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.