Tulane University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Tulane University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 17%. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane offers over 75 majors and minors within five undergraduate schools. Tulane is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of the country's strongest research institutes, and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, in recognition of its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Top applicants to Tulane can apply for one of several full and partial tuition scholarships. Students can apply using either the Tulane Application or the Common Application. The university offers both an Early Action and an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school. In athletics, the Tulane Green Wave competes in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Tulane University admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Tulane University had an acceptance rate of 17%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 17 were admitted, making Tulane's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 38,816
Percent Admitted 17%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 28%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Tulane requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 23% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 670 730
Math 680 760
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Tulane's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Tulane scored between 670 and 730, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 680 and 760, while 25% scored below 680 and 25% scored above 760. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1490 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Tulane.

Requirements

Tulane does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Tulane participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Tulane, SAT Subject tests are optional; if an applicant chooses to submit Subject test scores, they will be considered by the admissions committee.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Tulane requires applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 77% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 32 35
Math 27 32
Composite 30 33

This admissions data tells us that most of Tulane's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Tulane received a composite ACT score between 30 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 30.

Requirements

Note that Tulane does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Tulane does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Tulane freshman was 3.56. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Tulane University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Tulane University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Tulane University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. 

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Tulane University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Tulane University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Tulane has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of four years of English, three years of math, science, and social studies, and two years of a single foreign language. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Tulane's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs of 3.5 or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1300 or better, and ACT composite scores of 28 or higher. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.