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WELCOME, NEW STUDENTS!

Use the TU New Student Checklist to plan for your first semester at Tulane. Many of the checklist items can be completed in advance. Some items have a limited window or will not be available until a later date this fall. This checklist will be updated throughout the summer as details may change. Review the entire checklist now so you can plan ahead. Most items are encouraged, while some are required. Download a pdf of the checklist here.

Academics:

Sign up for a session of Cultivating Academic Success at Tulane (CAST) to register for fall courses and learn more about academic success at Tulane. Virtual sessions run June 1 to June 19.

Before CAST: Complete the required online CAST modules and any related tasks. These tasks will include completing the Online Language Placement Questionnaire, completing the online Advising and Registration Worksheet, and reviewing the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes. Required

After CAST: Sign up for and attend an academic advising and registration appointment. Required

JULY 1: Deadline to submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Required

AUGUST 1: Deadline to submit Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge A-Level scores.

Check your Tulane email regularly! Required

Request any needed accommodations (including testing) and submit documentation with the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility.

Read this year’s Reading Project book. Required

Become familiar with Tulane’s Core Curriculum – requirements all students must fulfill to graduate.

Review Tulane’s comprehensive list of majors and minors. There are over 80 to explore!

Review the Tulane University Code of Academic Conduct. Required

Financial Aid and University Records:

AUGUST 14: Fall Tuition Bill Due. Tulane Accounts Receivable bills are paid through Gibson Online on the Billing tab. View your bill beginning JULY 16. Required

Apply for Financial Aid: To apply for federal aid, complete a FAFSA, and to apply for need-based scholarship from Tulane, complete a CSS Profile and send tax documentation.

Check for missing financial aid items (which may be incremental) by logging into Gibson Online Financial Aid and checking the Student Requirements tab.

Elect if you wish to grant your parent or guardian access to your Tulane financial information. Once each account is created, authorized users will have access to view electronic billing statements, view account activity & history, and access electronic payment options. Authorized users will receive direct billing notifications by email when new statements are available.

Discuss with your family completing the Authorization to Release Educational Records form to grant your parent or guardian access to your educational records. Turn in these forms IN PERSON when you arrive to campus in August.

Enter your preferred name and pronouns for course rosters through Gibson Online or at the Office of the Registrar.

Student Resources & Support Services:

Review the Code of Student Conduct and familiarize yourself with the student responsibilities in the Code. Required

View the first-year support video from Case Management & Victim Support Services before your arrival to campus. Required

View the behavioral expectations and hazing videos from the Office of Student Conduct before your arrival to campus (available in June). Required

Campus Health:

JULY 15: Deadline to submit your immunization forms and records to The Health Center via Tulane’s Patient Portal. Required

AUGUST 15: Deadline to enroll in or opt out of the Tulane-sponsored Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP). Students must enroll in or begin the waiver process once registered for classes. Enrollment and waiver process opens late June. Required

AUGUST 18: Deadline to complete the mandatory online health promotion courses. Check your Tulane email for instructions in mid-July. Required

Housing and Residence Life:

MAY 8: Deadline to complete the housing application to request housing on campus. You will be notified of your housing assignment via your Tulane email by mid-July. Apply as soon as possible starting March 2! Questions? Contact Housing and Residence Life. Required

JUNE 4 - 15: Request a roommate through the Housing Portal.

Review the Housing and Residence Life Community Living Standards. Required

Review the Fall Move-In Guide on the HRL website. Required

Campus Services:

JUNE 30: Sign up for your dining plan. Review the dining plan options here. First-year residential students are able to select the Unlimited, TU 15, or Kosher dining plan. Required

AUGUST 3: Upload a photograph for your Splash Card. Check your Tulane email mid-May for instructions. Required

Check your email in August for instructions to sign your mail contract. All residential students are assigned a campus mail code. Required

Transfer Students: Purchase a parking permit through Tulane Parking Services Office if you will have a car on campus. [Only applies to transfer students classified as upperclassmen]

Orientation & Campus Involvement:

JULY 15: Deadline to submit your information and class photo for the 2020 New Student Book.

