Engaging Courses For High School 

Tulane University academic staff members designed the pre-college experience to immerse students in the fields of humanities, STEM, and the arts.

Select courses are offered for three hours of transferable Tulane credit. Tracks are available for high school students, and the curricula are designed to match students’ academic levels. The learning environment at Tulane is unique because it aims to accomplish the following:

  • • Provide students with authentic, problem-based learning that addresses 21st-century issues
  • • Design, create, and test solutions for real-world problems
  • • Foster interest in important fields such as the arts, architecture, sciences, and mathematics
  • • Provide students with models of professionals—engineers, writers, photographers, and scientists—to help them imagine their future careers
  • • Showcase the ways researchers at Tulane are advancing technology and conservation efforts

Innovative Learning Beyond the Classroom
K12 STEM students

Several features set the Tulane Pre-College experience apart from other learning opportunities:

  • • Unique courses: Every year, Tulane’s Pre-College Programs focus on an array of exciting coursework.
  • • Hands-on experience: Whether students are interested in engineering or social justice, Tulane University provides hands-on learning opportunities that are active and engaging.
  • • Lab and experimental training: The best pre-college programs focus on addressing real-world problems, and the Tulane University summer courses are no exception. In addition to having the option to earn college credit, pre-college participants design practical solutions for the challenges facing the world today.
  • • Experienced staff, diverse community: Tulane’s Pre-College Programs bring together talented students with exceptional potential. Courses help nourish such talents and give students a roadmap for building careers in their fields of choice.

Find the Program That's Right For You

Tulane Pre-College offers a selection of courses each summer for motivated high school students who wish to pursue their academic interests while strengthening their college applications. The aim of Tulane University Pre-College is to develop students both inside and outside of the classroom in a safe and supportive environment. Students who have participated in Tulane Pre-College return to school with a much better sense of what they need to do in preparation for college.

College Credit Courses

Tulane Pre-College gives high school students the opportunity to take college credit courses taught by Tulane Pre-College instructors. Courses for college credit are selective and geared toward rising 11th through 12th grade students interested in a challenging academic experience. Pre-college students typically earn three hours of general education credits and an official Tulane transcript.

Courses in science, engineering, and architecture are offered each summer and have a workload similar to that of a Tulane freshman course. During the session, students can participate in co-curricular activities like lectures by guest speakers and info sessions our libraries, labs, studios, and facilities, including the Tulane Makerspace.

Enrichment Courses

Pre-college enrichment classes can be particularly beneficial for students who are eager to expand their academic horizons. This program allows rising 9th through 12th grade students to explore academic subjects without the pressure of exams and grades.

The courses facilitate students transition from high school to college by exposing them to a higher level of learning. High school STEM enrichment courses allow students to enhance skills in specific STEM fields including neuroscience, sports analytics, biometrics, and coastal preservation. Pre-college humanities courses help students gain in-demand skills in creative problem solving, communication, and research.

In addition to in-person programming, Tulane Pre-College offers online enrichment courses. Our online courses run for two weeks with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous coursework.