A beautiful campus, founded in 1834 with "pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research," Tulane University is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States, and worthy of attendance by a New Orleans apartment-ite. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Tulane is part of a select group of 62 U.S. universities. Offered at Loyola are schools and colleges of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine and public health and tropical medicine. If you're wondering what tropical medicine is, it is the study of the interrelation of local and global health issues, including malaria and the West Nile virus.
The wide range of academics can be overwhelming for an entering freshman or a transfer student to Tulane. Thankfully, the Academic Advising Center of the university can assist students in their selection, and an undergraduate need not decide upon a major until their fourth semester, so there is plenty of time to try out a few courses and feel what is comfortable. A highly pursued college, Tulane received 34,000 applications for the graduation class of 2012, with a 27% acceptance rate, for a freshman class size of approximately 6800. SAT scores averaged 1365, with ACT at 31, meaning this is an intelligent mix of students, with 75% of them from over 500 miles away. The student to teacher ratio is 8:1.
Severely affected by Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005, Tulane closed for a short time and was reopened for the spring semester with a new dedication by faculty and students to public service. A new public service graduation requirement is now necessary as a result of the "student-centric" campus focus that took place during that time. Course credit for community service is provided for all undergraduates.
Housing on campus for accepted students is possible with 14 residence halls and modular housing costing from about $5200 to $6800 per year. The residences are divided by freshmen and upperclassmen, co-ed and women, and honors. You may choose from sharing a room to sharing a three to five bedroom suite, or simply selecting a single room. Phone service and internet access is available to each resident, but you'll have to bring your own coffee maker and clock radio. To share housing expenses and to get to know the people around you, RoommateClick is a roommate finder service provided to students.
Ideally located if you are fond of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tulane is just six blocks from there and just a short streetcar ride from the Mississippi River waterfront.
As the current largest employer in New Orleans, the university was actually founded as a public medical school in its early years. In addition, it is the only school in America to have been converted from a public institution to a private higher learning institution.
Simply put, Tulane is an exceptional university, to visit the campus and extensive libraries from your New Orleans apartment, or to enroll. Tulane was ranked overall undergraduate program 51st among "national universities" by US News & World Report's 2009 edition. In addition, Tulane is ranked 32nd nationally by Forbes magazine in a study conducted by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.