Message from the Dean
Tulane is so fortunate to welcome the most academically talented students in the country year after year. I am thrilled to announce some exciting changes to the former Honors Program, which will take the NTC Honors experience to new heights and increase the opportunities available for all of our high-achieving undergraduate students.
First-Year Honors Scholars will engage in a new, robust series of programs challenging them to define the scholar and leader they want to be during their time at Tulane. Our new scholars will also have several options to live with each other in small communities designed around common academic themes and interests. Through first-year seminars and informal gatherings, first-year students will explore the many opportunities our elite research institution offers them with our most dynamic faculty members as their guides.
Upperclassmen scholars will design their own pathways, with guidance from NTC staff and faculty. They can consider some of the world’s biggest challenges through the College Scholars program, contribute to cutting-edge research through the NTC Research Network, serve as an academic mentor, tutor, or campus leader, or pursue a self-designed academic engagement abroad. Our new Office of Fellowship Advising supports scholars seeking prestigious, nationally competitive post-baccalaureate scholarships and fellowships.
For our current Honors students wondering how these changes impact them as well as new students with questions, we have a helpful Frequently Asked Questions with more information.
I look forward to seeing you soar as a member of our campus community and intellectual leader.
Dean Lee Skinner
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Distinguished faculty convey the importance of academic leadership and life-long learning in a small discussion-based seminar on a special topic.Learn More
During this one-year experience, Honors Scholars have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities such as research panels, faculty dinners, and scholarly conversations and lectures. This programming is offered to help Honors Scholars establish an academic foundation for their undergraduate years at Tulane.Learn More
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The First-Year Honors Scholars Experience is a one-year experience designed to provide opportunities to explore and engage in Tulane’s academic culture.
First-Year Honors Scholars engage in a one-year experience designed to explore intellectual leadership on campus. Honors Scholars are challenged to push beyond standard expectations and take risks in the pursuit of knowledge. This group has the opportunity to learn and live alongside their peers as they are mentored by some of the best faculty and staff at Tulane who work to educate students on preparing to pursue research opportunities, honors theses, and other forms of scholarly engagement beyond the first year.
The Honors Colloquium serves as the foundation for the academic experience. Distinguished faculty convey the importance of academic leadership and life-long learning in a small discussion-based seminar on a special topic.
Honors Residential Learning Community
The Honors Residential Learning Community, housed in Wall Residence Hall, embraces the ideal of scholarly engagement as a goal for all high-achieving students. Students are immersed in a collaborative, intellectual, and close-knit social community with a focus on academic enrichment and excellence.
The faculty-led Societies, each of which has a specific theme or area of focus, help foster community among students and create the opportunity for informal interactions between faculty members and students with the support of a peer mentor. Societies take students off campus to explore local and regional issues relevant to the New Orleans community and seek to introduce students to opportunities for leadership and innovation in the local community.
Honors Scholars Programming
Honors Scholars have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities such as research panels, faculty dinners, and scholarly conversations and lectures. This programming is offered to help Honors Scholars establish an academic foundation for their undergraduate years at Tulane.
First-year students will be mentored by Peer Mentors in the Honors Colloquium courses and in Wall Societies. Through these two unique opportunities, students have access to upperclass honors students at Tulane and opportunities to create mentor-mentee relationships that go beyond the first year.
Faculty Access and Mentorship
Honors Scholars will have access to some of Tulane’s best faculty through lectures, Wall Society programming, and other events. Honors Colloquium courses are taught by faculty from a range of disciplines and ranks. The Wall Societies are also led by faculty members giving honors students further access to faculty outside the classroom. Faculty have the potential to become mentors for future research projects, serve on advisory committees to support student applications for nationally competitive scholarships as well as direct senior Honors Theses in the future.
Admitted students cannot apply to be admitted as an honors scholar, instead, they are admitted before they can enroll. While not every student will be admitted as an honors scholar, high achieving students will still be able to pursue honors opportunities through Newcomb-Tulane College starting their sophomore year. They can apply to a scholar society, pursue exclusive research opportunities and write an honors thesis or pursue a portfolio project.
A student who is selected as an Honors Scholar will be eligible to take a special course in their first semester for Honors Scholars, apply to the Residential Learning Community for high-achieving students in Wall Residence Hall, participate in programming specifically for high achieving students, and have access to faculty mentorship through the Wall Societies.
The Honors Scholar program is a one-year experience which culminates after their first year. High achieving students may choose to continue pursuing scholarly endeavors through multiple pathways, which are presented to our honors scholars throughout their first year. Research opportunities, honors theses, fellowships, and residential communities are some of the myriad forms of scholarly engagement beyond the first year.
In order to accept your spot as an honors scholar, you have to submit your deposit (in your application portal). You will also be notified of the opportunity to apply for the Honors Scholar Residential Learning Community and the Wall Societies in March.
Destination Tulane is open to every admitted student, and Honors Previews and Honors Weekend are only open to honors students. The content of honors events covers both the academic experience at Tulane as well as specifics about Honors that will not be covered in depth during Destination Tulane. Additionally, honors students that attend Honors Previews or Honors Weekend will get the opportunity to meet with an advisor virtually and register for courses early. Students do not need to commit to Tulane to register for courses in the fall. If the student decides to attend a different institution, we will simply drop the courses for them.
We highly recommend honors students attend Honors Weekend on March 14th; you can register through your Green Wave Portal. This virtual event will have the most information and it will be highly interactive. If you want to look at a tentative schedule for both Honors Previews and Honors Weekend, you can do so through your Green Wave Portal.
Newcomb-Tulane College is adding new programs for high-achieving sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be multiple pathways and opportunities for students, depending on their interests and goals. Some may want to apply to be a College Scholar for their sophomore year. Many students may go abroad, usually in their junior year. There are opportunities for students interested in research to gain skills through coursework, through working with a faculty member, and in summer research programs. And, as seniors, students may choose to write an Honors Thesis.
For more detailed information about these opportunities, please visit our Sophomore Year and Beyond page.
Current students who meet the requirements related to required coursework and minimum GPA will continue to see the Honors designation on their transcript and have access to all the resources and programs related to the Residential Learning Communities, undergraduate research, the Honors Thesis, and Fellowship Advising. If you have specific questions about your situation, please see the Contact page for the appropriate person.
As of January 2021, no additional students will be admitted to the Honors Program. Instead, you can explore a wide variety of other opportunities to enhance your academic experience.
If you have questions about the First-Year Honors Scholars experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ana Gutierrez-Perez, Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of First-Year Experience, at email@example.com