even though I went to an academically challenging high school, I was never challenged like I am at Tulane, and I like it! The classes are small enough that you can really get to know your professors, and so long as you're willing to learn, they're willing to help. I feel that in my7 fist year at Tulane, I've learned more than I could hope to about my chosen majors, the beautiful city of New Orleans, and even myself. Though with over eighteen hours of class both semesters, I had to work really hard, I found the work enjoyable nonetheless and at times even inspiring. Tulane forces you to have a well rounded education, despite what your individual major may be, and I found that even the classes that weren't part of my majors contributed to my understanding in some way.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who don't really care about food and/or have cast iron stomachs Partiers Not partiers Crazy people who can take biology, physics, and chemistry and three other classes AT THE SAME TIME (this is basically a requirement for engineering majors; you have been warned). Oddballs People who love the outdoors People who hate boring cities Cyclists Artists Science majors (especially environmental science majors) Those who have a bartending license--you're pretty much guaranteed a job, close to campus, that pays pretty well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're diabetic or hyper/hypoglycemic, DON'T GO TO TULANE. Seriously. The food available on campus will not be edible for you, and you're required to have a meal plan if you live on campus. They don't even label a lot of the foods for things like nuts, so if you have food allergies... even Vegan students get screwed, since the food service seems to think mac and cheese with real cheese is vegan... basically, the food's [self-censored], so learn to cook, and get all of your meal plan monies on the wavebucks, you can use them at the on-campus convenience store to buy microwave meals and ramen, then get some fresh veggies from the farmer's market that comes to campus on friday. You can get a boxful for $20, and not a small one either.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's expensive. Very, very expensive. It is, in fact, on the same level as Duke and Columbia expensive. The low number of students compared to schools like Duke means that you, individually, get a whole lot more opportunities. For example, you can get a job working in the stable isotope laboratory FRESHMAN YEAR. How cool is that, for your resume? Not to mention the ridiculous science research you can get in on, the enormous, well-equipped rec center, and of course, the fact that only around 1/3-1/4 of students pay the school's full tuition rate, and a lot of those who technically pay full rate have outside scholarships and grants that cover a lot of it. And there's the dean's scholarship, which is ridiculous, fun, covers all tuition and a semester abroad, and if I'm not mistaken room and board as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great city, with great people. The streetcar stops right outside campus, so you can take a trip to the french quarter whenever you like, for a fun day, or just to take a break with some beignets and do some studying. There are all sorts of fun places around, and Audubon park is across the street from campus, as is the spectacular Audubon Zoo.

    Am learning a lot

    There's tons of courses, tons of majors, and all sorts of weird stuff you can do. You can take glass blowing, even major in studio art with a concentration in glass art, and so on. The more academic courses are choc-full of information, and frequently quite fun. If you get a chance, take a history course from Professor Harl; he's incredible. The school's core requirements mean that you HAVE to take a broad spectrum of courses, so you may as well take something interesting, and there's tons of interesting things on offer, that'll teach you to boot. On the other side of learning, living in New Orleans teaches you how to handle yourself in a major city with all sorts of crazy things going on. If you can't manage your time, you WILL learn how to here. Well, that or you'll fail, but when it's sink or swim, most people swim.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many emergency posts around campus where you press a button, and TUPD will come quickly. The campus is also well-lit. Plus, you can call the Tulane emergency medical service any time and they will send you an ambulance for free. Off campus can be more dangerous, especially in the French Quarter, but there are always extra cops there for the big events. Just make good decisions. Stay in well-lit areas, stick with friends, and drink a safe amount of alcohol!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely present, but it's not overpowering. What's also nice is that pledging doesn't start until the spring, so you have all of fall to make friends outside of the sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Name a club or a sport, and we've got it! Seriously!

    Great for these types of students

    Tulane is great for everyone! There is seriously every kind of person here! There are your party animals and your bookworms. There are people from every type of socioeconomic situation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We do have a tree on Gibson Quad that is covered in Mardi Gras beads!

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is really expensive, but it is a private school, and the campus is beautiful. Plus, it's located in the Garden District, which is filled with multimillion dollar homes!

    What to do for fun

    Um, it's New Orleans!!! There's ALWAYS something to do! You can go to the on-campus bar, The Boot, or you can go to one of the tons of local restaurants near by. Tulane is also only a cheap streetcar ride away from the French Quarter!

    Food and Dining

    I really like Bruff! There's a lot of choices! I haven't gotten bored yet! However, it can get a little messy and crowded. Fortunately, Loyola's dining hall (nicknamed Luff) is only a five minute walk away. It's smaller and a lot less crowed. Students also receive money on their splash cards that can be used in the LBC, which has Panda Express, Freshens, Einstein Bros. Bagels, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Josephine Louise, which is the all-girl dorm. (Don't worry, guys can still visit as guests! But be warned if you are having male out-of-town visitors because there are no male showers!) I like Josephine Louise because it is a more historic building, the rooms are huge, and it's quiet! However, it is a little more out of the way than the other freshman dorms! The other dorms are really loud, but they are also more eventful. The best dorm is probably Wall, but residents are chosen by application.

    Academic Rigor

    Tulane is notorious for incredibly hard math and science courses. However, if you are willing to go to office hours and clock time in the free tutoring center, then an A is definitely possible!

    Tips for prospective students

    It isn't all about test scores! I know people who had much higher test scores who didn't get the scholarships I received! What I had was an abundance of extra curricular activities with leadership roles. Tulane is looking for a well-rounded individual!

    In three sentences

    I don't know what I love more, this school or this city! You get to experience New Orleans, but live in the nicer area! I really feel as though I am receiving a first-rate education!

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    lovvee tulane!

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy to go out and have a good time, but also know that they sometimes need to stay in and study for an exam will do well at Tulane. If you want a close community on a college campus, you can definitely find one at Tulane.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tulane and New Orleans has so much to offer that you need to get out and explore everything. You should get involved on campus in as many ways as possible, which will help to meet new people and make your experience at Tulane that much better. New Orleans is an amazing city and there is so much to do there. You definitely need to get out and go out downtown every once in a while or go across the street to the park of the zoo.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is definitely expensive but it is worth it. They also have been giving out a lot of money in scholarships which help many incoming students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love Tulane and the city of New Orleans. There is so much to do and so much to get involved with. There are clubs are anything you can think of and it is extremely easy to get involved. Many students choose to join Greek like, which I did. Joining all of these clubs and activities is also a great way to meet new people. The students are from all over the country and it is great to have friends from geographically every where and meet different types of people. The size of the campus is just right. It's not too small and definitely not too big. We also have the best of both worlds when it comes to being in a city and having a campus because we have both. Tulane is a very short distance from downtown New Orleans and we have an amazing campus with everything you could need on it.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics at Tulane are great. There are so many interesting classes that are offered and my experiences with professors so far have been good. They are all very accommodating and they want you to learn and to do well. The courses I have taken are definitely challenging but I enjoy the challenge because I am interesting in the material that I am learning and in the end I learn a lot that will help me in the future.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 75

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in something. There are really a million things to do from cheese club to The Hullabaloo to Outreach Tulane to NORML... you can do anything!

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is really expensive. Like, stupid expensive. Having said that, over 75% of the student body is on some type of merit or financial based scholarship provided by third parties or by Tulane themselves.

    Am enjoying being here

    Uptown New Orleans, where the Campus is located is a really beautiful area. There is a gorgeous park, zoo, and aquarium within walking distance of campus and the streetcar and bus lines make another half the easily accessible. Not only is there some type of awesome festival going on nearly every weekend, but there is also at least one movie or TV show being filmed here every month. It's truly a city full of opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    Tulane is a member of the Southern Ivy League and as such they take pride in offering a challenging and extensive course listing. As an AP student, I came into Tulane thinking I was pretty knowledgeable in my area of study (Literature). Every class I have taken at Tulane, though, has opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and learning.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 75

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    Great for these types of students

    Tulane has a strong Jewish and Christian student body, but it isn't overwhelmingly so if that isn't your thing; if it is, you are in the right place. Since it is in New Orleans, there are a lot of people who party, but you will find that at any college you go to. Of course, you can find a huge number of people who don't go out, so if you aren't into that sort of thing, you will still have things to do. Tulane has strong medical, law, and architecture departments, but they also have really good anthropology and political science departments, too. Truly, there is something for everyone here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are on top of your financial aid/accounts receivable paper work and bills if you come here. The staff are really good about working with you if you have problems, but I have had a lot of issues with financial aid losing my paper work and accounts receivable charging me twice for insurance. Usually if you notice and issue and talk to them about it though, they are more than happy to work with you. If you ever have any issues, talk to SOMEONE about it (housing, financial aid, etc), but try to speak to someone higher up; the people who answer the phones are usually students and don't know any more than you do. Bring an umbrella; there are lots of random, mid-day storms.

    Bang for the buck

    DON'T LET THE INITIAL PRICE TAG SCARE YOU. Tulane is insanely expensive, but I don't think I've met ANYONE here who doesn't have some type of scholarship. Still, they do work with you as best they can to make it affordable to come here, and you do receive a ton of benefits in your tuition, such as access to Reilly (the fitness center), all the online databases, and free concerts. Essentially, you are paying for the name of Tulane, which long term will probably help you get a job over someone who went to a lesser-known school.

    Am enjoying being here

    New Orleans in general is a great place to be because it has something for everyone. There is an excellent park across the street to go to, as well as the zoo, and the French Quarter isn't too far off, either. On campus, there are always Frisbee games going on and I feel like we have a lot of free concerts (for example, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr played a free show here last month). Overall, the people here are pretty nice, and who doesn't love warm weather?

