"dress code" and "behavior code"

<p>My son is coming out of NYC public school system and the NYC culture - where its pretty liberal and loose. I know that Southern culture is more formalized and polite. </p>

<p>How is the inter-personal communication style of Tulane.</p>

<p>How does the students typically dress around campus and off campus. Is there a need for" lofer, khakis, jacket? </p>

<p>I dont want him to give NYers a bad name ;-). </p>

<p>Is there an orientation TIDE for: When in Rome...</p>

<p>micbravo - I paid special attention to mode of dress when we visited Tulane this April after S' acceptance. I cannot speak for dress in frats, if your S is interested in that route, but in general the campus mode of dress is very casual, for male and female: shorts (khaki-type, esp.), jeans, t-shirts, sandals, athletic shoe/sneaker. Backpacks predominated,with some females using large colorful canvas totes instead.</p>

<p>I have been told that Tulane has less of the Southern "formal" culture than other Southern schools. Remember that the average distance a student has travelled to come to Tulane is 500 miles, so the South does not predominate.</p>

<p>When D and I visited in late-April she thought the students reminded her of the students at Rochester, (obviously a lot of NYC and Long Island folks there.) Many were carrying umbrellas, as well as the informal togs jmmom mentioned.</p>

<p>So no it doesn't feel southern like the vibe at Wake Forest...</p>

<p>We are from VERY informal Oregon, and dress was causal and no different that what son wore here: khaki shorts, tees, etc.</p>

<p>I'm from NC. Trust me, no matter where you're from, one thing about the South is that it's welcoming. Don't worry about what you wear or how you talk. It's all good.</p>

<p>Uh - a third of the kids at Tulane are from the Northeast, a third from the South broadly defined and a third from the Mid-west and West. It is probably as geographically diverse a school as there is in the country. Add to that NO is in the South but not necessarily of the South. Its culture is uniquely its own. Indeed souther and cajun Louisiana is a place apart with its own rules, culture, history, and values.</p>

<p>Oh and it is hot and when it rains - it rains a lot. Don't bother packing winter clothes you won't need them until well after Thanksgiving. My first trip down was Christmas week and we went swimming. It can get nasty for short periods of time in the winter (late December through February) but mostly it is either very hot anf humid or very nice.</p>