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Tulane University founded the Deep South's first schools of medicine (1834), architecture (1907), and social work (1927). Newcomb College, founded in 1886, was the first degree-granting women's college to be associated with an American university. Tulane's Middle American Research Institute, established in 1924, has been a pioneer in Central American archaeology and anthropology, excavating and restoring Dzibilchaltun in the Yucutan.
Today, more than 9,000 students enroll in Tulane's 10 academic divisions. Newcomb-Tulane College is the undergraduate college, and students may pursue coursework at the School of Liberal Arts or the School of Science and Engineering, both of which also offer graduate degrees. The School of Architecture, the Freeman School of Business, and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine offer both undergraduate and graduate programs. The other academic divisions are the School of Continuing Studies, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, and the Law School. All divisions except the medical and public health complex, are located on Tulane's 110-acre campus in uptown New Orleans.
Research facilities associated with the University include the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana, the Riverside Research Laboratories at the Hebert Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and the International Collaboration in Infectious Diseases Research (ICIDR) Program in Cali, Colombia, among many others.
Tulane's various speaker programs, film series, stage productions, art shows, and music programs make the University a major cultural center. At the same time, the relatively small size of the individual colleges preserves an identity and intimacy for their students that is more typical of a liveral arts college than of a large university.
The Tulane University web site contains comprehensive information about the University and its divisions.