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Tufts University

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“If you can get in here, go somewhere else.”
November 2018CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

I've met lifelong friends here, academics are top notch, good location, food is good, nice campus, flexible study abroad

Downers

Tons of work, many people are very strange, no support for any sort of sports from administration, very poor career services - you really have to hustle on your own to get a good job, they DO NOT RECRUIT FROM TUFTS.

Comments

Really, if you're smart enough to get into Tufts, take a hard look at other schools on your list. I would have gone somewhere else.

Would You Recommend

No

“Memorable 4 years”
November 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

My favorite thing about Tufts is definitely the people the university attracts. Everyone is very passionate about what they do and I learned more outside of the classroom than in.

Downers

Lack of diversity. Too many students come from the same background (white, prep school). It was rare to find other students from public high schools.

Comments

Coming to Tufts was the best decision I ever made.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Tufts review”
October 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Engaged, Helpful professors

Dining hall food(good vegetarian options)

study abroad program

Downers

Distribution requirements

Slightly far from the city - suburban setting

Climbing up the hill everyday

Comments

Make sure your personality comes across strongly through your writing

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Review of Tufts”
August 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Great location, right outside of Boston. Super Close to Harvard and MIT. Great Size, good research Uni with liberal arts education. Great IR program.

Downers

Worst economics department and average student body. Average prestige and hard to find jobs in investment banking and consulting.

Comments

Extremely liberal and gay friendly. Sometimes too political correct, as expected.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great undergrad experience”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Bright, intellectual classmates. Engaged faculty. Good academic resources and support. Appreciate that it has a true "college" campus.

Downers

Location outside Boston is quite far, if you do not have a car.

Comments

Just go here. Make sure you participate in all the awesome clubs they have here.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Awesome supplemental app that allows you to showcase yourself creatively.

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Average class size is 20 students. Distribution requirements are extensive (2 arts, 2 social sciences, 2 mathematical sciences, 2 natural sciences, 1 world civilization, 6 semesters of a language, etc.) To major in a subject is generally 10 courses, a minor is 5. Professors hold weekly office hours and are very accessible outside of class. Tufts is the smallest Research I University (many opportunities for undergraduate research.) 45% of the student body studies abroad.

Quality of Life

Freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed housing on campus, but it is possible to get it as a junior and senior as well. Off campus housing is affordable and convenient. I feel safe on campus especially with TU Police Department around. Everyone is friendly. Students are not competitive about academics even though everyone is very driven and intelligent.

Admissions

Common Application, Supplemental Application, Optional Essay, Optional Alumni Interview

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Tufts has "distribution requirements", which means we have to take 2 classes within 5 categories that cover natural sciences, humanities, etc. There is also a language requirement that can be filled with language and/or culture classes in tons of different languages. There are numerous research opportunities available to undergrads, from assisting professors and graduate students in biology, chemistry, and psych labs, to more liberal arts/humanities focused research opportunities. There is also lots of funding available for students to perform independent research or receive payment for outside internships. Tufts' professors are generally accesable but students must seek their professors out on their own which can be intimidating. Students are assigned an advisor somewhat randomly at the beginning of their freshmen year (and initial advisors vary greatly in their helpfulness). When students declare their majors, they can select their own advisor and I really like my two advisors although i've never had either of them in class. Choosing an advisor can be somewhat stressful. Lots of Tufts students study abroad and there is an extensive office that assists with getting into different programs, getting financial aid and getting credits to transfer (although I didnt end up studying abroad). Workload is difficult as Tufts is a academically rigorous school but students are passionate and not competitive with each other and there are lots of great tutoring resources.

Quality of Life

The dining halls are amazing - tons of different options, vegetarian food, healthy choices! Safety on campus is high but because Tufts is in the outskirts of Boston, there are sometimes crimes committed on the periphery of campus which can be a problem since a lot of students live off campus. Students who live off campus live in houses that are bordering campus and this adds a lot to a fun social atmosphere around campus. The cost of living in these houses can be somewhat inflated but there is also reasonable housing on campus although the dorms could use some renewing! The library is AMAZING!! The gym is getting a much needed upgrade but overall facilities are good. Overall happiness is high - students like Tufts and are happy to be here. Students are very engaged and looking to get others involved in their field/cause/group/club. There are almost too many events that happen on campus!

Admissions

I had to fill out the Common Application as well as a Tufts-specific application with separate questions and essays. There was also an optional additional essay that I completed. I applied regular decision and was interviewed by an alumna in my hometown. I filled out the financial aid application but was denied.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Academics here are challenging but rewarding. Tufts has general requirements and core classes which can be excluded based on AP test scores (which have to be about a 4 5) or (in the case of language requirements) if you pass their short language exemption exams at the start of freshman year.

Students can double major or minor very easily. And there are plenty of interdisciplinary studies as well. Academic advising is very helpful as there are advisors for your major as well as advisors for those who are pre-med.

