Newcomb-Tulane College is the academic home of all full-time undergraduates. The college provides academic services for students including academic advising, honors, study abroad, and the TIDES first year seminars. (See the separate entries in this section for more detail.) The college also offers funding opportunities for student research, projects, travel, and internships. Every year the college presents a variety of cocurricular programs including:
- Tulane Reading Project, a shared intellectual experience for the entering first-year class through the reading and discussion of a selected book, highlighted by the Kylene and Bradley Beers Keynote Lecture;
- Crossroads Colloquium, a forum for interdisciplinary conversation on issues of relevance to both humanities and sciences;
- John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium, a series which invites distinguished alumni back to campus to discuss their careers and professions; and
- Lagniappe, a program that introduces students to the unique music and culture of New Orleans with a concert by legendary jazz musician and educator Ellis Marsalis, as well as the Jazz at the Rat series of informal concerts featuring outstanding New Orleans musicians, accompanied by students and faculty from Tulane’s Jazz Studies program.
Academic departments (theatre, political science, biomedical engineering) are each housed in one of the five undergraduate schools.
Once a student declares a major in their sophomore year, they will also be part of one of the following schools:
Academic advisors are here to help students during this transition to develop their academic interests and to locate resources they need to succeed. We encourage parents and families to keep open lines of communication to students as well, engaging in conversation about their interests, what they are learning, and new experiences they might wish to share. We all want to work together to help students make good decisions and grow as individuals. For more information, parents can consult the annual Academic Advising Center Family Guide (http://tulane.edu/advising/upload/Family-Guide.pdf) or the Parents section on our webpage (http://tulane.edu/advising/parents/parents.cfm).
The Tulane Academic Success Center offers comprehensive support through success coaching, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and peer education. Our staff can assist students in the areas of academic, personal and professional development. Topic areas include academic and life skills such as time management, organization, study skills, test taking strategies, decision-making, stress management, wellness and goal-setting. In addition, our website includes academic resources, self-assessments and information tailored specifically to students and parents. We work with a neurodiverse student population to develop or enhance skills needed to achieve success at Tulane and beyond. If you feel your student could benefit specifically from Success Coaching, it’s important to begin the process prior to the start of classes in August. Student applications and parent nomination forms can be found on the website success.tulane.edu.
Career Advisors are available to assist students in the internship and job search process, career plan and major selection and help with Graduate and Professional School application. Services include developing a resume and cover letter, interviewing and networking skills, one on one appointments, and employer related events. Several schools, such as the A.B. Freeman School of Business, have services geared specifically toward those students in a declared major. A Career Development Class is also available for first year through senior year students designed specifically for each classification. If your student needs assistance in navigating their interests or career options, this is a great place for them to find guidance and support
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Programs is responsible for advising every aspect of Greek Life: the councils and the chapter leadership, as well as creating educational, risk management, and leadership programming opportunities. OFSP works with the (inter)national headquarters of each organization to reduce risk, enhance programs, and ensure the advancement of fraternity and sorority life on Tulane University campus. New students will be eligible to participate in sorority or fraternity recruitment in the spring semester, provided they earn 12 credit hours at Tulane and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Please visit the Office of Fraternities & Sororities Programs website for more information.
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A part of the Division of Student Affairs and Student Resources & Support Services, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility is committed to providing equal access and a friendly environment for all who study at Tulane. Through collaboration and exploration, modifications to the academic environment – accommodations - can be offered to registered students with permanent disabilities or temporary impairments. To ensure that accommodation needs are assessed and implemented in a timely manner, we recommend that students make contact with The Goldman Center for Student Accessibility prior to arriving on campus.
The Honors Program at Tulane offers academically gifted and intellectually curious students of all academic majors unique opportunities for immersion in multi-disciplinary scholarship. The Program focuses on all aspects of the undergraduate experience -- curricular, residential, and co-curricular—to create a sense of community among this academically ambitious cohort. To enroll in the Honors Program, students must take one of the following courses in Fall 2016: COLQ 1010, Honors Great Books Colloquium: “How Should One Live?” or COLQ 1020/1025, Honors Colloquium: “Ways to Know.” Either course will satisfy the Freshman TIDES requirement.
