Advising Essentials

Use the following resources to track your degree progress and plan for your educational goals.


Academic Advising

Academic advisors assist students in choosing courses and long-term planning for their degree.  Advisors are also an excellent resource for finding information and other services at Tulane that can assist you in your educational goals.  Review the list of advisors, or schedule an appointment with your assigned academic advisor.


The university catalog contains all official policies of the university, as well as information about each academic and administrative department.  The catalog also provides a complete description of all major and minor requirements and descriptions of regularly offered courses.

Core Curriculum Guide

The Newcomb-Tulane College core curriculum is designed to provide a common structure to undergraduate study while remaining flexible enough for students to explore and experiment with many fields of study.  Use the Core Curriculum Grid to see how individual school requirements affect the core requirements.

Degree Audit

Accessed through Gibson online, the computerized degree audit matches the courses a student has taken against the College's and the school's general degree requirements as well as the major requirements.  The audit shows students which of the requirements are left to be taken.  Need help interpreting the audit?  Check out this tutorial, or contact your academic advisor.

Degree Planning Sheets

Each major available to full-time undergraduates is available as a planning guide with requirements as described in the university catalog.  Degree planning sheets include the appropriate core curriculum and school requirements and information on how a student might apply skills and knowledge from that major in life after Tulane.

Explore Classes

Explore classes are offered by academic advisors to assist students in considering their academic options, describing their interests, and thinking about career opportunities in various fields of study.  Classes meet once weekly for ten weeks each semester.


Family Guide

The family guide includes information that will assist family members in preparing for their student's first year of college, as well as information to prepare students for their first year away from home.   Additionally, it has answers to many of the questions family members might have concerning: transitioning into college, academic advising, residential life, quality of work; etc.

First Year Student Academic Planning Guide

First-year students find everything they need to get started in the Freshman Academic Planning Guide.  This guide includes information on core curriculum requirements for freshman year, sample freshman schedules, AP and IB credit, and registration instructions.

Pre-Health & Pre-Law

The pre-health advisors assist students considering careers in medicine and medically-related fields, and pre-law advisors assist students pursuing careers in law and other legal fields. Students pursuing these goals should consult a pre-health or pre-law advisor early in their undergraduate career.

Online Language Placement

Students must complete the Online Language Placement questionnaire to indicate what languages they have studied previously and what languages they are interested in studying at Tulane. Completion of the questionnaire is required before registering for any language course, even if the student has no prior experience with the language he plans to study.

Rules to Live By

Review the following academic expectations for all Tulane undergraduate students.


Code of Conduct

Tulane students are expected to exhibit integrity and honesty in all of their academic endeavors.  Failure to do so may result in serious consequences.  Students should review the code of conduct and comply with it at all times.

Quality of Work Requirements

Tulane students are expected to have made satisfactory progress toward completing their degree at the end of each semester.  The minimum standards for academic achievement are based on the number of full-time semesters enrolled at Tulane, and the number of credit hours earned.  Students struggling academically should contact their academic advisor for information on the many resources available to assist them.

Grade Grievance Procedure

Students who believe a grade to be incorrect should first consult with their instructor to address any discrepancies.  If questions remain or the situation is unresolved, students seeking redress should follow the official grade grievance procedure.

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