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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus used to be one of the things rising upperclassmen looked forward to because the idea of living in a house with friends is very appealing. The rents and quality of houses near Tufts has been rising and steadily mediocre, respectively. Many students find the process of "house-hunting" and signing leases to be time-consuming and frustrating. They have ideas of what kind of apartment/house they'd like and the rent range, but these might not line up with the availability of houses and the proposed rents of the landlords.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many students enjoy spending time in Davis Square to eat at restaurants. Eating in dining halls is repetitive, especially for some students who crave food that the dining halls might not usually or ever serve. There are cultural, fast food, caf├ęs, ice cream, and regular American eating places that appreciate paying Tufts students; however, many do not offer student discounts.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Most underclassmen attend parties hosted by Greek Life organizations because this is a "freshman/sophomore" thing to do. At a fraternity, there can be anywhere between 50-100+ people gathered inside throughout a party. Once they become older, they most likely move off-campus or live in suites where they host their own parties and social get-togethers and invite people they know (which probably counts off to be less than the numbers at a fraternity party).

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process was not very difficult for me because I was proactive in finding out about the school's policies and deadlines. I recommend that students review the requirements needed (e.g., tax documents) and deadlines because submitting these items on time can ensure that students' financial aid can be renewed or reviewed before the bills are sent out. If students are not sure about any part of the financial aid application process, they should contact their assigned financial aid counselor immediately.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: I enjoy the food offered in the dining halls! Dewick-MacPhie and Carmichael are the only dining halls and are located in different areas on campus. Dewick is more of a hangout for students who reside downhill whereas Carmichael is more for students who reside uphill. Nevertheless, they are both well respected by students who like different things about the two dining halls. Students enjoy the pizzas in Dewick and salads in Carmichael, for instance.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing lottery process can be frustrating and confusing. The housing policies are not particularly popular among students, notably the policy regarding for housing for third year students. Unlike freshmen and sophomores, juniors are not guaranteed on-campus housing. In the past several years, there has been a waiting list for rising juniors due to limited on-campus housing options. Eventually, all students leave the waiting list because they manage to make last-minute off-campus arrangements or receive an offer for a single room in random dorms.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know enough about off-campus housing to write a review about it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Davis Square is far enough away to need a shuttle to get to and it is annoying to go into Davis or into Boston. Because we are close to the city the options are good, but they feel far away because the Tufts campus is so isolated.

2 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very strict about alcohol and drug use, which means parties are mostly broken up by 1:00am and students are afraid to get help if a friend is sick from drinking.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: 60% of people at Tufts are currently paying full tuition (which is over $60,000 a year) and they do not offer any financial aid to international students. The only aid they offer is need-based, so there is no way to apply for merit scholarships. But admissions are need-blind and they are good about covering costs for students that cannot be expected to pay for the school.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Friday nights are often dead on campus. Frats are really the only places to party, unless you make fast friends with very social upperclassmen, the campus is very strict about alcohol and noise complaints, and Medford is far enough away from Boston that it is inconvenient to go into the city.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Tufts is actually known for the high quality food at the dining halls. That being said, the meal plans are all very expensive and, although the dining halls themselves have pretty great hours on a daily basis, there isn't anywhere to eat late at night on weeknights, and on weekends the Commons (which is also expensive) is only open until 1:00 am.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms at Tufts is average when compared to others schools. Housing and the lottery system, on the other hand, are a nightmare. Tufts has very different housing options, from regular dormitory-style buildings to 10-person suites to apartments with no RAs. This makes the system competitive and rather heartbreaking when you don't get the dorm that you want. Tufts Res Life is very confusing and unhelpful when going through the housing process for your sophomore year and the lottery system is unfair and inefficient.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I know friends who live off campus but I dont myself. They're either pretty close or very far from campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I dont often go for off-campus, dining but I've been a few times.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Not great toward janitors, etc, needs to be prodded into doing things.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm just now trying for financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I dont usually attend so I wouldnt know.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good food but expensive and so few guest swipes!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm is pretty close to classes and the dining hall. Dorm living costs a lot though.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Metcalf is great if you're looking for a quiet place to be. Go for SoGo!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Most parties revolve around the frat scene. All-school events are huge, for better or for worse.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but it's super expensive

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of late night pizza places but it's gross. I recommend venturing out further into the city

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The RA's are pretty chill, but noise violations are taken seriously

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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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