Impressions Of
Tulane University

Academic Experience

Male Neuroscience Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s competitive or collaborative?
I guess it’s a mix of both. I think competition is healthy and that it’s necessary to make sure that you are doing your best. In terms of collaboration, I’ve never really studied for a test by myself. People are always there to help me figure out any academic or personal things I need to figure out. Nobody’s hiding study guide or hiding notes, people are willing to share and make sure that all of us can do as well as possible because at the end of the day, even if we are competing against each other it’s such a small part of the pool.

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
One of the things that Tulane does well is they allow you to declare your major at the end of your second year. They run you through the core curriculum in the first two years. Once you finish that a lot of my classes this past year and next year are going to be upper-level neuroscience classes and a lot of them are cross-registered with graduate courses, so if I want to do a Master’s in Neuroscience it’s a 4+1 program. Those credits that I’ve already completed will go towards my Master’s, so I can complete in one year versus two.

Female Psychology Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel the Psychology department does especially well or poorly?
I think they have really good teachers in the Psychology department. I’ve always had very kind teachers who are very open to seeing you outside of class. Like, one course had these different writing assignments that I was struggling with, and my teacher was very open to meeting with me and taking as much time as I needed to help me.

I also think the advisers are very good, my adviser is open to having me drop in and discuss different things or just ask questions, I never feel like I’m being a bother. They really encourage you to do research labs which I think is a good thing because a lot of people are interested in doing an honors thesis and things like. It gives you more of an inside view of like what things you could be doing when you graduate with a Psychology degree.

Male Finance and Marketing Double Major C/O 2020

Is there anything that you feel your department does especially well or especially poorly?
Job placement is awesome in Finance. The Career Center for the Business school has their own person for finance. They also offer a lot of opportunities specifically to finance people, like there is a lot of job information and networking opportunities for banks and financial services companies. [In the Freeman School of Business Class of 2017, 86% of students seeking employment were employed.]

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
At Tulane I’d say it’s more collaborative. I think Finance is more competitive than Marketing and Spanish. But overall, it’s a pretty collaborative environment, it’s not too cutthroat or so work intensive where you can’t get involved with things outside of class.

Social Opportunities

Male Neuroscience Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
My freshman and sophomore year I took a lot of time to explore the city of New Orleans. New Orleans was rated one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. I took a lot of time to explore the city’s history, so Jackson Square and there’s a World War II Museum. Another thing I went out of my way to see was the areas that are still devastated from [Hurricane] Katrina. There’s still a lot of those and I guess I felt fortunate going back to those areas and looking at what happened to their communities versus what I’m fortunate to go home to.

What have been some of your favorite times at Tulane?
My sophomore year I accidentally stayed back at Tulane just because I forgot to book my flight home to New Jersey. So, a couple of friends and I took advantage of the situation and were able to go on a swamp tour which was super cool because I’ve never seen an alligator before and it’s nice seeing the swamp.

Female Psychology Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Now that many of my friends and I are involved in sororities, a lot of our nightlife involves going to bars they rent out in the French Quarter. Bars in the French Quarter are really fun, and there are also a lot of rooftop bars we go to in that area. There’s also The Boot on campus that we sometimes end up going to. In the fall, the frats have a lot more parties. As an upperclassman, you’ll mostly go to different bars in the French Quarter or the Boot. Louisiana has a lot of bars that are 18 and up. As long as you are 18, you can get into the Boot. Any bar that is rented out by sororities have to make it so that people 18+ can get in, they just get an X on their hand or don’t get a wristband.

What have been your favorite times at Tulane?
We have this thing called Crawfest where as a student you can attend for free and you get a thing of crawfish and there’s music. It’s a fun atmosphere. A lot of times when it’s really nice we’ll go to this area called The Fly on Friday afternoons. People will take a picnic or whatever and go hang out there if it’s good weather. Formals, in general, are really fun here. There is lots of live music around that people go to too.

Male Finance Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
That definitely changes over the years as you get older at Tulane. Freshman and sophomore year you’re going to the campus bar, The Boot, and, if you join a fraternity like I did, you’ll have parties at your fraternity house. As you get older you tend to branch out a bit you check out different bars in the city because once you turn 21 that opens up a lot more opportunity. So, we’ll check out new local places or places that we’ve heard are having different drink deals or happy hours. This year we still go to The Boot and to the fraternity parties, but we try out more new places because we can.

The benefit of being at a place like Tulane is even on a certain night where you can’t go to a house party or if there’s not something going on, there’s always The Boot which everyone’s welcome to because it’s an 18 and up bar. Most people end up there after house parties too. If you want to go out, there’s really always a place for you to go which I think can’t be said about a lot of schools.

Campus Culture

Male Neuroscience Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene?
There are certain weeks where the majority of students have tests. Following those weeks, the social life picks up. A lot of people are going out, a lot of people are doing their own thing. But when it does come down to studying right before those weeks, you can always find the library’s packed. Kids manage their time really well at Tulane.

Do you think people are happy with their choice of Tulane by senior year?
Yeah, I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t love Tulane. There’s a lot of involvement opportunities if you can’t seem to find your niche. But once you do, it’s a great school and there are a lot of great opportunities.

