Medford, MA
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Reviews 785 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Sciences (chemistry, biology) and International Relations are the the biggest programs at Tufts. Computer Science is the fastest growing but is struggling to provide the resources that come with the now hundreds of interested double majors. Professors have, in my experience, been extremely approachable and willing to help, particularly in the language department. The workload varies with your major, but overall, even the people with the most tough schedules find a little free time. Almost everybody I know other than engineers are looking to study abroad for a summer, semester, or full year and I have friends who rave about their experiences. Other than the Tufts personality, it's the academics that really draws people here.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Personally, I have had a phenomenal experience with campus housing but I know that can't be said of everyone. As a freshman, I lived in South hall, which was incredible. The RAs on our floor were unbelievably amazing, the dorm was always clean, the single bathrooms were fantastic, and my hall mates were so great that I'm living in a 10 person Latin way suite with them next year. I would never trade the experience I had with the closer walk some uphill people bragged about. Every year, Tufts is renovating another dorm, so more are beginning to have the same cleanliness and nice ambiance, but until all of the freshman only dorms are renovated, I cannot give campus housing a perfect rating. I had a friend in Houston who dealt with far too many cockroaches this year.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health services is horrific. I know many people who have been misdiagnosed or denied medication that wound up later being absolutely necessary which is strange for a campus with such a strong pre-med focus. There were a lot of concerns this year with the sexual assault policy at Tufts, but even as a freshman girl I never felt unsafe. Crime is low.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do around Tufts, from Davis square for restaurants and shopping to Boston for museums, the Red Sox, and adventures galore. A 15 minute bike from campus the other direction will take you to the Fells, a gorgeous reserve with trails for running and biking. Everything not accessible by walking or biking can be, thanks to the incredible Mass transit.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You only hear about the greek life if you are in it, have a close friend who's in it, or want to get free drinks on the weekend. Fraternities are more popular than sororities, though bid day for sororities this year was one of the most startling moments of campus, as neon clothing and chants showed up for a day. After 24 hours, it was back to low key.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The fitness center, dining halls, and many student dorms are great. Aesthetically, the academic quad and President's lawn cannot be beat, especially with the colors of fall or fresh snow of winter. Some of the freshman dorms are pretty run down, however, and some of the buildings, while nice on the outside, are unremarkable on the inside.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: At Tufts, you'd be pressed to find somebody that doesn't defy a stereotype. I am constantly amazed by the diversity of what my class has accomplished, and the willingness to try anything that interests them. Academically, we have some of the best science programs and our International Relations program is one of the best in the country. Athletically, the focus is atypical... it often seems that our quidditch and ultimate frisbee teams have more of a campus presence than varsity football.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The acceptance and encouragement of diversity at Tufts is astounding. There is a huge community for LGBT members, a large number of international students, and people from different economic backgrounds. Politically, however, I have yet to meet a very conservative person. Most Tufts students are so socially liberal and accepting that political conversations revolve more around social issues and how to combat them than liberal/conservative battles. The biggest practicing religious group on campus is Hillel, with almost half of the Tufts student body identifying as Jewish. However, religious life rarely seems to have a presence on campus outside of holidays.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Due to the lack of on campus housing availability after sophomore year, most students move off campus junior year (if they aren't abroad) and senior year (if they don't have a high number and get a Sophia Gordon suite.) The quality varies based on the previous renters, and many houses tend to stay within a certain group (i.e. a frisbee house, wilderness house, etc). The convenience of having a house cannot be beat, but start early- underclassmen start asking seniors to recommend them to the landlord the first couple weeks of sophomore year. All off campus housing is closer to campus than some other universities' dorms are to classes.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The International Relations program is one of the best in the country, with classes in the Fletcher school building and professors with a strong interest in the field. I actually strongly dislike politics and the drama that comes with it, but love languages and the health side of international relations, and Tufts has a great program for concentrating in what interests you most. After graduating, I would love to spend time with the peace corps or work in health clinics as an interpreter throughout the world. Eventually, I hope to either obtain a masters in Public Health to work for the World Health Organization or go into epidemiology. Tufts has great name recognition in the field and many resources, so my concerns about finding a job aren't too high.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: One only needs to declare the major to get in, but a lot of people are turned off by the huge Intro to IR and Econ lectures. I was annoyed by the focus of the Intro to IR class (much more theories to build up a silly political vocabulary) but thankfully, there are only 5 core requirements. I would recommend taking Econ before IR, and then determining after you've taken the two whether or night you want to declare.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Personality wise, this group of guys and girls is the most interesting, passionate, accepting, fun to be around group that I've ever encountered. Looks wise, it varies but I will say that body size is relatively homogenous- very few people are overweight. Don't be tempted to categorize the school's students by the occasional preppy outfits you see on campus- the most important thing about this school is that there are people with every habit of dress, interest, and preference of social life.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nearby Davis square has a huge variety of delicious places to eat, with great options for people with any dietary restriction and a taste for any cuisine. Students' most frequent complaint is the early closing times of restaurants. However, there are plenty of delivery options for late night snacking.

College Junior

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid so I wouldn't be able to speak much of it. But I know that people who received a financial package are happy with it.

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.


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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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