The Office of Study Abroad oversees a diverse portfolio of yearlong and semester study abroad options for Newcomb-Tulane College. Over 80 study abroad programs in 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are available to qualified undergraduates. We partner with Tulane faculty, top universities and study abroad organizations to make the highest quality overseas educations experiences available to Newcomb-Tulane students. We also oversee a portfolio of summer programs around the world. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a study abroad adviser early in the sophomore year to discuss options and qualifications for yearlong and semester programs of interest. Freshmen through seniors may participate in summer programs. Students can make an appointment with The Office of Study Abroad summer coordinator.
The TIDES Program (Tulane InterDisciplinary Experience Seminars) is our distinctive seminar program for all fist year students at Tulane University. TIDES are designed to provide quality interactions with some of our most distinguished faculty, active learning, intellectual challenges, social co-curricular activities and the opportunity to meet fellow students with similar interests. In addition to the classes themselves, TIDES often include invited guest speakers, films, field trips, social events, and electronic bulletin boards, which all tie in with the TIDES topic. Participation in these group activities help students get to know their professor and classmates through more casual and social interaction, as well as aid the student in learning more about their new home at Tulane and New Orleans.
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OGSD creates a welcoming environment for all individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of gender and sexuality. They serve as a hub for social, cultural, academic, and intellectual resources. They provide mentorship, academic and career development, leadership opportunities, advising, advocacy and social justice trainings, a designated lounge and meeting space, social and cultural programming, critical dialogue and engagement, and internship opportunities. The also sponsor academic lectures, panels, and workshops on gender and sexuality-related issues. And provide campus-wide education, consultation, and workshops for faculty, staff, and students.
Housing and Residence Life encourages students to be engaged and involved community members. Each residential community has a Community Direction, a master’s level professional, and Resident Advisors (RA) that provide guidance and support for each student during this transition to their new life at Tulane. As a member of the residential community, it is important for each student to understand the Community Living Standards prior to arriving on campus. These standards, as well as detailed information and quick tips about what to bring, renter’s insurance, and much more can be found on the housing website: housing.tulane.edu.
As the center of the campus community, the LBC enhances the Tulane student experience by creating an innovative, dynamic and inclusive learning environment through quality facilities, programs and services. The union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.
At Tulane University, we understand that it is of vital importance that the greatest diversity of ideas, cultures, perspectives, and modes of inquiry be brought to bear on the issues and ideas of our day. As such, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), and Religious Life, known collectively as The O, supports a campus environment characterized by a multiplicity of viewpoints, experiences and cultures. OMS and OGSD provide students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied students with advocacy services, mentoring, personal support, and educational, cultural, and social programming that facilitate their adjustment to the university and ability to thrive thereafter. The O also serves as a liaison to Tulane’s religious communities, which offer student opportunities to engage in on-campus spiritual pursuits through worship and community, increase campus-wide religious awareness and understanding, and receive religious counseling. It is our mission to foster an open and vibrant learning environment that welcomes, respects, and appreciates the histories, traditions, and cultures of traditionally under-represented student populations. If you have any questions about multicultural life and or gender and sexual diversity at Tulane University, please call our office or email OMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or OGSD at email@example.com.
The Office of Orientation welcomes new undergraduate students into the Tulane community and facilitates a successful transition to Tulane thought a variety of programs and resources. With the assistance of close to 150 student leaders, who serve new students as they adjust to their new community, the office coordinates New Student Orientation, the EXPLORE Program, and Fall Welcome throughout the summer and beginning of the academic year. The office sends out monthly ‘Navigator’ e-newsletters with upcoming events and important information to help keep students on track throughout their first year. The Spring Orientation program is designed for new first-time and transfer students who begin in January. The Office of Orientation is dedicated to promoting student success and helping students learn about the university’s academic expectations and opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom.
The religious centers and organizations at Tulane, and the Religious Life Staff exist to offer students the opportunity to continue life as a spiritual person while on campus through worship, community, service and more; to increase religious awareness and understanding on campus; and to offer religious counseling for students who request it.
