Tulane University is a private research institution of higher learning located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, it became the 15th medical school in the U.S. In 1847, thirteen years later, the state of Louisiana officially established the medical school as the University of Louisiana. The school began as a public institution, but due to hard times following the Civil War, the university received a large donation of real estate from Paul Tulane and subsequently became a private university. Tulane University is the only university in the United States to have gone from a state public university to a private institution. Throughout the years Tulane has developed a graduate school, the School of Social Work, the School of Architecture, the School of Commerce and many others. Tulane University offers a variety of degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to certificate programs. Tulane University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tulane University’s enrollment is about 8,300 total undergraduate students with an additional 5,000 graduate students. Tulane accepts about 26 percent of applicants and is considered a highly selective university. The average age of all students is 25 and 22 for full time students. Tulane University has a fairly high number of part time students with 23 percent of the student body considered to be part time. The majority of Tulane University students are from out of state with just 30 percent in state students. In addition, 70 percent of the student body identifies as Caucasian followed by eight percent of students identifying as African American, four percent of students identifying as Asian and four percent of students identifying as Hispanic. The gender ratio is fairly even at 60:40 with female students as the majority.
As a private university, Tulane University’s tuition is the same regardless of in-state residency. Annual tuition and fees before financial aid is about $45,000. Additionally, for part-time students the cost per credit hour is about $1,700. Affording tuition can be daunting, but students should be aware of the several financial aid options available including federal student aid as well as a variety of scholarships and grants. About 80 percent of Tulane students are awarded financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants and 20 percent of students receive financial aid through loans and work study or part-time jobs. Tulane’s average first year financial aid package is around $36,500 and 67 percent of first year students with need received financial aid. Seventy seven percent of Tulane students were judged to have need and 76 percent of students were offered aid. Of the students who qualified as need based, 40 percent had their entire need met. Need based students receive an average loan of $5,000 and an average scholarship amount of $25,000. Typically, Tulane students’ average indebtedness at graduation is $31,000.
Tulane University offers students a wide variety of degree levels to choose from in subjects such as architecture, accounting, digital media production, geology, history and many more. Students who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University must complete an average of 120 credit hours. Bachelor’s programs typically require four years of full time course work. In addition to undergraduate programs, Tulane offers several graduate programs as well in areas including science and engineering, public health, clinical research, business and several others. Master’s programs degree credit requirements vary by program and can range from 24 semester hours to 45 semester hours. Additionally, graduate course work completion length varies by program and can range from 11 months to about 24 months as a full time student. Tulane also offers PhD programs in many areas. As with the master’s degree program requirements, PhD program credit requirements also vary by program. PhD credit requirements can range from 48 credit hours to about 60. PhD programs also vary in completion length but can take an average of two and a half to three years to complete.
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Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:4,161
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