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New Orleans 101

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This city is more than just beignets and Mardi Gras. Start learning about your new home!

NOLA Lingo

PARISHES & WARDS Louisiana is comprised of 64 parishes (not counties); New Orleans is comprised of 17 wards; Tulane is located in Orleans parish, in the 14th ward.

NEUTRAL GROUND Known elsewhere as a median, this is the patch of grass in the middle of many of our streets.

KREWE A Krewe is a social organization that puts on a parade or ball during Carnival season. Through all the glitter and beads, krewes also feel like community. Whether you parade or not, finding your krewe is essential.

SNO BALLS | You may have had shaved ice before, but in New Orleans our sno balls are made of finely shaved ice and delicious cane syrup, making it the perfect summer treat. Figuring out your favorite sno ball flavor is essential. Luckily, there are sno ball stands within walking distance of campus.

TCHOUPITOULAS / CHOP AH TOO LAS / Also known as Tchoup (“chop”), this road runs uptown along the river.

CALLIOPE /CAL EE OPE/ This road is not named Cah-lie-oh-pee!

LAGNIAPPE /LAN YAP/ Something extra. A bonus or a gift.

Around Town

Zip Codes near campus

UPTOWN Home to Tulane’s Uptown campus, Audubon Park, the Garden District and more, uptown generally refers to the area upriver from downtown New Orleans.

DOWNTOWN You’ll find theaters, restaurants, hotels and the French Quarter just across Canal Street.

NEW ORLEANS EAST Located northeast of the Mississippi River, New Orleans East borders Lake Pontchartrain and includes Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge and the Venetian Isles.

NORTH SHORE  Just north of Lake Pontchartrain, this area includes towns such as Slidell and Mandeville.

WEST BANK Located on the western bank of the Mississippi River, this area is home to TPC Louisiana, host to the Zurich Classic PGA Golf Tournament.

Uptown Campus Streets to Know

FRERET Running through the middle of campus, Freret separates the academic quad (A-Quad) from the more residential part of campus.

BROADWAY On the western end of the Uptown campus, Broadway is home to the Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life, Tulane Hillel, and many fraternity and sorority houses.

Uptown streets

WILLOW Running through the middle of campus, Willow is known for the PJ’s Coffee on the corner of McAlister and is a common spot for ride-share pick-ups.

ST. CHARLES To the south of the academic quad, St. Charles separates the uptown campus from Audubon Park. Head here to visit Gibson Hall, catch the streetcar, or take a stroll down the avenue to see beautiful old homes.

CLAIBORNE On the northern end of the Uptown campus, you will follow this road to get on I-10, head to Elmwood, or go downtown. Be careful when trying to cross this six-lane speedway!

McALISTER This is the main pedestrian walkway that runs between the LBC and the business school, up to Freret. Here you will find student organizations tabling and will inevitably run into friends. Stop and say hi!

Downtown Campus Streets to Know

CANAL ST. On the eastern end of the Downtown campus, Canal St. is home to the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center.

Canal Streetcar

TULANE AVE. Running through the middle of the Tulane Health Sciences Center, Tulane Ave. is one of the main streets of the Downtown campus.

I-10 On the northern end of campus, I-10 is easily accessible from Tulane Ave.

POYDRAS On the western end of the Downtown campus, you will find the School of Medicine Offices and Technology Services on Poydras.

A Few Moments in Time

1718: New Orleans is founded by French colonists.

1834: The Medical College of Louisiana is founded in New Orleans by seven young doctors.

1840: The country's oldest family-run restaurant, Antoine's, opens its doors in New Orleans. Patrons have included Franklin Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Pope John Paul II.

1857: Mardi Gras in its modern form debuts in New Orleans.

1884: The Louisiana Legislature passes a bill transferring the University of Louisiana at New Orleans to the control of the Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, thus creating the Tulane University of Louisiana, a private, nonsectarian university.

1894: The university moves to its uptown campus on St. Charles Avenue, five miles by streetcar from downtown New Orleans.

1901: Louis Armstrong, who would become known as the father of jazz, is born in New Orleans.

1925: The Graduate School at Tulane is established.

1967: The New Orleans Saints football teams plays its inaugural game at Tulane Stadium.

1976: The Tulane Medical Center, a 300-bed teaching hospital and ambulatory clinic, opens.

2005: New Orleans is devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Tulane cancels the fall semester.

2014: Mike Fitts is named the 15th President of Tulane University.

*Source: PBS American Experience