- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Biology
- Gender: F
- High School: St. Mary's Dominican High School
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Tulane is the people and the city. The students here are so fun, yet so intelligent. Everyone is really down to earth and ready to have a good time. Obviously, the city caters to our constant need for a good night out. Plenty of bars in walking distance. You won't find this kind of social/ night life anywhere else. If I could change one thing about Tulane, it would be the fact that the administration doesn't recognize Greek life as student organizations. They don't give Greek life the attention or recognition it deserves. Especially since 30% of the campus is Greek. Tulane is the perfect size. Not too small, yet not too large. It's nice too see familiar faces around. We have several coffee shops on campus which provide great study areas. Our new student center is amazing. It has plenty of great comfortable furniture to hang out or study in. Besides the Greek life issue, Tulane's administration does a great job listening to the students. We wanted a fall break; they gave it to us. They have great emergency plans, and we get biweekly emails from the president himself. I would say the biggest controversy on campus lately is a website called JuicyCampus. The students are fighting for the administration to ban it. The website is basically a portal for gossiping and bullying. It is absolutely horrible what people write about others. It needs to be taken off of the internet. Unfortunately, this radical of an action probably won't happen until someone commits suicide, because of the horrible things people are writing about them. Honestly, the website needs to go. There is a ridiculous amount of school pride here. Everyone here loves it. Ask anyone on campus, and they will tell you about the night life, the classes, and the great atmosphere Tulane has to offer. I would NEVER want to be anywhere else. WE HAVE MARDI GRAS!!
It depends on the class. Some professors make a point to know everyone; others don't care. I feel like it's the same at all colleges. My favorite class is probably all of my art history classes. They are so entertaining. The fact that so much meaning could be hidden in a painting amazes. The professor is hilarious. He's from England. He's very open about sex, which makes the study of art much more interesting. My least favorite class is Organic Chemistry. Everyone hates it. Students study a lot, but students also go out a lot. I really feel like it is the perfect balance. It's such a unique environment that it is hard to explain. I can study from 6 pm until 10 pm, then go out around 11 pm, and this would be completely normal. Everyone does what they need to do, then they enjoy life. It's a rigorous school; we are responsible when it comes to studies. Yes. I remember when I first came to Tulane. It was so different from high school in the fact that none of the people here are idiots. Everyone is well educated and has different backgrounds. A lot of intellectual conversations. The competition depends on one's major. As a pre med student, I have to say there is a lot of competition being that everything depends on the curve in many of my classes. The most unique class I took was Music and Culture on New Orleans. Tulane requires freshmen to take a TIDES course. These usually involve the student in learning more about the city of New Orleans. I am Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major. I get emails everyday about seminars and programs that I might be interested in. No, I don't spend time with professors outside of class. Tulane is definitely geared toward getting a job. Most people here want to make money and be successful.
Lazy students would feel out of place at Tulane. People who don't get their work done will not make it here. You have to work, then play. There is no room for slackers. Most people wear jeans and a t-shirt to class. Some people wear workout clothes, others dresses. It varies. Yes, all different types of students interact. There are no racial, religious, etc. issues at Tulane. Four tables: Super involved over achievers, Greeks, athletes, and people who will probably not be coming back next year. Most Tulane students are from up north (Chicago, New Jersey, etc.). Most Tulane students are upper, middle class. No, students are not politically aware. Tulane is like a little bubble; most students are very apathetic. Most students are predominantly center. Students do not talk about how much they will make one day!!!
The Best Things
Students and city.
The Worst Things
It needs more land to build on. More housing.