See what students say:

Academics

Nobody comes to Tulane and dislikes it, argues one of its undergraduates. "The city of New Orleans, and Tulane, have a way of grabbing you and never letting you go." Tulane's home city looms large in its students' reason for choosing it, as do its competitive "scholarship packages," distinct among schools of Tulane's reputation. Moreover, "Tulane encourages students not only to learn in the classroom but also through involvement in the New Orleans community," especially through its "unique public service requirement" for undergraduates to give back to the city. Indeed, it's "the only university to require public service for graduation," and students value that its location "in New Orleans gives so many opportunities for internships outside the classroom as well as a whole lot of fun." Students are both serious about their academics and committed to enjoying their education: "Tulane is about learning to apply the skills you were born with and having fun while doing it." Well-rounded students find that balance is key and that "I feel challenged in most of my courses, but I rarely feel overwhelmed by the work." In accordance with these values, the "professors care about and enjoy what they do. The majority of my classes are engaging regardless of if I'm personally interested in the subject." "Tulane's professors encourage you to think outside the box. They want you to succeed, and will make you fall in love with course/materials that you never thought you could love." Upperclassmen appreciate the way that "classes get better and better as you move from [core courses] into to major-related courses, and that "more classes are discussion-based and have twenty or fewer students as you get older." This commitment extends beyond traditional coursework: "the professors are all willing to help and meet outside of the classroom," and "bring real life experiences into the classroom." The rigor of Tulane's course requirements might leave some students "surprised by how many classes you still have to take come senior year," but that said, "Tulane offers a wide variety of academic courses so I have been able to explore my interests."

Student Body

Overall, a Tulane student is very well rounded. They're "liberal, open minded, and opinionated," often "from the Northeast," and typically "overly involved on campus and ready to gush about New Orleans to whoever is willing to listen." "Having students from all fifty states and over sixty nations allows the student body to be diverse, and exciting," and Tulane is "the perfect size where you always see someone you know walking to class and at the same time see a bunch of unrecognizable faces." As previously mentioned, Tulane students highly value balance: "The students here are driven and ambitious, but balance the social and academic worlds flawlessly." And most of all, they're happy with their choice: "I have met amazing people here at Tulane and absolutely love this school."

Campus Life

A vast majority of Tulane students report that "work hard, play hard" is the school's "unofficial motto and it couldn't be more accurate!" They adore New Orleans, saying "it's impossible not to fall in love with the place," and "it has the best of everything—academics, social life, culture, beautiful weather. Tulane truly has it all." "I visit a lot of the festivals and everyone obviously loves Mardi Gras. There is a ton of great food and it's always warm enough to have a beer on the porch." Without a doubt, "every day at Tulane is a new experience," and "there is always something for Tulane students to do on and off campus." For those interested, "Greek life is popular as well, with roughly 45 percent of the student population participating in it." "People are definitely partiers. If you're not going out at least twice a week you're in the minority." But don't mistake a love for fun for lack of seriousness: "Intelligence is respected. What do we do for fun? We party. But we don't just get drunk. We party with a purpose." On the whole, Tulane undergrads seek a "balance of school and social" and find it in "a beautiful place filled with driven and fun students."

Overview

Applicants
32,006
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 720

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,176
with Terminal Degree
909

697
Men
479
Women
213
Minority
59
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture and Related Services, Other

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
  • Parasitology
  • Plant Genetics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Banking and Financial Support Services
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Environmental Health
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • International Law and Legal Studies (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Neuroscience

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC
  • Army JROTC/ROTC
  • Navy/Marine Corps JROTC/ROTC

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ballet
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Ambassador Lindy Boggs
Former Ambassador, Congress

David Filo
Founder of Yahoo

Shirley Ann Grau
Pulitzer Prize-winning auth

Robert Livingston
U.S. Congress

Newt Gingrich
U.S. Congress

Judge John Minor Wisdom
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$44,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$80,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$47,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$84,000

