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).
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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 (CRDV 1090) 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 is responsible for the administration and operation of 14 residence halls, which house over 4000 students. Housing and Residence Life works in coordination with many departments and student groups to provide and maintain comfortable, safe, and secure living environments for Tulane University residents. Our on-campus communities are intentionally designed to support the academic goals and personal development of our students. Housing and Residence Life is staffed with team of professional and student staff dedicated to help Tulane students make the most of their collegiate experience. These staff members include master’s level Resident Directors and student Resident Advisors (RA) in each community that provide guidance and support for each student during this transition to their new life at Tulane. On-campus residents are expected to contribute to a safe, healthy, and productive community by abiding by the Community Living Standards for campus. For information on these standards, as well as information about communities, special residential learning community options, what to bring, and more please visit housing.tulane.edu.
The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life is more than just a building. We are a hub for campus life that houses meeting space, campus programming, dining options, the Bookstore, student involvement opportunities, and lots of student resources. We strive to enhance the Tulane student experience by creating an innovative, dynamic and inclusive environment through quality facilities, programs and services.
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.