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<p>I know New Orleans is a fun city, but what's it like for students? If you go to Tulane, what do you like or dislike about it?</p>

<p>Bump 10char</p>

<p>Well, not sure why no student is answering you, but I will tell you my impression from being a student there years ago and what I hear and see today. Just also note that Tulane and New Orleans consistently rank very high in the Princeton Review list of Top College Towns.</p>

<p>Bottom line, New Orleans is great for students almost no matter what your interests. I suppose if you were really into snow skiing it would be a bad choice, but otherwise there is so much and quite a bit of variety. Everything from being a serious lover of architecture to just wanting to drink yourself silly, it is there. Great food goes without saying. The generally warm weather during the school year makes for a lot of days when you can have fun on the quads or in Audubon Park. The music scene is supposed to be extremely good, although a current student would have to detail how it is for various genres. Not sure, for example, if the heavy metal scene is there. But there are festivals all the time, from ones centered around music to ones centered around food to...well of course there is Mardi Gras, the Mother of all Festivals.</p>

<p>Maybe the reason you didn't get an answer is that it is just too broad. What is it you like to do? Maybe then people can tell you what the opportunities are. No matter what it is you are looking for, though, I can promise you will be introduced to things you never dreamed of, if you put yourself out there enough to let it happen.</p>

<p>I'll say this: I've been accepted into three universities in New Orleans, as well as one in Baton Rouge and one in Jackson, Mississippi. I've already crossed off the ones that aren't in New Orleans from my list because I have no desire to go to school anywhere else.</p>

<p>I'm a freshman and I absolutely love Tulane. </p>

<p>I love the fact that all my friends now come from so many different places. Everyone was so open to making friends and whatnot; obviously, I didn't get along with everyone I met, but making friends was almost too easy. People are so friendly. </p>

<p>I love the diversity of the individuals on Tulane's campus. We have a reputation of being nothing but rich, pretentious jewish kids from New England, but truly, there are so many different kinds of people to meet and talk with. It's awesome, really. Southern kids, west coast kids, east coast kids, mid-westerners... You name a state and I promise you there's kids from there at Tulane in your class. </p>

<p>I love the size of the campus, both population-wise and in regards to physical size. It's small enough to bump into the same people every day (and that can be a good or bad thing, lol) but it's definitely big enough to feel like an actual community. And there is definitely a community there--Tulane embraces New Orleans so much, and to me, that's its most defining characteristic. You go to Tulane to get an education, sure, but Tulane never lets you forget that you live in the most beautiful city in the entire world... </p>

<p>The night-life, of course, is phenomenal. The bar scene is ridiculous. If you can't balance partying and studying though, you'll end up failing--and I know a couple people who had to transfer, unfortunately, because they couldn't balance the classes with having fun. Even if you're not into partying, there are plenty of groups and activities to get involved with on campus. Whether you're into religious stuff, artsy stuff, whatever it is, you can find your own place to fit in. </p>

<p>As far as dislikes.... the classes are hard--some harder than others. My course-load was pretty stressful, for pretty much the whole semester. I never really had time to catch my breath; I was always studying for something. And our football team doesn't win a whole lot, I guess. Also, the business school is definitely the administration's favorite and I'm growing to internally despise any business major lol. </p>

<p>All in all, the only thing I can actually tell you for certain is that an experience like college, from what I've seen, will be whatever you make it, regardless of where you go. </p>

<p>And while I might sound like a romantic, Tulane is the kind of school you can really fall in love with. New Orleans is the kind of city you never want to leave. </p>

<p>Tulane University is a special place.</p>

<p>That was very helpful - thank you! Any specific highlights for the arts?</p>

<p>Theater? Music? Painting/Sculpture/whatever? Dance? All of the above?</p>

<p>All of the above, definitely.</p>

<p>My D has really picked up on the theater scene and says it is surprisingly strong. It isn't New York, of course, but it is very active. Music, well that goes without saying. Lots of different music all the time, everywhere. I am not as sure about the painting/sculpture type of arts as far as what is being created today, although Tulane itself it definitely involved in this and has shows at the on campus gallery all the time. The museums in town are good, with the main one being in City Park, not that far from campus but not walking distance. Easy to get to by bus though. There is a lot of artwork for sale in the French Quarter. Of course there are other interesting things to see like the WWII museum, and of course the architecture is always fascinating to look at. Hopefully others will fill in with what I have forgotten.</p>