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Reviews 785 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship through this school yet

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Fletcher School is inherently diverse because students come from all parts of the world and walks of life share in their interest for international affairs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depending on your fellow residents and your RA, living on campus can be fairly nice. I remember a few of the all-freshmen dorms had quite a cozy atmosphere. However, the lottery process is unnecessarily confusing, and it is notoriously difficult for upperclassmen (especially juniors) to acquire on campus housing. That can be pretty stressful if you don't really have the economic means to live off campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have not had any personal experiences where Campus Strictness has been an issue. As long as you don't have super-loud party and you generally follow the rules, you should be fine.

College Junior

Nightlife: I haven't gone out too much in the past, so I don't yet know.

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).


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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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