Program FAQs

How long is the Pre-College Summer Program?

Sessions are one, two, or three weeks depending on the program you select and whether you attend a Residential session or a Day session. Residential students arrive on Sunday morning for check-in and orientation and depart on Saturday morning. Students attending a residential program stay in the residence hall on Tulane’s beautiful uptown campus over the weekend(s) between courses, and we offer weekend trips to places of interest in and around New Orleans.

Day students attend classes Monday through Friday. A program-specific orientation will be held on Monday for Day Students. Watch for an email with further information and details.

How many students participate in the Pre-College Summer Program?

This summer we expect to have about 500 Pre-College students on the Tulane campus. Those students will be spread over various sessions so there will be about 50-100 students enrolled in the Pre-College Summer Program at any given time. The size of our program ensures that students receive personal attention from both their instructors and program counselors, and that they get to know other Pre-College students. Approximately half of the students are enrolled in residential programs and will live in the Pre-College residence hall.

Who can attend the Pre-College Summer Program?

The Tulane Pre-College accepts rising 6th through 12th graders. Tulane Science Scholars, Career Explorations in Architecture and Newcomb Summer Session accept high school students.

What will my student gain from this program?

Your student will get a true college experience: socializing on the quad on the way to class, utilizing Tulane’s innovative learning environments, and, for residential students, living in the University residence halls. Whether pursuing courses for credit or enrolled in noncredit enrichment courses, your student will have the opportunity to explore campus life in a way that is interesting and educational.

Why are some of the Pre-College Summer Program courses "non-credit?"

A non-credit program allows middle and high school students the experience of living and studying on a college campus while exploring college-level subjects without the pressure of exams and grades. There is no connection between credit and non-credit program and the University Office of Admissions.

Will there be homework outside of class?

Most credit-bearing courses will have assignments outside of class. The amount of daily homework will vary among courses and may take up to several hours per day, but previous Pre-College students have found these assignments manageable and rewarding. The Tulane Pre-College non-credit courses do not require students to complete additional work outside of class.

Can Pre-College students schedule an admissions interview while on campus?

The Tulane Pre-College Summer Program does not conduct admissions interviews. However, Residential students will have the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Uptown campus.

Can Day students participate in extra- and co-curricular activities?

Pre-College Summer Program activities are only open to Residential students at this time. Tulane Science Scholars Programs offers study sessions and academic opportunities outside of class meeting times that are optional for Day students enrolled in TSSP.

What food options are available on campus for students?

Students will have a meal plan for each meal they have on campus. Meal plans are specifically designed to take advantage of numerous dining facilities on Tulane’s campus, including Bruff Commons, the food court in the Lavin-Bernick Center, and Olive Blue Catering. Our dining facilities offer a variety of options such as allergen-friendly options, vegan entrees, fresh fruit and salads, home-style entrees, classic New Orleans dishes, and more. Students who have food allergies or have medically-restricted diets should indicate this in their program enrollment paperwork.

What is the University's policy regarding diversity, and/or participants who may have disabilities?

Tulane University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), gender identity or expression, or other legally protected classifications in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. Tulane University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Refer to the Tulane University Equal Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination Policies for more information.

What do Residential students do in their free time?

We plan a full slate of fun and educational programs for particpants and you will find that students stay relatively busy during the Pre-College Summer Program. Students will attend class in the morning and afternoons. During the afternoons and evenings, residential students will have free time, during which they may devote time to their course work or participate in extra-curricular activities, including recreational and social activities around campus and in the residence hall. On the weekends, we have New Orleans-area activities planned for students on Saturday and Sunday. All extra-curricular activities and off-campus excursions are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff.

Can Pre-College student visit with family friends and/or relatives during the Pre-College Summer Program?

In order to allow students to take full advantage of their pre-college experience, we encourage parents and students to schedule visits with friends and family members either before the program begins or after it ends. Students are allowed to leave campus under the adult supervision of local friends and relatives if we have received prior approval from the student’s parent or guardian. (Information about the permission form will be included in pre-arrival information.) If you must plan a visit during the program, please contact the Pre-College Summer Programs office at or 504-314-7619. Residential students will not be allowed to be away from campus overnight.

What sort of supervision will Pre-College students have?

The Tulane Pre-College Summer Program is designed to give students a taste of college life while also providing the requisite supervision. All residential pre-college students are required to check in before evening curfew (9pm on weekdays, 10pm on weekends). Residential students are not allowed to leave campus on their own or with other students. Students are allowed to walk to designated locations within the Tulane University on their own, with proper notification of the residence hall staff. Pre-College students are not allowed to visit other residence halls on campus, and only Pre-College students and staff are allowed inside the Pre-College residence hall.

