Incoming Graduate Students

Bienvenue to all incoming graduate students! As you start planning your transition to Tulane University, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has compiled this page to assist in the transition to graduate life in New Orleans. Read this page carefully to find resources, deadlines, and other tips for a successful start to your career as a graduate student.

The summer before your first semester, OGPS will launch a Canvas Orientation course for students to familiarize themselves with Tulane offerings. This online, asynchronous orientation course includes topics such as: Student Health Services, Title IX, Emergency Preparedness, Plagiarism and the Honor Code, the Graduate Studies Student Association and Graduate and Professional Student Association, Career Advising, Student Services, and Library Services. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to other incoming graduate students and begin fostering connections among their peers. 

In conjunction with the online Canvas course, OGPS hosts a new student orientation in August for all the incoming graduate students to get acquainted with our office and the greater Tulane community. This in-person event is designed to orient new Masters and PhD students on the contacts, offices, and resources on campus that will make their time as a graduate student at Tulane as successful as can be. 

Once you have received your Tulane ID number, you will be able to register for classes through the Gibson portal. You may use the online Schedule of Classes Planner feature to plan your class schedule. Your department Director of Graduate Studies or departmental advisor should have contacted you, or will be contacting you by mid-July, with information about classes. You may also use Degree Works, a degree planning and audit tool, available on Gibson Online to help you select courses that apply to your program. Be sure to select course selections that are open and have no time conflicts. 

In partnership with the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), OGPS hosts a new Teaching Assistant orientation where students can learn best practices in keeping students engaged and active through their course. 

Louisiana law requires ALL entering college students to have up-to-date immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus. All incoming students must comply with the immunization program and provide evidence of compliance with the state guidelines for immunizations by uploading the required immunization form by July 15th, if possible. The immunization form, information about required immunizations, and brief instructions on how to upload the form are on the Tulane Campus Health immunizations website here