Tufts University

4.3 of 5 stars Overall Student Rating (140 Student Reviews)

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4.5 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

distribution requirements are awfully annoying, but i LOVE all my coursework here! it's great. my advisor is awesome, research is there if you want it, grading is reasonable, workload is manageable for most student here


Downers

library needs to be open more, community relations are fine minus the noise complaints, i am very happy here. love the people!!


Comments

3 Unique supplemental essays, intervies. I applied regular, but have many friends here who got in early. common app


Level

3


Graduation Year

2013


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Comments

Common App with individualized essay options. Optional alumni interview. There was an option for early decision but I did not do it.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2013


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Many distribution requirements (every student has to take 2 classes in major disciplines - math, science, humanities, etc), academics are challenging and rigorous


Downers

Library is probably one of the nicest facilities, the dorms are fine but nothing special, lots of great restaurants and things to do off-campus, although many students don't get into the city as much as they would like/should. Occasional crime, but nothing too serious. Facilities aren't horrible, but could definitely be improved. Most people are genuinely happy to be here - great smart people who want to do good in the world.


Comments

There was a supplement to the application that had a lot of essays that tried to ask more off-the-wall questions, all the other regular college application processes (interview, common app, financial aid), no merit-based scholarships


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

There's no core per se, but 5 distribution areas that must be fulfilled. There are world civilization credits, a writing requirement, and quantitative analysis, but these are usually filled by Advanced Placement or SAT scores. There's a 6 semester foreign language requirement and about 40-50% of juniors choose to study abroad, either on 8 Tufts-affiliated programs or 215 pre-approved other opportunities. In addition, everyone must have a major (often 2 or 3) which is generally 10-12 courses. I receive one credit per course, regardless of how often it meets. Professors hold office hours and are approachable, even in large courses. The average course size is 20 students, but I have some as small as 8 or as large as 150. I've taken advantage of research opportunities, working in a biology research lab since sophomore year. I receive class credit for the work I do.


Downers

Housing is okay (I've seen better but also worse). Cost of living is high (this is Boston), but it's fairly easy to learn how to be economical especially with meal plans. The cafeteria food is really good. The neighborhoods surrounding are on the up and up, pretty safe by day, caution advised at night. I'd say the campus is pretty with plenty of places to hang out and study but small enough to never have to walk far. I like the libraries. They're all well-lit, with accessible hours, and accommodate a variety of learning styles. Students are very happy.


Comments

There's a Common Application with an extensive supplement (extra essays, videos/creative prompts). Students may apply Early Decision in 2 rounds, or regular decision. There is also an interview with an alumnus. Financial aid is entirely need-based, not merit.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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4.5 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

distribution requirements in humanities, sciences, math, art, world civilization, english 10 classes req per major (at least). pre-major then major advisor. small language classes, large intro classes. Letter grading, very competitive, research opportunities in every major. one third of juniors go abroad every year. Large workload


Downers

Housing much like any other college, beautiful campus, fantastic library and dining, nearby major square for needs not met on campus, growing crime incident rate with mugging, but an overall great atmosphere with happy students


Comments

Essay - One "you", one unique, one optional. Interview There are two early decision option It is not a common app school financial aid for only a certain bracket no adacemic scholarships, but sports and financial


Level

4


Graduation Year

2012


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Core requirements are easy to satisfy Major requirements obviously depend on what you choose to study. IR has possibly the most major course requirements, especially if you are starting a new language. Study abroad programs are adequate. Tufts abroad programs help you every step of the way .


Downers

Dorm housing is typical. I like that all dorms are co-ed. facilities could use an update, but they are satisfactory. the library is fantastic and a great place to go study or even socialize. i wish the surrounding area was more developed in medford specifically. Davis square is great. Overall I love Tufts. The work is very difficult, but we are all in it together. There is not a competitive or cut-throat feeling here at all.


Comments

Very unique application, forces you to be creative, formulated in such a way that allows you to really show who you are and why you are special. I did an alumni interview, visited the school, met with my regional admissions officer, applied early decision round 2, and applied for and receive financial aid.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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3.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

There are three levels of requirements for graduation: foundation, distribution, and major requirements. Foundation requirements include 6 semesters of language, world civilization course, and 1 - 2 semesters of writing. Distribution requirements are 2 courses in math, natural science, social science, humanities, and art. Most majors have 10 - 12 courses including core courses and electives. Classes are relatively small for higher levels and larger for intro classes. We have a strong international relations program. We also place importance on community involvement and being an active citizen. Many students at Tufts double major. Faculty is very accessible on the whole - through email and with weekly, consistent office hours. Tufts encourages you to seek out your professors and coffee is free in one area if you both go together there! Most students take 4 - 5 classes a semester. It is possible to take 5.5. We do not have a business program.


Downers

There is a real sense of community at our school which is welcome and nice to be a part of. Facilities could be improved, as could safety. The dining halls are good and the MOP program is recently expanded and really leaves us with lots of choices for eating. I am extremely happy at Tufts but I know that many people might not feel the same way.


Comments

Early Decision rounds one and two. Very involved supplement in addition to the Common Application. Interesting supplemental questions (options to submit art pieces or even upload youtube videos in addition to more straightforward options). Optional alumni interview.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

There is a very strong emphasis on world cultures in the school of arts and sciences


Level

4


Graduation Year

2012


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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Great study abroad programs and internship opportunities, some core requirements, assigned pre-major advisers and chosen major advisers, accessible professors, really tough grading


Comments

Unique optional essay question in addition to 2 short essay questions that are not on the common app, early decision, no required interview, optional youtube video essay, need-based financial aid


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Downers

Expensive but not bad


Comments

A bunch of optional essays probing your personality, ambitions and lessons learned.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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