New students admitted to Tulane by the Office of Admission as Honors Scholars will have demonstrated themselves to be intellectual leaders and innovators in their high schools. They are highly curious, seek challenges, and show a desire to engage in rigorous thought that leads to extraordinary insights and ideas. The first year is about discovery - as a thought leader, intellectual community member, and innovator on campus and, eventually, in the world.
To support these pursuits, Honors Scholars have programs available to help them explore their majors, research interests, career paths, and academic opportunities on campus. Scholars will engage with faculty, researchers, and fellow student scholars as mentors. At the end of their first year, scholars will be ready to embark on a self-designed academic and intellectual journey that takes advantage of the many opportunities Tulane's status as an elite research institution offers.
None of the programming options are required. Instead, we encourage our Honors Scholars to self-select into the honors opportunities that are most important to them. Opportunities for engagement as an Honors Scholar are below.
Honors Scholars will be welcomed to Tulane through focused tracks in New Student Orientation and Fall Welcome. These experiences will introduce honors students to one another and to the opportunities available during their first year and beyond. Programming focuses on introducing students to campus resources, the New Orleans community, and one another.
Review information on New Student Orientation for the Class of 2025. The Honors Scholar track will be posted during Summer 2021.
Honors Scholars can choose from an array of first-year seminars, called Colloquia, or from the long list of TIDES classes to explore a topic they are interested in learning about. Colloquia serve as the foundation to learning as a high achieving student at Tulane. Additionally, the Great Books course is available for those students interested in critical and reflective thinking through the discussion of literary works with enduring value.
Review the fall Colloquia offerings and their descriptions.
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. Honors Scholars have the option of applying to Wall Residence Hall if they are interested in a housing environment that surrounds them with their high achieving peers. Applications to Wall Residence Hall open in March.
Visit the Wall Residence Hall website for more information.
A highlight of the first-year honors programming is the opportunity to make a lasting connection with a faculty member by engaging in Scholar Societies. These faculty-led groups, 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. Society Faculty engage with honors students through meals, off-campus field trips, on-campus events, and themed discussions. Through the societies, students are able to explore local and regional issues relevant to the New Orleans community, introduce students to opportunities for innovation in the local community, and brainstorm what intellectual leadership might look like in a particular discipline.
Programming is offered to help Honors Scholars establish an academic foundation. Experiences prompt students to plan for their second year and beyond as they consider their scholarly focus. Programming is classified under one of the following categories, focused on creating a personal intellectual journey:
Students admitted to the Honors Program prior to Fall 2021 are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher. However, students admitted into the Honors Program at the beginning of the freshman year will not be removed from the Program during their freshman and sophomore years as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Students who do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 at the end of the sophomore year will be removed at that time. For students who were invited by the Office of Admission into the Honors Program prior to 2021, the requirements to maintain a designation as Honors students include all of the following:
Students who enrolled in the Honors Program after their first year but prior to Fall 2021 are strongly encouraged to take COLQ 2010 and must maintain the GPA requirements listed above.
Honors students are encouraged to apply to live in an Honors Residential Learning Community during freshman and sophomore year. In the subsequent years, Honors students may take advantage of optional curricular, research, and study abroad opportunities for the full Honors experience at Tulane.
Although strongly encouraged, students admitted to the Honors Program are not required to complete an Honors Thesis in order to maintain their status as Honors students. Students who complete the Honors Thesis graduate with Honors in their majors. The Honors Thesis remains Tulane’s principal way of recognizing achievement in undergraduate research and scholarship. The thesis is a substantive accomplishment that speaks to a student’s academic and scholarly credentials than GPA/Latin Honors alone. Apart from the merits of the intellectual experience, the thesis is also a significant credential-- a clear way of demonstrating to graduate schools and future employers that one is capable of independent research.
All Latin honors at Tulane are awarded on the basis of GPA alone. Students are not required to be in the Honors Program to earn Latin honors. Students achieving a GPA in the top 30% of the class will receive Latin honors according to the following:
The standards each year will be set based on the GPA of the previous graduating class, and will be publicized to students in the summer before their graduation year. (August graduates will be recognized according to the standards set in the previous academic year; December graduates will be recognized according the standards of the academic year in progress.)
For students graduating in December 2021 and May 2022, the GPA standards will be:
• Summa cum laude = 3.950
• Magna cum laude = 3.850
• Cum laude = 3.700
Students who complete Honors Theses will graduate with departmental honors in the major or majors in which they write the thesis, in addition to any Latin honors.