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The Tulane SoPA Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. We look forward to getting to know you—whether you're returning to school to build on your current work, defining your path to a new career, or working toward a higher paying and more rewarding opportunity. Learn more about the admissions processes for our undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

What Is the Admissions Process?

Once students register for an account and submit their transcripts, the admission process is fairly straightforward within the online application portal. Undergraduate programs at SoPA have an open admissions policy with rolling admissions. Graduate applicants must submit a detailed personal statement related to their program of study and may be asked to attend an interview with the program director as part of the admissions process.

Applicants who plan to seek federal financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are strongly advised to apply at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please note that non-matriculating students are not eligible for financial aid.

Students may also apply to earn credit for life and work experiences through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), by completing a Portfolio Assessment, or by completing certifications in public safety training.

The deadline for undergraduate applicants is two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Applicants to graduate programs must apply at least one month prior to the start of the semester.

 

What Materials Are Needed for the Application?

Applicants for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the School of Professional Advancement must submit their official transcripts. Undergraduate students must have a high school diploma or GED and be in good standing from any prior higher education institutions attended. Graduate students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average, according to their transcripts.

Transcripts can be submitted electronically by sending an email to soparecords@tulane.edu, or they can be mailed to the following address:

Academic Records

Tulane SoPA Elmwood Campus

800 E. Commerce Road, Suite 100

Harahan, LA 70123.

Graduate students must submit transcripts from all prior undergraduate institutions. Non-matriculating undergraduate students must send proof of high school diploma or GED.

Students can begin their online application by first registering for an account and then submitting their transcripts. As part of the application, students will need to submit an immunization compliance form to the Student Health Center, upload an official government-issued photo ID, and pay the required application fee. The fee for applicants is $40 for undergraduate programs and $50 for graduate programs. To learn more about requirements for applying, visit our Admission Requirements: Undergraduate and Admission Requirements: Graduate pages.

Summer Only Admission

Applicants who currently intend to attend Tulane for summer programs only and then return to another university should submit their applications through the Summer School program portal. Be sure to check the Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information.

How Will Applicants Be Notified of Acceptance?

If you are admitted to Tulane SoPA as an undergraduate or graduate applicant, you will receive a notice sent to your respective email address listed on your application. You will then receive a user ID and password. If you are a returning student to Tulane, you will have your previous TU user ID and passwords reactivated.

Once you are accepted, you can meet with an academic advisor and schedule your classes online.

How to Apply: Graduate

Apply for Admission

Please review specific admissions requirements for your graduate program. Complete the online application, upload your official government-issued photo ID, and pay the $50 application fee. Graduate admissions applications for summer and fall 2019 are now open.   Submit Official Transcripts

Graduate students must submit transcripts from all prior undergraduate institutions. Official transcripts must be received before a student can be admitted. Electronic transcripts are preferred: send to soparecords@tulane.edu. To mail transcripts, please use the following address:

800 East Commerce Road

Suite 100

Harahan, LA 70123

Schedule an Interview

Contact the graduate director (see above) of your desired program to schedule an interview in person, via telephone, or via video link. Schedule the interview after your transcripts have been sent to SoPA.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal financial aid, primarily in the form of loans, is available to degree-seeking graduate students.  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website for more detailed information.

Submit Immunization Compliance

The immunization compliance form is provided to each student as part of the online application.  The form must be completed and filed electronically with the Tulane Student Health Center. For questions about the form and immunization requirements, contact the Student Health Center.

Once Admitted:  Activate Email

If you are admitted to SoPA, you will receive a Tulane email user ID and password, sent to the personal email address listed on your application. (Students returning to Tulane will have their previous TU user ID and passwords reactivated). For email assistance, contact the Help Desk at (504) 862-8888. An active Tulane email address and password are required to access Gibson Online, Tulane’s student portal used to register for classes.

Schedule Your Classes

Review the semester’s course offerings online. Be sure to click the School of Professional Advancement search button when reviewing the schedule of classes. Finally, to register for your selected courses, visit Gibson Online.

How to Apply: Undergraduate

Apply for Admission

Complete the online application, upload your official government-issued photo ID, and pay the $40 application fee. Undergraduate admissions applications for summer and fall 2019 are now open.

Summer Only Admission

Applicants who currently intend to attend Tulane for summer programs only and then return to another university should submit their applications through the Summer School program portal. Be sure to check the Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information.   Submit Official Transcripts

Degree and certificate seeking students must submit official transcripts from all prior institutions attended. Students who have never attended college must submit a copy of their high school diploma or GED. Official transcripts must be on file before a student can register for classes, so this step should be completed as soon as possible. Electronic transcripts are preferred; send to soparecords@tulane.edu. To mail transcripts, please use the following address:

800 East Commerce Road

Suite 100

Harahan, LA 70123

If you are not seeking a degree or certificate (non-matriculating), you are not required to submit official transcripts. Students must submit a copy of their high school diploma or GED. Please note that non-matriculating students are ineligible for federal financial aid.  Should you elect to pursue a degree or certificate after being admitted as a non-matriculating student, you will be required to submit official transcripts.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for students pursuing a degree or certificate. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website for more detailed information.

Submit Immunization Compliance The immunization compliance form is provided to each student as part of the online application. The form must be completed and filed electronically with the Student Health Center. For questions about the form and immunization requirements, contact the Student Health Center.

Activate Email

Once admitted, first-time applicants will receive a Tulane email user ID and password, sent to the personal email address listed on the application. Returning students who are being readmitted will have their previous Tulane user ID and password reactivated. For email assistance, contact the Help Desk at (504) 862-8888. An active Tulane email address and password are required to access Gibson Online, Tulane’s student portal used to register for classes.

Meet with Your Advisor

Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Schedule Your Classes

Review the semester’s course offerings online. To register for your selected courses, visit Gibson Online.

 

Admission Requirements

There are different requirements for admission to SoPA's undergraduate and graduate programs. For undergraduate programs, applicants must have obtained a high school diploma or a general equivalent diploma. Applicants to graduate programs must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. For more specific information about admission requirements, click on the corresponding buttons below.

 

Financial Assistance

At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we want you to understand your financial aid options so that you can receive the assistance you need. Generally, financial aid is disbursed based on the information from your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If you plan on applying for financial aid, we strongly recommend that you do so at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester. For information about the eligibility requirements for financial aid as well as the different types of assistance that are available, browse our financial assistance page.

 

Important Deadlines

The deadlines for Spring, Summer, and Fall applications are listed below.

Spring Application
deadline

January 1

Summer Application
deadline

May 15

Fall Application
deadline

August 15