I will be talking to Jeff Schiffman, the Director of Admissions at Tulane University about the many good things currently happening at the Tulane University and why it should make it into your college list. In this 30-minute discussion we cover some great topics any parent or prospective Tulane student will want to hear. We will also offer some great tips and resources you can use to prepare for your college search and application process.
About Tulane University
Tulane University is a private university founded in 1834, located just four miles from downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, on a 110 acre campus, that has over 8,000 undergraduate students, representing all fifty states, and 58 countries. Tulane offers 70 majors, and over 1,700 classes. With the nickname “Green Wave” the school also has an additional 5,000 graduate students attending their many professional schools such as law or medicine working to get their MBA’s. Many students participate in study abroad opportunities.
The famous quote says it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. But we have a saying that say’s it’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you.”
In This Episode You Will Learn
- why Jeff started his blog 10 years ago and why it’s so popular
- the human element of admissions as he recalls his own personal anxiety when he applied to college
- the things that Tulane is trying to accomplish right now
- new amenities such as the new business school building and the new football stadium on campus
- key tips to standing out as a high school student looking to get into Tulane
- popular, new, and dark horse majors
- way to find out different majors directly from students through their welcome to college portal (link below)
- being in New Orleans and how he describes it as being the closest thing to studying abroad, while still being in the United States
- the type of people who do well at Tulane
- the importance of the alumni network
Helpful Links And Resources Mentioned
Hired Graduate Podcast Transcript 1/5/17
Jason: Jason Hilliard
Jeff: Jeff Shiffman
Jason: Hi! Welcome to this episode of the Hired Graduate Podcast. I am your host Jason Hilliard, and today we will be interviewing the director of admissions at Tulane University, Jeff Shiffman. Now for those of you who don’t know, Tulane University is a private university founded in 1834, located just four miles from downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, on a 110 acre campus, that has over 8,000 undergraduate students, representing all fifty states, and 58 countries. Tulane offers 70 majors, and over 1,700 classes. With the nickname “Green Wave” the school also has an additional 5,000 graduate students attending their many professional schools such as law or medicine working to get their MBA’s. Many students participate in study abroad opportunities.
On the line we have Jeff Shiffman, Director of Admissions. Himself a former student at Tulane. Thank you Jeff for taking the time out of your busy schedule during your admissions period.
Jeff: Thanks for having me.
Jason: Sure. I see you’ve got a blog and you write about Tulane, uh, as well about living and learning in Tulane and New Orleans. So I think, I think, I found out about your school, well I’ve heard of Tulane, but I found out about more by visiting your site, great website, to find out about your school, but also that blog I think is a real great thing that you do as the Director of Admissions. So, speak a little bit about that blog and why you do it.
Jeff: Yeah, so, believe it or not I actually started that blog when I was a brand new admissions counselor at Tulane. This was about ten years ago, and it was right about the time that blogs were kind of just starting. I approached my director of admissions at the time, and I said, “I’d like to write down some of my thoughts about Tulane, and the application process.” And they were like sure! Try it! I didn’t even really know what a blog is, and now it’s grown into something that’s gotten nearly 90,000 views in one month. So, you know I’m proud of it, I wasn’t expecting it to take off as much as it did and, I guess for me the purpose of the blog is maybe threefold. First, A lot of its very general. A lot of it is all about the college application process. I’m a young admission director so I’m not as far removed from the whole process. I kind of like to pull back the curtain on a lot of the things so I talk about everything from what makes a great college visit, how you authentically demonstrate interest in a school, things that can apply to any student applying to any school in America. So I’m kind of able to cast a wide net, and fill students with a real honest and authentic information about the college application process. And then the second part of it is relatively specific. So we talk about the best outdoor spots in New Orleans, or the best Po’boys in the city, the best double majors you can pick at Tulane, so you can kind of cast a wide net but then hook them in, and all of a sudden they are reading about Po’boy fest here in New Orleans, or what it’s like to be in our school of architecture. And then the third part of it is, one of the things I’m big on as the director of admissions, a young director, is really being authentic, on being an actual human. When I was applying to college I would never even dream of emailing a college director, I didn’t even really know it was real humans, I assumed it was a board room full of very old white haired gentlemen making these decisions. I want that to be different, I want to be a real person. I’ve written about my anxiety when I applied to college. I’ve written about what I experience when I was differed from my dream college, and so I’ve tried to humanize this process as best as I possibly can.