    Am learning a lot

    I adore Tulane because academically, it is rigorous and I feel like I am finally getting to study obscure topics that were glossed over in most high school courses. All the professors I have had so far are the complete opposite of what most high school teachers like to characterize them as; far from being indifferent to their students, all of my professors are really caring and willing to go the extra mile to help make sure you understand the material.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Students interesting in schools such as U-Miami, Emory and Vanderbilt. -Students who love music. -Lots of Jewish Students -Lots of northeastern students

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you realize the size of Tulane. It is a small school which comes with it's ups and downs. Everybody knows each other, and if that is the type of situation you want then it could be a good fit.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is very expensive and it is easy to get upset about this when you have a not-so-great professor.

    Am enjoying being here

    New Orleans is a great college town. There are always a million things to do, great night life, lots of festivals and its not very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Small classes mean that you can have personal relationships with your professors. There are professors that arn't so great, but there are also ones that will change your perspectives. Make sure Tulane offers a program in your interests, it's a small school and doesn't have as diverse majors as others do.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 75

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    In three sentences

    Great city to live in, amazing arts scene, and fun night life. A work hard play hard kind of school.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it's new orleans, do obviously safety is an issue. the university provides free shuttles and are working to better the campus police presence.

    Greek Life

    greek life is huge at tulane, about 30%. you dot rush until second semester, which is much less intimidating. also, the houses are not residential.

    Clubs and Activities

    not huge at tulane, although existent when you look.

    Great for these types of students

    those who know how to work hard and play hard.

    Bang for the buck

    honestly the best school ever.

    What to do for fun

    take the streetcar downtown to the french quarter or walk across the street for a stroll in audobon park. there is a copious amount of things to entertain you in new orleans. at night, head to one of the bars walking distance from campus and you'll be sure to run into all of your friends.

    Food and Dining

    bruff commons, the dining hall, has a wide variety of foods, including new orleans favorites. the student center has multiple options such as sushi, quiznos, and panda express. get some late night eats at the rat in the basement of the student center.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are far from glamorous and you are required to live on campus for two years. it is extremely fun, however, and more safe and convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging and professors are fabulous, but it is definitely possible to get as if you work hard enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for rainy weather: you can't go wrong with a good pair of rainboots and raincoat.

    In three sentences

    tulane is located in the city of new orleans, providing students with a unique experience unavailable elsewhere. the high quality of the academics mixed with the alluring night life characterized the work hard-play hard mentality of the students. the small size makes campus and classes much more intimate.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    on campus, the safety is great; tupd patrols constantly. however, off campus, the roads and streets are dangerous especially when walking in alone at night. always travel in large groups and be aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    greek life exists if you want it, and for those who are not interested, it is not needed. most of my friends are not in the greek system, but we can all attend greek related activities. people in the greek system do not look down upon those who are not in it. there is no real division between that. there is a holistic attitude among the undergraduate class.

    What to do for fun

    the new orleans night life is like no other. one can always go downtown to catch a show, listen to jazz, or just stroll around the french quarter. the opportunities are literally endless, and you will never run out of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    there is a great cafeteria that always has staples such as a salad bar, a sandwich line, and pizza/pasta. additionally, they serve vegetarian/vegan options and a daily hot meal that is excellant.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life was loud, crazy, but overall fun. i met a lot of interesting people, and most of my best friends were from my dorm residence. it was an invaluable experience and teaches many life lessons that one could not learn elsewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    it is highly competitive and demanding. course work can be overwhelming at times, but they have a free tutoring center and lots of locations to study. everyone here is likeminded and one usually sees study groups and such.

    Tips for prospective students

    a lot of the admissions process is based on gpa and act scores, so those are the types of things i would work on. extracurricular and volunteering experience also help with the admission process. always visit the school!

    In three sentences

    it has a beautiful campus with huge sprawling new orleans trees and quads that are constantly filled with studying students or those just looking to lay back and relax. it has one of the best climates; it is warm, humid at times, and rarely becomes bitter cold. it has a loving, accepting undergraduate class, filled with intelligent, friendly people.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    a big issue on campus is safety. the campus police does a pretty good job of keeping crime to a minimum on campus, and even patrols the area directly off campus, as many tulane students live there. the only major problem that exists with crime at tulane is that students don't always report it when a crime does occur, making it hard for police to address the issue.

    Greek Life

    greek life is very prevalent here at tulane. i am not in a sorority myself, but i know several students who are and like it a great deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs to choose from, and if you don't see one you like (unlikely) you can create one. clubs are really the heart of tulane that keeps it going strong.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for the applied student that wants to do something proactive in their community. it has an excellent pre-med program, and its community service program gives students the hands-on experience required to have a fruitful career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a tree in the academic quad that becomes the bead tree each year, where students throw strands of mardi gras beads up into its branches.

    Bang for the buck

    tulane is quite pricey. i would have rated it higher if not for the plethora of fees and incidental expenses, which add up to be a significant amount.

    What to do for fun

    you're in new orleans! there are a plethora of festivals, concerts, parades, and don't forget mardi gras! when you just want to stay on campus, tulane has an abundance of things to do, several each day. tulane offers regular concerts, parties, and festivals, trivia and bingo nights, and many many more to keep students entertained.

    Food and Dining

    food isn't the best. the cafeteria is really bad, and the student union features some options, but very little of it is healthy.

    Dorm Life

    housing and residence life goes out of their way to put on programs, events, and incentives for living on campus. the freshman dorms can be a bit noisy at times, which detracts from the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    i feel that the education is very strong and the classes are challenging, and appropriately so for its course level. their is plenty of work to get done, but you won't feel like you're wasting your time doing it.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't room in monroe and definitely don't drink too much your first year. get involved both at tulane and in the greater community...you won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    tulane is energetic, fun, and an incredible place to learn. our professors are dedicated and knowledgeable in their field, and the education can't be beat! throw in that it's in new orleans and you have the perfect recipe for a perfect college.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 75

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a definitely a night life at Tulane. There are many bars and clubs (if that's your thing). Tulane is also pretty good about putting on activities with music and free food.

    Food and Dining

    New Orleans has great food, but the cafeteria does not. The food court food gets boring after a while. They plan to build a new cafeteria soon, though.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on what dorm you live in. Some are kind of falling apart on the inside, but Tulane will fix most of it at no cost. Some Resident Assistants aren't very good at their job (doing activities, getting onto those breaking the rules), though.

    Academic Rigor

    If you can balance work and play, Tulane really isn't that hard. You always have to study, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many students have trouble balancing partying and studying, so learn fast.

    In three sentences

    Since I don't party, it took a while before I could fit in here. Most of the professors in my field (biological sciences) are very knowledgeable about the subject matter. New Orleans is also a great city with lots to do.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 23 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A very high priority here! There are emergency stations everywhere. Police station on campus. Ride assistance if you are lost or separated from your group. Bus service to stores and malls. Registration for computers, phones, bikes. Free self defense classes and so on. I feel like the campus is a very safe environment. Street cars on St Charles street.

    Greek Life

    It does exist for those who are interested, but there are NO living accomodations in greek house in New Orleans.

    Clubs and Activities

    As far as I can tell, at this time, there are a great number of clubs and activities available. You are even encouraged to start your own club, if it doesn't exist. Lots of free stuff to do and get involved with as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have a goal are willing to work towards it...It is a smaller university, which is what I was looking for since I didn't want to become a number in a lecture. I wanted to become a member of the university and seen as a student/person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe that the requirement for community service is a special trait at this school.

    Bang for the buck

    I researched a lot of schools last year. I saw a few and decided that this university was the best FIT for me. It has exactly the courses I want to pursue along with the community services that I am accustomed to. I am looking forward to a career in neuroscience.

    What to do for fun

    I haven't really started to do too many things outside of my classes and dorm as yet. But have attended some welcome activities and am enjoying meeting other students on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food plans are great. you can divide them up to the way you eat. I am a vegetarian and have found there is a lot of options for me. There is always something going on if you are looking to eat outside of your plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is friendly and involved. The RA in on my floor is super nice and friendly. I feel like I am able to meet and fit in with all kinds of kids from all over the country and few from around the world. There are a lot of things to do if you so choose and have the time between academics.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are top notch. I am use to being an AP student with a high degree of accomplishment. I also like the idea of the Tides classes and the volunteering within the community. I have spent a lot of time volunteering at home and want to be a part of this community as well

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend that you attend the orientation sessions offered. They are a great insight to the workings of the University. It helped me to find my way about and understand the community.

    In three sentences

    This school is AMAZING! They are truly interested in you, your goals and how to achieve them. Not only academically but financially. The staff is generous with their time and efforts in helping you. The food is good and the living quarters are in good condition. I am a long way from home, but am very comfortable and feel welcome.

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    I visited this campus in the summer of 2010, and fell in love with the city of New Orleans, and the campus of Tulane. The buildings are gorgeous, and the people that live in the city are amazing. Its like one huge family, everyone looks out for each other, even if you've never met before.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 75

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    Great for these types of students

    I am not sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like the city, if you don't, consider another school for the program.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive. I am wondering about job placement, supposed to be good. The instructors have a lot of connections.

    Am enjoying being here

    A tough city!

    Am learning a lot

    The program of Public Health is complete, good instructors with lots of experience and research. The bureaucratic messes in the school are many and not fun to deal with given the amount of tuition that students pay.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 75

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends to the French Quarter sometimes on the weekends. Go to the gym (for workout, running, soccer, racquetball) or play videogames in free time.

    Tips for prospective students

    A chemistry major and a pre-dent hopeful, I took the majority of science classes last semester of my freshman year. The professors are exceptionally knowledgeable and tend to teach you more than what you want to know. Gen chem and bio classes (accommodating approx. 120-150 students) here are more challenging than those in my high school. Many students are bright and intellectually curious while there are also some who do care about their classes but don't bother doing much work as well as some who aren’t sufficiently prepared to handle the work. One night on the weekend, several of my floormates got together in my room and discussed the philosophical aspects of truth and existence! About workload, several of my friends took somewhere between 15-19 credit hours. I took 18. Those who took 19 credits DO have time for other activities (ie, gym, partying, videogaming...). And yes, partying makes up a big portion of the social life at Tulane, esp. for freshmen. Be sure to balance the New Orleans social life and the more important, of higher priority academics! This probably is the most challenging part faced by an inexperienced freshman.

