Tulane Essays

Tulane University 2017-18 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 1 essay of 50-800 words; 1 essay of 250 words.

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Activity.

Tulane has kept it simple with its classic supplemental questions, so we’ll make this introduction brief. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a straightforward supplement is a demand for perfection. So don’t overlook these quickie questions: read our guide instead!

Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University (optional) (50-800 words).

Okay, can we talk about this word limit? And don’t even get us started on the parenthetical “optional.” In a nutshell, Tulane is saying, “Do what you want.” But we’ve got some suggestions of our own. First and foremost, this essay is not optional (despite what it may say). A classic why essay like this one is a time-honored supplement tradition, and your answer can reveal a lot to admissions about your potential fit and overall commitment to the school. Not writing it implies that you might not have a reason to apply; in which case, why are you wasting everyone’s time? Spend some time on the Tulane website and get to know the school. Explore all areas of social and academic life to build your list of reasons. And while you could technically write 800 words, keep in mind that admissions’ time is limited. The more you write, the less time they have to spend reading each word. Strike a happy medium and aim for 300 words or so.

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words)  

In short, this classic activity essay gives you an opportunity to expand beyond the mini description for one activity listed on your Common App. Ideally, you should choose one that you haven’t already discussed: If you already wrote your Common App personal statement on the transformative power of dance, you’ll have to seek inspiration elsewhere for this essay! As you weigh your options, consider highlighting a long-term activity. Tracing your four-year involvement with meditation club will allow you to showcase your personal growth or maybe underscore your leadership qualities. If your resume is light on extracurriculars, don’t forget that you can also discuss a professional experience. From flipping burgers to interning at a museum, what have your work experiences taught you about the value of your time and your potential career aspirations? For more inspiration, check out our video on writing about an internship or work experience!

  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 7 supplemental essays
  • 4 advice topics

Student Background

Hi y'all! I'm an incoming freshmen at Tulane University in New Orleans, where I'll be studying Architecture, with a coordinate major in International Development and a minor in Urban Studies. Hope I can help with this #difficult process!
From: Cincinnati , Ohio
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Tulane, UC Berkeley, Cincinnati, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French
Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Model Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
(Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?) Last summer, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a school trip to Italy. Traveling with my school’s Classics Department to Rome, Florence, and Sorrento, I was ecstatic to be able to explore two of my interests, art history and urban design. ...

Additional Essay Details:
Essays 1 (Tulane); 2 (University of Cincinnati); and 3 and 4 (University of California–Berkeley) led to acceptances. Essays 5 and 6 (Paul Tulane Award scholarship app.) led to awarding of Full Tuition scholarship. Essay 7 (University of Pennsylvania) led to waitlisting.

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