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Tulane Summer Enrichment Institute

Tulane Pre-College offers several courses and fields of study under the Summer Enrichment Institute. 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 to opportunity 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 Summer Enrichment Institute

Tulane Pre-College Summer Enrichment Institute offers both one-week and two-week 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.

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Students enrolled in these enrichment courses participate in a variety of classwork, activities, and excursions designed to provide a challenging and engaging academic experience. Enrichment courses are open to middle and high school students and are offered as two-week residential sessions, two-week online sessions, and one-week day sessions for students who live within commuting distance of campus.

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.

Intro to Social Policy and Practice

Have you ever wondered why the U.S. has spent almost 16 trillion dollars on poverty programs, yet roughly 47 million people still live below the poverty line? Ever wondered why the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, yet still has a very high crime rate? This course examines the impact of social policies on the people affected by them.

Architecture: Digital and Tactile Design

Explore the fundamentals of design and thinking at the architectural scale through one of our studio-based courses offered through the School of Architecture. No specialized knowledge or background is needed, beyond a serious interest in architectural design.

Middle School Debate

Debate is fantastic preparation for basic life skills. Our one-week middle school debate program is a perfect introduction to the fundamentals of debate as well a great opportunity for intermediate and experienced debaters to build their skills.

Newcomb Summer Session

Get a preview of the college classroom through one of the five courses offered in Newcomb Summer Session. Explore gender and social justice issues through topics like leadership, communications and activism, technology, history, or writing.

Computers and Musical Creativity

Explore intersections between music, engineering, production, and computer programming, with a focus on the creative applications of technology in the creation of music. This course encourages creativity both in technical research and in composition for various media and performance.


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