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 offers a variety of degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to certificate programs. Online programs awarding degrees at all levels are offered through the School of Continuing Studies, which focuses its programs on courses and degrees that are directly relevant to students' career aspirations.