    In three sentences

    For most prospective college students, two things that matter the most for them are a vibrant social life and a superior education. If you think you can balance the social and academic lives, Tulane is the place for you. If you don't think you are strong enough to do so, Tulane might not be where I want to spend your time.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 75

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    it's new orleans, you'll find something

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    while our dining hall ofters something to be desired for vegans and vegetarians, and most of us can be found complaining about the lack of clean dishes on any given day, the food here is pretty good. it's not homecooking, but a fine substitute. and if you ever get tired of the dining hall, our student center offers many other affordable food options.

    Dorm Life

    as far as college goes, the dorms here are pretty nice. you have lots of options on where to stay and you can pick based on your preferences - single or double, suites, upperclassman or mixed housing, etc. some dorms are big on bonding events and community outreach, but it's up to you to be as involved in these activities as you want.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what classes you take here, the work can be pretty intense. some classes are very reading- and writing-heavy; others require massive amounts of study and attentiveness during lectures. it's vigorous, but not impossible.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a lot of safety issues here as of late but it seems like campus police are trying to solve the issue.

    Greek Life

    As a member of a greek organization I can say that it really added to my experience here. There's not a huge sense of a Greek Community but it has allowed me to see more of the city than I would have normally

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs than you can imagine. If you want it you've got it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have a good work ethic but are social as well

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mardi Gras! It's an experience you won't get anywhere else

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane gives literally the best scholarships/financial aid. The school is expensive at face value but when all is said and done I don't know a single person here paying that price.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of students go out uptown which is always fun but there are other things to do. There are tons of concerts going on in New Orleans!

    Food and Dining

    There is only one cafeteria, which even though it offers a lot of options it can get boring. Same goes with the student center food. But there are tons of restaurants off campus for when things on campus get a little boring.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are dorms, nothing special. They're never really fully clean but it comes with your college experience. The dorms are very social making it easy to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very intensive and do require a lot of work. Being able to balance everything is a challenge but it is doable. The professors are great when it comes to teaching their subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow yourselves to branch out. There are so many things to do in the city and throughout your time here you should really take it all in.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a great university especially for those looking for a new experience. I took a leap of faith coming here and am so thankful I did. The level of academics mixed with the social setting is like no other.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life a lot bigger than you'd think, but it's not super overwhelming. People aren't extremely clique-y and it's also not the only option if you want a social life. So many people aren't in a sorority or fraternity and there are plenty of places to go at night or other ways to get involved.

    What to do for fun

    There are ENDLESS options of what to do for fun in New Orleans. Audubon Park and Zoo is right across the street from campus. Or you can take the streetcar to the French Quarter, walk to Magazine Street, or even stay around campus and explore the neighborhoods. There are a lot of nearby bars, cute restaurants, and fun shops you can walk to.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff food is not great....Tulane could definitely improve our dining services and options, or even build more/newer places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here range from completely old, dirty, and gross, to newer ones that are really nice. There are so many ups and downs to each dorm, it really is based on what atmosphere you prefer to live in. The less crazy, quieter dorms are probably JL, Patterson, SoHo, Willow, and Warren. That doesn't mean people who live there don't go out though.

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many classes to take and things to major in. Classes are not necessarily easy but there are always those few that are known to be a breeze. Science classes are very rigorous and most people in those classes are very strong in science. We also have a very good business school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be able to come into college grounded, and recognize that you can't go out every night and still do well at Tulane. It's very easy to get caught up in the social aspects. You have to work hard to be able to play hard and get ahead.

    In three sentences

    Tulane and life in New Orleans is definitely an acquired taste that is not for everyone, but for those who aren't used to wild nightlife scenes and rich southern culture may still be surprised. People here are a jumbled mix of personalities and backgrounds, but at the end of the day it is not very ethnically diverse and most students are rich, white kids. Although partying is a huge aspect, there is absolutely something to do for everyone, and the academics here are still very challenging.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    You have a personal one on one type of experience with the professors here on the coast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give your all from day one. Utilize all resources from the school.

    In three sentences

    Tulane School of Continuing Studies on the coast is an amazing part of Tulane University. Tulane teachers are very good at what that they do. The overalll curriculum is broad and prepares you for the real world

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a strong police force, but of course we're in New Orleans so there is a lot of crime. I've never felt unsafe while on campus.

    Greek Life

    We have a pretty active Greek scene here, but it is not vital to a social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many options of stuff to do here, you really decide how involved you want to be.

    Great for these types of students

    We have a lot of rich, Jewish, New Yorkers here. I'm not one of those but you'll definitely fit in if you are.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay a lot to be at Tulane, but they give you a lot in return.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown new orleans is a streetcar ride away, which you'll probably do once or twice in the first couple of weeks, but there are also a lot of uptown options, bars and such. There are a lot of concerts and jazz clubs, and of course New Orleans is the only city that has more festivals than there are days in a year.

    Food and Dining

    College dining halls are never really the best, but it's decent. There are a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different options for dorm life here. You can have a quiet dorm that is good for homework, or you can be in a party dorm and be social 24/7, it is really up to you to choose how you want your experience here to be.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like the classes and professors definitely expect a lot out of Tulane students, but it is not too difficult if you know how to manage your time effectively.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about the type of people that come to a school like this- that was the biggest shock for me. I wanted to come to Tulane because most of the students come from 800 miles away or more, but they're like all coming from long island and new jersey...

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a great school for those looking to balance social and cultural experiences as well as a good education. It has strong academic standing in pretty much every area except the math department. Tulane is in New Orleans, which provides lots of fun opportunities.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Because we are in a dangerous city like New Orleans, safety is always an issue. But, they do a great job keeping us safe around campus.

    Greek Life

    We have Recruitment 2nd semester. This is great because it allows you to make plenty of friends 1st semester, so all of your friends aren't in the same sorority or fraternity as you. Even if you're not Greek, it isn't a big deal because Greek Life isn't necessary to make friends or have fun on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs and activities at Tulane. You can find a club for just about anything..and if we don't have it, you can create it!

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly think that Tulane is great for any type of student. We have people from all over the country and from all different types of backgrounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the front of campus, we have a Mardi Gras tree that is completely filled with beads. It is tradition to throw one of your Mardi Gras beads onto it when you are on your way back from the parades on St. Charles.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is a very expensive school. But, they do their best to give out plenty of scholarships. And in my opinion, it is worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Where to begin!? New Orleans is one of the most amazing cities on earth. There is a plethora of fun things to do and explore, and I have only made a dent in the fun things to do. There are so many different fun festivals..from the Po-Boy fest to the one and only Mardi Gras! The food in New Orleans is absolutely delicious, and it is a lot of fun to go and explore different restaurants. The nightlife at Tulane is also awesome, and there is always something to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is slowly trying to improve. Although everything in there is not extremely delicious, you can always find something that isn't so bad. And this year, the dining hall even created a delicious bakery! In addition to the dining hall, we have a food court with several restaurants that are all pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Tulane are very nice and large. For freshmen, the bathrooms are hall style, but that is what helps you become friends with the rest of your hall! I met so many cool people in my dorm, and I'm so glad that we have a requirement to live on campus for another year!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a pre-med student, so I feel that my academic rigor is more difficult than the average student's academic rigor at Tulane. With that being said, Tulane does have some difficult courses to offer. But, I think that the overall, Tulane is not a very difficult school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tulane is an extremely unique school, and it is great for any student. If you care about your grades, but you like to have fun on weekends....Tulane is the place for you!!

    In three sentences

    Tulane is the perfect fit for so many different types of people. It is located in one of America's greatest cities, and there is a never-ending amount of fun things to do. Despite all of the fun things to do around campus, the academics are great too!

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    New Orleans is not a safe city, but the campus recently upped the number of police officers patrolling the campus and the surrounding areas.

    Greek Life

    1/3 participate - it is fairly dominant but certainly avoidable.

    Clubs and Activities

    They're certainly out there for those who want to join them

    Great for these types of students

    Smart kids who love to party.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Boot is the campus bar

    Bang for the buck

    One of the most expensive for tuition, but with a scholarship it isn't so bad.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the French Quarter and frequent nice establishments.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff is not the best.

    Dorm Life

    Loud, cramped and slow internet (mostly).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't particularly hard as long as you show up and study (assuming you have a good teacher).

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a party school. A selective one. And for some bizarre reason it's 30% Jewish.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is in the heart of the wonderful New Orleans, though it is certainly a separate entity. It is first-class education in America's most interesting city. It is not for the faint of heart, as the students take partying very seriously.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    New Orleans is dangerous, but the campus police do their best to keep the area around campus safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun and provides yet another opportunity to have fun in New Orleans.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many student organizations at Tulane, and if you can't find one that is right for you, you can start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, creative Fun loving, social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Mardi Gras tree that is completely covered in beads. Also, Tulane's graduation is fun and lively, kind of like a traditional New Orleans wedding.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school, but you get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    It's New Orleans, there is always something to do for fun: live music, free food, drinking, festivals, mardi gras, shopping, going to the levee or pool, and the list goes on...

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining sucks. Avoid Bruff and go to Le Gourmet.

    Dorm Life

    You have to live in a dorm for your freshman and sophomore year, which kind of sucks. BUT freshman dorms are so much fun, and they make it so easy to make friends. Also, coed dorms are always fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Tulane is a hard school with demanding classes, but it is manageable for above average students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Retake classes from high school your freshman year to boost your GPA early, you won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    Tulane's students are generally driven and talented but still like to have some fun. For a small private school, Tulane has numerous resources for students that are very easily accessed. It is also located in one of the coolest cities in America, New Orleans.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus is pretty safe. There are blue emergency lights on almost every corner and I've never been afraid to walk alone from Howie T (Howard Tilton Library) back to my dorm after late night study sessions. It gets a little fishy when you venture off campus though - keep in mind you are living in New Orleans, after all. Always watch your back - people are constantly mugged.

