Undergraduate study at Tufts University offers a rare combination: a beautiful residential campus and easy access to an exciting metropolis. Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, situated on a hill about five miles northwest of Boston is a tranquil New England setting within easy access by public transportation to the cultural, social and entertainment resources of Boston and Cambridge. The minute you step on campus, you will feel at home. Envision yourself crossing the academic quad on your way to class, reading a book under an enormous tree or playing a pick-up soccer game on the residential quad. Welcome to life at Tufts. Campus culture is supportive, friendly and collaborative, defined by a curious and engaged student body with a diversity of interests and active involvement outside the classroom.
Tufts students come from most of the fifty states and nearly seventy countries. About 16 percent of Tufts students come from overseas, bringing with them a different culture and often a different language. Students are from public, private and parochial schools; from every ethnic and religious background; and from across the economic spectrum. The ever-evolving student body is much more diverse — in culture, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexual identity, ability and socioeconomic class — than it has ever been before.
The campus represents a microcosm of a multicultural and interconnected
world. Student-run clubs and organizations on campus
include the African Student Organization, the Arab Students Association,
Association of Latin American Students, and many more.
The Group of Six
is a collection of centers — including the Asian American Center,
the Latino Center, and the Women's Center — that work independently
and together to develop knowledge of and appreciation for diversity
The International Center serves as an
academic and social resource for international students, working to raise
intercultural awareness, increase knowledge of immigration laws affecting the
Tufts international community, and advocate for a campus climate that respects
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Most Tufts undergraduates live on campus and can choose to reside in small houses, traditional dorms, or shared apartments. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can live in special interest housing offering a chance to live with people who share their cultural or academic interests. Fifteen small group units at Tufts - including the Africana House, Chinese House, Arts Special Interest Unit, Green House and French Language House - offer an assortment of activities for residents.
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Elizabeth Van Huysen Mayer Campus Center
Located on Professors Row, the Elizabeth Van Huysen Mayer Campus Center sits in the center of campus, making it easily accessible from both uphill and downhill. The 22,000 square foot facility provides meeting rooms and conference space for the Tufts community, student organization offices and mailboxes, department offices, wireless internet access, the bookstore and dining options.
Tufts Athletics fields 29 team, including football, soccer, and lacrosse, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Over twenty intramural and student organized intercollegiate club sports include flag football, dodge ball, Ultimate Frisbee, water polo, and rugby. Club sports — including cycling, equestrian, fencing, table tennis, water polo and volleyball — offer a full competitive schedule against regional and national teams. The state-of-the-art Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center is available to the entire University community includes an indoor sports, center track, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball tennis and squash sources.
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Fine and Performing Arts at Tufts
Tufts benefits from world-class departments of Art and Art History, Drama and Dance, and Music, in addition to relationships with the New England Conservatory of Music and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where Tufts students may pursue combined degrees or take classes. Tufts students are engaged in myriad fine and performing arts groups - many student-run - and are able to take advantage of opportunities to participate in music and artistic expression in some of the most beautiful performance halls and galleries. Explore the Arts at Tufts
On the Medford/Somerville campus there are 9 delicious, convenient places to get breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, snacks and even late night food – eat in and take out. From Starbucks coffee to sushi or fresh veggies and roasted red pepper dip, expect flavorful. Scones, croissants, muffins, cookies and cakes are all baked on campus. Take out a burrito or a Mediterranean chicken and rice bowl. Enjoy our giant salad bars in residential dining centers or have a salad tossed to order at Commons Marketplace. At Tufts Dining, the choices are numerous! Explore dining venues and hours at Tufts.
Davis Square and Boston
Walk or take the shuttle: either way, it's just a few minutes to get from Tufts to Somerville's Davis Square, one of the hippest neighborhoods in the Boston area. If you're hungry, you'll find crepes, Indian, Thai, Italian, ice cream, Tibetan and Mexican options, along with coffee shops, bars, concerts and music. The MBTA's Red Line will take you from Davis Square to Boston, where you can explore the Boston Common and the Massachusetts Statehouse, the theater district, home to off-Broadway productions, Chinatown, the Boston Aquarium the city's seaport, the North End, and the Back Bay. You can catch a Sox game at Fenway Park, attend the annual Tufts night at the Boston Pops orchestra, or use your free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Tufts students are actively involved: over 300 student-run clubs and organizations built around various themes allow students to engage their passion. These include varsity club, intramural and sports, publications, student government, community service, drama, dance, music, cultural organizations, pre-professional organizations, Greek life and more.
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Typically, 40-45 percent of Tufts undergraduates participate in foreign study programs around the world, at one of over 80 pre-approved programs, or one of Tufts' study abroad programs in Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Madrid, Oxford, or Paris. Tufts has an overseas campus in Talloires, France, and sponsors program in Washington, D.C., and at Mystic Seaport, and maintains exchange programs with three other colleges on the east coast.
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The best way to get a sense of the Tufts undergraduate experience is to visit. To plan a visit to Tufts, visit the Undergraduate Admissions website.
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