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 10th- through 12th-grade students interested in a college academic experience. Pre-College students typically earn three hours of general education credits.

Academic Excellence Starts Early

Courses in science, engineering, the humanities, and architecture are offered each summer and have a workload similar to that of a regular undergraduate course. During the session, students may attend lunch-and-learns with guest speakers or 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. Students who opt to live on campus will reside in one of our undergraduate residence halls. We offer scheduled activities both on and off campus for residential students while providing the students with ample free time to read and study. All activities are included at no additional cost.

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College Credit Highlights

Hands-on courses in numerous disciplines

Learn from Tulane faculty, instructors, and professionals

Opportunity to experience college life in a safe environment

Multiple sessions—ideal for busy families

Diverse course options for high school students

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Tulane Pre-College offers a selection of residential summer credit courses for motivated high school students who wish to pursue their interests in an academic setting while strengthening their college applications. The courses are designed to mirror the rigorous academic content of classes offered in a regular Tulane Freshman semester in a safe and supportive environment. The aim of Tulane University Pre-College is to develop students both inside and outside of the classroom.

In the Classroom: Students not only experience a real college classroom and complete Tulane coursework, they also get a glimpse of what it takes to interact with professors, classmates and a roommate at a level they may have not yet encountered.

Prepare for College: Students who have participated in Pre-College return to high school with a much better sense of what they need to do in preparation for college or what college setting they may now either like or dislike. They may feel more confident about going off to college.

Outside of the Classroom: Pre-College is a great social opportunity in addition to the academics. There are weekend events organized for the students so they can explore the city in an exciting, but supervised atmosphere. Students have the opportunity to meet others from all over the country and the world. Bonds between classmates and roommates can last long after the summer.

Students gain so much from their experience in Tulane Pre-College programs. They'll be challenged, but they'll also gain confidence from their new independence and will feel a sense of accomplishment having completed real college-level coursework.

College Credit Courses

This summer, get a head start on college and earn credit at Tulane. Our college credit courses ease your transition into the college learning environment through a blend of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on application. You’ll have the opportunity to take classes alongside talented students from around the globe, learn from prestigious Tulane faculty, and engage in challenging coursework that will prepare you for success in college and beyond. Choose from a diverse selection of courses in STEM, architecture, and the humanities in a two-week residential or day session.



Experience the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education.

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Course and lab offerings in science, technology, mathematics, engineering and public health taught by Tulane’s distinguished faculty.

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Study topics including history, political science, social policy and practice, social work and more in one of the most culturally rich cities in the U.S.

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Course Options

College credit courses are designed as a two-week residential session to expose students to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and residential college life. A day option is available to students who live within commuting distance of campus. Students who opt to live on campus arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday after the session concludes.

Due to the extended studio time and co-curricular activities, Career Explorations in Architecture is only offered as a residential option.

Session Three: July 8-July 19, 2019

  • Architecture: Tactile Design
  • Innovations in Chemical Engineering
  • Intro to Conservation Genetics
  • Intro to MakerSpace
  • Exploration in Experimental Mathematics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Exploring Psychology
  • The Cell, The Individual, and The Community
  • Medieval Europe: Knights, Dragons & Damsels in Distress
  • Latin American Revolutions
  • Basic Neuroscience with Laboratory
  • Intro to Courts and Law
  • Social Policy and Practice

Session Four: July 22-August 2, 2019

  • Architecture: Digital Design
  • Innovations in Chemical Engineering
  • Python Programming
  • Introduction to Plants and Human Affairs
  • Introduction to Engineering Design with Lab
  • Basic Neuroscience with Laboratory
  • Computers and Musical Creativity
  • Social Policy and Practice
  • Introduction to Public Health

How to Apply

Tulane Pre-College accepts applications from rising 10th - 12th graders for College Credit courses. Admission to Tulane programs is open to all individuals regardless of their immigration status.

Applying is easy! Go to our online application and submit an Application Starter. You'll receive an email with your login information to the Green Wave portal to submit all required materials. We recommend that you submit a complete application, including all materials, prior to April 1.

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Live and learn in the heart of New Orleans

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Earn credit from a world-reknowned academic institution

Set yourself apart from your high school peers

Engage with distinguished faculty in small, focused classes

Study with students from around the world

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Founded in 1834, Tulane University has the academic traditions and background in the scientific fields, humanities, and the arts to ensure the excellence of its programs. Dedicated staff and faculty, ties to the local community, and hands-on learning come together to provide a transformative educational experience for Pre-College students.

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