Tulane was originally founded as a public medical college in 1834. Through the generosity of wealthy businessman Paul Tulane, the school was privatized and became a full university in 1884. It is currently home to over 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying in 10 schools and a variety of well respected graduate programs.
Visiting Tulane University
The university is split between two primary campuses, the Uptown campus and the Downtown campus. Parking on campus is difficult and scarce, and using the Tulane University Shuttle between campuses or between campus and downtown is advised.
Uptown Campus:The Uptown campus is located on St. Charles Avenue and is considered the university’s main campus. It houses the bulk of schools, residence halls and students on it’s 110 acres. Points of interest on campus include the Gibson Quad adjacent to the university’s first building, Gibson Hall, and many large and beautiful live oak trees.
The Uptown campus is also architecturally significant and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A walking tour of architectural styles can be had here, including Richardsonian Romanesque, Elizabethan, Italian Renaissance, and mid-century Modern.
Downtown Campus: Tulane’s Downtown campus provide the center for its health sciences programs, some student housing, and the Tulane School of Medicine.
Athletics: While Tulane may be a top research university, athletics don’t take a back seat here. The Tulane Green Wave participates in Division 1 NCAA Athletics as part of the Big East Conference. Football games have traditionally been held at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but will move to the brand new Yulman Stadium on campus upon it’s completion in late 2014.
Near Tulane University: Tulane is adjacent to New Orleans’ Audubon Park, a 6 acre recreational park with a lake, sports facilities and a rookery. It is also adjacent to Loyola University and is approximately 4 miles from the popular nightlife and shopping of New Orleans French Quarter. Both Tulane University campuses are easily accessible from a variety of uptown and downtown New Orleans hotels.
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