Jason: Right, yeah and I was impressed. And I thought it was great. And you’re right, people come from all kinds of different places. Different States, different countries, and, um, when you’re trying to figure out, what is Tulane like? Why is that school good for me? That blog really is a dimension of that evaluation that I think is really helpful. It’s a great idea to have, and to know you’ve done it for ten years, and to know you have 90,000 monthly views coming in shows one, that you have interest, and people come back, and people want to know more, and that’s all very positive. So that’s great. How would folks find that blog?
Jeff: So the blog is all over our own website, admissions.tulane.edu, we link to it all over the place. So if you’re on a page that’s about signing up for a campus tour, all of a sudden the blog writes about the top 15 best restaurants in New Orleans, or how to spend your two days in town. If you’re on our main application page it will give you, 15 tips, with a link to my blog, the 15 tips for applying. But we also share it you know to our regular social media channels, I’ve even shared it to my personal facebook page when it’s something that I think my friends or alumni might be interested in. So have it kind of all over our places. And once and a while I’ll get picked up by various other sources, other websites and they share it as well.
Jeff: Just google Tulane blog and it’ll come up.
Jason: Yeah! Absolutely, Absolutely. Ok, well good thanks. How about, so, I know every college, every university has, their strategic objectives of the school, the things we’re trying to do over the next year. We might have a five year vision. What are some of those things at Tulane right now that you’re trying to accomplish?
Jeff: Mhm. The biggest thing for us, is we want our university to look the way the world looks. What I mean by that is we want it to be a place that is more diverse across the spectrum. So whether that be a bigger international population, whether that be more first generation college students, whether that be more students of color, we want the student to have an experience that will introduce them to what it’s like to be in the real world. The types of people you’re interacting with, the types of cultures you’re interacting with. And right now Tulane is getting there. And I think that we’re close, but we’re not quite there yet. So for us the biggest priority in the next five years is to bring a more diverse population into the institution. I think for years we kind of thought we were there, it’s taken some time for us to really look inwardly and realize that we’re not really where we need to be, and we’re not where we wanna be, and not where we should be. I think students learn best when they aren’t in a classroom full of people that aren’t the same as they are. So that’s one of our biggest goals, if not our biggest goal, is to really find different ways to diversify, in many different regards, the type of student that comes to Tulane. That’s goal number one. I think number two is just creating a student body that really continues to have a passion for giving back. Our motto hear at Tulane is *Latin Phrase* which means “Not for one’s self, but for one’s own.” So essentially doing good things for other people, and that motto really had a renewed sense after Katrina when we became one of the first schools, really in the world, to have public service as a part of graduation. So all of our students entered into a public service internship during their junior and senior year, so for us designing programs, and internships, and research opportunities for our students to become citizens of the city, and this country, and to teach them something about their field of study, but to do it in a way that truly gives back to the community around them. So those are the two things that we focus on as an institution.
Jason: Yeah, that’s great. How about the campus? Has there been any changes to any of the buildings, the amenities, anything that has happened or is scheduled to be happening? What kind of things happening there?
