Location: Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
Percent Women: 51%
Tuition (one year): $61,000
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Engineering, Visual and Performing Arts, Foreign Languages and Literature, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 19%For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Tufts University’s website at admissions.tufts.edu.
Why Choose Tufts?
"I love the small size of the student body. It's very easy to get to know everyone."
"There are all different kinds of students on campus and there is something for everyone to participate in."
"I like the size and location Tufts. It's in the suburbs, I can into Boston easily whenever the city girl in me needs to get off of campus."
"Tufts gave me the best financial aid package, so that definitely affected my decision."
"People are not judged for what they like or are interested in and can generally always find a group of people who are similar."
"We have great access to books and materials through the library. If I need something for a class or an assignment, there's usually a way to find it, even if Tufts doesn't have it."
"I was so excited when I found out that we get free admission to the Museum of Fine Artists in Boston. I've gone a few times for some of my classes, but I go for fun all the time."
"Everyone paints the cannon at least once during their time here! The colors and messages change almost every day, so there are plenty of opportunities to partake in the tradition."
"Tuftstonia's Day is so much fun. It happens at the end of the Spring semester. There are carnival rides, food trucks, and a bunch of free goodies! It's a nice study break activity right before final exams."
"Registering for classes is always stressful. There used to be a website to help students plan their schedules, but no one's running it anymore."
"The first semester can be rough if you don't do a pre-orientation group or join a club right away, it's hard to make friends with other freshmen. The freshmen usually stick to the same friend group for the first semester or two. "
"Our campus isn't that big, so housing isn't gauranteed junior and senior year. The housing process in general can be messy if you don't know what you're doing."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman in the pre-med program is pretty tough. The intro science courses at Tufts are known to be extremely difficult. I'm glad I made some friends to help me when classes got intense."
"I'm loving my first year at Tufts. My schedule is great and the workload is a lot more manageable than I expected it would be."
"Tufts offers four pre-orientation options: a wilderness camping trip, a community service excursion, a fitness option, and a program for international students. Not everyone does one, but they are a really great way to make the transition into college easier. You get the chance to meet people before orientation actually starts, which eases the stress of the social scene of your first few weeks at college."
"I met a lot of great new people. Everyone in my hall gets dinner together at least once a week and we love to go to different events together!"
"I learn new things about Tufts all the time, too. Last semester I went to a couple of Quidditch matches, which were really fun!"
All About Academics
"Classes at Tufts introduce you to new ideas, push you to stretch the limits of your personal perceptions of the world, and really challenge you to do the approriate amount of work to get the grade you want."
"Tufts classes are hard. Academics here are not to be taken lightly. That being said, there is a huge cooperative community rather than a competitive one."
“The workload of classes varies in amount and in form. For some classes you might have to write a lot of papers, whereas in others it may be a lot of tests. You will definitely get to do at least one (if not more) cool group projects throughout your time here!”
“The students who go here are extremely driven and the courses are extremely challenging and time consuming. Although you learn a lot and gain a lot, it can be overwhelming at times and really stressful. What I've found is that you just need to learn to manage your time, and ask for help if/when you feel like you're in need of it. Deans, advisors, professors and your fellow students are all here to help and are all willing to help, you just need to ask for it.”
“Studying at Tisch library is for when you need to get things done efficiently. The stress associated with Tisch is both motivating and overwhelming. I like studying at cafés in the area because I feel more in tune with the regular pace of life. When you study off campus, it’s easier to be creative in your work and be inspired by the new scenes around you.”
"Professors are approachable and willing to help you out. A lot of classes are small so it is so easy to get to know your professor and your classmates."
"Most of my classes are large, but it depends on what you take. I've had a lot of lecture-style classes."
"I've had professors who make it a point to get to know their students, which I love. I've had professors learn the names of every student in classrooms of 50 people. They were always available to answer my questions or talk to me."
Learn from the Best
“My advisor in the Psychology department is so great! Even though he runs a lab, teaches classes, has several other advisees and is extremely busy, he still makes time to talk to me about the things that I need when I need to! He looked through all the syllabi for my abroad classes to help me choose which classes I should take for my major.”
“Professors are always ready to meet and discuss anything and everything with students.”
“In the engineering department the faculty seems to always put a large focus on making sure we are making consistent process in our courses.”
“Media and Society is a great class that taught me a lot of things that I can use in the real world. I would recommend this class to anyone at Tufts.”
"My favorite thing about Computer Science is how great the faculty are, they are always there when you need help or just for a friendly hello in the hallway of Halligan, the computer science lab.""They have this thing once a year called 'Take your professor to lunch week' where you can invite any of your professors to lunch in the dining hall for free and talk about anything with them, it's awesome!"
Interests & Involvement
“I'm involved in so many on-campus groups (many which I joined my second year) just because there is the opportunity to join these groups basically all year. These groups can be about anything from academic groups to service), to culture (to sport, interest or basically anything.”
“I'm involved with DREAM, a mentoring program for local children in affordable housing communities, because I love working with kids and making a positive impact on their lives.”
“I really like that all the clubs I’m involved in are student run, from the Daily, to TUTV and BUILD. Everyone’s invested in having a good outcome and there is no one holding them responsible besides themselves..”
“The Leonard Carmichael Society has given several service opportunities, I’ve walked dogs in the area, tutored first graders and helped out with Halloween on the Hill, an event where kids from the area come to Tufts and go trick or treating and do fun Halloween themed activities on campus! LCS is great in the way that it allows you, at all times of the year to be helping the community at large!”
"I like that in clubs at Tufts, you don't just hang out with the members at club meetings but you actually become really close with them and get to hang out with them outside the club too."
"Tufts Football winning its first game in four years has honestly been my favorite moment of the year so far. Even though Tufts isn't known for being a very sports-oriented school, I loved how so many people came out to support the team. The whole school seemed to be celebrating with them."
