Tulane university acceptance rate

How hard is it to get into Tulane and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Louisiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,431 out of 42,185 applicants were admitted making Tulane a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Tulane University typically accepts and attracts “B+” average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.


Applicants: 43,892Acceptance Rate: 11%Average HS GPA: 3.55

GPA Breakdown

25%Over 3.7527%3.50 – 3.7420%3.25 – 3.4912%3.00 – 3.247%2.50 – 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)650 – 730SAT Math25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)690 – 770ACT Composite Scores25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)30 – 33

Testing Policies

Superscore ACTNoSuperscore SATNo

ACT Writing PolicyACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay PolicySAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 6

Early Action — November 15

Regular — November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Class Rank

Academic GPA

Standardized Test Scores

Tulane SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range


Applicants Submitting SAT


SAT Reading 25th660
SAT Math 25th700
SAT Composite 25th1360
SAT Reading 75th750
SAT Math 75th770
SAT Composite 75th1520
Average SAT Score1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Tulane University?

Tulane University typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT’s as low as 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Tulane University: Acceptance Rate, SAT/ACT Scores, GPA
SAT Score (1600 scale)CompetitivenessAdmission Chances
1520 and AboveGood>20%
1440 to 1520Avg +13%-20%
1360 to 1440Avg –8%-13%
1280 to 1360Reach5%-8%
Less than 1280Low<5%

Tulane ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range


Applicants Submitting ACT


ACT Reading 25th32
ACT Math 25th27
ACT Composite 25th31
ACT Reading 75th35
ACT Math 75th32
ACT Composite 75th33
Average ACT Score32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Tulane?

Admission data indicates that Tulane regularly accepts students with ACT’s of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants – and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Tulane University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT ScoreCompetitivenessAdmission Chances
33 and AboveGood>20%
32 to 33Avg +13%-20%
31 to 32Avg –8%-13%
30 to 31Reach5%-8%
Less than 30Low<5%


High School Class Rank

58% of Tulane University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class RankFreshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class58%
Top 25% of class83%
Top 50% of class95%
Bottom 50% of class5%
Bottom 25% of class1%

Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Acceptance Rate13%13%13%
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)32%36%34%

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due

Jan 15, 2021

Days left to Apply


Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Tulane University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Test ScoresRequired
High School GPARequired
High School Class RankRecommended
Completion of College Preparatory ProgramRecommended
Demonstration of CompetenciesRecommended

Credits Accepted

AP CreditYes
Dual CreditNo
Credit for Life ExperiencesNo

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=160755 IPEDS survey data for Tulane University.

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related ServicesAssociateBachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender StudiesAssociateBachelors
African StudiesCheckmark
American/united States Studies/civilizationCheckmark
Asian Studies/civilizationCheckmark
Chinese StudiesCheckmark
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, And Mexican-american/chicano StudiesCheckmark
Italian StudiesCheckmark
Japanese StudiesCheckmark
Latin American StudiesCheckmark
Russian StudiesCheckmark
Women’s StudiesCheckmark
Biological And Biomedical SciencesAssociateBachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, GeneralCheckmark
Cell/cellular And Molecular BiologyCheckmark
Cell/cellular Biology And Anatomical Sciences, OtherCheckmark
Cell/cellular Biology And HistologyCheckmark
Environmental BiologyCheckmark
Evolutionary BiologyCheckmark
Molecular BiologyCheckmark
Neurobiology And BehaviorCheckmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support ServicesAssociateBachelors
Business Administration And Management, GeneralCheckmark
Business Administration, Management And Operations, OtherCheckmark
Business/commerce, GeneralCheckmarkCheckmark
Finance, GeneralCheckmark
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, GeneralCheckmarkCheckmark
International Business/trade/commerceCheckmarkCheckmark
Marketing, OtherCheckmark
Marketing/marketing Management, GeneralCheckmark
Communication, Journalism And Related ProgramsAssociateBachelors
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs, OtherCheckmark
Digital Communication And Media/multimediaCheckmarkCheckmark
Mass Communication/media StudiesCheckmarkCheckmark
Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication, OtherCheckmarkCheckmark
Speech Communication And RhetoricCheckmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support ServicesAssociateBachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, GeneralCheckmark
Computer And Information Systems Security/auditing/information AssuranceCheckmark
Computer Programming, Specific ApplicationsCheckmarkCheckmark
Computer ScienceCheckmark
Information Science/studiesCheckmark
Web Page, Digital/multimedia And Information Resources DesignCheckmark
Kindergarten/preschool Education And TeachingCheckmark
Bioengineering And Biomedical EngineeringCheckmark
Chemical EngineeringCheckmark
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Engineering Physics/applied PhysicsCheckmark
Engineering ScienceCheckmark
Environmental/environmental Health EngineeringCheckmark
English Language And Literature/LettersAssociateBachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And LinguisticsAssociateBachelors
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Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, GeneralCheckmark
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Foreign Languages And Literatures, GeneralCheckmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical SciencesAssociateBachelors
Environmental HealthCheckmark
Health And Wellness, GeneralCheckmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences, OtherCheckmark
Public Health, GeneralCheckmark
History, GeneralCheckmark
Legal Professions And StudiesAssociateBachelors
Legal Assistant/paralegalCheckmark
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And HumanitiesAssociateBachelors
General StudiesCheckmark
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Mathematics And StatisticsAssociateBachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary StudiesAssociateBachelors
Medieval And Renaissance StudiesCheckmark
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Natural Resources And ConservationAssociateBachelors
Environmental StudiesCheckmark
Philosophy And Religious StudiesAssociateBachelors
Jewish/judaic StudiesCheckmark
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Physical SciencesAssociateBachelors
Chemistry, GeneralCheckmark
Geological And Earth Sciences/geosciences, OtherCheckmark
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Cognitive Psychology And PsycholinguisticsCheckmark
Psychology, GeneralCheckmark
Security And Protective ServicesAssociateBachelors
Homeland SecurityCheckmark
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services, OtherCheckmarkCheckmark
Social SciencesAssociateBachelors
Anthropology, GeneralCheckmark
Development Economics And International DevelopmentCheckmark
Economics, GeneralCheckmark
International Relations And AffairsCheckmark
Political EconomyCheckmark
Political Science And Government, GeneralCheckmark
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Social Sciences, OtherCheckmark
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Visual And Performing ArtsAssociateBachelors
Art History, Criticism And ConservationCheckmark
Art/art Studies, GeneralCheckmark
Dance, GeneralCheckmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, GeneralCheckmark
Film/cinema/media StudiesCheckmark
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Technical Theatre/theatre Design And Technology

