Tulane UniversityTulane University
is a private university
headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana
An early 20th century view of Tulane's Gibson Hall
The university is home to colleges and schools centered around liberal arts, sciences and the professions. A common Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences serves both the men's undergraduate Tulane College and the once-separate women's Newcomb College, also for undergraduates. The professions are organized into the following schools:
Tulane has a separate Graduate School
, which offers advanced degrees in engineering, sciences, social sciences
, and the fine arts
. It also has a University College
which serves the New Orleans community
and focuses on continuing education.
The main campus is over a hundred acres in uptown New Orleans, near the Audubon Zoo and just a streetcar ride away from downtown. Other locations include:
- the F. Edward Hebert Research Center, near Belle Chasse, Louisiana, which provides facilities for graduate training and research in computer science, bioengineering, and biology;
- Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana, one of eight such centers funded by the National Institutes of Health;
- Tulane University Health Sciences Center, located downtown, which houses the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine;
- the satellite campuses of University College, Tulane's open admissions college, which are located downtown and in Biloxi, Mississippi;
- Houston, Texas, where the business school offers an executive MBA program.
The University was founded in 1834
as the Medical College of Louisiana
. With the addition of law and general colleges, it was renamed The University of Louisiana
, and was a public university. It closed during the American Civil War
; after reopening, it went through a period of financial challenges, until going private and receiving a major donation of land from philanthopist Paul Tulane. Once private, the university was renamed in his honor.