    Greek Life

    I chose to join a sorority and I feel like it gave me life experiences that I would have missed out on as a non-Greek. If you're into it, I say go for it. The sororities are pretty laid back and there is barely any tension between houses. The parties are great and you meet tons of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for everyone - including a juggling club! Clubs are a great way to meet lots of interesting people at Tulane. Intramurals are pretty big, too.

    Great for these types of students

    Tulane is a huge party school, and a lot of people are from up North. Tulane students are also really big on community service.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Mardi Gras tree on the academic quad. It's the one with all the beads hanging on it - there's no way you could miss it!

    What to do for fun

    Tulane is located in one of the best cities in the country: NEW ORLEANS! There are constantly things to do. In regards to music, we have Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, VOO DOO music festival, and many more festivals on the weekends dedicated to music. There are numerous bars around the city (check out Frenchman St) that feature live bands. Audubon park is right across the street from Tulane and is a great spot to have a picnic or throw a frisbee around. There is no way you will ever be bored in New Orleans.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know why people hate on Bruff so much. It's not fine dining, nor does it admit to being so. However, it has a lot of choices. It has a cereal bar, pasta bar, deli bar, salad bar, dessert station, pizza section, hamburgers, and a hot entree area. There are great restaurants that deliver around campus, so you can always order out if you get sick of Bruff.

    Dorm Life

    Do not expect the Ritz-Carlton. You're living in a dorm and that's what you are going to get. If you want a quiet freshman year, apply to live in Wall. If you want the traditional college experience, go for Monroe or Sharp. You may not sleep, but you will have some great stories to tell your grandchildren one day. Most people live in Irby or Phelps sophomore year, and then move off campus Junior year. Keep in mind this is the South and no matter how hard you try, cockroaches can make their way into your room.

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to try hard to succeed here (but of course there are always those kids who do well without even trying...) I would say there's an estimated 3-6 hours of homework on any given night.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is not much of a dating scene at Tulane. People drink and party a lot; however, they're some of the best and brightest in the nation. We work hard and party hard. There is a very small population at Tulane that does not party; so, keep that in mind! It is also very hot in NOLA: we have two seasons: summer and spring.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is located in one of the best cities the United States has to offer: if you don't go here, you are missing out on one wild ride. You will not find a college experience anywhere else that could even challenge the one you will get at Tulane!

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus I always feel safe. As long as you walk in groups and in well lit areas you tend to be pretty safe, but there have been an increase int he number of crimes around campus since my freshman year. Luckily we have a new Chief of Police and Police Superintendent who are awesome and have done a lot int he few months they have been at Tulane to improve safety.

    Greek Life

    I love being Greek and can't imagine my life without my sisters. You can choose to be as involved or uninvolved in your greek organization as you want, but going greek is definitely something that adds to your Tulane Experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't tell you enough to get involved on Campus. We have exceptional organizations that offer awesome opportunities for students on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who like to work hard and play harder.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever students return from a Mardi Gras Parade they throw beads onto the bead tree on the Academic Quad.

    What to do for fun

    Go through recruitment and get involved on campus. Explore New Orleans - go to festivals and concerts when ever you can. Shop and Eat on Magazine and Oak Street. Make sure to hip up the classic New Orleans Tourist locations but also find the unique places that the locals love. The more you see, the more you will fall in love with New Orleans.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff is great - you will miss it when it's not your main source of food after freshman year. There are a lot of healthy options wherever you go. Some version of on campus dining is open 21 hours a day - so I really see no reason to complain.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great - there is a freshman dorm for everyone you just have to pick the right one for you. JL, Paterson, and Butler tend to be quieter while Monroe and Sharp are definitely party dorms. Res Colleges like Wall are great if you want to get really involved with Tulane.

    Academic Rigor

    Some programs are harder than others - especially our 4 plus 1 Undergrad and Masters joint degree programs. Overall students have the option to really challenge themselves if they want it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find the balance between extra-curriculars and academics freshman year. Go through sorority or fraternity recruitment. Get involved in New Orleans as well as Tulane - the city is so much more than Uptown/campus.

    In three sentences

    Tulane students are work hard, play hard people. We excel academically while balancing our course work with the crazy amount of festivals, concerts, and events New Orleans hosts every week. We also draw a lot of northern students for being so far south.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety while on-campus is not a problem, the campus police are very good at keeping Tulane safe. The rest of New Orleans, however, is a different story - especially at night, and the police can't be everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Plentiful and pervasive on campus, although often at odds with the school administration. Great if you want it, no pressure if not.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs on and around campus, or start your own. Club sports and intramurals are a blast, and the school does very well to help with funding.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, willing to try new things, Jewish (affectionately, Jew-lane), likes food, pre-medical, pre-law

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Getting off-campus is really where it's at - there are dozens of festivals and celebrations throughout the year. And Mardi Gras CANNOT be beat by anywhere else.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive, but you get a fine education - a good launching point for going to further school.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want, New Orleans has just about everything. Music, bars, art, museums, community service... difficult to do much outdoors or camping.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus food is fine, and plentiful - the dining hall is unlimited food, all day, and the food court provides variety. The food in the rest of the city cannot be beat anywhere else in the world.

    Dorm Life

    Required to live on campus for the first two years, but the dorms are quickly running out of space, and older students are encouraged to live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor varies by class - there are certainly very easy classes, and very difficult classes. Probably no different than any other university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an interest in community service, and be willing to leave the campus bubble. Don't worry about bringing heavy winter clothes.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is an interesting blend of students from all over the States - many from the Northeast and Gulf South. It offers a wide variety of programs and opportunities, and does very well to support its undergraduates in things that they want to pursue. Additionally, Tulane is heavily invested in the New Orleans community - in things like community service, internships, and their medical and law schools.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is incredibly safe. With TUPD around we never hear about any bad stuff happening on campus

    Greek Life

    There is a large greek population on campus, but everyone is so friendly that it really doesn't have an effect on the atmosphere of the school at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide array of clubs to chose from and if you can't find one that fits exactly what you want to do get some people together and make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone! Just remember to be social and friendly and you'll find your place in no time!

    Bang for the buck

    It's really expensive, but it's also a really great time. All around I love this school and any alumni I talk to always express fond memories. I have loved all my teachers and classes so far! I really recommend this school!

    What to do for fun

    I go downtown to the French Quarter, to hang out, shop and sample the local food. The Zoo is fun and Maple street is good for a night out with your friends. The Boot is infamous. There are also awesome outdoor trip provided by Riley our recreation center and plenty to do on campus for daytime fun.

    Food and Dining

    Like any college, our cafeteria, Bruff is decent and sometimes great! But also sometimes iffy and boring. Tulane keeps dining exciting with Le Gourmet and other awesome vendors at the LBC. There is also the Tulane Hillel for a new take on traditional Jewish food and Loyola's cafeteria is great!

    Dorm Life

    Monroe and Sharp are two great choices. You'll meet lots of great people anywhere you dorm, even Butler, the Honors dorm is great for socializing!

    Academic Rigor

    Like always you can find easy classes, but for the most part you will be challenged unlike anything you'd have experienced in high school. Make use of the library for studying for midterms and finals!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to change a lot your first year of college and make sure to give yourself a bit of slack first semester. If your grades aren't perfect, it's okay, you're becoming an adult and going through huge, important, changes.

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is surrounded by truly inspiring culture. There is a wide array of academic majors and programs with great professors. The people are amazing as are the variety of clubs and on campus events.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lots of robberies off campus, some murder in the NOLA area, but TUPD does a good job and is better than NOPD.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for social people, more recluse or nerdy types, and gays. Seriously anyone will feel comfortable here.

    What to do for fun

    Walk 5 minutes in any direction and you'll find something unique and fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is OK if you're creative, and other dining options are fairly expensive but great. And, all food off campus will be amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I made 20 extremely close friends very quickly. Anyone will love dorm life here.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, class and homework can be easy or very, very hard. Most sciences and math require a lot of time, but are still manageable. Liberal arts tend to be a bit easier because of the nature of their study. Anyone can handle the work with some sacrifices.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME HERE! The application is free, and you really couldn't go to school in a cooler place with better people.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is truly a land of opportunity. Whoever you are, you'll find acceptance and a niche of close friends on this liberal campus, and New Orleans is simply amazing. In addition to excellent academics, the social life is superb, and I always make my high school friends jealous when we swap stories.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are waves of crime in the surrounding areas of campus though Tulane is taking active steps to increase security and decrease crime.

    Greek Life

    Very large greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs, if you don't see what you want, it's easy to start it yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is something you must explore for yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but offers many scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    It's New Orleans! There's nothing but fun! We have spring break AND mardi gras break. There is always live music and something to do Monday through Monday.

    Food and Dining

    The Bruff dining commons are not the best and do not offer much variety which can be expected with any buffet style dinning common. With that said, some days offer great meals. The LBC also has great food to take out or eat in the center. Also, Tulane students have access to Loyola University's dining commons which have great food consistently.

    Dorm Life

    Tulane Housing and Residence Life is very responsive to students' needs. I was so impressed with their work that I applied and am not currently an R.A on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on how much work you put into your school work. People complain over the rigor in courses but I mostly find that these are people with poor study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the resources on campus, they will come in handy! If you have a problem, don't write an email, go directly into the office. Ask ask ask before you take courses for feedback on professors and course loads.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is the Ivy League of the South and is surrounded by New Orleans culture. There are a variety of classes and majors making it a diverse study body in terms of majors, though some might say it lack diversity in its study body. Overall, Tulane is a great place with many pockets to find happiness and comfort within and outside of the campus.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The crime reports are scary, so use saferides, stay in groups and be smart!

