Pre-college classes can be particularly beneficial for young students who are eager to expand their academic horizons. The Tulane Pre-College Enrichment programs allow middle and high school students the experience of living and studying on a college campus while exploring academic subjects without the pressure of exams and grades.

Academic Excellence Starts Early

Our middle school one-week enrichment courses encourage students to explore new ideas and fields of study. Middle school students participate in hands-on activities that immerse them in academic disciplines. Eighth-graders with prior academic experience in a specific program field may be eligible to enroll in the corresponding high school enrichment program.

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 also allow students to enhance skills in a specific STEM field.

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Enrichment Highlights

Hands-on courses in a variety of disciplines

Learn from talented instructors

Opportunity to experience college life in a safe environment

Multiple session dates—ideal for busy families

Residential and day options for middle and high school students

Overview

Our one-week enrichment courses are offered as both a Day or a Residential option. Classes meet in the morning and afternoons, and generally do not require students to complete 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 courses, one for each week of the residential session (Week 1 and Week 2). Students arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday at the end of the two weeks.

Day students who live within commuting distance of campus enroll in one course and attend class Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.

Who Can Apply?

Tulane Pre-College accepts applications for our enrichment courses from rising 6th - 12th grade students. Admission to Tulane Pre-College summer programs is open to all individuals regardless of their immigration status.

Tulane Pre-College Enrichment courses give you an inspiring learning experience. Inside the classroom, a hands-on, collaborative learning environment lets you directly engage with talented instructors who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Outside the classroom, enjoy Tulane's beautiful setting, live on campus, make new friends and have a great time joining in on fun activities.

Course Information

Session One Enrichment

June 10-14, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Animal Behavior
  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up Our Water
  • Biomedical Engineering: Prosthetic Limbs

High School courses

  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras
  • Climate Change
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries

Session Two Enrichment

June 17-21, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Exploring Arduino with Coding
  • Marine Biology

High School courses

  • Introduction to Video Game Development and Python
  • Neuroscience
  • Electrical Engineering: Powering Energy Grids of the Future
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Sports Medicine: The Team Approach
  • Water Ecology
  • Women in Technology - Newcomb Summer Session
  • Women Writing Out Loud - Newcomb Summer Session
  • Women's Advocacy - Newcomb Summer Session

June 24-28, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Animal Behavior
  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up Our Water
  • Middle School Debate
  • Biomedical Engineering: Prosthetic Limbs

High School courses

  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras
  • Climate Change
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Sports Analytics: Moneyball for All
  • Women Leading New Orleans - Newcomb Summer Session
  • Women Writing Out Loud - Newcomb Summer Session
  • Dismantling Rape Culture - Newcomb Summer Session

Session Three Enrichment

July 8-12, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Exploring Arduino with Coding
  • Marine Biology

High School courses

  • Introduction to Video Game Development and Python
  • Neuroscience
  • Electrical Engineering: Powering Energy Grids of the Future
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Water Ecology

July 15-19, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Animal Behavior
  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up Our Water
  • NASA's ASTRO CAMP
  • Biomedical Engineering: Prosthetic Limbs

High School courses

  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras
  • Climate Change
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries

Session Four Enrichment

July 22-26, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Exploring Arduino with Coding
  • Marine Biology

High School courses

  • Introduction to Video Game Development and Python
  • Neuroscience
  • Electrical Engineering: Powering Energy Grids of the Future
  • Water Ecology

July 29-August 2, 2019

Middle School courses

  • Animal Behavior
  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up Our Water
  • Biomedical Engineering: Prosthetic Limbs

High School courses

  • LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras
  • Climate Change
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Biomedical Engineering: Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be teaching the classes?

Tulane staff, faculty, and experts will teach the classes. Tulane students will act as teaching assistants and program counselors.

Do we have homework?

Generally, no. You may have a small writing assignment or work outside of the class for our upper level high school courses.

Do we have tests?

No tests are given in any classes.

Will I receive credit for enrichment courses?

No—and you don't get grades, either. Students learn more in an environment where there are no pressures; they learn because they are interested.

How much background do I need?

The critical factor in attending a precollege program at Tulane is that you are motivated and interested in learning about the subject. There is a place for everybody—from the beginner to the very advanced.

I'm interested in applying to Tulane: what can I do while I'm there?

Students interested in applying to Tulane are encouraged to chat with their teaching assistants and program counselors about their Tulane experiences.

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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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