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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 and certificate 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 all applications is January 1 for the spring semester, May 15 for the summer semester, and August 1 for the fall semester.

 

 

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.

What Materials Are Needed for the Application? Undergraduate, Graduate, and Summer

Students can begin their online application by first registering for an account.

To learn more about requirements for applying, visit our Admission Requirements: Undergraduate and Admission Requirements: Graduate pages.

Undergraduate Applicants

  1. Upload an official government-issued photo ID
  2. The fee for applicants is $40 for undergraduate programs
  3. Transcripts. You may be admitted with unofficial copies of your transcripts. Please note that uploaded copies of your transcripts will not be considered "official." SoPA requires official transcripts prior to registering for classes.
    Electronic transcripts are preferred. Have official electronic transcripts sent to soparecords@tulane.edu directly by the institution.

    Paper copies of official transcripts may be mailed to:
    Academic Records
    Tulane SoPA Elmwood Campus
    800 East Commerce Road, Suite 100
    Harahan, LA 70123.

  4. Undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be in good standing from any prior higher education institution attended.

Graduate Applicants:

  1. Upload an official government issued ID
  2. The fee for applicants is $50 for graduate programs
  3. Written statement. Some graduate programs require a written statement as part of the application materials.
  4. Transcripts. You may be admitted with unofficial copies of your transcripts. Please note that uploaded copies of your transcripts will not be considered "official." SoPA requires official transcripts prior to registering for classes.
  5. 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.
    Electronic transcripts are preferred. Have official electronic transcripts sent to soparecords@tulane.edu directly by the institution.

    Paper copies of official transcripts may be mailed to:
    Academic Records
    Tulane SoPA Elmwood Campus
    800 East Commerce Road, Suite 100
    Harahan, LA 70123.

    If you have previously attended Tulane, SoPA will request your Tulane transcript on your behalf at no charge.

Applicants for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the School of Professional Advancement must submit their official transcripts before they register for classes.

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 to Apply: Undergraduate

Apply for Admission

Please review specific admissions requirements for your undergraduate program.

Complete the online application, upload your official government-issued photo ID, and pay the $40 application fee.

You may be admitted with unofficial copies of your transcripts. Please note that uploaded copies of your transcripts will not be considered "official." SoPA requires official transcripts prior to registering for classes.

Submit Official Transcripts

Undergraduate students must submit a high school transcript or GED diploma. If an undergraduate applicant has attended a higher education institution for college credit we will need transcripts from those schools. Official transcripts must be received before a student can enroll in classes.

Electronic transcripts are preferred: send to soparecords@tulane.edu. To mail transcripts, please use the following address:

Academic Records
Tulane SoPA Elmwood Campus
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, 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.

Admittance Decisions: Undergraduate

You will receive a decision notification sent to the e-mail address you submitted on your application. You will be directed to log into your application portal for your admission decision.

Accepting the Offer of Admittance

You will receive an email letting you know that your admission decision is available in your application portal. When you are admitted, you will be required to take two actions:

  1. Accept your Offer of Admittance.
  2. Pay your $25 deposit toward your first term of enrollment.*

*Payment by credit card is preferred. If you choose to pay by ACH or bank draft, the deposit may take up to 14 business days to clear and could delay your access to course registration.

Activate Email

Once your enrollment deposit is received, you will receive your Tulane email address and user ID, sent to the personal email address listed on your application. For email assistance, contact the Help Desk at (504) 862-8888. An active Tulane email address and password allows you access to Gibson Online, Tulane’s student portal used for class registration, library access, financial information and much more.

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.

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.

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.

You may be admitted with unofficial copies of your transcripts. Please note that uploaded copies of your transcripts will not be considered "official." SoPA requires official transcripts prior to registering for classes.

Submit Official Transcripts

Graduate students must submit transcripts from all prior undergraduate institutions. Official transcripts must be received before a student can enroll in classes.

Electronic transcripts are preferred: send to soparecords@tulane.edu. To mail transcripts, please use the following address:

Academic Records
Tulane SoPA Elmwood Campus
800 East Commerce Road, Suite 100
Harahan, LA 70123

Schedule an Interview

If your graduate program requires an interview your Program Director may contact you to schedule a time to meet.

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.

Admittance Decisions: Graduate

You will receive a decision notification sent to the e-mail address you submitted on your application. You will be directed to log into your application portal for your admission decision. 

Accepting the Offer of Admittance

You will receive an email letting you know that your admission decision is available in your application portal. When you are admitted, you will be required to take two actions:

  1. Accept your Offer of Admittance.
  2. Pay your $200 deposit toward your first term of enrollment*.

*Payment by credit card is preferred. If you choose to pay by ACH or bank draft, the deposit may take up to 14 business days to clear and could delay your access to course registration.

Activate Email

Once your enrollment deposit is received, you will receive your Tulane email address and user ID, 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 allow you access to Gibson Online, Tulane’s student portal used for class registration, library access, financial information and much more.

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.

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.

 

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

Individuals wishing to apply for financial aid are strongly encouraged to apply at least six weeks in advance of the semester to allow sufficient time for financial aid processing.

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 1