    Greek Life

    I recommend it, but its not for everyone. If you rush you can still associate with people in other houses, so don't worry about only having to hang out with people in your house! Its a great way to make friends and meet upperclassmen.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who still want a good education. Most students go out and like to socialize so if you're into that then you'll be fine! You have to be willing to study though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The boot, Louis, Granny Cart Lady, Crawfest, Mardi Gras

    Bang for the buck

    I could not ask for a better school. Its expensive, but I've had friends at other schools visit and they can't stop telling me how lucky I am.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the boot, palms, etc. Fraternity and sorority parties, football games (haha sometimes), explore New Orleans, homecoming, on-campus speakers and concerts, movie nights, floor activities, festivals in New Orleans, etc.

    Food and Dining

    You will love and hate Bruff. You'll get sick of the LBC, I mean you can only eat so many bagels and sushi packs. I hear they're opening a 24-hour diner in the LBC basement where the Rat was, so that will be exciting. The meal plans are improving each year though.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Sharp and loved it. Looking back I could never do it again but its fun at the time. All the dorms are different and I think the stereotypes are pretty accurate. Monroe and Sharpe are about the same, JL is a wild card and I've met awesome people that lived there. Butler and Wall are quieter, Patterson has a unique group. Soho didn't exist when I lived on campus (I know I'm old) so I can't say much about it.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, but you will have to study. Every major has its own tough classes and I haven't met anyone who hasn't struggled in at least one class. Stay organized and on top of your work. Don't wait until junior year to start working on your GPA!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you point out why you're unique. Tulane looks for a well-rounded class of students, so if you bring something totally special to the table there's a good chance you'll get in! Also Tulane offers awesome scholarships so make sure you apply!

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a great university with tons of opportunities like a larger school, but it maintains the feel of a small, private school. The campus is the perfect size and its easy to get to know people from all different majors and years. The student body loves to go out, so be prepared for a work-hard/play-hard environment.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Live in New Orleans. There are endless options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you choose to come here.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a great school academically, but students also have time for themselves. It's located in a fantastic city, which has a lot to offer for many different types of people. Overall, best decision I've made was to come here for school.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Tulane has its own police department and security that reaches out into the surrounding neighborhoods.

    Greek Life

    There are a large number of sororities and fraternities near campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Varied for all interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Students dedicated to learning and preperation for Grad programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tulane is an old campus and there is a lot of history on the grounds.

    Bang for the buck

    Very pricy university, but amazing education.

    What to do for fun

    Live music, films, zoo, gym, city parks, nightlife, window shopping, dining, cafes, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Menus in the dining facility are repetitive, but there are options for all diet choices or requirements.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but have several friends that do and they seem to enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes are difficult, but doable if you practice good study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to have fun!

    In three sentences

    Tulane has a beautiful campus and is conveniently located on the St Charles Streetcar for easy access to downtown New Orleans. They provide weekly entertainment for students and offer a variety of extracurriculars. The class sizes are small and the professors are extremely good at making the curriculum learnable for everyone.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is the biggest downfall at Tulane. I have received more crime reports than I can count. There are lots of muggings and occasional break ins. There are few physical attacks, however most incidents involve hand guns. It doesn't matter what time of day, if you're alone, or your gender; we get them all.

    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority, however many of my friends are not. Also, I have lots of friends in different sororities; even my sophomore roommate. Due to rush being second semester, you have time to get to know the school, the city, and make friends before rush; so it isn't all or nothing. Furthermore, Tulane is different in that greeks don't live in the houses. (*It is considered a brothel in Louisiana if more than 6 girls live in the same house). It was great to expand my social circle and meet new people and at the same time keep a social life outside of the Greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have anything from juggling club to scuba diving club to student government. There is tons to participate in, and if it's not there, then it is easy to start up. Tulane flies in comedians, projects movies on the quad, has hypnotist shows, the list goes on. My only regret is not having time to be involved in more activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't need a lot of sleep, who like to keep busy, and who are always down to have a good time. There's lots of fun to be had and lots of learning to do. Also Tulane has a HUGE Jewish population; so it's great for students looking to get involved in Hillel and Chabad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Craw fest: Great bands, free craw fish, a fun time. -Jazz fest: a NOLA favorite. Perfect end to spring semester. -Voodoo fest: lots of food, art, music (obviously), carosels, games...not to be missed. -Rocky horror: a favorite TU tradition during Halloween. -MARDI GRAS: literally words can't explain how great of a time this is. Even if you don't go to Tulane, or don't even like drinking, you MUST come down for Mardi Gras. -Fridays at the quad (FAQ): I called this No Nap Fridays, because they always have bands playing outside my dorm that prevented me from catching up on sleep. The random electronic bulls, bouncy houses, and bunging jumping, which is always accompanied by free food, music, and beer (for purchase), is always a good end to the week.

    Bang for the buck

    50 cent night, penny pitchers, flip for it Fridays... the list of bars and specials they have is incredible and endless. Most don't even have covers. Going out is much cheaper than for many of my friends at other schools. Sign up for New Orleans groupons and you'll always find a good deal for entertainment/dining.

    What to do for fun

    Bored? Go on a swamp tour, run around Audubon park, creep on all the celebs filming movies (there are practically more than in LA), watch street performers, go to a festival, play sand volleyball outside Sharp Hall, see a psychic, go skydiving, go to the aquarium, lay out at the fly (the levees).... just please, don't say you're bored. Sports are not huge here. The Saints and Hornets are more popular than the Green Waves. However games are free (and the baseball and basketball teams are pretty decent). *Stay away from Bourbon Street. You'll be mistaken for a drunk tourist. And even if you get beads and just because you're in NOLA doesn't mean flashing is legal. And trust me, that liquid on the street is not rain water.... Between Spring Break, Mardi Gras Break, Fall Break and Easter Break, we have more time off school than in class. You'll have plenty of time to drive down the coast with your friends to Gulf Shores, PCB, Destin...anywhere for a quick beach break.

    Food and Dining

    For Freshman and Sophs, you eat in Bruff Commons which pretty much has everything you could ever want. Some people get bored of it, but honestly I am kinda sad I won't have all-you-can-eat already prepared food without having to grocery shop or do my dishes. Plenty of variety and right on campus; perfect for a quick lunch break. You also get Wavebucks to spend in the LBC at Einstein, Quiznos, Panda, Sushi, Baja Fresh...etc. There's Le Gormet for the more organic/healthier types. Lots of dining options. There are also lots of delicious off campus venues that will accept NOLA bucks. We even have The Rat which serves lots of fried drunk food and is open until the wee hours of the morning.... Food in NOLA is amazing. You're parents (and roommates parents) can take you to the nice restaurants. Cajun food is pretty popular (I'm not the biggest fan), but between po-boys, mufalletas,craw fish, and jumbalaya- there's lots to try.

    Dorm Life

    You're required to live on campus and in the dorms for two years. Sophomore year is better because you have your own suite with a personal bathroom and sink in your room. Freshman year was a blast, but it was definitely a one time thing for me- looking forward to living off campus now.

    Academic Rigor

    Some people say it is incredibly challenging, and others don't seem to have the same opinion. I think it greatly depends on what you're studying. The math department doesn't seem too popular. Additionally science classes are obviously going to be much more challenging. I haven't had too many complaints about the Business school. I honestly think it is very do-able (if not on the easier side), and I am learning a great deal. I love the small size of most classes at Tulane. The teachers really can get to know their students and provide individualized attention. Also you can work on smaller assignments, essays, presentations, and projects, because the teacher has more time to grade since they don't have thousand person lectures. Not all grades are determined by your test taking ability. College in general is all about attending class and doing the work. Just because the teachers don't take attendance doesn't mean you shouldn't go. If you keep up and put forth a decent effort, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's great for undecided majors because you can take as many random classes as you would like without additional fees per course (because you are paying tuition for the semester). If you are dead set on a career though, make sure Tulane has your major. For example Tulane does not have nutrition or nursing programs. Tulane is great about offering scholarships. I put in a bit more effort to study and re-take my ACT senior year. Increasing my score by 2 points brought me thousands more in academic scholarships per semester- study, study, study!

    In three sentences

    Like Tulane, LOVE New Orleans. It's a city unlike any other. You will never ever be bored at Tulane; you will only wish you had more time to do everything this school and the city has to offer.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    46 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are many different restaurants available throughout the campus as well as it being near many good restaurants in New Orleans. Most dining outside of campus is just a short streetcar ride away!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms appeared to be quite comfortable and a decent size. People in the dorms seemed to enjoy living there.

    Academic Rigor

    Due to Tulane being a private college, students are less likely to just become a face in the crowd. Tulane offers many ways for students to stand out among the other's at the schoo.

    In three sentences

    The Tulane campus is located in a better part of New Orleans. When I visited the campus for the college days at my school the people there were quite helpful in giving me information about Tulane.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus is totally safe, but off is another story. Always be careful, travel in groups, don't carry cash.

    Great for these types of students

    Louisiana residents, partiers, those who enjoy warm climates

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mardi Gras!

    Bang for the buck

    If there's anything to complain about, it's that Tulane is definitely far too expensive. Even though you're getting a brand name, it's not worth it if it leaves you in debt.

    What to do for fun

    You're in New Orleans. Go to the French Quarter, walk to Audobon Zoo, visit the WWII museum, hang out at The Boot. If you can't find something to amuse yourself with, you're doing it wrong.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff always has options, though you may tire of them after a while, and the LBC and City Diner have great college food appeal, like Panda Express, Sushi, and Einstein's Bagels.

    Dorm Life

    Your first year on campus, unless you are in Wall, it is likely that your dorm will be small and cramped and that you will share a community bathroom, which will always be disgusting. Hold out till Sophomore year and your options will be so much better.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what school you are in, classes can be extremely challenging. Do not expect an easy semester just because you are a freshman. Expect tests, papers, and professors who hold you up to the same standard as a senior.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your limits: New Orleans is not the place to find out that you can't hold your alcohol, and you do not want to be caught out without your senses intact. Weather: if you don't like hot and humid, this isn't the right school for you. Food: any chance you get, try new food. The food culture of New Orleans is like no other place in the world. Brace yourself: it's likely that there will be some things about your first year that you don't like, but once the first year is over, you'll really come to love college life. Go to class: while some professors are understanding of late nights out, most are not. Attendance is often a determining factor in your final grade.

