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Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute

Tulane Pre-College offers several courses and fields of study under the Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute (TSEI). These courses give college-bound middle and high school students a transformative educational experience and a taste of college life at a renowned university. Students can explore a wide range of subjects, engage with their instructors, and live and study alongside fellow participants who are similarly interested in better understanding the complexities of our ever-evolving world.

Explore diverse topics and grow as a scholar, writer, and thinker this summer.


The learning environment and structure of these courses give students the opportunity to delve deep into various issues, going far beyond the typical middle and high school curriculum. Students will develop the critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary understanding that are essential for success in college and beyond.

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Program Highlights

  • Diverse academic exploration
  • Flexibility to explore subjects without the added pressure of final grades
  • Learn from instructors who are experts in their fields
  • Living in the heart of New Orleans
  • Develop skills in writing, research, and leadership

Reasons to Choose Tulane Pre-College's TSEI Courses

Our enrichment courses are centered around subjects that students may want to explore in their high school or college careers. By exploring these subjects, students will gain a better sense of the world and grow as a global citizen. Develop your writing and research ability this summer and gain in-demand skills in creative problem solving, communication, research, and leadership through a diverse portfolio of subjects.

In addition to classes, students participate in a variety of programs, activities, and excursions designed to prepare them for college life. Students who participate in our residential session have the opportunity to live together in an undergraduate residence hall on campus, enjoy Tulane facilities, engage with their instructors, and meet other pre-college students from around the country and the globe.

Courses in the Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute

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The Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute offers enrichment (noncredit) courses in a wide range of academic disciplines within both humanities and STEM fields. All courses give middle and high school students the opportunity to explore area of study and get an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked university.

Students enrolled in these enrichment courses participate in a variety of classwork, activities, and excursions designed to provide a challenging and engaging academic experience. Tulane Pre-College offers on-campus and online enrichment courses. On-campus courses are one week in length, and online courses run for two weeks. High school students can opt into a two-week residential experience, as well, and take two courses during their session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be teaching my class?
Distinguished instructors who are experts in their field.

Can I take more than one course?
Students who wish to take multiple courses can enroll in additional sessions.

Will there be tests and assignments?
Enrichment courses do not have graded tests or assignments and generally do not require work outside of class.

Will I receive college credit?
Enrichment courses do not earn credit.

Do I need experience to enroll in a class?
The critical factor is that you are motivated and interested in learning about the subject.

What supplies do I need to bring?
All supplies are included in the enrichment program.

Animals in Research – What it Means to Care

Do you really know what it takes to care for the animals being used in research? Students will explore the complexity of animal research – it’s value to society, the regulations regarding treatment and care of the animals, as well as the multitude of people whose work is vital to functioning of a research facility. They will be challenged to look at BOTH sides of animal research as they debate its future.

Mysteries of Medicine

“I am going to be a doctor” ... Ok, what type? From diagnosis to treatment, students will explore the complexity of modern medicine and the different medical specialties that intricately work together to solve each patient’s medical mystery. Through case studies, guest speakers, and field observations, students will develop a better understanding about what it means to “be a doctor.” They will be challenged to use their knowledge to diagnosis and prescribe treatments to their own medical mystery. 

NASA’s ASTRO CAMP® - Roving Mars

Is Mars safe for humans? Students will explore how astronautical engineers design robots to discover the suitability of taking humans to Mars. As students investigate the challenges NASA engineers face, they will learn how to program and build LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to successfully build rovers and navigate a simulated Mars environment.