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New Student Orientation

Fall 2017

Wednesday, August 23 - Friday, August 25

Female students from Bolivia and Washington DC, holding signs with their country/city

Join us for New Student Orientation. You'll meet some of your fellow students, faculty and department staff, including a one-on-one session with your academic advisor. Orientation will include information sessions on such key aspects of your graduate school career as financial aid, the Student Government Association (SGA), and tours of the Tidewater Building and Matas Library

Click on each day for a schedule of events. 

  • All events are held at the Tidewater Building (1440 Canal Street) unless otherwise listed.
  • STUDENT IDs ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AND VISIBLE during orientation. IDs for registered students are processed in card services on the 8th floor of Tidewater Building, Rm. 802 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Please bring either your driver's license or passport with you.
Wednesday, 23 August

The first day of orientation runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, starting with registration and the Opening Welcome. This session will provide key information on school-wide policies, campus safety procedures, and introduce you to members of the Tulane's staff. Lunch will be provided for you and can be eaten at your department meeting locations or in one of the first floor student lounges (requires student ID for access). After lunch, you will have a chance to meet with yout department chair and academic advisor where you can discuss your goals for your degree and possible class schedules. Finally, registration for classes will also begin.  

Times Activities 
8:00 AM  Registration and Coffee- Tidewater Building, 1st Floor Gallery
9:00 AM Opening Welcome- Tidewater Building, 1st Floor Auditorium 
12:00 PM Lunch- 1st Floor Gallery
1:00 PM Department breakout and advising sessions.- Tidewater Building,  You will be directed to your chosen department's offices. 


Thursday, 24 August

Thursday's schedule is more flexible. Events run from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM and you may choose to attend one of two Financial Aid Orientation Sessions and Campus Tours. Both will last approximately an hour. If you have any questions about Tulane's computer services or if you need help setting up your personal computer for school, you may want to stop by the Academic Information Systems (AIS) Technology Open House. If you did not have the opportunity to meet with your advisor on Wednesday, a meeting can be arranged for any time on Thursday. 

Times Activities
10:00 AM Financial Aid Orientation- Tidewater 12th floor, Room 1210 
11:00 AM Student Government Association (SGA) Ambassador Tour- Tidewater Building Lobby
1:00 PM Student Government Association (SGA) Ambassador Tour- Tidewater Building Lobby
 2:00 PM Financial Aid Orientation- Tidewater 12th floor, Room 1210 
3:00 PM Academic Information Systems (AIS) Technology Open House- Tidewater 12th floor, Room 1201 


Friday, 25 August

Friday is a light day, allowing students to settle in and begin exploring New Orleans. before classes begin on Monday. All students are welcome to attend the 9:00 AM session focusing on Matas Library. It will be about an hour long. Tulane's SPHTM International students will be required to attend a special orientation session running from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM. 

Times Activities
8:30 AM  Mandatory F1/J1/Exchange International New Student Orientation- TBA
Lasts 4.5 hours
9:00 AM Health Sciences Library (Rudolph Matas Library) Orientation- Tidewater Building, 12th Floor, 1201

We look forward to meeting you!

Female student from Woodland, TX and female student from Nigeria, holding signs with city/country