    In three sentences

    At Tulane, students go hard. Whether partying, involvement, or academics, people give all of their energy to what they are doing. It's easy to be swept up by the new environment and new friends, which can be dangerous if you get too deep into the social aspect and fall away from the academic, but can also lead you to awesome new experiences.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 75

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    Clubs and Activities

    Arts fairs aplenty! My favorite part of moving to New Orleans.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    AVOID THE BOOT

    What to do for fun

    Magazine street is the place to good for good food and shopping. A little slice of New Orleans culture.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff offers a great variety of dining choices for every meal of the day. They also have fantastic dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options!

    Dorm Life

    Monroe is the main freshman dormitory, if you are looking for some peace and quiet, I would recommend having friends that live in Butler.

    Academic Rigor

    Both students and professors are very academically focused. Office hours are convenient and professors and advisors will always do what they can to make a student comfortable with whatever they are doing for their academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bicycle. The city of New Orleans has so much to offer. Do not just stay around campus doing activities in the University District. When you have a bike you can go for a quick ride into the inner city and experience the real New Orleans. The French District is to die for.

    In three sentences

    Helpful professors who really do care about your future and a student body that is determined to light the way for progressive research. In a city that is notorious for its poverty and crime, Tulane students are determined to make the best for their city, and their world.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Top notch and very safe!!!!!!!!!!

    Greek Life

    Is avaialable

    Clubs and Activities

    I attend Tulane on a 65% baseball scholarship so my time is limited to studying and practice. However, there are an over abundance of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, free thinking, want to conquer the world!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    to soon to tell

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive - apply for more scholarships!!!!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    Sports at the Superdome, college and professional. Festivals, history and my favorite.......the GHOST Tours!!!!!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing, IT'S NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dorm Life

    AMAZING - wide range of people from all over the United States as well as international students

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, yet very personal class sizes where learning is rewardeding

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring rain gear and choose from a wide array of Business or health fieds of study

    In three sentences

    Great culture, great environment and highly regarded educational opportunity. People friendly environment, fantastic professors and GREAT food from New Orleans. Respected degree, easy to navigate around campus and average size classrooms provide personal environment

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own officers from NOPD specifically designated to Tulane's campus as well as emergency boxes in sight at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs on campus as well as greek life and social activities weekly.

    Great for these types of students

    Not only the liberal artist, but the premed student, the businessman or businesswoman, the lawyer, the teacher, and everything in between.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Crawfest includes live music and metric tons of crawfish free for students and for a low price for residents of New Orleans.

    Bang for the buck

    For the tuition, I am receiving two degrees AND teacher certification. definitely cost effective.

    What to do for fun

    I personally love taking part in campus activities. Tulane is known for Crawfest in the second semester as well as Fridays at the Quad - a concert with free food and music and prizes every week!

    Food and Dining

    The food may not always be the best in the hot lunch line, but with the vast variety of other foods (such as a full salad bar, cereal line, sandwich chef and soups), everyone has the guarantee of eating.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm policy here requires undergraduate students to live on campus for the first two years of college. Living on campus not only ensures an eating location, but also the opportunities that arise from living with other students and making bonds that will help one get through college and carry on afterward.

    Academic Rigor

    From basic core curriculum to Advanced classes in the medical, business, and law fields; there is surely enough course work for the scholar.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Everyone is different and has his or her own set of unique abilities and hobbies. There is literally something for everyone here, so go out and look for it. If by rare chance you cannot find what you are looking for, start it on your own; others are bound to follow suit and give you amazing leadership experience.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a melting pot for students of every part of the world to come together and give back to the community of New Orleans while attending school. There is limitless opportunity at Tulane University that will take one to the heights one may only dream of. Tulane is an amazing school to attend if you want to get a first rate education as well as use your experience out in the world through service learning projects.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 75

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    What to do for fun

    New Orleans is full of great opportunities like the French Quarter, the zoo and aquarium, festivals, concerts, and of course Mardi Gras. There is also a lot of on-campus programming, such as FAQs (Fridays at the Quad) where there is typically live music, free food, and freebies like tee shirts.

    Food and Dining

    There are not very many on-campus options because Tulane is a small university. There is one dining hall where you can use meal swipes with an additional in-and-out lunchtime restaurant that takes swipes. Otherwise, there are plenty of restaurants in the LBC (which take wavebucks or cash). Obviously, New Orleans offers more restaurants than you could ever even attempt to eat at and many of them are excellent.

    Dorm Life

    At Tulane, you have to live on campus for your first two years unless you have family living in New Orleans and prefer to live in their home. As this is not the case for most students, almost all freshmen and sophomores live on campus. The first year dorms are mostly equivalent to the average dorms you see on most college campuses, with a few (like Wall) that are very new and thus desirable. All of the sophomore dorm options are very nice, and the sophomore honors dorm is brand-new and absolutely beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Tulane's programs are very involved and difficult, but they are also interesting and will give you a thorough understanding of whatever your field of study happens to be. You will spend a lot of time studying and working, but in my opinion it is worth it. There are, of course, some programs that are more or less difficult than others, with science and engineering programs being extremely rigorous and some liberal arts and communications classes being fairly light in terms of coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tips would be: don't get caught up in the city and the nightlife (which is very easy to do), don't be afraid to approach your professors outside of the classroom for extra help or just to build a relationship with them, and participate as much as possible, even if the class doesn't have a participation grade (it pays to be the student that the professor remembers).

    In three sentences

    Tulane University offers great academics in a range of programs on a beautiful campus (in an amazing and unique city). The school is not very focused on athletics, although they do have some good programs, so students looking for a big football culture should look somewhere else. However, overall I think most students would be very happy here.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    52 of 75

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    In three sentences

    I always heard so much about Tulane because of being so close. I never thought I would want to go until I visited. Definitely my first pick.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    New Orleans is dangerous, but Tulane is crawling with TUPD and people who will keep you safe.

    Greek Life

    The campus isn't dominated by greek life, but it's really popular and there are frat parties every weekend. However, you don't have to be involved in greek life to go to the frats.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs here, and if there's one that you want that's not here, you can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone - there is literally every type of student here, although a lot of the time you find the more artsy ones at neighboring Loyola

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    New Orleans is a crazy place so there are tons of unusual traditions. Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence (massive gay pride parade/festival), Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street are always crazy

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is incredibly expensive but they're generous with financial aid and it's totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The Boot, Rocco's, other bars around campus, frats, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, tons of festivals that are always happening in New Orleans like Crawfest, Po Boy Fest, Voodoo, etc, Audobon Park...there is really too much to do here sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get out of the Tulane bubble and go downtown sometimes, and make sure you don't take advantage of every fifty cent night and penny pitcher night, or your grades will take a big hit.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is an amazing and pretty diverse school with an incredible Public Health program for undergrads. People know how to party and have fun, but they are also some of the smartest and hard working people in the country. Anyone can find their niche here.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    54 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe here always. There's a visible police presence that isn't looking to bust a good time, just keep everyone safe, and there's a Safe Ride bus system that will pick you up within one mile off campus no questions asked.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it. Second semester rush, so you can dip you toe into life here without having to decide immediately. Parties don't seem too exclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you want it, we've got it. Cheese club, Dems, Republicans, plenty of LGBTQ stuff, club sports, dumbledore's army etc. And if we don't have it, USG will fund you to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is done with their hometown and wants something new. An ambitious student who wants to enjoy themselves when their work is done. Ivy League rejects.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tulane buys local artists' sculptures every year to display on campus. We have some kitty cats that run around. There's a bar that's basically on campus called the Boot.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is expensive. It sucks. But as a freshman, I've already got a job and a internship and I'm trying to graduate early. You only go to college once, and Tulane is pretty good at helping you reach what you're looking for.

    What to do for fun

    There's always events being put on by the school, and if that's not enough for you, you live in one of most vibrant cities in the world.

    Food and Dining

    I eat better here than I do at home. There's almost always something I want here, and they're super good at southern foods like friend chicken.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the honors dorm, and I wouldn't live anywhere else. My floor is a bunch of really cool girls who all hang out and go out together but everybody puts academics first.

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel as though I have been challenged in all of the classes I have taken, and I know most of my friends feel similarly. Take professors not classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and show interest!

    In three sentences

    Tulane is everything I could have ever dreamed of for a perfect college experience. People care about their grades and their futures but the enviornment is not cutthroat. The weather and campus are perfect too.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a bit dangerous in New Orleans but I feel completely safe around campus. I have never had an experience that has involved the law or needed to.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters and indie.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lawns are amazing, you should study on a towel or blanket since the weather is great. The park across the street is a great place to exercise and you can run by the zoo and see the giraffes over the fences.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a bit expensive but the amount of financial aid you can receive will defiantly balance it out. The times you'll have is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    When you have gotten over the bourbon street fun, just going to the constant fairs is amazing. I love going to the fairs and festivals. There is usually one every weekend and if not their is wonderful brass bands to see or local art shows!

    Food and Dining

    You are in New Orleans, even the cheap restaurants are amazing. Finding the small po'boys shops and hole in the wall eateries are the most fun! The food on campus is very good as well which makes it nice when you need a quick bite or just don't feel like taking the trolley down the road.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is a must the first year. I lived there for 2 years and made the greatest of friends. There is always something going on within the dorms and you can find a good time everywhere. I love hanging out on the lawn and just playing sports.

    Academic Rigor

    Class do require a high amount of studying. They are meant to challenge you and they will do that. Be prepared to try your hardest, you may not have the most adventurous social life but it will pay off!

