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Medford, MA
Undergrads
5,167
Tuition
$44,666
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is fine. Professors generally are okay, but not above average as expected. I have never had any problems with the registration process. Also, there is no where near enough study space. The two small libraries we have are always over crowded.

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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is really really hard but Pre-Med students get a lot of support and understanding and most importantly, guidance. As for facilities going into the sciences at a school like Tufts is a great idea because the programs are so well supported both with money and great professors.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: It touches if not exceeds the academics of an Ivy league school. The level of difficulty is definitely up there as well as the professors, curriculum, and variety in classes.

6 people found this useful Report
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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.

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