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
11%


Students Say

One of the biggest benefits of Tulane is the dedicated professors, many of whom make the extra effort to help students on their career paths. "I've had professors email me links to internships," one student reports. Another tells us, "My neuroscience advisor, Dr. Wee, is always working to network us with professionals so we can have a leg up after we graduate." As a core requirement of the undergrad curriculum, public service allows students to apply knowledge and skills from classroom study to real-world projects. Students also have good things to say about the jobs and opportunities that Tulane's Career Center provides. The Hire Tulane Grads website makes it easy for employers to post jobs and find qualified students, and Career Wave, an all day event, brings speakers from companies like Saks, Gil Group, and the NBA to campus. Payscale reports an average starting salary of $45,100.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,702

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,003

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,753

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,642

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,702

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,920
Required Fees
$4,040
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,392
Transportation for Commuters
$828

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,170
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,377
Foreign Countries Represented
48

Demographics

4.48%
Asian
4.08%
African-American
5.77%
Hispanic
76.40%
Caucasian
1.88%
Unknown
3.48%
International

58% female
42% male
76% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Goldman Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Patrick Randolph

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Although formal documentation is required for consideration of accommodations at Tulane University, the staff of the Goldman Office of Disability Services recognize that each individual experiences barriers to access differently. Therefore, we encourage students requesting accommodations to meet with ODS staff to discuss their unique situation. In addition to the first-person narrative, the Goldman Office recommends providing documentation meeting the following criteria: 1. Qualified Evaluator. Professionals conducting assessments and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so (e.g., physician, psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or neuropsychologist). The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including license or certification number, should be clearly stated on the documentation. All documentation must be presented on the evaluator’s letterhead, typed, dated, signed, and legible. The evaluator may not be a member of the student’sfamily. 2. Current Documentation. Documentation should be current related to the individual’s disability. The following guidelines are in place; however, outdated documentation will be considered. a. Physical/Medical disabilities – within the past 12months. b. Psychiatric disabilities– within the past 12 months. c. Learning Disabilities– within the past 3-4 years. d. AD/HD – within the past 3-4 years. 3. Comprehensive Documentation. Documentation should be thorough, giving a full picture of the individual, not simply a diagnosis. It might include: a. A diagnostic interview including, i. Historical information detailing the evolution of the disorder/disability. ii. Relevant psychosocial, medical, and medication history iii. Academic history iv. History of accommodation v. Evidence of current impairment b. Diagnostic instruments appropriate to the diagnosis are recommended. For learning disabilities and AD/HD, these could include measures of aptitude, achievement, memory, processing speed, continuous performance, and attention or tracking tests. c. A clear diagnosis must be rendered. Diagnostic codes from the DSM 5 or the ICD-10 should be utilized. d. Describe current treatments, therapeutic techniques, assistive devices, medications, etc. e. Address the current functional limitations of the individual in an academic environment. f. The evaluator should make specific recommendations for accommodations in an academic environment. 4. Supporting Documentation. Other documents which contribute to consideration are high school 504 plans or IEPs, records of accommodation on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, previous psycho-educational evaluations, transcripts, and teacher, tutor or employer reports.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Although formal documentation is required for consideration of accommodations at Tulane University, the staff of the Goldman Office of Disability Services recognize that each individual experiences barriers to access differently. Therefore, we encourage students requesting accommodations to meet with ODS staff to discuss their unique situation. In addition to the first-person narrative, the Goldman Office recommends providing documentation meeting the following criteria: 1. Qualified Evaluator. Professionals conducting assessments and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so (e.g., physician, psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or neuropsychologist). The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator, including license or certification number, should be clearly stated on the documentation. All documentation must be presented on the evaluator’s letterhead, typed, dated, signed, and legible. The evaluator may not be a member of the student’sfamily. 2. Current Documentation. Documentation should be current related to the individual’s disability. The following guidelines are in place; however, outdated documentation will be considered. a. Physical/Medical disabilities – within the past 12months. b. Psychiatric disabilities– within the past 12 months. c. Learning Disabilities– within the past 3-4 years. d. AD/HD – within the past 3-4 years. 3. Comprehensive Documentation. Documentation should be thorough, giving a full picture of the individual, not simply a diagnosis. It might include: a. A diagnostic interview including, i. Historical information detailing the evolution of the disorder/disability. ii. Relevant psychosocial, medical, and medication history iii. Academic history iv. History of accommodation v. Evidence of current impairment b. Diagnostic instruments appropriate to the diagnosis are recommended. For learning disabilities and AD/HD, these could include measures of aptitude, achievement, memory, processing speed, continuous performance, and attention or tracking tests. c. A clear diagnosis must be rendered. Diagnostic codes from the DSM 5 or the ICD-10 should be utilized. d. Describe current treatments, therapeutic techniques, assistive devices, medications, etc. e. Address the current functional limitations of the individual in an academic environment. f. The evaluator should make specific recommendations for accommodations in an academic environment. 4. Supporting Documentation. Other documents which contribute to consideration are high school 504 plans or IEPs, records of accommodation on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, previous psycho-educational evaluations, transcripts, and teacher, tutor or employer reports.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
43

