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| To preface this review, I am a freshman at Tulane in the Honors Program double-majoring in Finance and Economics. I have taken some classes within and outside of the business school, so I am familiar with the range of academics here. (As an aside, I am not entirely sure this constitutes a "negative" review, as I have enjoyed a good portion of my experience here, but I have applied to transfer nonetheless, if that validates my opinion on the school as a whole.) |
1) Academics. The coursework has been my biggest source of satisfaction here at Tulane. I took 17.5+ credit semesters this year, and I spent a significant amount of time doing work for those courses to do well. All of my professors are well-qualified, accommodating, and clear in their expectations. Pre-professional programs (particularly pre-med) are strong here. Moreover, the Finance program here is also top-notch, although the Freeman School of Biz. is largely populated by idiotic marketing majors. If you want a Finance program where you'll get recognition as an Honors student and have the potential to take applied, relevant trading courses, Tulane is a great option. That being said, the engineering program here is EXTREMELY WEAK, despite the caliber of its students. Academics are really what you make of it here; you can challenge yourself as much as you please.
2) Social Scene. Despite the wondrous city that is New Orleans, Tulane offers a social scene that falls way short of its expectations. Certainly, there are frat parties and bars, but the people who attend such parties are by and large moronic, snobby, jappy students. Then again, I am particular about these sorts of things, and if you are capable of ignoring the hordes of drunk & belligerent Westchester kids, you'll probably find the party scene enjoyable. Off campus, the nightlife is absurd; the City offers diversions all night, every night. (FYI, not many people go downtown more than 4-5 times during the year, so these opportunities aren't utilized.)
3) Reputation. This is BY FAR my biggest complaint. I was initially swayed to attend Tulane because of the large scholarship I received & overall ignorance during the application process. This consideration, of course, depends on your field, but for those wanting to study Engineering or go into Investment Banking (that's me), the reputation falls awfully short. In these departments, you cannot compensate for Tulane's mediocre reputation.
All in all, I would say Tulane is what you make of it. There is a pretty diverse group of students here, and one has little trouble finding his or her own group. The academic program similarly offers a broad range of coursework for those willing to challenge themselves. My transfer is largely due to a weak reputation in my program of interest and its incompatibility with the competitive field I wish to enter after graduating.
|Feb 24 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| Tulane is AWESOME. I've completed one semester and it has been the funnest few months of my life. I got good grades too so don't think I'm just some party animal! Anyways, the academics were a bit easier than i expected. |
the gym (reilly)- usually always can get an elliptical, the weight room also has a few machines that i as a girl would use.
the freshman dorms- most of the freshman dorms are really quite decent. I live in one of the "typical" freshman dorms where people tend to party. My dorm at least, on the weekends everyone is going out and having fun but during the week most people are studying. You can study in your common rooms and not have to worry about noise, there are also a few other people studying at the same time. The inside of the rooms have red brick walls which is such an improvement from the jail-cell white cinder block walls at other schools. The dorms are pretty strict about alcohol and come in your room if your being too loud which sucks.
Bruff (dining hall)- this is one of the worst parts of tulane. Although the food is actually pretty decent, iafter about three months you will be ordering takeout a lot because the bruff food gets so repetitive. Also, the workers are very unfriendly.
Wifi- actually this is the worst part of tulane. The wifi turns on and off randomly and sometimes when you really need it to turn something in or to signup for classes or something. The wifi outages only last a few minutes though but theyre really frustrating. I guess you cant complain too much though cuz most other schools still don't even have wifi and require an ethernet cable.
Night Life/ Parties- the nightlife is awesome. In new orleans you definitely don't need to be 21 or even have a fake to get into the bars and drink. You live the life that your friends at other schools have to wait until theyre 21 to live. There are never any dorm parties, which you may want for your college experience. We don't usually play drinking games either. You can walk to most bars and the ones far away/ downtown you can take a taxi, and if you share it with like 4 people its only like 4-5$ each. The frats have about 1 party a weekend, only some of them themed. The frats aren;t as fun because the cops always come and break them up about 1-2 hours into the party (no one ever gets in trouble- don't worry, they just make you leave). If not that, they run out of alcohol and kick everyone out. If your not into alcohol there are plenty of people with you on that. Even people who are partyers stay in sometimes on weekends and just hangout. There is also some friday night entertainment.
New Orleans- before everyone got to tulane, they expected to be going downtown to bourbon street every weekend. Almost everyone has only gone 2-3 times the first semester, its really a rare thing. The trolley ride takes way too long for it to be worthwhile. The trolleyride is fun and interesting though so it depends on what you like. The food of new orleans is amazing and hard to resist. there are plenty of concerts and festivals throughout the year in new orleans.
Academics- so far i've been mostly taking the required freshman classes. None of them have been too challenging but I am often up until at least 1am finishing my studying/assignments. They cut out most of the busy work, such as Calc, homework is optional, so if you know the stuff you don't need to waste your time. There is a bit of unfairness in teachers though, some of your friends will be in a much easier or harder class than you because of their teacher. Overall- Tulane is awesome! if you have the means to go here- DO IT! you don't have to party to go here but if you do its the best school to do it at. Tulane has a reputation for having stuck-up rich kids, but everyone here is sooo nice and do not fit that stereotype! the best part of tulane is probably new orleans but the reputation of the school will get you far after graduation.
|Dec 22 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Well Tulane has many good programs there. The advisors really do suck here, they change like every year. Then they give you little advice on your course load you take. So basically your picking all your on classes with no help. Some of the faculty are real nice and some are jerks. The campus life is very boring, it barely has kids in the quads. The sports team here sucks except the baseball and girl basketball team. The campus life is ok. It has a bar right next to the campus if you like drinking through the day and a club called the boot its cool on tuesdays and saturdays. The real fun is in the city of new orleans not the campus. It only has small percentage of black people that go there. They mostly play sports. The school is very expensive and it s not worth going into debt over its like 60,000 a year. So if I would have none all this before i went i would have pick another college. So unless you are rich like the 60% of the student body or on scholarship then you need rethink your decision. Luckily my parents are loaded or I would have freak out. So the city of new orleans is fun to be in but the school is just boring as fuck. |
|Aug 08 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |