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How to Respond to the 2023/2024 Tulane University Supplemental Essay Prompt

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Updated: October 10th, 2023
How to Respond to the 2023/2024 Tulane University Supplemental Essay Prompt

Tulane University is a private research university located in the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans, Louisiana. The overall acceptance rate is only 10%, so the optional Tulane supplemental essay is a vital part of the application process. Use this guide for tips and tricks for your Tulane supplemental essay!

Writing the Tulane supplemental essay is a sure way to  demonstrate your interest and desire to attend. Tulane is an institution that considers demonstrated interest in their admission review process, so it is in your best interest to answer the optional question. In fact, they state that “while submitting this prompt is optional, we recommend that all applicants do so.” Let’s start writing! 

The Tulane prompt 

Optional: Describe why you are interested in joining the Tulane community. Consider your experiences, talents, and values to illustrate what you would contribute to the Tulane community if admitted.” (250 words max)

While this prompt appears general in nature, this is your chance to get specific and tell a story that is genuine to you. Think about what makes you unique, and don’t be modest! This is the time to make the most of your talents and the set of beliefs that you value. For example, do you love animals and volunteer at a shelter? Maybe you would like to be part of organizing a “Puppy Comfort” day during exams. Were you raised in a particular faith and plan to continue on your spiritual journey while at Tulane? Share 

There are plenty of options available to you, especially since the prompt is so broad. However, don’t think that your essay has to exactly 250 words in order to be a success. Everyone’s story is different, so when you feel you’ve reached an appropriate conclusion, be confident and end it there. The application states that the statement should be “250 words at most; however, it is neither necessary nor expected that you reach this maximum length. We strongly encourage you to focus on content and efficiency rather than word count.” So, 

Questions to consider

  • What do I do in my spare time that brings out my best self?
  • How do I hope to contribute to the campus community by making use of my specific talents?
  • Are there any clubs or groups I plan to join?
  • How has my family and community positively shaped who I am?

Final thoughts for students

When you start your essay, keep an open mind about different ways of writing. The usual formal writing you might’ve used in high school essays shouldn’t be used to answer these prompts. Instead, take on a conversational tone or become the narrator to your own story. The possibilities are endless and luckily, the essay is about you (who knows you better than you?). 

See also: How to write an essay about yourself

Additional resources

After you’ve completed your Tulane supplemental essay, no doubt there are more steps in the college application process to complete. Luckily, Scholarships360 has the answers to your college questions. Remember, you don’t have to figure it all out by yourself! 

Wondering when you should take the SAT or ACT? Read our guide for tips and recommendations for choosing the best time for you. If you are trying to decide between the ACT or SAT, or whether or not to send your SAT/ACT scores to test optional schools, we have you covered. 

Tulane University accepts the Common Application as well as their own Tulane specific application. Remember to fill out the FAFSA, and if you need some help, our “How to Complete the FAFSA” guide is free!

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