Jeff: Yeah, I can tell you the biggest thing that just happened, that is currently happening, and that is about to happen. As far as it just happened, I’m a huge football fan. I love the New Orleans Saints. I love being at football games. For almost four years Tulane played all of our football games at the Super Dome, where the New Orleans Saints play, and it was fun. We had shuttles that went downtown on game day, but even when you have 20,000 fans there, it’s only a fifth of the way full. This is the stadium that Beyonce performs at. So, it was a fun experience, but there was always something missing. So about two years ago we finally opened our beautiful, brand new, on campus football stadium. Which has just been a game changer for us. I mean we’ve got games on campus, the tailgate’s here on campus, you’re bringing in 25-30,000 fans, and it’s just been incredible. I mean we’ve finally got that football experience that students are looking for. That’s just been great.
Jeff: Um, they currently right now, our most popular major, probably goes back and forth with a couple other majors, but one of our most popular majors is business. And we finally got to the point where we were finally outgrowing the size of our Business school, which now become a new business school. So had a massive expansion of our business program, a beautiful new building going up in the center of campus right now so, awesome opportunity for our students interested in finance, and accounting, and marketing, and management, and entrepreneurship. And then the big thing, the big thing we’re about to break ground on is our Mussiver hall. Which is a really cool, basically centralized location for all things student advising. So they are going to academic advising in the same that they will have career advising, where you have a career coach, where you have a success coach, where you have basically people who are there to support you in your experience that you are doing in your life after college is all going to be in the same spot. So we are going to have everything from private space for interviews, when we have folks coming down to campus to interview students for Blumberg or whatever. It’ll have teaching facilities, but also all kinds of multipurpose space to really prepare you for life at Tulane, and life after college as well. We just broke ground on that. Pretty pumped to see that building go up.
Jason: Great! Yeah, that sounds fantastic. Great to hear, and I, in terms of kind of shifting gears to students who are looking, they’re high school students. Maybe they’re just getting started, they’re freshmen, they’re sophomores in high school. What sort of advice would you give them to get admissions into a school like Tulane? What pieces of information would you say are key and important for that?
Jeff: Mhm. First and foremost I mean every school will tell you that they do a holistic review, and we do, to some extent, but I want to make sure students know that first and foremost we believe your four year progress in high school is the best indicator of how you do when you get into college, and if your qualified to get in, we think that four years of progress, of course you’ve taken a balance. You’ve chosen between taking tough courses and doing well, but that’s the biggest thing we’re going to look at. We think all these other factors are important. But at the end of the day, admissions to schools like Tulane is going to be an academic competition first and foremost. That’s got to be, kind of at the forefront of student’s minds. SAT, ACT is important at Tulane, it’s not the make or break factor, but it’s certainly a very important part of this whole process. And then we do really look to see what sort of things they’re passionate about. One of the things that I always tell perspective students is that, my job as an admissions director is to not only admit just well-rounded students. My job is to build a well-rounded class of students. So what I think that means is my students think they have to do everything, they have to be on the football team, and be in chorus, and do service. But what I really want is, what are you passionate about? I want to build a class of people that has artists, and musicians, and athletes and people passionate about service. You don’t have to do all of them, you know I get frustrate when I get a resume from a student that’s six pages long. You know, just tell me the one or two or three things that you love to do when you get to our campus. So a lot of times students are feeling like they’ve got to do too much, and that’s not what I want at all. I want more depth to what they’re actually involved in.
Jeff: Those are the kind of main thing that we’re looking for.
Jason: Okay. Good, yeah. I think that’s good to hear. I think, um, depth is key and having a good plan in high school to get into some key activities that you can get involved with and get leadership with. Freshmen year you’re just involved in participating, and as you go through each year, you have an opportunity to become more involved, and even become a leader in those organizations. So I’m sure you look for those kinds of things as well.
Jason: Yeah, ok.
Jeff: And the leadership stuff is huge but again, I think the students think that they have to be the president or the captain, and you don’t. In some ways just find your voice. And one of the things that I like to plug is that we love, we love a job. You know I think, gone are the era when students had like a good old fashioned summer job. And some of the best applications that I read are kids that are Starbucks baristas, kids that work twelve hours a week at McDonald’s. I mean that’s character building, that shows responsibility, that shows time management, that shows interpersonal skills. We do get applicants at Tulane that have had the opportunity to do some amazing things with their summer. Whether that be a really cool service trip abroad, or You know, some really neat internship experiences. But some of the best ones are the honest to goodness humble summer jobs. So don’t sell those jobs short.
Jason: Sure. Yeah, that’s great. I think that’s good feedback for folks. I’m in Charlotte North Carolina, in the southeast. Tulane would just be a great college destination for kids in this area, and surrounding cities and states. What are some of the most popular features, or even features that maybe the average person might not know about Tulane?
Jeff: Yeah, yeah for sure. Well first I’ll give you some of our dark horse majors, some of our best majors that aren’t necessarily popular, but are some of our really neat ones. One, is we have an awesome program for Latin American studies. You know, one of the fastest growing regions of the world right now. Well before relations opened with Cuba, we had one of the strongest Cuban studies program institutes in America. Our students are going abroad to Cuba, and Ecuador, and Chile. Incredible relationships with the regions. So just a really really major, whether you’re interested in Latin American studies with business, whether you’re interested in anthropology and industry, it’s a really great major. Another one I’ll give you, we have a tremendously strong program in public health. I think public health is awesome, because essentially it’s the study of how disease will travel through a population of people, rather than how it travel through the human body. So our public health students are studying what do I do to keep the disease from spreading, rather than our premed student who say how do we treat the human body, now that it’s already been affected by the disease. I always tell first time students, that in many ways, public health saves more lives than medicine. It’s just not quite as well recognized. So, our students are doing incredible things with public health. Whether that be obesity in America, or gun control, or even things like Ebola virus, or HIV in Africa. Those are all public health issues. So, really really neat major.
Jason: Right. No, that was interesting. You’re on the front side of finding the root and the source and the preventative, versus the fixing.
Jeff: Exactly. That’s exactly right. Another great program that we have that I think is really interesting is called, SISE. SISE stands for Social innovation and social entrepreneurship. And that’s essentially how do we create businesses that have a philanthropic endeavor as part it. Or how do we look at the non-profit sphere. Or how do we do things in a way that is compassionate, but in some ways maybe it is a for profit business, but it also does so in a way that has a philanthropic arm to it. So, our SISE minor is becoming very popular for students interested in business, and philosophy, and entrepreneurship, and do so in a way that has a public service feel to it. I think that’s one of our strongest programs as well. We’ve also got a phenomenal program in international business. It’s called the Aldman Scholar’s program where you get a dual degree. And then lastly I’ll say, one plug I’ll give is a really really cool program in political economy. That’s kind of for students interested in political science mixed with science, mixed with math, mixed with business. Poli Econ is really cool. We’re one of the best programs in America, for poli econ, for our Murphy institute for political economy. So that’s some of our lesser known but super neat majors that I always encourage students to look into.
Jason: Yeah! Absolutely, and where do students who are interested in Tulane start to find out about these types of majors, is it through the website or through conversation that they might get at a college visit? What would be the best ways to kind of learn, what are some of the things, how would I know that poli econ would be one, something that I’m interested in, and two that they offer it, and I should really do this?
Jeff: Yeah for sure, well there’s a tremendous amount of information of our website of course. But I always think that some of our best resources are actual students. We’ve got this great website, part of the website at Tulane where it has about 160 of our tour guides. And you can go off to that site, it’s called welcome to college, and all you do is you just search for a major, or an extracurricular, or a home town, and all of a sudden you’re connected with five or six students from that program. That’s a really neat spot to do it, because you can actually plug into actual students going through the experience that you’re going to have two years from now. So that’s a great place to do that. To really get it straight from the source. And then our website is a wealth of information about all our different programs and majors. But I always say, go straight to the source. You know I, as admission director am going to tell you why every single program is good. I encourage you to talk to those students who are actually going through it first-hand.
Jason: Right, yeah, that’s great, I think that’s real good information for perspective students to look into so thank you for that. In terms of your, I think it was collegedata.com, it’s a research site, you can evaluate lots of different schools all over 2000, it might be 2500 colleges in America. But Tulane has got a lot of great rankings in that tool, and it does qualify an acceptance rate of about 36 percent? And i think you had about 26000 applications, so, what are some key entrance criteria, what are some advice you’d give to people that say oh boy 36 percent, my odds aren’t that great? You know, do I even make the effort You know? So what do you say to that?
Jeff: Yeah, You know, for better for worse, Tulane has become a popular school last decade or so. I’m never going to be the admissions director that’s proud of how few students get in. You’re never going to hear me celebrate that we only admitted 25 percent because I don’t want to celebrate the fact that 75 percent of kids aren’t getting in. But, we’ve, again for better for worse we’ve climbed up a number of spots in the US news, and world report rankings over the last two years, and that certainly increased our visibility. You know I said from the beginning I want this to be a human process. I’m a human being, I’m a real person as the director of Admissions. I really wear my emotions sometimes on my sleeve, particularly with the blog, so I want students to be humans in this process too. So what we do, we spend a lot of time looking at academics, scores, and grades. One cool thing we’ve partnered with is this really neat organization called ZEEMEE. And what that is, the students actually has the ability to submit a virtual resume, as a part of their common app. And ZEEMEE pages are awesome because I can read all about your spoken word poetry, I can read all about how you sing, or how you’re passionate about you know, you did a trip to Ecuador. Reading that on your resume is so different from when I can visually experience it. So a ZEEMEE page, you have videos you have photos, you have audio, you have all these ways to really share yours story with the admission committee. And when we read it we actually can see who you are aside from just those scores and those grades. And for me we loved the partnership with this organization. College admission starts to shift a little bit as you look at the generation past millennials, and how they communicate, and how they want to share their story. It’s much more than just a single page resume, or number on a test that you took on a Saturday morning. So, where really proud of that partnership. And while it’s not going to make or break your application, it does allow us to really show the human being behind the scores and the grades. So we really encourage students to share that story with us.
Jason: Yeah, that’s great. I think it’s, to answer that, on both sides of the equation, the admissions office is meant to admit students, and are all people just like the students, and you want to know more about the people side of the students. You know you look at a file, and the file says I have a grade point average of this, and I’ve done these activities, and my rigor of classes, and um, these are the activities. But until you see something a little more personal, that’s about as good, without a formal interview, where you’re actually able to sit and meet with these students who apply, that sounds like a great opportunity.
Jason: Okay, good deal.
Jeff: Yeah, and knowing we are real people who read these applications, and when there’s a real cool story, you get to see that story come to life in individual ways is important to us. I had a student, he was a cancer survivor. He applied to Tulane this year, and through his cancer survival story, he actually on the flipside, when he was a cancer patient, granted a wish with the grant a wish foundation. And when he was finally better he turned that around and became one of the biggest drivers for his own make a wish foundation that he had at his high school, bringing that back to other students who were on the opposite side of it. He was able to visually show this whole story for us, and quite frankly played to my emotions a little bit, but it worked. What a cool way to kind of share your story. So I really encourage perspective students to find a way to organically and authentically share their story. Whether that be visually, or additional essays. Whether that be through communication with admission officers. That’s one last thing I wanted to add that you grow up around this big buzz word, demonstrate your interest, you’ve got to demonstrate your interest. We don’t call it demonstrate your interest, we call it engagement. How have you engaged with the admissions office? Have you taken the time to see us when we come to your high school? Have you taken the time to fill in the optional statement that says why are you applying to Tulane? Have you come down to visit? Have you applied early? You know those are the types of things that say, I’m engaged with this institution. It’s hopefully authentic, and those are the types of things that send us the signal, if we admit you you’re probably going to come. So just engage with the schools that students might be interested in. It goes a long way.
Jason: Sure. And when I think about engaged, and how do I get depth in something I think it kind of comes to the wheelhouse of passion. Because we’re all wired differently. We all have different interests and strengths, and we start to figure those out, even as early as high school we’re starting to figure those out. And so I’m sure you like to read about, you can tell when someone’s in their passion wheelhouse when they’re being authentic. Because you can get, when you’re passionate about something that kind of comes out as an original or authentic piece. You’re not making something up, you aren’t trying to be something you aren’t. You’re truly real, and it’s easy to be real when you’re passionate about those things. So you probably want to hear about these things through these applications.
Jeff: Exactly, yeah. And there’s a lot of different ways to do it. We love hearing about that stuff. And I think passion becomes a buzz word, but in some way just share what you’re all about. Like I said you don’t have to necessarily be the president, you don’t have to be the captain of everything, just share your story.
Jason: Sure. Okay. What would you say, what types of students do best at your school.
Jeff: Yeah. Great question. Tulane is the type of place where you’re going to work hard. I mean it’s a major top 50 research one intensive university. You’ve got to first and foremost focus on your academics. I think the students that are able to succeed well here are able to find that balance. I think there’s no doubt we are in New Orleans. New Orleans is an incredible city. It’s one of the oldest cities in America, it’s the birthplace of jazz music. Everything you want is here in terms of food, and music, and culture, just everything. I sometimes tell my perspective students, it’s the closest thing you’ll get to studying abroad, while staying in the United States. The students who succeed to balance time, really find that balance. We expect you to study. We expect you to make that your top priority at all times. But at the same time we want you to be able to experience the culture, the flavor, the things that make New Orleans unique. But you got to do it in a balanced way, so I think the students that are going to be successful here have got to be very balanced. I mean I think any school can say that, but I think more so in New Orleans anywhere else, that’s really paramount for us. And then the ones also who succeed, as I mentioned earlier, are the civic minded ones. There’s just a tremendous amount of opportunity here in New Orleans to give back to the community. And we find our students who are the most successful are the ones that are really plugging themselves into the city. Whether that be through education, or engineering, or biology, environmental studies. I mean those really connect their academic experiences with those outside the classroom whether it be in a philanthropic way or otherwise. Those are the ones that the most successful. I will say, Tulane is not a shy place. You’re not going to meet too many shy people here. It is a very active place. I mean, clubs, organizations and it’s just a mile a minute. You know, we’re looking for students that can keep up with all that.
Jason: Sure Sure. Okay well good. I think that’s great input. And as I’m kind of looking at the time, and I know I made a commitment to you. I’m looking at what’s next, I’m a student, I’m at Tulane, I’m maybe at my Junior year, I’m in my major, I’m making my way to my senior year. What kind of things is Tulane doing to help me in what’s next and prepare. It might be a job. It might be the next level of graduate school. I might be I want to be in medical school. So where is Tulane in that process? You mentioned some new facilities that’s going to help support that. And how you’re aligning your new career services area. Let me hear more about that.
Jeff: Sure, and I’ll give you a two part answer to that. The first is I have a colleague here in our career services center, her name is Shanese. You know she always says that, the famous quote is, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. But we have a saying that say’s it’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you. And she always says, you might know who Beyonce is, but she doesn’t know who you are. Not unless you’re a backup dancer or anything like that. So we take that mentality very seriously. It is our job to make sure that you are known, it is our job to make sure that you are plugged in. That your experiences and your opportunities are known around this community and the outside world. And we do this through a number of awesome outside resources. I think we are light years ahead of some of our peer institutions in terms of what we do to prepare our students for life after college. A simple google search, I would encourage anyone to google career wave Tulane. Career wave is this incredible, it’s essentially a program that happens on campus, but it happens year round experience where we have all kinds of great opportunities to network, to sit in on student panels. We’ve got a panel coming up called Tulane to Hollywood, where we bring huge execs from Hollywood. People that are in the film industry, people that are in the talent industry, and just bounce questions off of them. Give a copy of your resume to them. Just get yourself known. And so career wave, I have a colleague, and I’ll give him a shout out, his name is Byron, and he works in our New York offices. And he plans these incredible opportunities just for our students to meet people, and engage and network. It starts as soon as you arrive here at Tulane. Every single one of our students has the option to take CD course, which is an actual for credit course which stands for career development. So as soon as you get here you’re already meeting with the career counselor in a class working on your resume. We do mock interviews. I get to participate. My favorite thing to do is to interview all these freshmen, and pretend that it’s a real job interview and really grill them about their resume, or experiences, and really put them on the spot. So for us career path is 365 days a year and it starts as soon as you get here. It’s everything from classes, career wave, making your brand known, building your personal brand. Making sure people know who you are. And that’s kind of the mantra we have at Tulane. And the second part of that is that I think we have the benefit of having a very broad alumni network. One of the cool things about Tulane, is that students travel further to get into Tulane than almost any school in America. Our average freshman is actually almost 980 miles away from their hometown. Which means our students are going almost everywhere when they graduate. Whether that be New York, or Boston, or Chicago. I mean the alumni network that we have is everywhere, and that’s because we come from so far away. So the brand reputation, the recognition that our institution has is a really strong one so couple out with all the opportunities that we provide for our students. I think Tulane students are well positioned, better than almost any school in America, to really get their foot in the door, and prepare themselves for a very fulfilled life after college.
Jason: Yeah, absolutely. And that’s interesting that 980 miles average distance traveled for students. So people are one, not afraid to leave home. And that says something about a student right out of the gate because you know, I had the decision to go to Boston College, or Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. I’m from small town Nebraska. Boston College to me? I wasn’t ready for that yet. It’s a world away. But I made it work. I went to college and I kind of came out of my shell with my approach. But it sounds like students coming into Tulane one, it’s a very welcoming environment, there’s a lot of awesome things to do, a lot of different ways to go academically, and activity wise, and I think that you know like you said, there’s a lot of great experience to be had for students coming into Tulane, and going through that.
Jeff: I totally agree. You know one of the funny things is the top four of the represented states in the freshmen class are New York, Louisiana, California, and Illinois. Literally like the four corners of America are where people come from. And that’s what I was talking about earlier with diverse populations of students. But also just coming from all over the place, and taking that adventure. And that kind of goes back to what I said earlier about students, you know, getting involved and finding that balance. I think Tulane kids are pretty adventurous. You got to be to come to school in New Orleans.
Jason: Yeah. Oh I agree. And it sounds like a great time just overall. And it sounds like academics obviously leads the way, but you get students who recognize balance, so they’re getting involved. It sounds like just from your site the service hours are amazing. That students are logging, a lot of civic service hours in New Orleans, and just taking full advantage of all the opportunities available. So that’s just great. I know from my personal experience I went to school with a lot of students from a lot of major cities and having that diversity of all the students from all the different major cities, and different states, it was very cool. A very cool, a very neat dynamic that it creates in your classroom, in your activities, in the things you do, and the friends you have, and your social fraternity, in your business fraternity, in the different ways that you get involved. And yeah I think that really adds a lot. In this global economy as you graduate from college having that opportunity to be a part of environment will only be beneficial in corporate America. It’s a global economy at this point.
Jeff: I totally agree
Jason: Well good, well Jeff this has been great spending some time with you today, and talking about Tulane, and getting some tips and insights about college. So I’m sure our listeners are going to be very thankful for all of the information you provided. So thank you very much for taking the time.
Jeff: Thank you so much I was so glad to be here. And if you guys ever have any questions about Tulane, just give us a holler and let us know.
Jason: Absolutely, again for those, Tulane.edu is where you can find the information about the school, request information, schedule visits, apply, and also access the blog and some of the other very cool information available about Tulane. Yeah, thanks Jeff! Appreciate it have a great rest of the day.