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Colleges / Tulane University

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%

Tulane Admissions

Tulane University is very difficult to get into. Around 11% of applicants get into Tulane University each year. Out of 31,615 applications received in 2023, 3,621 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Tulane University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Tulane University for fall semester should hear back from Tulane University by April 1.

Tulane University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Tulane University's admissions stats.

Tulane University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 52%
Mean SAT Score 1405
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 16%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 34%
Waitlist Yes

Tulane University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Tulane University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 13 January 31
Early Action Yes November 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Applying Early to Tulane University?

Tulane University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 13. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 31.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Tulane University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Tulane University is 68%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 11%. In 2022, Tulane University admitted 1258 of the 1853 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Tulane University Admissions

How To Get Into Tulane University

Tulane is a very difficult school to get into.

In 2022, Tulane accepted 11% of students, around 3,621 from 31,615 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Tulane University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Tulane University

In 2022, Tulane University waitlisted 6,232 students and 2,271 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 3 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Tulane University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Tulane University

What does Tulane University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Volunteer Work Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Tulane University for more information on admission factors.

Tulane University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Tulane University?

Students admitted to Tulane University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 16.49% submitted a class rank. At Tulane University 52% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 80% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Tulane University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9.6%
3.75 and 3.99 33.1%
3.50 and 3.74 32.62%
3.25 and 3.49 17.25%
3.00 and 3.24 5.7%
2.50 and 2.9 1.63%
2.00 and 2.49 0.05%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Tulane University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Tulane University 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 2022, 16% of Tulane University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tulane University?

To be competitive with other Tulane University applicants, you should strive to score between 1400 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tulane University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1400, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Tulane University student is 1405.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tulane University students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tulane University students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

To be most competitive at Tulane University, you should strive to earn between 31 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Tulane University'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 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Tulane University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to Tulane University

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

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

Transfer students can enroll in Tulane University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Tulane University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tulane University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Tulane University.

Does Tulane University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Tulane University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Tulane University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

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

βœ… Tulane University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tulane University?

❌ No, Tulane University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Tulane University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Tulane University has an acceptance rate of 11%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tulane University?

βœ… Tulane University's early decision acceptance rate was 68% 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.


Tulane Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Tulane is Jan 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1400 - 1500


Math SAT Range

690 - 760


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1400 to 1500


1400 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Tulane students is 1405. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Tulane, while applicants with SAT scores between 1400 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1400 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 3.66. 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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