"Tufts is mostly known for its academics, so when I got here I was surprised to see that a very large portion of the student body is involved with sports. There are so many great athletes. I think it's awesome that students here can be really dedicated to both academics and to their sport."
"People here have the spirit and it's always fun to get dressed up in brown and blue and support them with your friends!
"I mainly keep up with our sports teams through the Tufts Daily because I don't go to that many games."
"Homecoming at Tufts really gets the entire campus out to see our sports teams play, and is no doubt one of the most fun events of the year. Plus, this year Tufts Football won the Homecoming game, which made the day especially exciting!"
Photos courtesy of: tuftsdaily.com
“I would say the same double standards exist here than in the rest of society, but there’s at least an ongoing conversation about women’s role and their perception in society.”
“Athletic gear is definitely a must! A lot of people here are in sports teams, and others are conscious about being healthy and staying in shape. Its refreshing.”
“People at Tufts know how to dress up and when to dress down. We definitely embrace comfortable clothing, especially in the long winter months, but everyone also has a unique style. It’s a perfect mix.”
“Overall I’d say Tufts girls are confident, intelligent and social."
“Tufts has a variety of different clubs and resources that work towards female empowerment. There’s VOX, a club that helps raise awareness on reproductive rights, spoken word poetry, the Vagina monologues show, Women’s center, gender neutral housing… What is also very inspiring are many guest speakers that come speak on campus. This year we had the priviledge of
“How Many Licks Does it Take was my favorite event this year! Megan Andelloux’s talk on sex was absolutely fantastic; it made me realize how happy I was to be in such a liberal campus where women have a voice and where one can talk about real issues and take action on how to improve them.”
“The It Happens Here this year was very powerful. Hearing about other people’s experience with sexual violence made me more aware of the issue than I had been before and inspired me to take action. I would say I’m definitely becoming more of a feminist here.”
Food & Drink
"Dewick and Carmichael are the two main dining halls on campus. Most people prefer one over the other, but I think it really depends on where you live. Dewick is near my classes, but I live closer to Carm."
"There's a nice selection, and I love the people who work there! I'm on a meal plan, so I see these people almost every day. It's nice to have a good place to eat, where the people are friendly."
"I like Tufts Dining a little too much. I gained the Freshman Fifteen in two weeks."
"The dining halls are pretty good! There is always something to choose from."
"Whenever my parents visit me, they always talk about how much better the food is here than it was at their colleges back in the day. I think they get more excited about the dining hall than I do! My mom is a vegetarian and she loves that there's a whole section of meat-free foods."
"What I love most about Tufts is the wide range of students that attend. Whether it’s a Beelzebubs a capella show or Spirit of Color dance performance, there’s some sort of event going on every weekend. But, if you’re looking for more of a party scene, fraternities and sport houses can be your go-to for a Saturday night. You can also find upperclassman at house parties or out and about in Boston."
"Tufts students are incredibly involved in the community, so the social scene is overall very inclusive. There are students that participate in performance events on the weekends but also enjoy going out."
"There is an increasingly prevalent greek life scene. Greek life is a great way to meet upperclassman and other first-year students both in your chapter and in the greek community as a whole."
"There’s really not any pressure to drink. There are many students that choose to do so, but there are also many students who choose not to. Both are equally accepted, and there are events for both types of people!"
"Tufts is a relatively small campus, so almost all events are within a 10 minute walk. Tufts also has a safe ride service that you can call if you ever feel unsafe walking alone at night - a car will pick you up and drive you wherever you need to go on campus!"
“There’s certainly a division on campus between dorms that are located downhill and uphill. Both locations have their perks and their respective dining halls. Living uphill you’re near most academic buildings and the gym, whereas downhill you’re closer to the library, the campus center and Dewick, which is the more social dining hall. I lived downhill freshman year and loved it! I feel ike I had everything I needed close by and constantly ran into familiar faces.”
“As a freshman you can be placed into an all freshman dorm (Tilton or Houston) or a mixed dorm (Lewis, Bush, Miller, Metcalf…). I lived in Tilton last year and it was the best! Our hall was super close and we always hung out.”
“You can either go random or pick a roommate beforehand. During the summer there was a Facebook page where Tufts students connected and posted surveys to see if they could find a good roommate match. I decided to go random because I didn’t want to feel responsible if it didn’t work out. In the end my roommate and I weren’t great friends, but we lived fine together. Honestly, no matter what you chose its only one year. You’ll be ok.”
“The dorms here are really safe. To get in you have to swipe your ID, which only works for your specific dorm. It can be pretty annoying when you want to visit friends who live in other buildings but it’s nice to know that no one random can just walk in.”
“Freshman are required to live on campus during freshman and sophomore year. After that you can chose to live on campus or rent a house off-campus. Your pick really depends on your lottery number, though. I’d say most upperclassmen end up living off-campus. It’s nice to have your own space after two years and not have to worry about RA’s”
Exploring Davis Square!
"It's a short walk from the campus into Davis Square, but I like to take the Joey (the campus shuttle) when it's raining or snowing."
"There's so much Froyo! Orange Leaf, Pinkberry and iYo are all options when I'm craving something frozen. And J.P. Licks is a favorite for ice cream."
"My friends and I go to the bars in Davis Square when we want to stay close to home. It's so convenient. If it gets too late, we can just walk home."
"Being so close to Davis makes exploring Boston really easy! I can just hop on the T and go pretty much wherever I want."
"The restaurants in Davis are ideal. They really have the best meal destinations for college students! Chipotle, Mr. Crepe, Boston Burger Co., Blue Shirt Cafe... and honestly how can any college kid survive without their Starbucks?!"
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HC's Complete College Guide: Tufts University
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