What are some examples of non-academic activities?

Our nonacademic activities vary with each session. They may include visits to the Reily Recreation Center, touring the campus, movie nights, visiting area attractions and enjoying other campus recreational and social activities.

What about the health, safety and well-being of the participants?

Professional staff and student Summer Program Counselors will be living in the residence hall to ensure the safety of students this summer. Summer Program Counselors manage the residence hall during the summer, provide linens, and are available to assist with building issues or meal plan issues.

Lead Summer Program Counselors are professional staff members, ranging from university students to graduate students and young professionals. Along with their supervisory and administrative duties, they participate in a rotating schedule to respond to emergency situations in the residence hall after business hours during the duration of the program. Lead Summer Program Counselors run programs and excursions that offer students the opportunity to explore the greater New Orleans area and have an enjoyable summer with their peers.

Tulane University has a professionally staffed and accredited Department of Public Safety, including a Police Department, with a 24/7 response capability. Should a participant require medical care, Tulane has a Student Health Center that accepts private medical insurance. In the event of medical emergencies, students will be transported to a nearby hospital accompanied by program staff. The Pre-College Summer Programs staff coordinates with the Department of Public Safety, TUPD, Housing and Residential Life, the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Student Health Center and the Office of Student Affairs to ensure student health, safety and welfare.

Application FAQs

Do I need to complete and submit any documents or letters of recommendation in order to be accepted into a Pre-College Summer Program?

Yes, application requirements vary depending on the program for which you apply. Contact the Pre-College Summer Programs office for more information at or 504-314-7619.

Can my student register and participate in multiple sessions?

Yes, if a program offers this option students are welcome to attend more than one session. There will be additional fees for subsequent sessions.

Do I receive a discount if I sign up more than one student or more than one session?

Yes, contact the Pre-College Summer Programs Office for details.

What happens if Tulane cancels a course that my student was enrolled in?

We will contact you prior to the start of the program to discuss options. If we cannot find another course that works for you, we will give you a refund of the registration deposit and tuition.

Is there a commuter/day student option?

We offer a day/commuter option for the Pre-College enrichment program, Newcomb Summer Session, and Science Scholars Program. Contact the Pre-College Summer Programs office for more information.

Do I need to complete and submit any forms once I have been accepted?

Yes. Parents will receive an invitation to join the Pre-College Summer Programs web portal from CampDoc with information about forms required for Summer 2018. The invitation will go out once students are eligible to register for our program(s).

We live out of state: Are there any travel resources available to get my student to the Tulane campus in New Orleans?

It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to make all arrangements and pay for student’s travel to and from Tulane University. Shuttles to and from Louis Armstrong Airport will be available during set times and days. All travel arrangements must be communicated to program staff before the student arrives on campus. To view ways to get to campus, please visit our Pre-Arrival page.

Do I need to have health insurance to attend a Pre-College Summer Program?

Yes, you must be covered by a health insurance policy in order to attend Tulane Pre-College Summer Programs. Your health insurance should also cover prescription medications. In addition, your parent/guardian/family member must complete and submit required Tulane Pre-College Summer Programs health forms and provide health insurance information, contact information for your family physician, your emergency family contact information, any medical issues your family considers relevant and any allergies (especially allergies to food and medicine) you may have. Note: Admission to the program is contingent upon submission of completed Tulane Pre-College Summer Program health forms.

Pre-Arrival FAQs

How do I pay my tuition balance?

Please contact the Pre-College Summer Programs Office with questions about tuition and payments at 504-314-7619 or

How do we know what to pack for the residence hall?

For a complete list of what to bring (and what is not allowed in the residence hall), visit our "Pre-Arrival" page.

Can I bring a car or motor vehicle to campus?

Day students who choose to drive may do so. However, parking is limited on Tulane’s Campus and as a result, it can be difficult. See our "Pre-Arrival" page or more information about obtaining a Tulane parking permit. No Pre-College student is allowed to ride with another student in their personal car during the program, nor is a student allowed to transport another student during the program without prior authorization from the Pre-College Summer Programs office. If you anticipate carpooling with other students, please notify us prior to arrival and be sure that all drivers are on your pick-up authorization list with proper identification.

Does Tulane have accommodations for students with special needs/disabilities?

Yes, The Goldman Center for Student Accessibility offers assistance to all student, employees, program participants of Tulane, and accommodates them with modifications to their academic and work environments. For individuals requiring accommodations, please contact us at (504) 314-7619 or as early as possible prior to arriving to campus to help us coordinate with the Goldman Center for Students Accessibility to ensure availability. Please understand that failure to provide adequate notice may result in accommodations not being available.

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