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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are generally excellent. Workload isn't bad, except for STEM classes.

But, I wish there were advertising or business classes.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great classes, intelligent professors, manageable course load. ExCollege is awesome and you should check it out. Some majors are better than others, but you will get a good education no matter what.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love hanging out in Davis Square.

3 College Student

Academics: If you want to learn this is a great place to do it.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: As a biomedical engineer, the academics are very challenging. However the people around you are motivated and incredibly smart that they keep you going.

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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
122
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
  • Art Studies: 2%
  • Dentistry: 3%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 7%
  • Medicine: 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 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 35 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 36 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 72% This was one of my top choices.
  • 3% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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