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Location
Medford, MA
Undergrads
5,167
Tuition
$44,666
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Academics: lots of variety for majors and workload is rigorous but doable. internships don't seem to be easy to get through the schools career center

2 College Sophomore

Academics: registration is random so you get what you get. professors are relatively accessible but many are brilliant minds that are not able to teach to a class of undergrads- this in turn makes for a miserable academic setting for students as we have to teach ourselves everything

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Part of the reason I chose to go to Tufts was its interdisciplinary approach to International Relations. I'm concentrating in global health, nutrition, and the environment and love the variety of classes I can take. Some people complain about the language requirement (the equivalent of 8 college semesters) but as a person trying to study 3 different languages, I can't say I'm upset. The intro core classes that are required are a drag and were uninteresting for someone angling away from the political side of IR, but the overall program is incredible.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is a lot, as expected from a school of such caliber. The curriculum for my specific major (like most) is nice in that about half the courses are electives, so you can explore what you're interested in, within a specific discipline. Regards to university-wide curriculum, it basically sucks. We have weird distribution and foundation requirements that are super annoying. For example, every student regardless of major, must take 2 courses in each of the following: humanities, social science, mathematical science, natural science, and arts. Isn't that absurd? Yes, yes it is. I, an economics major, have to take highly irrelevant art and humanities classes that are quite frankly a waste of my time, energy, and money. The facilities are absolutely atrocious and are aging very quickly. Also, internship opportunities are basically limited to self searching since the career center is useless.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Course Variety
  • 78th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 156th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 197th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 213rd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Hometown
Ipswich, MA
Major
International Relations
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As a top-tier school, Tufts has an excellent faculty and academics that are some of the real newsmakers in modern philosophy, medicine, chemistry, and psychology. Classes are exactly what the students make of them, and for the most part, so are the relationships with faculty. Students generally find Tufts’ professors approachable, knowledgeable, and easy-going. Office hours are an excellent time to get to know a professor and find out about research opportunities and possible internships, as well as to get some extra ideas outside of the classroom setting.

As for the classes, there are so many options that each semester starts with a “shopping period.” Shopping for classes at Tufts is like shopping for a car. What you choose to take depends strongly on the subject and the instructor. Some professors are Porsches or convertibles, and of course, there are always a few lemons. Don’t be afraid to drop a class during the add-drop period if the professor bores you to tears because there are plenty of other really exciting professors. With such a top-notch faculty, it’s important to talk to friends, upperclassmen, and even other faculty members to figure out what courses and teachers are best suited to your taste. Tufts’ professors are really just grown-up students, and if you take the opportunity to get to know them outside of class, you will really enhance your college experience.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
668
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
309
Total FT Faculty
850
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$102,059
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
101
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 75%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 21%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Dentistry: 2%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 7%
  • Medicine: 3%
  • Public Health, Other: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Center
  • President's Lawn (weather permitting)
  • Tisch Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check e-mail constantly.
  • Don't even try to apply for an on-campus apartment before you are a senior, unless a senior is pulling you into an apartment.
  • First semester, take courses in very different subjects so you can find out what you like.
  • Get involved in an organization, and rise to a leadership role.
  • Go to office hours so some professors will know you well.
  • If a professor is bad, don't stick around. Drop the class, and switch into something that will keep you interested.
  • Learn to write well.
  • Look for sophomore-year housing in older dorms, or Tufts-owned houses-they have the biggest rooms.
  • Study abroad so that you don't have to deal with finding junior-year housing.
  • Write a senior thesis even though you don't have to.
Did You Know?
  • You can take a class on anything from bugs to massage therapy in the Experimental College and get full credit.
  • You can create and teach your own class to freshmen in your junior or senior year.
  • The most popular class is Introduction to Yiddish Literature, taught by former Provost Sol Gittleman.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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