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What is the Newcomb-Tulane College Summer Experience (NTCSE)?

The NTCSE bridge program provides students with early access to college life and intellectual engagement during the summer before they begin their journey as Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduates during the fall semester. Up to 15 students participate in the program each summer. Participants take introductory college courses for credit, attend weekly workshop series, and engage with the history and culture of New Orleans area in an immersive academic experience. The Center for Academic Equity offers then Newcomb-Tulane College Summer Experience at no cost to participating students.


How will the NTCSE be different during the COVID-19 pandemic?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTCSE will continue to provide students with the support needed to have a successful transition to college life. This assistance includes taking courses for credit, access to Tulane's academic advising center, an extended orientation to college life, and skills building need it to foster academic success. In response to this crisis, some program elements will move online, and others will occur in a new time frame. The 2020 program will have three components.

  • Academic coursework will take place online during Tulane's Late Summer Session June 29-July 31, 2020.
  • A pre-orientation program will take place four days before the start of New Student Orientation. Students will arrive on campus before 4 PM on August 16th, 2020.  
  • During the fall semester, NTCSE students will continue to meet during week 4, week 8, and at the end of the semester.

Tulane University is committed to student safety, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTCSE will follow University guidelines in response to this evolving public health crisis. You can find more information on Tulane's COVID-19 response here.  


I'm not sure I have all the tools to succeed in online courses, can I still participate?

Yes. The NTCSE will provide students with all the tools needed to succeed in online academic coursework over the summer. Textbooks and other required tools to succeed will be mailed to your home. The Center for Academic Equity can also assist students with connectivity issues and a laptop if needed to ensure that they can access their online courses.


What classes will I take in the NTCSE?

In summer 2020 students will take the following classes


  • Courage and the Life Examined (ENGL 1010), 4 credits, Writing Tier-1 core requirement
  • New Orleans Race, Culture, and Power (HISU 2915), 3 credits, Race and Inclusion core requirement
  • College Math Preparation (MATH 1001), 1 credit

These intensive courses help students prepare for success in their undergraduate careers by developing critical thinking skills and engaging materials they will encounter throughout their time at Tulane.


With whom will I take classes, and how big will my NTCSE classes be?

Students in the Summer Experience take classes together and will enjoy small class sizes with significant faculty-student interaction.


How many students will The Center for Academic Equity admit to NTCSE?

We accept up to approximately 15 students each summer into the program.


When and what time are the courses offered?

In the 2020 program includes remote learning courses. Students will commit to about 6-7 hours of synchronous learning each week, and about 33-34 hours to coursework done asynchronously. Specific hours for synchronous learning will be made available to enroll students in June 2020. Participants will attend the second session of Newcomb-Tulane College Summer School.

Academic Coursework dates: June 29th – July 31st, 2020


How much will it cost for me to attend the Summer Experience, and what is included in the program?

Students are responsible for costs related to travel from home to Tulane for the pre-orientation component of the course. Students in the NTCSE incur no charges related to the program, such as tuition, books, and supplies. The Center for Academic Equity provides a scholarship valued more than $10,000 per student.


Can I work during Summer Experience?

Yes. During the 2020 program, students can work while attending courses. However, working during the summer is not recommended. Between June 29th and July 31st,students must commit about 40 hours per week to completing their coursework. The program includes mandatory synchronous learning sessions. In addition to the synchronous portions of the program, students are responsible for work that completed asynchronously.


What are the benefits of participating in that NTCSE?

Newcomb-Tulane Summer Experience scholars earn eight credits, complete two core requirements, and build lasting friendships that propel them throughout their college career. They learn more about their campus and become experts on navigating Tulane before their first day of fall coursework. Students also get a profound sense of confidence from having mastered many of the skills central to academic success for first-year students by taking introductory courses in an engaging small class environment.


How do I know if the NTCSE is right for me?

  • Can you commit 40 hours per week to academic coursework between June 29th and July 31st, arrive early for a pre-orientation program, and commit to engaging with the Center for Academic Equity during the fall semester?
  • Are you interested in earning eight credits and completing two core requirements before the start of your fall semester?
  • Would you like to connect with students, faculty, and staff who will be core to your college success?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then your Tulane adventure should begin with the NTCSE



How do I apply to the NTCSE?

Incoming first-year students in the Center for Academic Equity's cohort are invited to apply to the Newcomb-Tulane College Summer Experience. College Track Tulane Partnership Scholars are required to participate in this summer program. Invited students can access their applications through the GreenWave portal. If you are having trouble accessing this application, please reach out to your admissions counselor or email Dr. Booke for more information at   



Please contact Dr. Paula Booke via email at  with any questions or concerns.