Acceptance Rate

The office of undergraduate admissions received around 43,891 applications for the class of 2024, out of which 11% were offered admission. This shows that Tulane university is highly competitive with a low acceptance rate. 

They have extremely high requirements and usually admit only the top 6%. The students admitted are usually in the top quarter of high school. The average SAT range is 1410-1510. 23% of applying students submit their SAT scores. The university considers the top 7% of SAT takers for admission. The average ACT range is 31-33 and the university considers the top 5% nationally.

Tulane University Admission Deadlines

Some of the important deadlines for freshmen are given below. The deadlines for graduate programs vary from program to program.

Early ActionNovember 15
Early DecisionNovember 1
Early Decision IIJanuary 6
Regular DecisionJanuary 15

Tulane University International Student Admissions

Tulane University has 1,282 international students, from over 86 different countries. The university has an Office of International Student and Scholars that provides programming, visa services, and language/academic support to the international student population.

There are several additional requirements for the international students along with the general requirements which are the same as the US applicants.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of educational institutions attended previously. 
    • If the transcripts are not in English, then both the original transcript as well as an English translation has to be uploaded.
    • Records should be submitted through Naviance or email by an institution counselor or official.
    • Records sent by students will not be considered.
  • A recommendation form by the high school guidance counselor has to be submitted directly by the counselor.
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Official scores of different standardized tests
    • ACT/SAT scores (optional)
    • GRE/GMAT
  • Certification of Finances form.
  • There are various specific departmental requirements as well which include auditions and interviews.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Minimum required scores for admission are given below.

TestMinimum score
Paper-based TOEFL550
SAT reading/writing600+
ACT English27

Visa Process for International Students

  • The selected applicants will be issued the immigration document (I- 20 or DS-2019) from Tulane University.
  • Following documents have to be submitted by the applicants in order to obtain the immigration document
    • Financial documents which include a current bank statement
    • A copy of the biographical page and page which has the expiration date of the passport.
    • English language proficiency documents
  • After receiving the immigration document, applicants have to pay the SEVIS I- 901 fee.
  • Apply for F- 1 OR J-1 visa by completing the DS- 160 visa application.
  • Documents required for completing the DS- 160 visa application are:
    • Passport
    • 2*2 Photograph
    • SEVIS fee payment receipt and visa processing fee receipt
    • Travel itinerary
    • International travel history
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of admission and invitation obtained from the college
  • Schedule and attend the visa interview by consulting the US embassy in your country

Tulane University Undergraduate Admissions

Tulane University has five Undergraduate schools offering 75+ majors. Areas of study available are Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts, Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Science & Engineering. General admission requirements for bachelor’s programs are mentioned below.

Where to Apply: Common Application/ Tulane Application