Medford, MA
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Reviews 703 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: At first they were very reluctant to give any money, but we were persistent and squeezed out some money.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can go out if you want but no one judges you if you don't

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many different people on campus its amazing.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tufts has the best location. You aren't overwhelmed by the city life, but you're also not surrounded by cows. When you want something to do you can find it easily.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you respect the rules, Tufts will respect you.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Tufts athletics are great (although football does hold the longest NCAA losing streak, but they're great guys so it balances out). Tufts Field hockey is amazing. They won the National Championship last year and we plan to do it again soon. Softball also won a National Championship last year. The facilities are amazing as well. A new gym was just built with up to date equipment and amazing locker rooms. School spirit is great, we have a Fan the Fire organization.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tufts is a 10 minute walk from Davis Square which has a plethora of great little restaurants. Its also a short train ride from Harvard Square and Downtown Boston which literally has any restaurant you could ever imagine.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I've met a lot of great people. Everyone I have met are very responsible. They like to have fun but don't take it too far which I like.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is ridiculously nice - it was recently renovated. It's open to students, staff, faculty, and community members; it has exercise equipment, a pool, an indoor track, indoor tennis/soccer courts, etc. The varsity sports are drowning in money and athletes definitely get special privileges, but the other students don't really pay attention to teams' records, etc. Sporting events aren't major social scenes on campus. The Quidditch and softball teams are particularly goood.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses all look a little sad, but most people who move off-campus seem pretty happy and definitely save money.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Small but loud. Main source of party life on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Peace and Justice Studies - it's a great, small, interdisciplinary program. You get some judgment because it sounds so hippie, but you learn a ton about existing realities and methods for change. The intro course is amazing.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: In this field/major, it's more about demonstrating experience than gaining any specific skills - that being said, the major allows you to cover a wide variety of issues, so you come out of it pretty aware of international and domestic affairs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus parties get shut down every now and then, but it's not a huge deal. The administration is getting a little stricter with major events because there have been some pretty embarrassing incidents of mass public over-intoxication.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe walking around campus. That being said, there have been incidents on/near campus of break-ins, assaults, flashings, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is relatively forthcoming, but if you receive funding from outside sources (not your own or your parents' money) they reduce the aid.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most places right around campus are sketchy pizza places, Dunkin Donuts, convenience shops, etc. If you're willing to walk ~10-15 minutes, there are way more options and much more variety.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is fantastically convenient but sometimes chooses to run waaay off schedule. The subway is ~15 minutes away by foot.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Peace and Justice Studies - you can't find it most other places, it's a small and interdisciplinary program... Get some judgment because it sounds like such a hippie major, but you legitimately learn a lot about systems of oppression and inequality.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very LGBTQ friendly. Some socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, but little integration.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is pretty diverse - lots of both domestic minorities and international students, and a very visible LGBT community. I'd say as far as tolerance of other groups goes, Tufts is way up there, and you'd probably be shamed or at least silently frowned upon if you weren't.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Brutal winters and surprisingly hot summers are common for Tufts, the latter only an issue really because of the lack of air conditioning in most dorms, however. It's what you'd expect at New England: certainly the summers are cooler than most of the country, but they can still get hot, and winter starts in November and ends in March.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Tons of vegan and vegetarian food in Carm, Dewick and Hodgdon - if you are concerned about this, Tufts will have you covered with plenty of options, which are usually pretty good. They have a huge salad bar and fruit as well. Their non-vegan food is normally pretty good as well, as the food is usually healthy and tastes great at the same time, not to mention the huge selections and variety. It's not restaurant or home cooked food, but as far as campus dining goes, it's near the best around.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have felt very safe the whole time, except for a few incidents with sketchy off campus people. There are frequent campus safety reports of burglaries and attacks, but usually they are in the Somerville/Medford area or near graduate schools near Boston.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frat parties are really hit or miss - sometimes if you hit up Zeta or AEPi on a random night you'll get a great party, but other times it's a just a giant, sweaty mass of sober freshman boys awkwardly onlooking dance floor sex. Often times you have to wait in line for a long time to get in, and then once you do you wonder if it was really worth it because it's so crowded or they ran out of alcohol. It's really hard to get into DTD or 123 as a guy with no connections there because they are usually ticketed, but apparently they are always a ton of fun. If greek life lets you down, then many other specialty houses like the International House or Crafts House have parties pretty frequently, so you can bank on them if another one doesn't work out.


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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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