Traditions


With time-honored traditions, and a few unique to Tulane, Green Wave athletic events feature a fan-friendly environment as well as a quality product on the field.

One of the most unique nicknames in college athletics came about almost by accident. Although Tulane began playing intercollegiate football in 1893, from that time to 1919, the school’s athletics teams were known as the Olive and Blue. In 1919, the Tulane Weekly, one of Tulane’s many student newspapers at the time, began calling the football team the “Greenbacks.”

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Tulane has one of the most geographically diverse student bodies in the entire nation. Seventy-five percent of our students travel from over 500 miles away to attend Tulane. With them they bring a unique mix of interests, backgrounds and cultures, and Tulane’s traditions play a defining role in uniting such a diverse group.

Traditional events begin as soon as students arrive on campus in the fall. One of the most anticipated freshmen orientation events is the Riverboat Cruise. As the majority of our new students do not come to Tulane with an entourage of friends, the Riverboat Cruise is a great way to meet other first year students.

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