Real Results. In the past year, applications grew 23 percent. The academic quality of applicants continued to rise for the third year in a row, with almost 60 percent of the admitted class on track to graduate in the top 10 percent of their high schools. Tulane also retained its title as the country’s “most national” university, with the average distance from students’ hometowns being 917 miles. (For the second year in a row, more Tulane applicants came from California than any other state.) And Tulane’s racial and ethnic diversity also grew with nearly 24 percent of all admits being students of color and/or international students.