Leila Labens, Brad Booke, Paul Burgess, Neill Aguiluz, Keith Stanford, and Owen Knight

Hi folks!


It is hard to believe that August is already here, and our application is live! This is always an exciting time in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, as we get our ducks in a row for our travel season and start thinking about recruiting our next class. It is also an exciting and nerve-wracking time for families, as the stress of applying to college starts to build. Something I have always loved about working here at Tulane is that we try to reduce this stress to the best of our abilities. I appreciate that we “peel back the curtain” and keep families and counselors abreast of our process. If you ever have a question, you can always ask your admission counselor for an honest answer.

One great way that we were able to communicate a lot of our philosophies, tips, and general advice was through Jeff Schiffman’s blog. As many of you know by now, Jeff no longer works here at Tulane. He took an incredible opportunity with the Greater New Orleans Foundation and we will miss him! While he is no longer working with us, the spirit of the blog will remain: we want to provide everyone with level-headed, transparent, and human advice as you navigate this whirlwind process.

With our new office structure, we have created an Admission Leadership Council. While I (Owen) will publish most posts, the entire leadership group will work as a team to curate this blog. Jeff was actually my admission counselor when I applied to Tulane, and I’m honored to keep up the tradition of serving families with honesty, empathy, and a sense of humor. Our leadership team carries a wide range of experience and different specializations that we will bring to the blog. We have visited thousands of high schools, read countless essays, served on scholarship committees, written Tulane emails, made TikToks, and everything in between. We will all contribute our knowledge to the Directors’ Blog to ensure that you, as readers, still get useful information as you navigate the college application process. We’re excited to keep in touch! Bookmark this page, and we’ll be seeing you soon!

Roll Wave!