Program FAQ

How long are the Pre-College Summer Programs?

Sessions are one or two weeks depending on the course or program you select, and whether you attend a residential session or a day session. Our enrichment courses are offered as a one-week Day option or a two-week residential session. All college credit courses run two weeks for both day and residential options.

Who can attend the Pre-College Summer Programs?

Tulane Pre-College accepts students entering the 6th through 12th-grade for our enrichment courses. College credit courses, including Tulane Science Scholars and Careers in Architecture, are open to rising juniors and seniors, and sophomores with demostrated academic maturity.

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

This summer, we expect to have about 500 Pre-College students on the Tulane campus spread over various sessions. The size of each program ensures that students receive personal attention from both their instructors and program counselors. Approximately half of the students are enrolled in residential programs and will live in the Pre-College residence hall.

What will my student gain from these programs?

Whether pursuing courses for credit or enrolled in non-credit enrichment courses, your student will have the opportunity to explore campus life in a way that is interesting and educational. 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.

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

Our noncredit enrichment courses allow middle and high school students the experience of living and studying on a college campus while exploring college-level academic subjects without the pressure of exams and grades.

Will there be homework outside of class?

Credit courses are designed to mirror Tulane undergraduate courses and have assignments outside of class. The amount of daily homework varies among courses and may take up to several hours per day, but previous Pre-College students have found these assignments manageable and rewarding. Enrichment courses do not require students to complete additional work outside of class.

What is a typical Pre-College academic day like?

Students taking credit-bearing courses are typically in class lectures in the morning and have labs/studio in the afternoon five days per week (Monday-Friday) from 9:30am-3:30pm. Students may spend time after class on assignments, group projects, and studying. Co-corricular lunch-n-learns, open studio, lab tours, and college admissions workshops are also offered before and after class.

Students in noncredit-bearing enrichment courses are in class from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch on Monday through Friday.

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

Tulane Pre-College does not conduct admissions interviews as part of our programs. However, all summer program counselors are current Tulane students and are great resources for students who have questions about the college admissions process.

What food options are available on campus for students?

Residential students receive a meal plan with their tuition that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Day students enrolled in enrichment courses are served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Day students enrolled in college credit courses do not receive a meal plan but there are plenty of dining options available on campus, or you may bring your lunch.

What is the university's policy regarding participants with disabilities?

It is our goal to offer universally accessible programming. If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation or have questions about campus accessibility, please contact our office at 504-314-7619 or in advance of your participation or visit.

What sort of supervision will Pre-College students have?

The Tulane Pre-College Summer Programs are designed to give students a taste of college life while also providing appropriate supervision. Students are allowed to walk to designated locations within Tulane University on their own, provided they properly notify summer program staff. All extra- and co-curricular activities are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff.

What if a student needs medical attention?

Tulane Pre-College has on-call nursing staff available at all times should a participant require medical care for minor medical problems such as colds, cuts, sprains, or infections. In situations involving further medical attention students will be transported to a nearby Urgent Care or hospital accompanied by program staff and parents/guardians will be notified.

Can day students participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities?

Day students have access to the same academic programming as residential students, including class field excursions, lunch-n-learns, and student exhibitions. Weekend and evening activities are only open to residential students at this time. Some college credit courses offer extra studio time or study sessions outside of class meeting times that are open to day students.

Can residential students visit with family friends and/or relatives during the Pre-College Summer Programs?

If you have relatives or friends in the New Orleans area, we encourage you to plan a visit before or after the Pre-College program. We have a strict no-visitor policy in the Pre-College residence hall.

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

Tulane University has a professionally staffed and accredited Department of Public Safety with a 24/7 response capability. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents and Pre-College program staff. All residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day and can only be accessed with an authorized ID card. In the event of an emergency situation, the University has emergency action plans to promote the safety of Tulane students, faculty, staff and guests. The plan outlines procedures for building evacuation, shelter in place and emergency communication.

What do residential students do in their free time?

For those living on campus, one of the primary components of the Pre-College experience is for students to learn how to live on their own, to manage their time, and to be responsible for their actions. Therefore, Pre-College students will have a good deal of autonomy and freedom in their schedules. They have classes in the mornings and afternoons with a lunch break in between. After class, they have free time during which they can study, get extra studio time, or participate in recreational and social activities. On the weekend, off-campus weekend trips and activities are planned in addition to the residence hall and on-campus activities that occur in the evenings during the week. All extra- and co-curricular activities are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff.

What are some examples of nonacademic activities for residential students?

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

Application FAQ

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. The required application materials will be listed in your Green Wave portal once you submit an Application Starter. Contact the Tulane Pre-College office for more information: 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.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into a Tulane Pre-College program?

Admissions decisions are completed on a rolling basis. Notification of acceptance will be sent out via email beginning February 1, 2019. Please note that it can take up to two weeks to receive an admission decision.

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

Yes, contact the Tulane Pre-College office for more information: or 504-314-7619.

What happens if a course that my student was enrolled in is cancelled?

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 refund any registration deposit and tuition.

Is there a commuter/day student option?

We offer a day option for students who live within commuting distance of campus for most courses and programs. Due to the rigorous nature of the studio-based program we do not offer a day option for Career Explorations in Architecture.

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

Yes. After the program deposit has been paid, students and parents/guardians will receive a "Welcome Email" from is an electronic health record system we use to consolidate and integrate student enrollment forms and health information.

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 parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to make all arrangements and pay for the student’s travel to and from Tulane University. Shuttles to and from Louis Armstrong Airport will be available during specific times on designated arrival and departure days. All travel arrangements must be communicated to program staff before the student arrives on campus.

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 through the Campdoc portal. Note: Admission to the program is contingent upon submission of completed Tulane Pre-College Summer Programs health forms.

What if my student is flying with an Unaccompanied Minor designation?

In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. Tulane Pre-College is unable to meet many of these new requirements, so we urge families to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from Tulane Pre-College.

Do you offer financial aid?

Tulane Pre-College has a limited number of need-based scholarships for admitted students. Applicants must first be admitted to Tulane Pre-College to apply for financial aid. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each application is evaluated independently.

Can out-of-state students and international students apply to Summer College?

Yes! We accept students from all over the United States and the world!

Pre-Arrival FAQ

How do I pay my tuition balance?

All deposits and tuition payments must be paid through the Green Wave portal on or before May 31st, 2019. Please contact the Tulane Pre-College 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 for more information about obtaining a Tulane parking permit.

If you anticipate carpooling with other students, please ensure that all drivers are on the pick-up authorization list you completed in Campdoc with proper identification.

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

It is our goal to offer universally accessible programming. If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation or have questions about campus accessibility, please contact the Tulane Pre-College office at (504) 314-7619 or prior to arriving on campus.

Will I need to purchase any supplies?

All enrichment course supplies and materials are included with the cost of the program. Students enrolled in college credit courses should bring something to write with and consult their course information for any other supplies. For college credit courses that may require students to access coursework or submit assignments online, computers are available for students' use in the library and other locations on campus.

How much spending money will my student need?

Students do not need a significant amount of spending money. Program activities are free and we encourage students to eat meals in dining halls and to engage in activities that are no-cost or low-cost.

Who should I contact during the program if I have questions?

The Pre-College office is your main point of contact. The Tulane Pre-College office is open from 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday. You can reach us at or (504) 314-7619. After hours calls will be forwarded to the Resident Director or an On-Call Administrator.

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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