JULY 15: Deadline to complete your Student Evacuation Plan in Gibson Online so you are prepared in the event of a weather emergency. Required

AUGUST 14: Deadline to complete the online learning modules: Alcohol-Wise, Consent & Respect, Emergency Preparedness, Safety and Crime Prevention, and All-In: Tulane’s Commitment to Stop All Sexual Violence. Required

Check out the list student organizations and browse campus events on WaveSync.

Visit our First-Year Involvement Opportunities web page to learn about Tulane’s many peer mentor programs available for new students.

International Students: Attend mandatory International Student Orientation on August 18 if you are starting at Tulane this fall on a student visa, including all first-year and transfer students. Other international undergraduate students (F-1/J-1) and U.S. citizens or permanent residents who grew up abroad are invited, but not required, to attend.

Lagniappe:

Order your textbooks through Gibson Online from the Barnes & Noble campus university bookstore once you have registered for classes. You can have your books shipped home or pick them up in January.

Order your college computer and technology accessories through our on-campus computer store, Technology Connection. Get access to educational discounts, on-site repair, and more when you purchase from Technology Connection. Check techconnect.tulane.edu for special computer bundles and pricing specifically for students entering this spring.

Check out on-campus jobs through Tulane’s College Central Network. Remember to bring original documents to campus to complete your I-9. Visit Student Employment’s website for more information.

Download Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and 1 terabyte of storage space) for FREE for your laptop or PC. Students have access to all software and storage while enrolled at Tulane.

Get connected by downloading our campus apps! Skip the lines with TU Go by Tulane University, our campus mobile ordering app that lets you to order and pay for your meals on the go. Tulane Bookstore gives you access to special promotions and exclusive discounts at our campus bookstores. Download TapRide to access our late-night, on-demand transportation services and Passio Go to view shuttle schedules, routes, and track your bus right from your phone.

Not registered to vote? Utilize Tulane’s TurboVote resource to register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, and receive election reminders.

Requirements by Date

May 2020

MAY 8: Deadline to complete the housing application to request housing on campus. You will be notified of your housing assignment via your Tulane email by mid-July. Apply as soon as possible starting march 2! Questions? Contact Housing and Residence Life.

Sign up for a session of Cultivating Academic Success at Tulane (CAST) to register for fall courses and learn more about academic success at Tulane. Virtual sessions run June 1 to June 19.

Before CAST: Complete the required online CAST modules and any related tasks. These tasks will include completing the Online Language Placement Questionnaire, completing the online Advising and Registration Worksheet, and reviewing the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes.

June 2020

JUNE 4 - 15: Request a roommate through the Housing Portal.

BY JUNE 30: Sign up for your dining plan. Review the dining plan options here. First-year residential students are able to select the Unlimited, TU 15, or Kosher dining plan.

After CAST: Sign up for and attend an academic advising and registration appointment.

July 2020

JULY 1: Deadline to submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

BY JULY 15: Complete your Student Evacuation Plan in Gibson Online so you are prepared in the event of a weather emergency.

JULY 15: Deadline to submit your immunization forms and records to The Health Center via Tulane’s Patient Portal.

Check your email in August for instructions to sign your mail contract. All residential students are assigned a campus mail code.

August 2020

AUGUST 1: Deadline to submit Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge A-Level scores.

BY AUGUST 3: Upload a photograph for your Splash Card (Tulane ID). Check your Tulane email mid-May for instructions.

AUGUST 14: Fall Tuition Bill Due. Tulane Accounts Receivable bills are paid through Gibson Online on the Billing tab. View your bill beginning JULY 16.

AUGUST 14: Deadline to complete the mandatory online learning modules.

AUGUST 15: Deadline to enroll in or opt out of the Tulane-sponsored Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP). Students must enroll in or begin the waiver process once registered for classes. Enrollment and waiver process opens late June. Required

Before you arrive

Check your Tulane email regularly!

Become familiar with Tulane’s Core Curriculum – requirements all students must fulfill to graduate.

Review Tulane’s comprehensive list of majors and minors. There are over 80 to explore!

Review the Tulane University Code of Academic Conduct.

Review the Code of Student Conduct and familiarize yourself with the student responsibilities in the Code.

Review the Housing and Residence Life Community Living Standards and Fall Move-In Guide.