Even as Tulane University marks its 175th anniversary and acknowledges the storied past that has brought it renown as one of the country's premier universities, its focus is squarely on the present and the future. For everyone who loves Tulane knows its best years are here and now and yet to come.
Interest in Tulane is at an all-time high, with a record number of applications from the country's most sought-after students pouring in and national accolades following, including being named one of the "Hottest Schools in America" by Newsweek magazine.
Tulane attracts students from around the nation and world. Its class of 2012, for instance is composed of students from more than 47 states and the District of Columbia, and 11 foreign countries from Brazil to the United Kingdom.
This class also boasts impressive credentials, with the highest SAT/ACT scores in Tulane's history. Fifty-nine percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class with the vast majority of the rest in the top 20 percent.
Tulane is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with "pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research." Tulane is also designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with "very high research activity." Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes the top tier of American universities.
As one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States, Tulane offers degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, public health and tropical medicine.
Tulane traces its origins to the Medical College of Louisiana, the Deep South's second oldest medical school, which was founded in 1834. By 1847, the Medical College was part of the newly established public institution, the University of Louisiana.
Tulane emerged as a private university in 1884 when the public University of Louisiana was reorganized and named in honor of benefactor Paul Tulane, a wealthy merchant who bequeathed more than $1 million to endow a university "for the promotion and encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education." A native of Princeton, N.J., Paul Tulane made his fortune in New Orleans and his gift expressed his appreciation to this southern city. In 1886, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College for Women was established as part of the university. The college has since merged with Tulane's college for undergraduate men to form the Newcomb-Tulane College. Tulane moved to its present campus on St. Charles Avenue in 1894.
Tulane's Health Sciences Campus in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, LA and Tulane also offers classes at locations in Jefferson Parish, LA, Biloxi, MS, and Houston, TX.
In addition to superior classroom instruction, research in a vast array of disciplines flourishes at Tulane through centers such as the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, the Murphy Institute, the Tulane Cancer Center, the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy and the Newcomb College Institute.