The purpose of the Newcomb-Tulane College Honors Program is to provide academically gifted and intellectually curious students unique opportunities for exploration and immersion in both multi-disciplinary and specialized scholarship.
All incoming students invited by the Office of Admission to join the Honors Program accept the offer by enrolling in one of the Fall semester courses in their first semester at Tulane. To maintain affiliation with the Honors Program in the Spring semester, students must enroll in one of the required Spring semester courses. Honors students are expected to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 by the end of the first year and a 3.8 or higher by the end of the second year and thereafter. For undergraduates who are interested in joining the Honors Program after their first semester or want to learn about nationally competitive scholarships, research opportunities, and the Honors Thesis, we encourage them to come by the Honors Program office and speak with any member of the Honors Program staff.
The Honors Program provides students with a wealth of opportunities to enrich their academic experience. First-year students may live in the Wall Residential Learning Community (RLC), where they can participate in faculty-led Wall Societies that explore different themes through field trips and lively discussions. Second-year Honors students may live in Weatherhead Hall, which— like Wall— is led by a faculty member in residence who offers a range of socially and academically oriented programming. Beyond the RLCs, there are funding and advising opportunities available for research, travel, and classroom engagement. Special advising is also available for prestigious nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships including Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Goldwater. Finally, all Honors students are encouraged to write a Senior Honors Thesis or complete a project under the direction of a faculty member. The Honors Thesis demonstrates a mastery of the material in a field as well as a capacity for independent research, giving students knowledge and skills that equip them for success in a wide variety of fields.