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June 1 - 19: Attend a virtual CAST session to register for fall courses and learn more about academic success at Tulane. Sign up for a session here.

June 4 - 15:  Request a  roommate through the  Housing Portal .

June 30 - Deadline to sign up for your dining plan (review options).
Hello Class of 2024, 
As you may know, President Fitts recently announced details for Fall 2020 Reopening. The first day of class has been moved up to Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This change affects the New Student Orientation schedule, and we are currently working with our campus partners to re-design our Orientation to adjust our calendar and ensure our programs adhere to public health guidance. Exact dates and details for New Student Orientation will be shared once they become available. Please continue to monitor your Tulane email for updates. 

We can't wait to design a new model of Orientation that helps you transition to Tulane, get connected to people in our community, and introduce you to some of Tulane's greatest traditions - all while keeping you safe. We know this is an uncertain and scary time, and NSLP is here to support you through it all. We will guide you through this journey and help you find the things you need to succeed and thrive.

Questions? We are here to point you in the right direction. Contact our team by emailing You'll also find helpful resources on our website, Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@tulanenslp) to get to know our team and learn about resources for new students!
Roll Wave,
Rachel Weber
New Student & Leadership Programs
Housing Updates
  • Students who have successfully completed their Housing Agreement will be able to request a roommate between June 4 and June 15 in the Housing Portal. More information regarding roommate preferences will be sent to your Tulane e-mail address. 
  • Housing & Residence Life staff is continuing to plan for opening the residence halls. We will share updates with students and families as they become available, so students should continue to check their e-mail address for information throughout the summer. 
  • Information regarding room dimensions, and furniture types in rooms will be added to the Communities pages on our website in June to help students plan for their arrival in August.
Tulane University's 2020 The Reading Project | 
The Yellow House  by Sarah M. Broom

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities.  The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power. Read more here.

During the series, students are encouraged to read the novel during the summer to prepare them for  discussion groups led by experienced faculty members as a part of New Student Orientation. This is an opportunity for new students to engage with a full-time faculty member with a particular expertise related to the book selection prior to their first college class. 

Students are also invited to further their engagement with the reading through the Kylene and Brad Beers Reading Project Keynote Lecture performed by Sarah M. Bloom herself!

Copies of the book are available for purchase at the  Tulane University Bookstore  in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life. When you order your copy from the bookstore website, you will receive free ground shipping on your order.

Check it off the List | CAST Virtual Sessions

Make sure you're on track for a successful first semester! We have organized all the tasks, dates, and deadlines into one comprehensive checklist. A few items will be available later in the summer, so make sure to check back in June and July for updates. Most items are encouraged, while some are required. 

The first CAST Session begins TODAY and continues through June 19th! Cultivating Academic Success at Tulane (CAST) is the first step of New Student Orientation and prepares students for academic success and to start making an impact on campus. 

During this event, you'll learn about the academic and support services available at Tulane, get insider tips from current Tulane students, engage with faculty, and prepare for your advising and registration appointment. Students are required to attend CAST in order to register for fall classes.
Leadership Opportunity:  Freshman Leadership Program Applications Open!

The Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) is a prestigious program open to all first-year students. After an application and two interviews, 30 students will be selected into the cohort. 

With a strong emphasis on community, FLP strives to empower the next generation of Tulane's leaders and helps every member find success on campus and beyond. Click here to apply!
It's time to submit your photo and information for the 2020 Who's New at TU student book!

Who's New at TU is an 80-page book of photos and info about your classmates, along with useful info about Tulane and New Orleans. Please submit a photo and your info by JULY 27, 2020 at 

July 27 is also the deadline for ordering copies and submitting Parents' Welcome to Tulane! messages as well. Questions? Send them to
Apply to be a Newcomb Little!

Participate in one of the most popular Newcomb Institute traditions! 

Hundreds of undergraduates choose to participate in this program every year. Bigs serve as a resource, a guide, and a friend as each first-year transitions to Tulane. Bigs are a helpful source of advice and insight throughout the semester, and there will be events for both Bigs and Littles to attend in order to get to know each other better.

Did you know Tulane has an EMS service on campus?!

Tulane Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) is a student-run, basic emergency medical service, located on the uptown campus of Tulane University. They provide no-charge care to the Tulane community during the academic year. For more information, please visit


#Wave Hello! to the Wave Leaders Cohort of NSO 2020

Every year, 100+ Wave Leaders support the orientation & transition of new students throughout New Student Orientation and Fall Welcome. Each Wave Leader works closely with a small group of first-year students to familiarize them with life at Tulane and offer guidance and support throughout their transition to college.

Beginning June 1st, you can learn more about them individually through our Instagram (@tulanenslp) by following the #WaveHello series before you get assigned to your Orientation Group!

Throughout orientation, these student leaders will be your first stop source of everything you need to know about Tulane - from how to get around campus to what do students do outside of class to how to get involved on campus doing something you love. As peer-mentors, they are also here to learn more about you and can provide a shoulder when you need support after a hard day. 

Don't forget, all of us on #TeamNSLP are here to help you with whatever you need <3