Medford, MA
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Reviews 716 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are old, and many are not in a good state. But many are, it really depends on how fast you are in the housing process

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm on the Community Health Program, also majoring in Anthropology. Most majors have overlapping classes, and it is easy to find courses that can count to both. I am unsure what I want to do, but I know I am doing what I enjoy. Anth is more theoretical and conceptual, while community health has more active and applicable uses. The combination is completely doable and I will come out with strong skills no matter what I end up doing.

College Sophomore

Majors: You don't really need to get into a program. You choose once you re in a certain school.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Tufts has recently updated policies for drinking that include amnesty for helping drunk friends. We have a good response team, TEMS, and many students are treated fairly by administration when dealing with drinking problems. 93% of students at Tufts do not let alcohol affect their academic performance, and for the most part this is true. If you are in a frat, you will drink. Some girls in sororities drink, but not all do, and you can still partake in student events without drinking and no one really cares.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs between campus and Davis Square, the Joey, that comes every 15/20 minutes, but we don't have a program with the T and there aren't many student discounts for taxis/zipcars/ubers. The campus is isolated, so you will need to use those to get out.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Tufts is a classic New England liberal arts school. Some genius decided to build it on a hill, which is had when you're navigating campus in between classes with a backpack full of books when it's -2 and snowing out, but it does keep the students relatively fit and active. It has beautiful sitting spaces, and the campus looks amazing in fall in spring (winter lasts from November-March, which is a large portion of on-campus time). There is a nice flow of energy, our campus center is beautifully designed, but there are only about 3 hubs for students, so you do run into people you know every day. We have the cannon and Jumbo, which are nice focal points, and a lot of greenery when it's sunny. Everything sort of lights up. Our library is nice form the outside, and has lots of places to study inside, but not necessarily beautiful (Ginn Library is much nicer).

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our academic programs are great. The workload can range from fairly manageable to insane, but all students manage to do it and find what works for them. The professors are top notch for the most part, usually very intelligent and helpful, finding a lot of light in the young, eager minds of the student body. At Tufts, much is possible. There is plenty to do in terms of research, and lots of academic and career resources. Many programs integrate classroom education with real-life experience, which is especially important in terms of the applicability of material to the real world. Tufts has a lot going for it. We are smart, engaged, and good. I don't find that there are a lot bad people in the Tufts Community, and there is a nice, not overpowering but strong sense of solidarity.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You will find people you like at Tufts. I am from Southern California, and came not knowing anyone. There are cliques/groups, but everyone is very friendly and open to communication. Students are, for the most part, very smart, engaging, and involved in something they are interested in. There could be more campus bonding, and there is only a select amount of students who go out (but they're fun!!). We have great events like Spring Fling, Homecoming, and when you're involved in certain student groups, there are always events held by those that usually look to raise money for a cause. There are drinking and nondrinking options available for nightlife, and plenty to do in Boston/Cambridge if you're interested.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is free wireless on campus, but it can be spotty (especially on the hill), and isn't available everywhere. There are some computer labs and computers to use, but everyone has their own computer.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You have to be willing to sacrifice the club scene at Tufts. You will be attending either large frat parties/sports parties with maybe 1-2 kegs for 300+ people, who are all trying to drink away the awkwardness.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Tufts can be strict in some regards, and not strict in others. If you know your way around the system, then it plays easily for you. Parties get broken up mostly for noise violations, but very rarely get too raucous to maintain. The campus police can be a little too overbearing, but are overall nice people.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a really good D3 school for sport. Our football team is horrible, we haven't won a game in like 8 years. But it's sort of a running joke among students, and we all turn out for the homecoming game (some refer to it solely as Homecoming Defeat). But our women's sports are great, especially softball and basketball, while our Men's Lacrosse Team and Soccer Team.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tufts is right by Davis Square, which, in the past 10 years, has undergone major development and is now a functioning hub of places to eat and shop. There are many different cuisines available -- Sushi, Ramen, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Italian, American, Mexican, Tibetan, Indian, to name a few.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I honestly don't know, I've never been to a frat party and am not really interested.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not a ton to do IMMEDIATELY off campus, but Davis Square and Boston are great for dining, sports, concerts, etc. and totally accessible.

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have any personal experience with parking, but I hear it's expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are pretty old and could definitely be renewed. However, it's a great way to make new friends.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is great! They will work with you and if you have any questions, are more than willing to help.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you want a strong social scene, this is not the school for you! Most parties are held at frats.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The network reliability and speed is great. It is usually pretty fast. You may need a personal computer to take to classes and the library does get crowded during exams. Printing can get pretty expensive if you don't own a printer.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a lot of marijuana use but I have never been pressured to take part. I feel like there is more pressure on alcohol; if you do not drink, you might feel left out of the small social scene we have.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: It's not overwhelmingly strict, but it allows you to feel safe on campus

4 College Student

Majors: Very intense majors and competition, there is a good variety of majors

3 College Student

Majors: Professor Chew sucks, a lot. And all of the Bio weed out classes are a pain in the butt

4 College Student

Transportation: The Joey has frequent times and it is usually somewhat near the time it is supposed to be on schedule


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Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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Most students who make the decision to attend Tufts are happy with their experience. Overall, Tufts has so many programs and activities, it’s impossible for one student to take advantage of everything the school has to offer in four short years, but since there are so many different types of students at Tufts all with different interests, there is definitely something for everyone. The biggest complaint coming from the students seems to be adjusting to the new lifestyle and environment, whether at the school itself or the Boston area in general.

The Tufts experience goes far beyond the classroom, and provides students easy access to the ideal academic and social surroundings. The combination of school opportunities and local culture give Tufts its own distinctive flavor that allows students to grow in ways they never could have imagined. Most of the negative experiences that Tufts students gripe about are also good growth experiences, such as dealing with the weather or actually having to get around without a car. Ultimately, graduates are proud of their education and their school. Students who graduate from Tufts enter the real world focused, confident, and prepared to face even the toughest challenges that the workplace can throw at them. The many successful Tufts alumni can attest to this.

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