Their about only two or three intro classes that are really big. The rest of the classes are very small. Indeed, even in the big classes, professors can still know your name if you make an effort. The small classes are a huge plus because they are actually taught by professors with PhD's (or the top degree in their field) and not TA's. The professors are also extremely accessible. Indeed, I have had a teacher come to me when I struggled on an exam. Most professors are willing to meet outside of office hours and really want the student to succeed. These professors grow to be good advisors and friends. They also provide a range of research opportunities for students that are interested.

Tufts is very competitive. But students are not competitive with one another, but rather, themselves. Indeed, collaboration occurs often and students will help other students out and study together. Grading and exams are tough. As one student said in the library "I got a perfect on the SAT, why is this so hard?" But the information that students learn is not regurgitation, but rather applying concepts to the real world. You can't just memorize things for exams, you have to know the underlying concept and apply it to the real world or real world problems. This goes for any subject. Students are happy to get B's as Tufts is really hard and is known for slight grade deflation. Indeed, I was valedictorian out of a class of 700 at my high school. And I definitely feel like the average student at Tufts.

There are definitely some notable faculty. Especially in the area of international relations. This is in part thanks to the Fletcher School whose access and resources are available to undergraduate students. There are some professors that aren't famous in their field, but still hold PhD's, are accessible, and extremely smart and caring. Students prefer professors that are helpful rather than if they are famous.

Study abroad opportunities are great. Students are highly encouraged and studying abroad is well known at Tufts. This is in part due to the internationalism of the school. Students almost always enjoy their study abroad experience and Tufts is very well respected and well known in that respect. But there are also students who don't study abroad and still are very happy.

The workload can vary from subject to subject. The sciences (engineering, biology, chemistry, etc.) are very difficult whereas the humanities can be very writing intensive. But despite the workload, students are happy.

Quality of Life

People at Tufts are happy. The campus is beautiful (especially in the Spring and Fall). The winter months aren't that bad either, especially since Tufts cleans up the snow in the road relatively quickly. Students are required to live on campus for the first two years (and it's guaranteed). This isn't the case for junior and senior year. But off campus housing is de facto on campus and is also very cheap. For some, living off campus is a cheaper alternative. Massachusetts is also nice in that land lords can't charge water utilities.

Freshman year, students are required to have an unlimited meal plan. This is nice because there is something called "trick-turning" where a student can go to the fast "food stop" to stock up on drinks and snacks but also go to the cafeteria to get food.

The food is very good (especially compared to other campuses). But it can get boring. Luckily, Boston and the surrounding area of Tufts has plenty of great food options for students. Indeed, most students don't stick with the unlimited meal plan and rather cook or grab their own kind of food.

The relations with the surrounding neighborhood are great. The same applies for community relations. Students volunteer in the community, thus helping the relationship with the surrounding area. There is some crime off campus, but never on campus. Students feel extremely safe and the school's police department is excellent. They will even pick you up from off campus if you feel uncomfortable walking back alone at night.

Overall, Tufts students are happy. While there may be some disgruntled factors (whether that be the administration or whatever) students are generally very happy.

Admissions

Tufts' students are not only the top of their high school class and have stellar test scores, but also have a quirky and creative intelligence. This creative side is highly emphasized in the essays. Tufts' essays are unique and demanding, requiring a lot of thought and effort. For example, one year the essay described Kermit the Frog saying it's hard being green and wanting students to discuss if it is indeed hard being green.

This type of process attracts students who are both brilliant academically and very "out of the box thinkers." This quirkiness is a good thing. It's as if the students are the "good kind of nerds." This is why some top students get rejected--they don't go the distance with the essays. The point of the essays is to communicate a different kind of intelligence based on creative intelligence.

But the administration still looks at test scores and GPA. Indeed, according to the President, the average student is in the top 5% of their class. The point is that students have to go beyond these requirements and really stand out in a unique way, or be able to communicate themselves effectively. Thus, in addition to being academically successful, it's very important to spend time and do well on the essays.

Lastly, the administration also emphasizes volunteerism and attracting students who want to help change the world or have a positive impact. Tufts is global and diverse and having students that are willing to emerge themselves in a diverse and global community is liked by the administration.

Like most schools applying early decision increases your chances. But you should only apply if you really are set on Tufts. Tufts early decision is a binding process. The optional essays for the school and the interviews are both optional. Really, they are. The interviews are only necessary for a prospective student to learn more about the school. It's not a deciding factor at all. The optional essays are only necessary if they really help to further an applicants story.

Tufts was full need blind admissions until the financial crisis. Now they are 95% need blind. Most students however call Tufts "de facto need blind." Their are no scholarships based on merit. Why? Because everyone is of merit! But the student aid packages can be very generous. Some students don't end up coming because they don't get the right package (this occurs at practically every school), but others get a very generous package. The school is economically diverse and maintaining that is important. The aid is really based on what the individual needs. So communicating that and taking time to fill out the appropriate forms correctly can really make a difference.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

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