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Tulane University - Admission, Courses, Fees and more

Basic Information:

Tulane University is one of the nation's most prestigious educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane offers degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work. Tulane’s uptown campus includes 110 acres and 80 buildings, housing the majority of its schools and colleges. The F. Edward Hebert Research Center, near Belle Chasse, La., provides research facilities in medicine and environmental, behavioral and computer sciences.

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Tulane University has a wide variety of biotechnology programs available, offered at the School of Sciences and Engineering, The School of Medicine, and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. There are both undergraduate and graduate biotechnology programs available at Tulane University.

Undergraduate Programs:
The undergraduate bioengineering program at Tulane University provides students with the breadth required for participation in the interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering and the depth required by engineers to advance practice in the engineering discipline.

The major in Cell and Molecular Biology at Tulane University is designed for students interested in exploring the features and activities of cells, genes, and biomolecules which are the most fundamental constituents of all living things. Some are attracted by a desire to elucidate new biological principles, whereas others are more interested in applying molecular principles and methods to solve practical problems facing medicine and biotechnology. Either way, the major attracts those who are curious about the mechanisms by which living systems function, develop, and interact with their environment.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will be recognized as a center for solution-based science in ecology and evolutionary biology. The foci will be tropical and river-coast ecosystems. The Department conducts translational research: basic scientific advance is not only an end in itself but also a means to providing solutions to global environmental challenges. The Department will provide students with the theory and skills needed to question, discover, understand and restore. The Department offers degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEBI), Environmental Biology (ENVB), and Environmental Science - Biology Track (ENSB).

Suggested high school coursework for undergraduate admissions includes: 4 years of English, 3 years of Mathematics, 2 years of foreign language, 3 years of laboratory science, and 3 years of social studies.

Undergraduate tuition: $45,240/year
Tulane offers both merit-based and need-based financial aid to students. All freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships of at least $10,000. A net-price calculator is available on Tulane University’s website at:

Graduate Programs:
The Department of Bioengineering has three degrees available for graduate students. They offer a master’s of science without a thesis requirement, master’s of science with a thesis requirement, and PhD. Admission to the PhD program does not require a master’s degree. The Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to being a global leader in biomedical engineering scholarship. All faculty members are actively engaged in research sponsored by federal, state and/or private organizations.

The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology offers a PhD and master’s degree program. The PhD is a traditional, research-based curriculum. The master’s program is a one year program, and is designed for students who which to continue on with their education to medical school, law school, business school, or PhD studies. The laboratories of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology are fully equipped for modern research in developmental biology, cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology and molecular biology. Major items include confocal and deconvolution microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, tissue culture facilities, a transgenic and knockout mouse core facility, and a state-of-the-art molecular neurobiology core laboratory. Students in the department also have access to facilities located at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, including the Gene Therapy Center and the Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The curriculum is designed to encourage maximum student choice and independence while maintaining a close student-advisor relationship. Students are encouraged to adopt a broad, integrative view of science and biological research. Course offerings cover such areas as animal and plant physiology, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology, structural and evolutionary biology, systematic biology, environmental toxicology, marine/estuarine ecology, and the biology of diverse groups of plants and animals. Students participate in an active departmental seminar program and informal research discussion groups.

The Tulane School of Medicine offers a Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, a Human Genetics Program, an Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Aging Studies, and a Master of Science in Clinical Research Program. The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is organized as an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercampus program, comprised of faculty actively engaged in biomedical research. The goal of the program is to train scientists in a collaborative scientific community driven by creativity and innovation. The program gives students access to resources and faculty from the Tulane School of Medicine, School of Science and Engineering, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane Regional Primate Research Center. The curriculum is guided by a board of representatives composed of members of each department. Academic departments within the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences include: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Structural and Cellular Biology. There is also a combined MD/PhD Physician Scientist Program.

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine also offers a variety of masters degree programs, studying biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology or clinical research. The mission of the Department of Biostatistics is to advance the discipline by training students in methods research and its application, conducting methodological and collaborative interdisciplinary research in the fields of public health and medicine, and by providing to the academic, research and professional committees. Admission to the PhD program requires a master's degree in statistics or related field or 30 graduate-level credits in the disciplines of: statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, biological sciences, or related fields.

Graduate programs at Tulane University offer teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships to students to help offset the cost of education. The PhD program from the department of cell and molecular biology provides a $25,000/year fellowship to students for either teaching or research assistantships.

Most graduate programs require a bachelor’s degree with a minimum B+ average. GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are required.

Graduate tuition: $46,930/year

Tulane University Statistics:
Applied 37,767
Admitted 9,422 25%
Enrolled total 1,642
Full Time: 1,642
Part Time 0

Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 620 710
SAT Math 620 700
SAT Writing 640 720
ACT Composite 29 32
ACT English 29 34
ACT Math 27 32
ACT Writing 0 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 90%
4-year graduation rate 60%
6-year graduation rate 73%

Other Information:
Undergraduate: 8,423
Graduate and Professional: 5,063
Full Time Personnel:
Faculty: approximately 1,140
Staff: approximately 2,970
According to U.S. News and World Report, Tulane University is among the top national universities in the United States, ranked 51st among the best national universities and in the top 27 for its service learning programs. The magazine also ranked Tulane 12th among "Up-and-Coming" schools and 33rd in its "High School Counselor's Picks."
U.S. News and World Report ranked the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 13th in the nation and its healthcare management program 25th.

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:
Biological Chemistry Major (BS)
Cell and Molecular Biology Major (BS)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major (BS)
Environmental Biology Major (BS)
Environmental Science Major (BSE)

Graduate Programs:
Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (MS/PhD)
Human Genetics Program (MS/PhD)
Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Aging Studies (PhD)
Master of Science in Clinical Research Program (MS)
Biostatistics & Bioinformatics (MS/PhD)
Biology (MS/PhD)
Biological Engineering (MS/PhD)
Neuroscience (MS/PhD)

Dual Degree Programs:
MD/PhD Physician Scientist Program

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: November 15th, early action. January 15th, regular admission
Graduate: varies by program; most programs January 15th

Applications are submitted online.
Undergraduate Application:
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