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Dear Newest Members of the Tulane Student Community,

Dusty Porter

On behalf of the entire Division of Student Affairs, I am so pleased to welcome you to the Tulane community and the city of New Orleans. You arrive at a fascinating time for the nation and the world, and you will undoubtedly be creating memories to share with family members in the decades to come about what is what like to be a new undergraduate/graduate student at Tulane during 2020. The 200+ staff members are here to support you in your new academic journey at one of the nation’s top research universities. We hope you take time between classes, zoom meetings and events and homework to experience the natural beauty of Audubon Park, the architecture of the Garden District, the musical performances on the sidewalks, or any of the other magical aspects of New Orleans. 

Be safe, be well, take care of yourself and one another, make a difference for someone, and Roll Wave. 

Dr. Dusty Porter
Vice President of Student Affairs


Michael Cunningham

Dear New Graduate and Professional students,

Thank you for accepting Tulane University’s offer to work towards your advanced degree. In a time where you have many choices, we are glad that you chose to study at Tulane. The 2020-2021 academic year is one like no other. As the world faces the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, life as a graduate or professional student brings new challenges and new opportunities. We are challenged by the fact that we must begin our meeting with physical distancing and heightened health/safety protocols. We are simultaneously presented with new opportunities to learn, grown, and develop. Graduate education is the core of Tulane’s legacy, as it is the foundation on which the university was founded.

Tulane University was founded in 1834 in a response to health challenges in the southern region of the United States. Today, Tulane is still on the forefront in addressing critical health concerns. We have also expanded to be a top place to not only study health-related fields, but we are leaders in arts, social sciences, basic and applied sciences, professional arenas, and many more areas. Our graduate programs are highly ranked and well sought after. Tulanians from our graduate and professional programs are leaders in their respective fields. You have joined a group of pacesetters and I look forward to learning about how your innovations during graduate studies and beyond will add to the rich legacies of Tulanians.

Welcome to Tulane University and, for many, to New Orleans. There is no other place where you can get an internationally respective graduate degree in a world class city. You have come to work with world class faculty, dedicated staff members, extraordinary administrators, and exceptionally hardworking students.

Good luck as you begin a new journey!

 Michael Cunningham
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research


Lee Skinner

Welcome to Tulane, and welcome to Newcomb-Tulane College! Newcomb-Tulane College is your academic home for the next four years. Whatever major you choose, whatever school you study in, you’re always an NTC student and we are here to guide you along the way. At Tulane, you get to chart your own academic pathway – but you don’t do that all by yourself. Newcomb-Tulane College helps equip you with the resources you need to make good decisions.

The college oversees a challenging, rewarding academic experience for all undergraduates, and we have many ways for you to connect with your faculty and your peers around academic topics. You may apply for a grant to do research from our Office of Academic Enrichment, go to a workshop with the Center for Academic Equity, attend an alumni panel hosted by Career Services, and travel abroad thanks to the Office of Study Abroad – these are just a few of the many ways we will support you and help you take charge of your own academic journey. Even during this very unusual year, Newcomb-Tulane College staff are running workshops, hosting events and meeting with students, with as many activities held in person as we can safely do. You might find yourself discussing knot theory with a professor and your fellow students one day, see a film about inequities in the health care system and participate in a Q&A with an expert afterwards another day, and have a faculty-led tour of an art gallery the third. At any time, you can get advice and mentoring from NTC staff in all our offices.

The most important thing you can do your first semester is to reach out – connect with your faculty by going to their office hours; attend a tutoring session before you think you need it (pro tip: we all need it!); meet with your academic advisor and a career counselor to start talking about how your interests, enthusiasms and strengths align and how you can direct your passions to a course of study that allows you to learn new skills and ways of understanding the world – and of changing it for the better. We here at Newcomb-Tulane College are ready and eager to help you get started on your journey. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go!

 Lee Skinner
Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College



Adolfo Garcia

Welcome to the Green Wave! Our names are Adolfo “Fo” Garcia and Arianne Sacramento, and we are the Presidents of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), respectively. Our governing bodies collectively serve all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to ensure that your student experience is the best that it can be. We are truly excited to have you join our student body and our wonderful Tulane Community.

Arianne Sacramento

In addition, through collaborative efforts, USG and GAPSA aim to promote student engagement while maintaining health and safety. We aim to continue to be uplift the student voice while ensuring that you have opportunities to make memories at Tulane and in the City of New Orleans. If you ever have a question or concern, please feel free to reach out to us at usgpres@tulane.edu (Fo) or gapsapres@tulane.edu (Arianne). 

We hope to see you out there!

Roll wave!

—Adolfo “Fo” Garcia, USG President 2020-2021

—Arianne Sacramento, GAPSA President 2020-2021