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for new students, join as many clubs as you can. Meet as many people you can and take the courses that sound interesting to you! Finding what you love will be more important to you in life than trying to pass classes that have little to no interest in!

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is a diverse school where you can really study a vast amount of degrees. This school has so many opportunities given to the student there are almost to many to choose from. Not only that, the teachers are always willing to offer help and talk with you through any problems.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    TUPD does a really good job of patrolling the area. I never feel unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    It's about half/half. Some people do it, others don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, adventurous, and curious students would do best at the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dat Dog is a very popular food tradition that students seem to love. Also, the Mardi Gras tree on the academic quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is fantastic, the price tag is certainly a little high.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city. Don't let that opportunity go to waste.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall is really nice for the first month or so, but it begins to get really repetitive and boring. Some of the produce is also quite unappealing.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of coursework involved. Tests are hard. The school seems to have gone to a lot of trouble to find the professors that will teach their students the most. I have learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to put yourself out there right away and make friends. Be sure to research classes and professors before signing up, as some are better than others. Don't stress. It's going to be okay. The school really makes the transition easy.

    In three sentences

    It's a really great school with lots of opportunities. The faculty are generally really helpful. The best part is the close-knit community found on campus.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I pledged Phi Beta Sigma in the Spring of 1988

    Bang for the buck

    good

    What to do for fun

    build computers

    Food and Dining

    good

    Dorm Life

    good

    Academic Rigor

    good

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and stay on track to what matters to you the most.

    In three sentences

    The college of continuing studies is allowing me the opportunity to get my college degree. I've gone as far as I can go in the telecommunications industry without certifications. The local team is there for me.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Tulane university have a standard on-campus security outfit that ensures total safety for their students both on and off campus

    What to do for fun

    from bowling, to baseball, to basket, to soccer and other recreational activities, you cant be found wanting in any of this sports and more.

    Food and Dining

    No matter which part of the globe you are from, you will enjoy diverse cuisines that will make you feel at home anywhere you are on their campuses.

    Dorm Life

    Although, i am a graduate student and i don't reside in the dormitory, the talks and gossips by the undergraduate staying at the dorms present an interesting aspect of the social life and activities experienced by this students residing on campus

    Academic Rigor

    They offer diverse courses, both minor and major in their array of departments and faculties both at the undergraduate and graduate levels with superb staffs, lecturers and professors impacting on the students both academically and psycho socially.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tulane is a good school for any prospective students vying to enroll or register with the college. there multinational and diverse student mix makes it a unique institution dedicated to a sound teaching programme and the impact is impressionable.

    In three sentences

    The Tulane university of Louisiana is amongst the first 11 university in the US

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Shuttle buses and on campus police do a great job of transporting students safely.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who enjoy diversity and meeting new people as well as intellectual stimulation.

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is a great school right in the heart of New Orleans. The staff is friendly and the student body is extremely diverse but most students are embracing of the differences.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The past year that I have attended Tulane, I have never felt unsafe. As a volleyball player I walk to practice in the dark at 5:30 in the morning, and I always see at least two police cars patrolling the area just in case. There are also busses and shuttles to take students places at night and on the weekends just to convenience students and keep them safe.

    What to do for fun

    I do not even know where to start! There's uptown, the French Quarter, Bourbon street, the Boot, intramural sports, festivals, and not to mention the thousands of unique restaurants. There is never a dull moment on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple places on campus to eat. Each place provides a different feel and style of food. There is always variety so never worry about becoming bored with the food. Also, there are so many restaurants right off campus that are known to be some of the best places in New Orleans.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to meet lifelong friends. Each dorm is unique and although they may be small, most students do not spend too much time in them anyways! There are too many other activities happening on campus and downtown to be cooped up inside.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very rigorous, but there is also a ton of available help that is provided to ensure every student has the opportunity to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be who you are. Tulane has a wide variety of personalities and I guarantee you will find people just like you. Also, do not be afraid to try new things. There is no other place like New Orleans in the world, so you HAVE to try no things to get the full experience.

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is a once in a lifetime experience. From the well-rounded students to the amazing food to the rigorous academics, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After all, we always so Only at Tulane, only in New Orleans.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I honestly find it to be really safe on campus, but there are a lot of crime reports. Those are generally only the ones for people who walk outside of campus at 3am, though.

    Greek Life

    So much Greek life it's disgusting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is definitely a club for you, so go to all the club meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    Partiers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tequila Sunrise is the day after Mardi Gras, so that's interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is way too expensive, but they do give a lot of financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    This is a hard one... If you're a huge drinker, this school is for you! I'm not, so there are definitely other options around campus and you can find people who don't drink, but the party culture is very evident.

    Food and Dining

    Meh, it could be better. Bruff is way too small for the size of our school, and it gets extremely crowded.

    Dorm Life

    Again, it depends on where you live. Wall and Butler are nice and relatively quiet, as is Paterson, whereas Sharp and Monroe are crazy loud but have a community.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, it depends on your major. If you come in as a French major in the Liberal Arts schools, it's not going to be as hard as double majoring or switching schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school. I didn't and that was a mistake.

    In three sentences

    Tulane students can really by divided into two groups: those that are here because their parents are paying their way through college and those that are on almost-complete scholarships. You will find your niche and your friends here, but you will also find people that frustrate you. I've found both and I'm happy.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    62 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While safety is improving, NEVER walk alone in the dark. Crime reports are sent out to students almost weekly, meaning that there at least one student is victim to a dangerous crime every week.

    Greek Life

    Hazing is found in EVERY fraternity, and many sororities. I would not recommend Tulane Greek Life. It is not centered around what Greek Life is supposed to be focussed on- very superficial.

    Clubs and Activities

    Limited. The same people tend to dominate all of the clubs and activities as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies, people who like to party, very hardworking students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Almost 24/7, students can be found at the Boot, the (almost) on-campus bar.

    Bang for the buck

    The services are definitely made out to be more than they are.

    What to do for fun

    There is something in New Orleans for everyone. Exploring the city will definitely take you your entire four years at Tulane.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff is the only dining hall. It gets old. The quality of the food is sub-par, and there is not much variety. No sophomores eat at Bruff. The LBC (student union) has decent food, but not many options. There is not enough on-campus dining options, and grocery shopping, in addition to board costs becomes quite expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are gross. Floors are cliquey. If you do not get on a good floor that has people compatible for you, your social situation may be difficult.

    Academic Rigor

    VERY difficult. It should not be anyone's safe school or school chosen because it is the easy way out. It is much easier to get in to than to be successful at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend at least a weekend at Tulane with a current student before you decide to go. It is definitely not for everyone, hence the low retention rate.

    In three sentences

    Not the best social situation due to the size of the school and cliquey nature- after first semester freshmen year, friends are pretty much set. Administrative bureaucracy makes academic flexibility difficult. Academics are much more difficult than most people give Tulane credit for, and in respect to Tulane's rating.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    work hard play hard students

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 of 75

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a great emphasis on safety. Tulane has this program called Safe Rides where you can call a shuttle anywhere a mile outside of campus and they will come pick you up no questions asked. They also have their own police who work around the clock. Security also increases around Mardi Gras.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of Tulane.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that the Activities Expo is a maze of organizations. There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Tulane is a great place for people who like to balance social and educational opportunities. Most of the students really do care about their success in school.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane is extremely expensive, but you see a lot of that money put to good use. There are so many programs that you get to participate in for free because the tuition is so high, so at some point it kind of balances out.

    What to do for fun

    Explore New Orleans! If you are from out of town, chances are you have not been in a city like New Orleans. The French Quarter has the bars and it also has the large tourist sect. Uptown, closer to Tulane's campus, has tons of shops and restaurants. Then right across the street you have Audobon Park where you can jog. You can even walk to the zoo, and spend a day there. The school also offers events throughout the week, including live shows. Just this week Aubrey Plaza came and visited us. At Tulane there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff definitely struggles to create good food. Sometimes it can be just plain sloppy. They go through cycles because on some days all of the food will be good, but then the next day you cannot find anything to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year you will most likely have to share a bathroom with the whole floor, but it is a great bonding experience. There are so many things to do on campus, it is difficult to get bored.

    Academic Rigor

    Tulane definitely challenges its students. I would not say that they have the most rigorous material, but the professors do expect a great deal out of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tulane might be a party school, but there are so many things it has to offer. Do not spend all your time at the Boot because you are depriving yourself from other great experiences.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is an extremely innovative school. They bring you what is new in education and really open your eyes to what intellectuals are thinking about around the world. New Orleans is a great place to be right now because it is bustling with the activity of rebuilding itself.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    65 of 75

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    IT'S NEW ORLEANS

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out for the partying. :D

    In three sentences

    Watch out for the partying is the advice I got all the time while applying. The Dean's Scholarship is a great opportunity, so definitely apply early action if you can. Great in pretty much any discipline.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to have fun while learning, Tulane is it! When you are having trouble the teachers are very willing to help. Tulane offers many resources to help students.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is a great school to attend. I have had an opportunity to meet different types of people. The teachers make learning fun.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    67 of 75

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in New Orleans and on campus. Campus Programming plans concerts on campus that are relatively cheap or sometimes even free. There are a couple bars around campus that are easy to get to. The street car takes you right downtown with access to shopping, bars, food, museums and so much more. There are also Tulane shuttles for free that take you to Target, Walmart, grocery stores, and two different malls.

    Food and Dining

    Bruff is the only dining hall but there is a food court in the LBC which has restaurants like Panda Express, Einstein's Bagels, Baja Fresh, a salad place, a sushi place, a smoothie place, and so many other things. Bruff sometimes get's repetitive in some of the food they serve but they do have a variety of options. They have a salad bar, a sandwich bar, a cereal bar, a pasta bar, and many other things.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms freshman year are not the nicest but it is all part of the experience. Although they are something many people have never really experienced before college, communal bathrooms are nice because they ensure you are constantly seeing people. I met so many people on my floor in the bathroom and made many plans to hang out just because I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth or whatever.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very manageable. Professors are, for the most part, very nice and want to get to know students. When you get to know your professors, it makes the class more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest getting involved in something. There are so many organizations on campus so it is easy to find something you like. Also I suggest applying and participating in the NOLA Experience which is a freshman orientation program the week before classes start that shows students everything the city has to offer. It is also a great way to get to know other people before the stress of classes begins.

