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Colleges / Tulane University

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate10%
Acceptance Rate10%

Tulane Admissions

Check in with Tulane University's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who apply to Tulane for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Tulane Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Tulane's admissions stats.

Tulane 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54.17%
Mean SAT Score 1405
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 15%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
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 January 15 April 1

Applying Early to Tulane?

Tulane 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 will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Tulane is 31%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 10%. Last year, Tulane admitted 1209 of the 3853 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Tulane University Admissions

Transferring to Tulane University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Tulane

In 2022, Tulane waitlisted 5,072 students and 1,871 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Tulane?

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 when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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

Curious about the factors that are considered by Tulane 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
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Tulane 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Tulane, all applicants 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)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.13% submitted a class rank. At Tulane 54.17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 80.2% were in the top 25% and 95.1% 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 10.15%
3.75 and 3.99 29.95%
3.50 and 3.74 33.27%
3.25 and 3.49 16.63%
3.00 and 3.24 7.18%
2.50 and 2.9 2.38%
2.00 and 2.49 0.44%

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 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 15% of Tulane's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tulane?

To be competitive with other Tulane applicants, you should strive to score between 1380 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tulane 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1380, 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 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tulane students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

What is 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

Tulane Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tulane?

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

Does Tulane accept transfer credits?

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

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

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

βœ… Tulane accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tulane?

❌ No, Tulane is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, 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's acceptance rate?

βœ… Tulane has an acceptance rate of 10%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tulane?

βœ… Tulane's early decision acceptance rate was 31% 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 10%. This means that the institution accepts 9 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 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

1380 - 1490


Math SAT Range

680 - 770


Reading SAT Range

680 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1380 to 1490


1380 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Tulane students is 1405. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Tulane, while applicants with SAT scores between 1380 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1380 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 3.64. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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