A big part of your experience will be getting a real feel for college life and independent living. Immerse yourself in a campus setting that will inspire you, with the added benefit of caring supervision and guidance from our program counselors.

Live and Eat on Campus

Enjoy a room in one of Tulane’s undergraduate residence halls, your home for the summer. Tulane’s residence halls offer a safe and secure experience with a wide variety of amenities for students, including common areas for studying or hanging out and vending machines for drinks and snacks. Participants are housed in a single-point-of-entry dorm here on Tulane’s campus and assigned floors by age and gender. They also have access to university facilities like the Reily Recreation Center, the Howard-Tilton Library (Howie-T), and the Lavin Bernick Student Center (LBC).

Most students will room with another student from the same program, but some students may be in a single-occupancy room. The double-occupancy rooms typically have extra-long bunkable twin beds with moveable desks and ample closet space. Sheets, pillows and towels are included. In keeping with a true college experience, students are pre-assigned to a residence hall and roommate.

A meal plan is included with tuition and provides three meals a day and a snack. On-campus dining options include the Bruff Commons Dining Room (“Bruff”), the LBC food court, and the Drawing Board Café. A vegetarian option is included for every meal and the Dining Services staff work with participants who have other dietary restrictions.

A Typical Day

Pre-College participants have classes in the mornings and afternoons with a lunch break in between. Some college credit programs offer extra studio time or study sessions outside of class, but students still have plenty of down time to enjoy hanging out with friends and enjoying campus amenities. After class, you can choose from a variety of fun cultural, social, athletic, and recreational activities at night and on the weekends.

Tulane has a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, squash courts, exercise studios, and a fitness center with an indoor track. Tulane is also home to the Newcomb Art Museum, twelve libraries and special collections, and Dixon Concert Hall. Across the street from Tulane’s campus is Audubon Park, a local favorite for its scenic live oaks, jogging track and golf course. The LBC features the campus bookstore, the food court, ATM’s and a technology store.

There is always an organized activity to join—or you can spend time with your friends from the programs. Each course of study offers some of its own activities outside of the classroom, but we also plan activities that all students will want to participate in.

Arriving and Departing Campus

Residential students should plan to arrive between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on their designated check-in day (Sunday). Parking on check-in and check-out days is usually available on campus unless there is a scheduled event. Residential students must check out of the residence hall by noon Saturday on their check-out day. All students are required to adhere to the travel plans submitted in the Campdoc portal.

Arrival Day

10:am - 3:30pm | Residential Check-In will start at 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM on arrival days (Sunday). Once the student has checked into the residence hall, the process of moving in may begin. Tulane Pre-College Summer Programs provides a complimentary shuttle service from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM from the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to the Tulane campus.

Departure Day

6:45am - 12:00pm | Residential Check-Out and move out is between 6:45 AM and 12:00 PM on departure days (Saturday). Once the student has been signed out by a Program Counselor, s/he is authorized to leave campus. The complimentary shuttle service to the airport operates 7 AM – 12 PM on designated departure days. Students are assigned a shuttle time that is approximately two hours before their flights.

Airport Shuttle

Tulane Pre-College provides a complimentary shuttle to and from campus on designated arrival and departure dates.

  • On ARRIVAL days, the shuttle service for students operates 10 AM – 3 PM.
  • On DEPARTURE days, the shuttle service for students operates 7 AM – 12 PM.

Students are assigned a shuttle time that is approximately two hours before their departing flights. Please make accommodations to arrive and depart between these hours if utilizing our complementary shuttle service.*

*If a scheduled arrival or departure time is outside of the shuttle service window, students will need to find their own transportation to/from campus.

What to Bring

New Orleans is famous for its heat and humidity, especially in the summer months. The average high temperature in the summer is 92 degrees and the average low is 76 degrees. All rooms and buildings are air-conditioned, including the residence hall and classrooms. Sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth are provided. Laundry facilities are available for use, free-of-charge, and laundry detergent is provided.

As you begin packing for a Tulane Pre-College Summer Program, please consult our helpful summer Pre-College packing list.

What to Bring Packing List

At registration and check in we will also provide each student with a Tulane Pre-College t-shirt, a key/card lanyard and holder, and a water bottle.

Spending Money

The only required expenses not included with tuition are the cost of transportation to and from New Orleans. All extra-curricular activities, as well as transportation to and from these activities, are included in the cost of the program. Students should plan to have spending money for any souvenirs or extras that they wish to purchase. For example, admissions and transportation to the Aquarium of the Americas will be covered by the program. If a student wishes to buy a souvenir or a drink and a snack while there, he or she will need to cover that cost personally.

We do not encourage students to bring large amounts of cash to Tulane Pre-College. There are ATMs for many major banks on campus in the LBC, and most places that your student may spend money accept debit and credit cards.

Residential Staff

Program counselors are all Tulane students and live in the residence hall with the participants. The residential staff is responsible for creating a living community experience, as well as ensuring safety measures by enforcing curfew and other policies. All residential staff undergo compliance training for minors living on campus as well as a criminal background check. A pre-college housing supervisor is on-call and available to respond 24 hours a day. Since all program counselors are current Tulane students, they also can serve as mentors to the Pre-College students and provide an authentic Tulane experience.

Expectations

We expect the students to live independently much like they would in their first year of college. Residential staff will provide support to the students, however, we expect students to be able to self-advocate and take care of their basic needs. If parents or guardians have concerns about their student's ability to live independently and self-advocate, please call (504) 314-7619 or email summer@tulane.edu in order to discuss their viability in the program.

Permission to Leave Campus

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.

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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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