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Tulane Admissions

If you want to apply to Tulane, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 15 and the application fee is $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Applying Early to Tulane?

Tulane University offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/6.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Tulane will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Tulane is 23%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 11%. Tulane accepts about 15% of early action applicants* and 11% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, Tulane admitted 923 of the 3976 students who applied early decison. Last year, Tulane admitted 3,812 of the 25,34 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Tulane Hard To Get Into?

Tulane is avery difficult school to get into. Tulane evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Tulane accepted 11% of all applicants., around 4,877 of the 43,892 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Tulane, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, Tulane waitlisted 12,813 students. Of those, 4486 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to Tulane?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Tulane

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Tulane 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Tulane must submit the following items. Double check with Tulane's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Tulane?

Students admitted to Tulane have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.66% submitted a class rank. At Tulane 63.44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 87.63% were in the top 25% and 96.51% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Tulane University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 20.66%

Tulane is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 30% of Tulane's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 68% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Tulane?

To be competitive with other Tulane applicants, you should strive to earn between 1360 and 1470 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tulane 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1470 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Tulane student is 1405.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tulane students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tulane students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Tulane?

To be most competitive at Tulane, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Tulane's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Tulane students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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Transferring to Tulane University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Tulane.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Tulane during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Tulane Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tulane?

Students who are admitted to Tulane must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Tulane accept transfer credits?

Tulane accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Tulane accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Tulane accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Tulane accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tulane?

No, Tulane is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Tulane's acceptance rate?

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What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tulane?

Tulane's early decision acceptance rate was 23% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Tulane?

The early action acceptance rate at Tulane was 15% in 2021.

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Tulane Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Tulane? Tulane is a very selective institution. The Tulane acceptance rate is 11%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.



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Tulane Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Tulane is Nov 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Tulane is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Tulane ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Tulane is 32. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Tulane. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Tulane SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1470


Math SAT Range

690 - 770


Reading SAT Range

650 - 730

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1470 and Above


1360 to 1470


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Tulane students is 1405. Applicants with SAT scores of 1470 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Tulane, while applicants with SAT scores between 1360 to 1470 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1360 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Tulane.

Tulane GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Tulane, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.55. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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