Parents and students who are interested in Tulane Pre-College often have questions regarding the program, the sessions, day-to-day life, and Tulane University. Browse our frequently asked questions below to learn more about Tulane Pre-College.


General Program FAQ

How long are the Pre-College Summer Programs?

Sessions are one or two weeks depending on the course or program you select. Our enrichment courses are offered as one-week day sessions or two-week residential sessions. College credit courses run for two weeks for both day and residential sessions.

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.

Is there a day program 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.

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

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

What will my student gain from these programs?

Whether they’re pursuing courses for credit or enrolled in non-credit enrichment courses, students 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’s residence halls.

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

Our non-credit enrichment courses offer 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. Students who successfully complete an enrichment course will receive a certificate of completion.

What are the areas of study?

Students can take enrichment courses or college credit courses in STEM, Architecture, Women’s Studies, and Humanities. Browse our Areas of Study page for more detailed information.

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 to be manageable and rewarding. Enrichment courses do not require students to complete additional work outside of class, although Newcomb Summer Session may require reading outside of class.

What is a typical Pre-College academic day like?

Students attend classes in the morning and afternoon with a break for lunch in between. College credit courses consist of class lectures in the morning and lab/studio in the afternoon. Co-curricular lunch-n-learns, open studio, lab tours, and college admissions workshops are offered before and after classes. Enrichment courses include one or more weekly field excursions related to the academic content of the course.

Can students schedule an admissions interview while on campus?

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

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 504-684-7360 or in advance of your participation or visit.

What happens in the event of a medical issue?

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 while accompanied by program staff, and their parents/guardians will be notified. Participant families are responsible for any hospital and testing fees.

How do I order a transcript?

The Tulane University Registrar's Office maintains the official records & transcripts for Tulane University. Pre-College alumni may order electronic and/or mailed transcripts through the Order a Transcript page on the registrar's website. Students and alumni wishing to pick-up transcripts personally may do so at the Office of the Registrar, 110 Gibson Hall.



How long is the Tulane Pre-College Residential Summer Program?

The residential program is a two-week session for enrichment courses and college credit courses in all areas of study. Students will reside on campus for the duration of their studies.

What do residential students do in their free time?

Students will have a good deal of free time outside of classes during which they can study, socialize, or participate in recreational activities. Residence hall and on-campus activities occur in the evenings during the week. A variety of off-campus trips and activities are planned for the weekend. All extracurricular activities are planned and led by residential program counselors, who are all current Tulane students.

What are some examples of non-academic activities for residential students?

Our non-academic activities vary with each session. Past sessions have included activities at the Reily Recreation Center, campus tours, movie nights, laser tag, walking tours of New Orleans, canoe trips, and visits to area attractions such as the Audubon Zoo, Global Wildlife Center, Mardi Gras World, and the French Quarter, as well as a variety of campus recreational and social activities.

What sort of supervision will Pre-College students have?

Tulane Pre-College summer programs are designed to give students a taste of college life while also providing age-appropriate supervision. There are several check-ins throughout the day and evening and all extra- and co-curricular activities are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff. Students are allowed to walk to designated locations on campus. They must be accompanied by staff whenever they leave the campus.

What food options are available on campus for residential students?

Residential students receive a meal plan with their tuition that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cafeteria-style dining hall as well as $5 per day for snacks. Our dining halls offer vegetarian and vegan options and can cater to special dietary requirements or allergies.

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 and can only be accessed with an authorized ID card. In the event of an emergency, the University has emergency action plans that include procedures for building evacuation, shelter in place, and emergency communication.

Can residential students visit with parents and relatives during the Pre-College Summer Program?

We encourage students and their families to plan visits before or after the Pre-College program to give participants a genuine residential college experience. All requests to leave campus must be coordinated with the Residential Director, and overnight visits are strongly discouraged.

Can out-of-state students and international students apply to the Pre-College Program?

Yes! We accept students from all over the United States and the world! We encourage international students to apply as early as possible to provide additional time to comply with any VISA requirements and regulations.

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

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Tulane's campus. We provide transportation to and from the Louis Armstrong International Airport during designated arrival and departure times. All travel arrangements must be communicated to program staff before the student arrives on campus.

Information about lodging for visiting families can be found at the Campus Services Website.

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.

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.


Day Program

How long are the Pre-College Summer Program Day Sessions?

Students enrolled in the day session of Tulane Pre-College can choose between a one-week enrichment course or a two-week college credit course.

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.

What food options are available on campus for day-session students?

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 they may bring their lunch.

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 to find. See our Pre-Arrival page for more information about obtaining a Tulane parking permit.



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

Application requirements vary depending on the program to which you apply. The required application materials will be listed in your Green Wave portal once you submit your application. Contact the Tulane Pre-College office for more information: or 504-226-5468.

When will I be notified of my acceptance into the Pre-College Program?

Admissions decisions are completed on a rolling basis with priority given to students who submit their application before the priority deadline of February 14, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent out via email and listed in your Green Wave portal. Please note that it can take up to two weeks to receive an admission decision.

Can my student register and participate in multiple sessions?

Yes. If a program offers this option, students are welcome to attend more than one course or session. There are additional fees for subsequent sessions.

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 504-226-5468.

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

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

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

Yes. After the program deposit has been paid, students and parents/guardians will receive enrollment and health information forms via their Green Wave portal. A list of the required information is also available on the Pre-Arrival Information page on our website.

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

Yes. You must be covered by a health insurance policy to attend Tulane Pre-College summer programs. In addition, all required health information and forms must be completed and submitted by or before June 1, 2020. Please note that admission to Tulane Pre-College summer programs is contingent upon the submission of all required forms.

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 be considered for financial aid. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each application is evaluated independently.



How do I pay my tuition balance?

All deposits and tuition payments must be paid through your Green Wave portal. Please contact the Tulane Pre-College office with questions about tuition and payments at 504-226-5468 or

How much spending money will my student need?

How much spending money you bring is up to you. All of your course materials and program activities are included in the cost of the program, and residential and enrichment programs include meals. There are ATMs on campus, as well as the campus bank.

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 student use in the library and other locations on campus.

How do I get my Tulane username and email?

Upon enrollment into a program, students will receive an email from Tulane Technology Services with their Tulane ID number and their Tulane email information (Wavemail). Students will receive a separate email with their temporary passwords and instructions to change their passwords. These emails will be sent to the primary email listed on your Tulane Pre-College application.

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

The Tulane Pre-College Office is your main point of contact and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can reach us at or 504-226-5468. 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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