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is a fantastic school. The campus is in uptown New Orleans with easy access all over the city using the streetcars. There is so much to do at Tulane whether on campus or off campus in the city.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I just visited the campus and was blown away by how gorgeous it is. Our tour guide told us that it is one of the most diverse campuses in the U.S. which is impressive! If you're interested in Tulane, you should schedule a visit with the super helpful admissions staff.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Super fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touching the bell after convocation.

    What to do for fun

    Explore uptown.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best.

    Dorm Life

    So fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult but manageable. Definitely a work hard play hard attitude.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and challenge yourself in high school.

    In three sentences

    Great area. Great school. Great time.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun on Friday's Tulane has Friday at the Quad (FAQ), which is a free event that takes place on Fridays on Tulane's main quad. There's always free entertainment, food, t-shirts, and more.

    Food and Dining

    Tulane has three or four different places for food. There the LBC, which has mainly fast food places. Within the LBC there is a dinner in the basement called City Dinner which is open later in the day. There is Bruff Commons which is a major dinning hall for students who stay on campus, which is always open and serves just about everything in an all you can eat buffet. And then theres the PJ's coffee places that are spread all throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    I actually do not stay on campus, but I have friends who do. They find that it is easy to be very social when you live on campus since there are many events that take place right on campus. Also since you live in huge dormitories you come together as you meet all of your neighbors during dorm events.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty rigorous, but it's up to you as a student to stay on top of your work and focus on studying. And when you feel like you need assistance or help you can always turn to classmates for help. In addition, you can attend free tutoring sessions on campus either through teachers or at the academic success center.

    In three sentences

    Tulane is very rich in diversity, allowing people to meet people of all backgrounds from all over the world. The campus is very nice in both size and landscape; plenty of open space for outdoor activities. Students have access to many different types of stores on campus, whether for food, clothes, technology, and more.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They make an effort.

    Greek Life

    Not for me, so I can't really comment.

    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mardi Gras, Crawfest, Voodoo Fest, Jazzfest, you name it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is ungodly expensive, but they're pretty generous.

    What to do for fun

    Anything! There are so many venues for music around, Audubon Park is directly across the street, City Park does kayak rentals, there are bars walking distance, and a cute shopping district neighboring the university.

    Food and Dining

    Could be better, could be a lot worse. They do incorporate a lot of traditional New Orleans fare which is fantastic, and they make an effort to provide for students that are lactose intolerant, vegan, or have a gluten allergy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tulane is really into volunteerism and community service, so highlight that on your application.

    In three sentences

    Best for work hard, play hard students. Faculty is great. Make sure you take the initiative to take advantage of the city or you'll miss out.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The boys are a little too eager on campus with the amount of girls we have, and can get sort of entitled. That said, the biggest worry on campus are the students, not other criminals. This is the same way with most colleges.

    Greek Life

    Fun! Even if you're not a part, you'll end up at a bunch of their parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and it's easy to start new ones. And the campus arranges a lot of fun events that generally have a great turnout, like Fridays at the Quad.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, but you definitely notice the white east coast girls the most.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Prytania Theater is a great place to go if you want to watch a classic (or Rocky Horror). If you get sick of the dining hall, you can try Loyola's dining hall for free for a bit of variety.

    Bang for the buck

    A major issue--it's very expensive. However, 85% of students are on some form of aid, and Tulane is very generous.

    What to do for fun

    Wow. It's wonderful. We have a pretty good bar scene, the Boot can be easy/cheap fun especially for the younger undergrads. Greek life is great, but the parties are for everyone. If you're not into drinking, we have brilliant restaurants, zoos, aquariums, museums, art, shops, and parks. You'll have so much to do that you'll never get to do it all before you throw your cap.

    Food and Dining

    This is hard, because on campus food is okay, while off campus food is unreal. I'd average 3 and 5 stars for 4.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can leave something to be desired--but in their defense, they've seen their share of disaster.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a few classes where you might get an easy A, but getting an A in a hard class can feel like the biggest accomplishment of your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay open--Tulane has something to teach everyone. Some learn to buckle down while others must learn to loosen up.

    In three sentences

    It has academics like an ivy, the partying of a state school, an eastern feel, a southern locale, an urban city, and a suburban campus. Tulane and the city of New Orleans are places that I miss the second I leave them--they are my home. Coosing Tulane will always be regarded as the best decision I have ever made for myself.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, but off campus is not so safe. But most crimes reported could easily be avoided if people just locked their doors and windows, which no one seems to do.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is becoming a large part of the campus. At least half of the students rush in January.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs on campus to meet everyone's interests such as Women in Business, medical students, green club, Juggling Club (whom don't juggle but do a lot of interesting and fun things like repairing bikes and gardening, hence the word juggling), LGBQT, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who know how to balance fun and school. So many people party too hard and end of dropping at after the first semester because they could not balance academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bead tree behind Gibson in the academic quad is a tree where everyone throws their Mardi Gras beads on every year. This tree practically looks like it grows beads and no leaves whatsoever.

    Bang for the buck

    Tulane, although expensive, gives out a lot of financial aid. New Orleans is also such an amazing city with a lot of culture and energy and is a place that can really change your perspective. All in all, it's worth every penny, though maybe no the meal plan.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few bars around campus such as The Palms, T.J. Quill's and the Boot. You can also venture downtown to Bourbon Street and Frenchman where you will find endless things to do. The French Quarter is a great place in general to check out during the day. Try a bunch of restaurants, the food is amazing in New Orleans pretty much everywhere you go. Commander's Palace, the Cowbell, the Milk Bar, Felipe's are just a few places around campus to try out. Magazine Street is a great shopping location for both thrifting and more expensive places like American Apparel and Anthropologie. Across from campus is Audubon Park and Zoo. Also, Mardi Gras. Not much else I can say here.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeteria, Bruff is pretty average. You may like it at first but you grow to hate it. There is also a food court are with places like Panda Express, Byblos, Baja Fresh, sushi, bagels, etc. You get credited a certain amount of money called WaveBucks to spend there per semester from your meal plan. There is also a similar system called NOLABucks which can be used at participating restaurants off campus. The university next door, Loyola, has a better cafeteria with better quality food and selection. You can use your swipes for the cafeteria at Bruff at the Loyola cafeteria or Luff as well--definitely try it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great but the walls are thin. If you like (or need) to sleep early or are not much of a partier, don't sign up for a dorm in Sharp or Monroe. Try Patterson, Wall (a very nice dorm) or JL, if you're a girl. A new dorm, called Zimple, will be opening up so and this one is located right next to The Boot, the on campus bar. That is likely to be a loud area. The honors dorm is also very loud but not as bad as the first too mentioned. JL, although nice and quiet, is also further away from the other dorms on campus as is Zimple.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, depending on your major, the classes can be more challenging. There are a handful of teachers that make 1000 level courses a breeze but for the most, professors challenge their students. The sciences here are especially known to be challenging and many teachers are deemed not that great of teachers. For the most part, just showing that you care by going to office hours and really making sure you don't cram and study way in advances will guarantee success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find something you're passionate about and volunteer in some way. Tulane is looking for mindful students who love to give back to their community and don't volunteer just to add it to their application in order to look good. Academics are also pretty important so make sure to keep up those grades and challenge yourself with a few AP/IB courses.

    In three sentences

    Tulane University is a school where you learn to find balance. There is a huge party scene but everyone takes academics seriously. Volunteering is also a major component of Tulane, so everyone embodies a desire to give back to their community.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get high scores. Volunteer a lot--major aspect of Tulane's mission.

    In three sentences

    Gorgeous campus is a beautiful city. Strong, underrecognized academics. Dream school.

  • 10/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Mondays and Thursdays, the wellness center provides free massages to all students to release some stress. There are free STD tests on Fridays and free flu shots for a whole week in October. Wednesdays in October are free breast cancer awareness cookie days if students wear pink shirts into Bruff Dining Hall. Also, around mid-terms, TUCP (campus programming) brings in baby animals that students can pet to relieve stress.

    What to do for fun

    The party scene is huge here. There is always a party, whether in the numerous Greek houses or in the bars around campus. And while the amount of people who party hard seems to be the majority, if you search you can find countless clubs, activities, volunteer opportunities, or exploring options to pursue for fun, instead of just drinking and drugs.

    Food and Dining

    A meal plan is required for all first- and second-year students living on-campus. Although this is a good idea in theory, there is a single price for the three choices of meal plan, which is not very helpful if a student wants to cook for themselves more often or just eats in Bruff much less often than provided by the meal plan. Not to mention, the food in Bruff is not completely up-to-par.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs are very friendly and helpful; they genuinely want to help their residents achieve their most successful and enjoyable year at Tulane. The accommodations are what you expect, average-sized rooms and living with co-eds. However, the state of the bathrooms is rather disgusting, with the unidentified substances constantly on some part of the floor, as well as the bugs found about once a week crawling out of a shower drain or in front of the door.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but doable if students are willing to put in the work and time necessary for grasping the information. The math department would be my only complaint, as the majority of the teachers are foreigners whose strength is not communicating well in English. However, they are very available and willing to meet outside of the classroom to review any material covered.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest spending a night on campus with a current student. They can show you what it will actually be like to attend Tulane.

    In three sentences

    Set in the most unique and exciting city in America, Tulane University exists as a college that provides an extraordinary experience to its students. Tulane provides great financial aid opportunities, productive academic advising and advising outside the classroom, and hundreds of clubs and activities in which students can partake. From valedictorians to all-star athletes to activists, Tulane is just big enough to provide a happy and healthy environment to all its students.