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
11

30% join a fraternity
50% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Green Wave)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Green Wave)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/intercultural/lgbtq/

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Council, and various ethnic student groups

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Tulane University is committed to working towards climate neutrality. Since the 1990s, Tulane University has had a strong recycling program, and a full-time sustainability coordinator is focusing efforts on green building projects. In Fall 2012, both Weatherhead Hall, a residence hall, and the Hertz Center, an athletics practice facility, received LEED certification at the Gold level. Three other new construction and major renovation projects are registered with LEED, pursuing certification. In 2013, Flower Hall, a new chemical engineering building, and a major laboratory renovation in the J. Bennett Johnston building also received LEED certification. Off-campus, projects such the green, affordable homes designed and constructed by Tulane architecture students have advanced sustainable rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Now in schematic design, the renovation of Richardson Memorial Hall, home of the Tulane School of Architecture, aims to preserve the historic integrity of the 1908 building. Architecture students will be involved throughout the design and construction process. Almost every school within the university offers an environmental major or focus. These include an environmental health sciences degree, an environmental science degree, an interdisciplinary environmental studies degree, and studios that focus on sustainable design in the School of Architecture. Required service-based courses (Tulane has a public service requirement for all students), internships, and independent studies provide students with opportunities for sustainability research. The university supports many transportation choices, providing a comprehensive shuttle service and 2,600 bicycle parking spaces on the Uptown campus. Student employees research and implement campus improvements to improve sustainability through the Office of Sustainability.

89/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
14%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
46

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, others

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
210 Gibson Hall
New Orleans, LA 701185680

Phone
504-865-5731

Email
undergrad.admission@tulane.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Amistad Research Center
Newcomb Art Gallery
Reily Recreation Center
Howard Tilton Memorial Library
Yulman Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Audubon Zoo
City Park and The New Orleans Museum of Art
St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street Cars
Aquarium of Americas
National WWII Museum
French Quarter Mississippi River

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5:00pm
504-865-5731

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 2 tours daily; Sat 1 tour (Fall only)
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
variable; contact Admission Office

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://tulanegreenwave.collegesports.com/genrel/prospective-contact.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
New Orleans International Airport is 15 miles from campus. Airport Shuttle Service, taxis, and rental cars are available for the trip from airport to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve New Orleans. Taxis are available for the ride from the terminal to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Heading east on I-10, follow signs to the Central Business District as you approach downtown New Orleans. Take the Carrollton Ave. exit. Turn left at St. Charles Avenue. The university is located across the street from Audubon Park. The admissions office is located in Gibson Hall, the administration building. If you are heading west on I-10, follow the signs to Hwy. 90 Business. Exit at St. Charles Ave./Carondelet St. (do not cross the bridge). At the second traffic light, make a right onto St. Charles Ave. Follow St. Charles for 4 miles; Tulane and Gibson Hall will be on your right

Local Accommodations
A number of hotels and motels are located on the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line that leads directly to the university. Prytania Park (1525 Prytania St.; 504-524-0427 or 800-862-1984), which is in the Garden District About 2 miles away in the Garden District is the Ramada Hotel (2203 St. Charles Ave.; 504-566-1200). The 1927 Pontchartrain (2031 St. Charles Ave.; 504-524-0581), with a rooftop pool, is your choice for elegance and character. Hampton Inn Garden District, St. Charles Avenue


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