Female Psychology Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at Tulane?
I’d say it’s really good because it’s you can be friends with a lot of different types of people. You can have your friends in your sorority, outside of your sorority, in your classes, you could have a lot of different groups of people you have friends with and can interact with. You’re not restricted by organizations and things like that.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
It’s definitely diverse in some ways socially, but it’s probably not as much as it should be. It is an ongoing conversation we have on campus about being more diverse. People don’t really try to be diverse in Greek life. [People of different races and sexual orientations] are kind of involved in other things, but they definitely have their groups and stuff. There is a dimension of mixing, like when we go out there [is more of a mix]. There could be more of a mix socially, and I think that is also a part of people hanging out with people that are similar to them. [In the Class of 2022, 73% of students are White, 22% are domestic students of color, and about 5% are international students.]

Male Finance Major C/O 2019

What is the impact of Greek life on the social scene at Tulane?
Like most schools, they’ve definitely cracked down a lot in the last year or so with everything that’s been going on. Greek life is definitely still alive and we have parties, but it’s under scrutiny. We have to register every party we have with the school so they know what’s happening, we see the police driving around a lot more. They’re putting in a rule next year where freshmen can’t come into fraternity houses for the first month of school, but I’m not exactly sure what that accomplishes. I think it’s just part of the overall effort to really keep Greek life in control. [About 42% of students are involved in Greek life.]

How would you describe the student body?
For the most part, it does have a Northeast influence. [About 31% of students come from the Northeast.] The majority of students are decently well-off and come from pretty good families who are able to support them [54% of students come from the top 10% and 3.9% come from the bottom 20%.] For the most part, people are pretty social and pretty accepting of everyone. It’s definitely a hardworking community too, especially nowadays where people realize that they need good grades to get internships or jobs. I think it’s gotten more hardworking the past few years I’ve been here.

New Orleans, LA

Pros of

  • “It’s a new culture. You get exposed to a new way of life that is very different. It feels like you live in a different country sometimes because it’s a very different culture.”
  • “You have so many opportunities so close to you for fun activities. You’re never bored because you can always venture off campus.”
  • “The people in the South are always willing to help you. They’re super polite, very hospitable, and friendly. They always greet you with a smile and you feel welcome even if you’re not from there. It leaves you in a happier mood.”

Cons of

  • “The weather. It’s sometimes a pro, but there is a long rainy season. Make sure you have a good raincoat and rain boots because when it rains it floods. It’s also very humid. That took some getting used to.” [Louisiana is the rainiest state in the continental United States.]
  • “Sometimes it can be a little dangerous. I’ve had friends get mugged.” [The overall crime rate in New Orleans is 37% higher than the state average and 95% higher than the national average.]
  • “Having so much to do can be a con because everybody’s tests don’t line up. If my friends and I decide to do sometimes one weekend and one of them can’t do anything, they feel left out so they might make a bad decision and come. Then that might affect their academic performance.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Neuroscience Major C/O 2019

What is something that you wish you knew about Tulane before entering as a freshman?
One of the main things I would emphasize to freshman is that a lot of the services that Tulane offers aren’t really well advertised. A lot of services are available at Tulane but they’re just not advertised to the extent that it is at other schools. Nothing’s going to be handed to you, you always have to go find your own way.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I think it can be difficult to see how professors interact with students on a visit. But in every class I’ve had, as long you are going to class and engaged in class, they are always willing to help and willing to try and help you get as close to an A as possible. They’re always there for you and trying to help you succeed.

Female Psychology Major C/O 2020

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
We have a new business school that’s so nice, so definitely that. It’s a good space to do homework even if you’re not in the business school. Then The Fly, which is a pretty park area in Audobon Park. I think that would be a good place to go and have a picnic and it’s really close to campus and I think it played a part in my decision to come here.

Male Finance Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew before entering Tulane as a freshman?
From a career aspect, I wish I knew how limited the alumni network is and how unhelpful the career office is. I’ve gotten lucky that I’ve gotten a couple of good internships through my own personal network, but it’s definitely been a push. It would have been nice to know that I was going to be on my own for that process.

From a social perspective, I was lucky that I got a bid to a fraternity. It would have been nice to know that technically Tulane says rush starts in the spring, but it pretty much started on day one when you get there. It would have been nice to know that as soon as I got there I should be going around to the different fraternities and making a good impression. I’m lucky that I got a bid anyway, but I know a lot of people who just didn’t realize that it started so soon and were just late to the game.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Definitely the Boot, but I don’t know how many parents will want to take their kid there. There is a street called Broadway Street where all the students live and all the fraternity houses are there.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Tulane University

To Attend

  • “The relationships you can develop with professors. There are many, many opportunities to get to know professors.”
  • “Chances are you’re never going to get to come back to New Orleans and live here. You may come for a bachelor party or something, but you won’t be able to spend that much time in a place like that.”
  • “The community. Tulane people have a lot of love for Tulane people. Everyone is looking out for each other.”
  • “Mardis Gras, for sure.”

To Not Attend

  • “Tulane isn’t a target school for companies based in New York City or Los Angeles because of its location.”
  • “If you’re not into going out and partying all the time, you may feel pressure to do that. It’s a party school.”
  • “If you’re looking for a more diverse student body.” [73% of the Class of 2022 is White.]
  • “If you can’t handle humidity, definitely do not attend.”
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