Tulane University academic staff members designed the Pre-College residential experience to immerse students in the fields of humanities, STEM, and the arts. Various on-campus activities are included in the cost of the residential program.
Select courses are offered for three hours of transferable Tulane credit. Tracks are available for middle and 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:
Not only will students have access to an innovative learning environment, but they will also reside in New Orleans—a cultural and technological hub. Home to some of the most talented musicians, entrepreneurs, and artists, New Orleans is a prime location to inspire creativity and foster development in any young adult.
Several features set the Tulane Pre-College experience apart from other learning opportunities:
Tulane Pre-College offers a selection of courses each summer for motivated middle and 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.
Tulane Pre-College gives high school students the opportunity to take college credit courses taught by Tulane faculty. Classes for college credit are selective and geared toward rising 11th through 12th grade students interested in a challenging academic experience. Rising sophomores who demonstrate academic maturity are also encouraged to apply. Pre-College students typically earn three hours of general education credits and an official Tulane transcript.
Courses in science, engineering, architecture, and humanities 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 lunch-and-learns with guest speakers and tour many of our libraries, labs, studios, and facilities, including the Tulane Makerspace.
College-credit courses are offered as part of a residential or day program.
The two-week residential program is designed to expose students to the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that are part of residential college life. We offer scheduled activities both on and off campus for residential students while providing free time to read and study. All activities are included at no additional cost. Students who opt to live on campus arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday after the session concludes.
A day option is also available to students who live within commuting distance of campus. Due to the extended studio time and co-curricular activities, Career Explorations in Architecture is only offered as a residential option.
Pre-college enrichment classes can be particularly beneficial for young students who are eager to expand their academic horizons. This program allows rising 6th through 12th grade students the experience of living and studying on a college campus while exploring academic subjects without the pressure of exams and grades.
Our one-week middle school enrichment courses encourage students to explore new ideas and fields of study. Students participate in hands-on activities that immerse them in academic disciplines like biomedical engineering, coding and robotics, debate, NASA’s ASTRO CAMP®, and more.
The courses for high school students facilitate their 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 medicine, biometrics, and coastal preservation. Pre-college humanities courses help students gain in-demand skills in creative problem solving, communication, and research.
Our one-week enrichment courses are offered as both as residential or day programs. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and generally do not require additional work outside of class.
Residential students live together in a residence hall on campus and participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life. Residential students enroll in two enrichment courses, one for each week of the residential session.
Day students who live within commuting distance of campus can enroll in one-week enrichment courses. Different courses are offered each week and students can enroll in more than one session.