Medford, MA
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Reviews 771 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lots of dorm options. All of them are of good condition and size. Communal spaces and bathrooms in dorms get cleaned everyday.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Tufts has an excellent and very successful athletic program, whether it's varsity, club, or intramural. There's a great academic and athletic balance for student athletes.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There's several fraternities and sororities that students can join at Tufts. Joining one is pretty easy and the frats and sororities here often hold philanthropic and other events around campus that's open to all students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Tufts students come from all over the country, and all over the world. There's so much diversity in all aspects of our students, whether racial, economic, of in academic interest. This diversity is what makes our campus so vibrant.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public safety here is great. Our police department is very helpful and always there to help you. Our health services also provide a great resource for all students on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people here are great. They're all very passionate about what they love and there's so much diversity in people's interests. Looks are pretty average like any other colleges.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Most facilities are in good condition, although some could use a bit of updating. Library and gym are especially nice.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Tufts is truly the best of both worlds. You get the feel of a small-medium size college in a suburban area, but still have quick access to a big city. Academics are challenging and interesting. Campus is very social and there's always something going on.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of greaty off-campus dining options ranging from delis, pizza places, to more ethnic food. Mostly affordable and close to campus.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing here are so convenient. They're close to campus and lots of restaurants and public transportation options. Rent prices can vary but the houses around here are in pretty good condition and easy to find.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The officers do a great job of keeping everyone safe, without being too strict.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: With Boston so close, you can virtually eat anything you want. Even the food places in the local squares (Davis, Teele, Ball, etc.) are pretty good, diverse, cheap, and open late.

3 College Student

Transportation: The T and all of Boston transportation is great, easy, and fun. The Joey has no regard for students/its schedule/the world. They Joey does what the Joey wants. Have to be in Davis in 30 minutes and the Joey's supposed to be at the Campus Center in five? Are you better off walking? Through rain or a blizzard? Who knows! But hey- that's half the excitement right there.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: I absolutely love it here. It's not for everyone, but it was definitely for me. It's really the students that make the experience, and I find that I genuinely like or want to get to know most people here. I'm so excited to get to have three more years to meet new people and become closer with those I already know.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: I can't speak for anyone else, but my financial aid experience was great. I got all of the aid I needed to go here, and I don't come from money.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Yeah yeah "Tufts goggles" probably do actually exist. I forget about the relative attractiveness of the guys on campus until I go to another college and realize how damn cute all the guys are there. But ya know what, it's okay. The guys here are, for the most part, really nice, smart, and interesting. Some like to party, some like to stay in, some make their own good times. They're usually pretty decently dressed. They have their own passions and interests. There are still a good amount of attractive guys here (especially in the frats), but I really find that what I appreciate more is how they are all interesting people and good friends.

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5 College Student

Campus Dining: The food is actually FANTASTIC. Dewick will make gaining a freshman 15 all too easy. Trick turning was also great, but it won't exist after this year :( The late night commons is great too, especially for those on the unlimited meal plan. It beats Moe's and Helen's any day, and becomes a sort of social hub/after party meetup on weekends.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: As a girl, I feel pretty safe. The police have comforting a presence (but also let us have fun). Tufts is a lot safer than the rankings may make it out to be, but that's only because they report ALL the crime in the surrounding area, and because we have the medical school in Chinatown.

5 College Student

Diversity: Coming from an extremely homogenous hometown, Tufts was a welcomed change. I'd say that the diversity on campus has been one of my favorite parts of school. I have friends from China, Vietnam, Uganda, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong, India, NYC, rural USA, East Coast, West Coast, everywhere in between. My friends are Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, atheist, and agnostic. They're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender. I learn so much from my friends and peers who come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. I love it.

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3 College Student

Athletics: Um sports aren't exactly a big part of student life. They garner attention/support when there are special events or when a team is doing particularly good (i.e. women's basketball this year), but they are by far not an exciting part of student life. The gym is REALLY nice, especially the narp gym, which is apparently even nicer than the athlete gym.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The school authorities are pretty lenient, depending on who it is that you run into. They're just looking out for your safety, for the most part.

4 College Student

Computers: My computer actually broke this past semester, and I didn't have any problems finding one to use on campus when I needed it. There are always free computers/rentable laptops in the library, for the most part (both macs and PCs). Tech support is pretty helpful and reliable too. No free printing kinda sucks though.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Boston area is so packed with students, finding housing can be a bit of process. The end of the semester is probably the best time to find and secure a place as someone's roommate or take the place of another student who is on his way out.

Generally, the further you live from campus the cheaper the housing. Also, parking is more easily assessable. Housing close to campus is most feasible if you live with roommates because housing ranges anywhere from $900 (single room/studio) to $2700/month for a three bedroom. Of course, bitter Boston winters will ensure a high utilities bill at least during the winter months. Rooming with other students is the norm but not an absolute must.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not involved in the athletic scene at school but it's obvious many students are, at least, moderately interested. in my experience, at least some students participate in athletic events.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The student body, staff, and professors are exceptionally supportive. If you need any help with an assignment, research or in need of internship/job opportunity, The Fletcher School is largely supportive with countless resources readily available. Fletcher's network is is incredible: everyone knows somebody!

The environment is so fast paced that's easy to stay stimulated. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, however. If you don't ground yourself in a schedule that works best for you, its easy to become overwhelmed.


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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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