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. Day students attend classes Monday through Friday. Residential students arrive on Sunday between 10 am-3:30 pm and depart on Saturday before noon. Students attending a residential program stay in the residence hall over the weekend(s) between courses, and we offer weekend trips to places of interest in and around New Orleans.

Who can attend the Pre-College Summer Programs?

Tulane Pre-College accepts students entering the 6th through 12th-grade. We offer a variety of academic enrichment courses developed for middle and high school students. College credit courses, including Tulane Science Scholars and Careers in Architecture, are open to high school students.

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. Those students will be spread over various sessions, so there will be about 50 to 100 students enrolled in the Pre-College Summer Programs at any given time. The size of each 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.

What will my student gain from these programs?

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 non-credit 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"?

The 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.

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.

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 students?

There are plenty of dining options available on campus, including Bruff Commons, the food court in the LBC, and the Drawing Board cafe to name just a few. A vegetarian option is included for every meal. 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 and lunch. Day students enrolled in college credit courses do not receive a meal plan but lunch is provided for field trips.

What is the university's policy regarding diversity and/or 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 do residential students do in their free time?

Residential students stay relatively busy. 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 around campus and in the residence hall. On the weekend, we have New Orleans-area activities and excursions planned for students. All extra- and co-curricular activities are supervised by Pre-College faculty or staff.

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

Residential students are not allowed to leave campus with non-Pre-College personnel during the program session. 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 residence hall.

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 the requisite supervision. All residential Pre-College students are required to check in before evening curfew (9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 p.m. 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 Tulane University on their own, provided they properly notify 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 about the health, safety, and well-being of the participants?

Residential staff and student program counselors live in the residence hall to ensure the safety of students this summer. Pre-college program counselors manage the residence hall during the summer, provide linens, and are available to assist with building issues or meal plan issues. Tulane University has a professionally staffed and accredited Department of Public Safety with a 24/7 response capability. Should a participant require medical care, Tulane’s Student Health Center accepts private medical insurance. In the event of medical emergencies, students will be transported to a nearby hospital accompanied by program staff.

What are some examples of nonacademic 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.

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?

You will be notified of your acceptance into a Tulane Pre-College program on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2019.

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 all courses except for Careers 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.

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.

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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