Tulane and Beyond

<p>How difficult is it to graduate from Tulane and attend a graduate school such as: Berkeley, Stanford, or Colombia for business, engineering, or finance? Generally what kind graduate school would the "average" Tulane student find themselves attending? Also does anyone know what time of day Tulane updates the Gibson page with admission decisions?</p>

<p>I don’t know about the time of day for updates, or if it is continuous.</p>

<p>Tulane students have gotten into all the top grad and professional schools, and Tulane is actually a historic leader in many of the most prestigious post-graduate scholarships and fellowships, such as Fulbrights. This is one of the misconceptions coming out of high school (no offense intended, it is very common). It isn’t the nameplate on the school that determines where you get into grad/professional school, it is how you do when you are there. Kids from very obscure schools get into top med and law schools, and certainly graduate programs. The reason you see so many from Harvard, et. al. is that the students going into those schools are in the top tier academically to begin with. But many students rise to that level once they reach college. Sometimes it is just the freedom that ignites the spark, sometimes they just mature at the right time, sometimes they are inspired by a subject and/or professor and/or fellow students. Bottom line, if you do well at Tulane your chances of going to top schools are as good as anyone’s in the country. Moi is an example. I was accepted to a top 5 grad program in Chem after Tulane, and found myself extremely well prepared besides.</p>

<p>I agree with fallenchemist. Mostly. </p>

<p>I think it does, in part, have to do with the school. </p>

<p>For example, during high school I enrolled in my local (state) university. It wasn’t a bad school by any meanings, but (at least in English) the seniors were grossly unprepared. I enrolled in a 500 level seminar, wrote an essay for it, entered it in the university essay competition, and one first place. I have no doubt I write excellent essays, and always have, but this award gave me unnecessary arrogance freshman year at Tulane. I (probably) wasn’t a prodigy at writing critical essays. They just weren’t very good at it/hadn’t been prepared, and probably didn’t have a chance in the world of getting into the top master programs. What I’m trying to say: being “the best” at one school doesn’t mean you’re the best. </p>

<p>However, I knew many kids at my high school that were accepted into Tulane (and similar schools) but they decided to go to the (other) state school, because of scholarships, and because your undergraduate school doesn’t have much of an influence on PhD programs. If you are on your own with finances, and didn’t get a full ride at Tulane, this makes sense. </p>

<p>Tulane doesn’t have the problem my state school did. It is one of the top schools in the country. You are well prepared for graduate programs, and most students have enough interest in their major to go above and beyond the classroom. As an English/Creative Writing major, my duties don’t end in the classroom, and never have. I try to devote (at the minimum) ten hours a week to writing randomness, and read over 150 books on the “GRE Recommended Reading List.” (Which, sadly, has been removed offline.) This is what distinguishes students, I think. </p>

<p>School is what you make it. It helps to be “prepared” in things you can’t learn on your own, but it also depends on your own personal drive.</p>

<p>like fallenchemist and tulanechild said above, school is what you make of it, and you can get into a top grad program from about any obscure undergrad. i also think you are grossly underestimating tulane’s reputation. sure, it’s not an ivy league and is not known to be on par with stanford, duke, etc., but it’s no east bumble**** state community college. if it’s any help to you i will tell you i personally have one friend at cornell law and another at columbia grad school, both who i went to tulane undergrad with. oh, and i know another girl who transferred to dartmouth after finishing her first two years at tulane!</p>