34 Facts About Tulane University


Tulane University, officially the Tulane University of Louisiana, is a private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Tulane University has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1958 and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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Tulane University was founded as the Medical College of Louisiana in 1834 partly as a response to the fears of smallpox, yellow fever, and cholera in the United States.

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Tulane University was closed from 1861 to 1865 during the American Civil War.

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Tulane University had succeeded Robert E Lee as president of Washington and Lee University after Lee's death.

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Tulane University had moved to Louisiana and become president of Louisiana State University.

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In 1914, Tulane University established a College of Commerce, the first business school in the South.

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Tulane University was instrumental in promoting the arts in New Orleans and the South in establishing the Newcomb School of Art with William Woodward as director, thus establishing the renowned Newcomb Pottery.

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In July 2004, Tulane received two $30-million donations to its endowment, the largest individual or combined gifts in the university's history.

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In 2021, Tulane University had to evacuate all students and close down for a month due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

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In 2006 Tulane University became the first Carnegie ranked "high research activity" institution to have an undergraduate public service graduation requirement.

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Loyola University is directly adjacent to Tulane, on the downriver side.

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The Lavin-Bernick Center for Tulane University Life was renovated to be a green, environmentally friendly building and opened for student use in January 2007.

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Tulane University hosted an Environmental Summit at its law school in April 2009, an event that all students could attend for free.

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In 2010 Tulane University completed its renovation of 88-year-old Dinwiddie Hall, which was LEED Gold certified.

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Tulane University received an "A-" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, garnering an award as one of the top 52 most sustainable colleges in the country.

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In 2008, Tulane became one of 76 U S colleges and the only Louisiana college to maintain an endowment above $1 billion.

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Tulane University is organized into 10 schools centered around liberal arts, sciences, and specialized professions.

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Tulane University is unique among universities in the United States in its academic organization in that all undergraduates are enrolled in Newcomb-Tulane University College as well as being registered in the School which houses their major.

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Newcomb-Tulane University College serves as an administrative center for all aspects of undergraduate life at Tulane University.

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Tulane University was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1958.

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In 2008, Tulane University was ranked by the Ford Foundation as the major international studies research institution in the South and one of the top 15 nationally.

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Dean's Honor Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by Tulane University which covers full tuition for the duration of the recipient's undergraduate program.

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Approximately 5 incoming students are awarded the Stamps Scholarship each year, and Tulane University graduated its first class of Stamps Scholars in May 2018.

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In 1998, the students of Tulane University voted by referendum to split the Associated Student Body Senate into two separate houses, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

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Tulane University maintains 3, 600 beds in 14 residence halls on its uptown campus for undergraduate students.

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Per the Renewal Plan instituted after Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University requires all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus, except those who are from surrounding neighborhoods in New Orleans.

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Jambalaya, Tulane University's yearbook, published annually since 1897, published its last edition in 1995, because of funding and management problems.

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Every fall, usually during homecoming week, Tulane University holds a special ceremony for the presentation of the Tulane University Ring, the class ring of the school, which is conferred upon students having earned 60 credits or more.

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Tulane University competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

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Tulane University completed construction of Yulman Stadium in September 2014 and began using it for home football games that season.

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Tulane University is home to many alumni who have contributed to both the arts and sciences and to the political and business realms.

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Tulane University has hosted several prominent artists, most notably Mark Rothko, who was a Visiting Artist from 1956 to 1957.

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Tulane University has been portrayed in several books, television shows and films.

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