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Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, is available to assist Tulane students with many of their personal concerns so that they can meet the daily challenges of student life. Being in college or graduate school entails many changes and challenges: leaving home, choosing majors, negotiating intimate relationships, and moving on when graduation approaches. It is natural for people to want to talk with someone about these complex developmental issues. And, of course, other students may have additional concerns such as depression, anxiety, eating concerns, self-esteem issues, sexuality, family illnesses, and so one. The Tulane CAPS staff is sensitive to the broad range of concerns that students have. Counseling services are provided by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals right here on campus.
CAPS offers a range of confidential and/or private services to Tulane students including individual, group, or psychiatric services, as well as alcohol and drug assessments/counseling. For the Tulane community, we also offer various outreach events, organizational consulting, crisis
The Department of Campus Recreation has a long and rich history of serving the Tulane University community. Our programs and services are among the most popular and participated in on campus. Engaging over 7,000 students annually, programs include Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness and Wellness, Instructional Programs, Aquatics and Outdoor Recreation. The facilities managed by Campus Recreation include the 156,000 square foot Reily Student Recreation Center, two outdoor tennis courts, a synthetic turf field and four university quads. Leadership and management of the facilities and programs is provided by a full time professional staff of 23 and a part-time student staff of approximately 200, which makes Campus Recreation one of the largest student employers on campus.
Students enjoy swimming laps in our Olympic-sized indoor pool or relaxing on the sun deck and cooling off in our seasonal Outdoor Social Pool. The Aquatics program offers year round swimming lessons, SCUBA certification courses and many entertaining recreational events throughout the year.
Club & Intramural Sports
Club and Intramural Sports offer a wide range of opportunities for students to participate in individual or team sports. Club Sports tend to attract students with competitive experience in a sport or a desire to learn and compete in a new sport. Clubs receive funding and may travel to compete in local, regional or national events. This is a great option for a student who has a sport they would like to continue in college without participating in Intercollegiate Athletics. Intramural Sports allow groups of students to informally participate in seasonal sports as a team or individual. Leagues are made up of Tulane Students and are a great way for students to meet new people and get a fun workout at the same time. Many residence hall floors, sororities and fraternities participate in an effort to build relationships.
Group Fitness & Personal Training
The Reily Student Recreation Center offers more than 60 free group exercise classes each week. Powered by high-energy music, challenging exercises, and motivated instructors, group classes are designed to make fitness goals easily attainable by providing a fun and energizing workout. The personal training program offers many options and packages with various fee scales for students who need new workout ideas, inspiration, or extra motivation.
Students can venture out of the city, explore the Gulf-South region and discover new skills. This program is a great way for students to build relationships and a ’must-do’ for new students. Even if your student does not like camping, canoeing, or hiking there is something for everyone, including visiting local attractions as a group. Want to give your student a great gift? Consider booking one of the fall or spring break trips as a surprise!
Students frequently opt to guide their own recreational and fitness activities. The Reily Center offers an indoor track, five basketball courts, a 7,000sqft weight room, an indoor Olympic sized pool, two tennis courts, four racquetball courts, abundant cardio equipment, and multi-purpose studio spaces. Other recreational areas such as our game room, outdoor pool and sundeck provide a space for students to meet, relax and unwind. All of this is available at all times the Reily Center is open and at no additional cost to students.
Student Health and Wellness Fee
The purpose of the Student Health and Wellness fee is to provide Tulane Students with comprehensive, medical, mental health, and health promotion services. The $320.00 fee is automatically assessed to most full time undergraduate, graduate and professional students each semester. The fee provides student’s access to the Uptown and Downtown Student Health Centers for medical visits, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and services provided through the Center for Wellness & Health Promotion (theWELL). The fee allows student’s access to campus providers at any of these locations and to participate in sponsored programs or activities.
The fee does not provide health insurance nor will the Student Health Center, CAPS, or theWELL bill third party insurance. There are charges for the following services: Laboratory Tests, Injections, Medical Procedures, Physical Examinations (form/document physicals), Medications, Medical Supplies and Appointment No Show Fee.
