Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

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Tulane University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 5 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Tulane University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

This is overall a great school. The city is amazing, weather is great, academics are challenging but still manageable, and people are very friendly. However, there is a great lack of diversity and the sports teams are pretty terrible.

Academics

So far, each class I have taken has been manageable should students choose to put in the work they require. I have only had one truly amazing professor, but most of them have been adequate and manage to impart the material clearly. The workload is extremely manageable and most classes are fairly small outside of intro level math and science courses.

College Life

There are a million different types of activities for students to participate in, from Greek life to marching band to club sports to academic or community service-oriented clubs. There is something for everyone! It's New Orleans, so of course there is always something to do off-campus in this amazing city. Campus is extremely safe and we have a great service that will pick up and drop off within a mile radius of campus, so getting places in the vicinity is easy and safe as well.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

It is important to note that my experiences at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine are pre-Katrina. From what I understand, the school and city have changed dramatically since the hurricane. I enjoyed the education and opportunities that Tulane SPH&TM had to offer. It is located in a fun city with a rich and interesting history. All your friends will visit while you're a student here! The school itself is located in an office building downtown, which means that there are parking and green space issues but also that it is much more integrated into the city and local population than the undergraduate campus.

Academics

The international health department had a strong reputation at the time and I started in that department, but quickly switched to epidemiology. My impression is that the international health department is more geared for students who already have international experience (e.g. Peace Corps or raised abroad) and it was not a good fit for me. The epidemiology faculty was by and large fantastic with motivated and highly intelligent professors willing to help students really learn; there were a few (older) professors who were less interested in teaching and more interested in research. Meta-analysis with Dr. He was amazing. I found the students support systems to be particularly good - departmental counselors when switching fields and selecting classes, and career services when searching for capstone placements and a post-graduation job.

College Life

I was very focused on studies as the time and did not participate in the formal social aspects related to the school. I do recall there being a student government that planned activities and outings. Most of my social activities were informal with friends (both from school and outside); New Orleans had an abundance of locations and events to socialize. There is no other place like it in the US in that respect.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

I entered into Tulane shortly after its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. There was still a lot of damage. Tulane was at risk of having to shut down for good, but the president evidently put his foot down and did what needed to be done to keep it open. I do feel that that was sometimes at the expense of the students. For example, I lived on-campus in a dormitory. The conditions were terrible, probably owing to flood damage, although ultimately to poor upkeep. Because of the bad ventilation and moldy, dirty carpets and surfaces, I contracted Legionnaires' Disease, which had been virtually unheard of since Alcatraz. Tulane's hospital was unable to help me and Tulane's medical insurance did not cover my visits. They cut a lot of corners. During my stay, they shut down a road running through the campus to make way for a "botanical garden." After a long construction period, it was simply re-paved -- no botanical garden -- but without car traffic access. The academic quad, and some of the other older areas, were very beautiful; it's unfortunate that they put up so much contemporary installation art, brightly colored and made of junk, which clashed with the traditional architecture.

Academics

I liked many of the older classrooms and traditional-styled lecture halls. Class size depended on the class; obligatory, general classes for freshmen were huge, sixty-plus; higher-level, specialized classes were very small, four to six. In bigger classes, students bringing their computers to class and socially networking instead of taking notes could be distracting. There were some really good professors -- knowledgeable, energetic, helpful -- there were some so-so professors who knew their subjects well and could be probed to answer anything they might not have made clear in lecture, and then there were bad professors who made little sense, or were just plain wrong about things (at the expense of a students' grades!), or played favorites with their students. I realize that professors are human, too, and sometimes get fed up with all the students who can be disrespectful and ungrateful, but as expensive as it is to go there, I expected more consistent professionalism.

College Life

Traditional college students often like to celebrate their sense of independence -- for many, it is their first time living away from their parents. Partying with alcohol and often going home with someone new is a common side effect of a traditional college education. New Orleans especially is known for its festive culture; a lot of students settle on Tulane because of all the opportunities to party, a fact I wish I had considered before entering into my academic pursuits. There were more serious party-goers than serious students when I was there. Coupling that with the fact that there are no physical borders separating Tulane from the outlying New Orleans, with its extremely high violent crime rates, as well as "Gun-Free Zone" signs about the campus advertising student disarmament, drunken Tulane students were constantly being mugged and/or raped by locals. Campus police reports of victimized students came in my email box every day. Campus police were generally regarded as complacent and willful, by myself and by my classmates whom I spoke to on the subject. My first day there, I was parked with a pass (to park) on campus and was ticketed with a fine. When I went to dispute the ticket, they told me I'd have to pay to dispute it. The campus cafeteria served poor food and had rude staff who seemed resentful of students. Many students ate at neighboring Loyola's cafeteria instead.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

It was the first school I toured, and I was starstruck. I looked at other colleges, and found others I liked, but few left an impression the way Tulane did. I loved the campus, the size and the environment.

Academics

I haven't attended yet, so I don't know.

College Life

It seemed very involved and fun.


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