The Ivy Coach Daily

June 29, 2022

The Early Advantage at Tulane University

Tulane admitted a mere 106 Regular Decision applicants to its Class of 2026 (photo credit: EEJCC).

Thinking about applying to Tulane University this year? If so, you might strongly consider applying during the Early round of admissions. After all, Tulane, which has in recent years seen its overall admission rate plummet to below 10%, doesn’t admit many students in the Regular Decision round. Case in point? For the Class of 2026, this past year’s applicants, only 106 students earned admission in the Regular Decision round. That’s right. Only 106 students! And not all of those 106 students, of course, chose to enroll. So of the freshman class that will consist of about 1,800 students, if history is any guide, likely only about 50 earned admission in RD. Talk about an Early advantage at Tulane!

As Scott Jaschik reports for Inside Higher Ed in a piece entitled “Tulane Admitted Two-Thirds of Students Through Early Decision,” “Tulane University has become more and more popular with applicants in recent years. Last year, Tulane received more than 45,000 applications, a record, which was 55 percent more than the university received five years earlier. Last year, the university announced that half of the students who enrolled applied early…This year, the numbers of applicants and early applicants (Tulane has two early-decision programs) were even better than last year. The university received nearly 46,000 applicants and admitted only 9.8 percent of them. Michael Strecker, assistant vice president for communications, said the class was ’our most selective, diverse, largest and most academically qualified class ever.’ Two-thirds of applicants who will make up the freshman class applied in one of two rounds of early decision (with most of those admitted in the first round of early decision)…Tulane admitted 2,249 students via an early-action program, Strecker said…For regular decision, Tulane admitted only 106 applicants. The regular-decision numbers were so low that some college counselors heard a rumor that Tulane didn’t admit anyone that way.”

That’s right. A rumor spread among college counselors that Tulane didn’t admit anyone in the Regular Decision round. And while that rumor proved to be untrue, when only 106 students earn Regular Decision admission, it’s no surprise to us why such a rumor would surface. Congratulations to Tulane on such an extraordinary year in admissions for the Class of 2026 as the school continues its rise among the most selective universities in the land. And congratulations to all of Ivy Coach’s students who applied to Tulane’s Class of 2026 — you all got in and you all, of course, applied Early.

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