Payment for these services is expected at the time of service. Student Health accepts credit cards, the Tulane University-sponsored health insurance plan, Splash/Debit cards and Accounts Receivable as payment for services. Student Health will bill the student’s account for any unpaid charges.
Student Health Insurance Plan
All full-time Tulane University students are required to purchase the University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is provided. The University-Sponsored Plan is designed to meet the needs of students who have inadequate insurance coverage in the New Orleans, LA area. Please review your coverage. While it may meet the waiver requirements, it may not provide the level of coverage provided by our student plan, which is specifically tailored for a Tulane student’s needs.
Many out-of-state insurance companies consider non-emergent medical care in Louisiana out-of-network. Tulane’s Student Health Insurance Plan offers guaranteed access for Tulane students to in-network medical care, both on-campus and with New Orleans community health providers, including Tulane Hospital, Ochsner Hospital System, Touro, and East Jefferson Hospitals
Many mental health providers in New Orleans do not accept 3rd party insurance, with the exception of the Tulane Student Health Insurance Plan. The Student Health Insurance Plan covers unlimited visits with referred local mental health providers.
The University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan is a platinum-level insurance plan that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act. It covers the cost of medical supplies, procedures, laboratory tests, and physical examinations. The Student Plan also offers assistance resolving billing issues, both on-campus and with New Orleans community providers.
If you do not enroll or complete the online waiver, you will be automatically enrolled in the University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. The insurance premium will be billed through Accounts Receivable.
Students will receive an email notification when Open Enrollment becomes available. Students will then complete their enrollment in the University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan or submit proof of comparable coverage online at wavehealth.tulane.edu.
The University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan is United Healthcare Student Resources and the policy duration is from August 19th until August 18th of the following year. For additional information, contact the Student Health Insurance Office at (504) 865-5256 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulane University Health Services enhances learning and student success with comprehensive, accessible and compassionate healthcare services to all Tulane students. Our campus community trusts and depends on us for high-quality medical and mental health care and innovative public health leadership that contributes to a campus that promotes health, safety and wellness though inclusive, quality public health practice. Health Clinics include: Allergy, Immunizations, Primary Care, Travel, and Women’s and Men’s Health. In addition, Tulane University Health Services also provides pharmacy, laboratory and emergency (Tulane EMS) services.
The State of Louisiana required all students entering college in Louisiana to provide documentation of the following immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine (MMR), Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap), and the Meningococcal or Meningitis Vaccine. Additionally, all student must complete Tuberculosis (TB) Screening. The Student Health Center offers all of the listed immunizations and the TB skin test. The Proof of Immunization & TB screening forms are available on the Student Health Center website. Our paperless system required students to enter dates of vaccines and upload their forms for verification on our Online Student Health Portal @ selfcare.tulane.edu.
The Tulane Student Health Pharmacy strives to give the highest quality medication care for all patients with convenience for students and reasonable prices. In addition to filling prescriptions from Campus Health physicians and nurse practitioners, the pharmacy also fills prescriptions from outside providers, including both local and out-of-town practitioners. We will also contact other pharmacies to transfer prescriptions from other drug stores to our location for your convenience. Students must present a Tulane Splash Card to have prescriptions filled at the pharmacy and must show state or federal ID for pickup. The pharmacy accepts credit cards (with the exception of American Express) and charges to accounts receivable. In addition, we now accept most 3rd party insurances and will assist you with any insurance claims forms, as well as provide detailed receipts for reimbursement from your insurance companies.
The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (theWELL) is devoted to engaging students in the work of creating a healthier campus, building individual capacity for health, and reducing barriers to wellness. Grounded in our mission, we seek to facilitate student flourishing and build capacity for a healthy and mindful Tulane campus though multiple approaches. Guiding our actions at theWELL is the belief that health, learning, and social justice are inextricably linked, and that health transcends individual factors and includes cultural, institutional, socioeconomic, and political influences.
theWELL offers a variety of services and resources to support the health and wellness of Tulane students, focusing on mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, tobacco cessation, and sexual violence prevention, and sexual health promotion. theWELL approaches behavior change through many avenues, from individual interventions to community-based culture change initiatives and works closely with many other campus departments to reach out to students.