Tulane University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Tulane Including the SAT / ACT Scores and GPA You'll Need to Get In

Gibson Hall at Tulane University
Gibson Hall at Tulane University. Gonk / Wikimedia Commons

Tulane University has an acceptance rate of 26 percent, and applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are well above average to be admitted. Students can use either the Tulane Application or the Common Application. The admissions process is holistic, and the admissions folks will be looking at your extracurricular activities, essay, and counselor recommendation in addition to your high school record and scores from the SAT or ACT. The university has both an Early Action and an Early Decision program.

Why You Might Choose Tulane University

Originally a public medical college, Tulane University has for over a century been a private research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1958 Tulane was invited to join the Association of American Universities, a select group of some of the country's strongest research institutes. The university also has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a recognition of its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Top applicants to Tulane can apply for one of 50 Dean's Honor Scholarships that cover full tuition for four years. In athletics, the Tulane Green Wave competes in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Tulane consistently ranks highly among national universities both for academics and student life. Among the top Lousiana colleges and top South Central colleges, Tulane is one of the most selective and prestigious options.

Tulane GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Tulane University GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission.
Tulane University GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Discussion of Tulane's Admissions Standards

About three-quarters of all applicants to Tulane University don't get in, so you'll need strong academic measures to get an acceptance letter.  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.

Note that there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue throughout the graph (see the graph below for more information). Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Tulane University did not win admission. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is not unusual for highly selective universities with holistic admissions.

The Tulane admissions folks will be looking not just at your grades, but the rigor of your high school courses. Also, the admissions folks are looking not just for students who can succeed academically, but those who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways. In your application, be sure to highlight your meaningful extracurricular activities, community service efforts, work experiences, and leadership potential.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Tulane University Acceptance Rate: 26%

Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 710
  • SAT Math: 620 / 700
  • SAT Writing: - /-
  • ACT Composite: 29 / 32
  • ACT English: 30 / 34
  • ACT Math: 27 / 32


Rejection and Waitlist Data for Tulane University

Rejection and waitlist data for Tulane University
Rejection and waitlist data for Tulane University. Graph courtesy of Cappex

If we strip away the blue and green acceptance data from the admissions scattergraph, you can better see how good grades and standardized test scores are no guarantee of admission to Tulane. Many students with "A" averages and high SAT/ACT scores were either waitlisted or rejected.

This graph reveals just how important the non-academic measures are at highly selective universities like Tulane. It's also why you should consider Tulane a reach school even if you seem to be on target for admission. There are no guarantees at the nation's top universities.

More Tulane University Information

As you create your college wish list, be sure to consider costs, financial aid, graduate rates, and academic offerings. Just because a school is highly ranked doesn't mean it's the right match for your particular interests, abilities, and financial resources.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 12,581 (7,924 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,010
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,844
  • Other Expenses: $1,060
  • Total Cost: $67,114

Tulane University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 29%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $32,388
    • Loans: $9,452

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Cellular Biology, Communication Studies, English, Finance, History, International Business, Marketing, Neurobiology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 72%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis

If You Like Tulane University, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to Tulane University tend to be drawn to selective private universities in the Middle Atlantic and Southern states. Popular options include Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Rice University, Georgetown University, and the University of Miami.

Many Tulane applicants also look at some of the Ivy League schools including Brown University and Cornell University. Keep in mind that many of these schools are as selective if not more selective than Tulane. You'll want to balance out your application list with a couple schools with a lower admissions bar to assure an acceptance letter.

Data Sources: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.