Pre-College Admissions

As high schoolers consider careers, they may not yet have been exposed to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education. Students can participate in one or both sessions exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture with Tulane professors and local practicing architects. Lectures, studio time, digital workshops, field trips, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented by regular design exercises to be completed outside class time.

Career Explorations offers students a short, intensive and engaging introduction to architecture in two two-week sessions.

Intended for High School Students

The program is intended for high school students who have completed at least their sophomore year. Younger students who demonstrate maturity in their attitudes and schoolwork may also apply. High school graduates may apply as well, and presently enrolled Tulane and Newcomb students may take the course for college credit.

Summer Programs

The first session “Architecture: Tactile Design” will run from July 8 to July 19. The second session “Architecture: Digital Design” will run from July 22 to Aug 2. Students can choose to participate in one or both sessions. Participation in the full four weeks will give students a great introduction to the full spectrum of design and making. For more information about individual sessions and to read a course description please visit the Tulane Summer Programs course page here. Class meets in the mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for a lecture, film screening or a skill building demonstration. In the afternoon, studio meets from 1-3:30 p.m. Field trips are scheduled for Saturdays and some evenings.

Credit Hours

At the completion of the course, high school students who pursue a degree at Tulane University will receive 3 credit hours per session (6 total). Students who pursue a degree in Architecture at Tulane may use up to 3 credit hours toward major requirements in the Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.


Tuition is $3,495 per session and covers the full cost of instruction, activities, field trips, food, lodging and shuttle service to and from the airport. Students who choose to enroll in both sessions will receive a 10% discount.


All required materials for the course will be supplied by the program.


Students have the opportunity to live on campus in one of Tulane’s residence halls – equipped with lounges, kitchenettes and laundry facilities. While living on campus, students will also have access to the Reily Student Recreation Center. Students enjoy the dining on campus options provided by our meal plan.


Learning and leisure activities extend beyond the classroom and campus. New Orleans offers a vibrant array of cultural and historical sites and many recreational attractions. Group outings and activities may include baseball games, movie nights, outdoor adventures, the zoo and aquarium, bowling, swimming and more.


Admission is rolling. Students are encouraged to apply early to guarantee a space.

More Info

Further information on Career Explorations in Architecture may be obtained by contacting. Emily Parsons Assistant Dean of Academics and Advising. And by checking out the program on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Emily Parsons, Assistant Dean for Academics and Advising, for more information.