Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I bring to campus?
- Where can I find information about buying a
- Am I allowed to bring a car to campus?
- What will
my mailing address be?
- Where can I rent a
- Where do I buy my books?
- What are the meal plan
- Is it possible to double major at tufts?
- What degrees are available through the School of
- Is it possible to transfer between the College
of Liberal Arts and the School of Engineering?
- Will I receive credit for Advanced Placement
- How are the requirements different for students
pursuing a degree in liberal arts versus
- What library facilities are available to
- How will I begin to plan my course schedule?
- What foreign study programs does Tufts offer?
- Besides studying abroad, what other exchange
programs are available?
- What is the Experimental College?
What should I bring to campus?
The Office of
Residential Life and Learning provides you with
information about what is standard in all dorm rooms,
what you should bring and what is prohibited.
Where can I find
information about buying a computer?
The Tufts Online department on campus can advise you on
what type of computer, operating system, or software is
supported and available through Tufts. Visit the
University Information Technology website. More
information on computers can be found
here. Students can
also contact Tufts Information Technology Services.
Am I allowed to bring a car to campus?
It is university policy that resident first-year
students are not permitted to keep or register a motor
vehicle on campus.
my mailing address be?
U.S. and Tufts mail is
delivered directly to your residence hall Monday through
Saturday during the semester. Each
residence has its own set of mailboxes which can be
opened via a key or by an assigned combination.
Your campus address is as follows:
Room # Residence Hall Name
Medford, MA 02155
Where can I rent a
You can rent a Microfridge through
Where do I buy my books?
Textbooks can be purchased from the
What are the meal plan
Dining Services offers several different meal plan
options to students. First year students are
required to enroll in the premium meal plan. The
premium plan provides unlimited access to Carmichael and
Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers which are open
continuously seven days a week. Ten guest meals are
provided with the Premium plan. This plan is the best
value for students who want to take full advantage of
all meals provided.
Is it possible to double major at Tufts?
Yes, students are able to pursue a double major.
Approximately 25% of undergraduates will pursue a major
in two areas.
What degrees are available through the School of
The School of Engineering offers accredited degrees in
Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Computer
and Mechanical Engineering. Additional degree options
include: Computer Science, Engineering Science, Human
Factors Engineering, Engineering Physics, and
Manufacturing Engineering. There are a variety of minors
available to Engineers including Biomedical Engineering,
Engineering Management, and Architectural Studies.
Is it possible to transfer between the College of
Liberal Arts and the School of Engineering?
Yes. Students have the option of transferring into the
other college after enrolling at Tufts.
Pre-matriculation students (not yet on campus) should
consult Undergraduate Admissions if
they are considering transferring into the other
Will I receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP)
Depending on the department, students do receive course
credit and/or placement based on the results of the AP
examinations. To learn how individual departments treat
AP scores, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.
How are the requirements different for students
pursuing a degree in liberal arts versus engineering?
Students studying liberal arts are required to complete
two semesters of English Composition, while those in the
School of Engineering are required to complete only one
semester. Students in the College of Liberal Arts must
complete a minimum of 34 courses which include
satisfying Foreign Language and World Civilizations
requirements. Students studying liberal arts also need
to ensure that they complete distribution requirements
in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences,
and Mathematical Sciences.
Students in the School of Engineering must complete a
minimum of 38 courses. About 25% are devoted to math and
sciences and another 20% to engineering sciences and
other foundation courses. In addition to the customary
first-year focused on English, Math, and Science
courses, first year engineering students are required to
take a half-credit course on computers in engineering.
Other required half-courses introduce students to design
and technology within the engineering disciplines and
are taught by senior faculty members.
information on requirements, please reference the
What library facilities are available to students?
The holdings of the
University libraries number approximately 2.7 million,
and include books, microfilms, slides,
software, electronic journals,
government publications and much more.
Library is a state-of-the-art facility
for the Medford/Somerville campus. Tisch Library
provides comfortable study space, enhanced access to
information technology, new furnishings, and expanded
space for collections. The Tisch Library offers a
audiovisual center with five classrooms, ranging in size
from 10 to 75 seats, and 24 viewing carrels. Study
spaces include quiet
study rooms, group study
individual study carrels. Tisch's holdings include
759,000 volumes, 917,400 microtexts, 4,900 print
periodicals, 13,000 electronic periodicals and 33,805
audio/visual materials. In addition to its
collections, the library houses a GIS lab, the Tower
Café, a student art gallery and an ongoing display of
Undergraduate students also can access the other
libraries of Tufts University: The Music Library,
located in the Granoff Music Center,
the Ginn Library of the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy on the Medford Campus, the Hirsh
Library in Boston, and the Webster
Veterinary School Library in Grafton, MA. The Tufts
libraries integrated library system provides access to
resources physically and virtually available within the
Tufts libraries and beyond. Students may obtain
materials not owned by the Tufts libraries via
How will I begin to plan my course schedule?
During Orientation, you will discuss potential course
options with your Orientation Leaders and pre-major
advisor. You may choose to take a few courses that
fulfill requirements, and then one or two that are of
interest you. College is the time to explore courses in
subject areas that you may have never taken before. Both
your advisor and Orientation Leaders are here to help
inform course selection, but unlike in high school, the
choice of what courses to take in college is ultimately
What foreign study programs does Tufts offer?
Roughly 40% of the students at Tufts participate in
foreign study programs, usually in their junior year.
Students may study in a number of programs that
Programs Abroad offers through affiliated universities
throughout the world: Tufts-in-London at University
College London or at the School of Oriental and African
Studies; Tufts-in-Oxford at Pembroke College;
Tufts-in-Madrid at the Autonomous University of Madrid
or at the University of Alcala de Henares;
Tufts-in-Paris at the University of Paris III and at the
Institut Catholique, or at the Institut d'Etudes
Politiques; Tufts-in-Tübingen at Eberhard-Karls
Universität; Tufts-in-Ghana at the University of Ghana;
Tufts-in-China at Zhejiang University; Tufts-in-Japan at
Kanazawa University; and Tufts-in-Chile at the
University of Chile. Students can study for a semester
or a year and are housed in dormitories at their
respective host universities or with local host
families. Our programs aim to integrate students into
the foreign university and the cultural and social life
of the host country as much as possible, so that they
may get the most out of their study abroad experience.
In addition, there are close to 200 recommended
non-Tufts programs operating in a variety of locations
around the world. Students can study in Africa, Europe,
Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and other areas
around the world and receive transfer credit through
programs offered by other schools or program providers.
Students studying either liberal arts or engineering
have the opportunity to study abroad, but it is
important for all students to plan early and discuss
their plans with their advisors. For engineering
students in particular, Tufts-in-London offers many
related courses, but the Engineering School also
participates in study-abroad exchanges through the
University of Sussex in England and INSA de Lyon in
France. Engineering students have also studied
successfully through non-Tufts programs in Australia and
For those who might prefer to study abroad during the
summer, Tufts conducts a summer study program in
Talloires, France, where the University owns an
eleventh-century priory nestled in the French Alps,
thirty miles south of Geneva, Switzerland. Course
subjects change every summer, but they span the gamut of
departments here on campus.
Visit Tufts University European Center website.
Besides studying abroad, what other exchange
programs are available?
Through the Tufts-in-Washington program, students have
the opportunity to study for a semester at The American
University in Washington, D.C. The academic schedule
includes a seminar, an individual research project, and
an internship. Areas of study include American Politics,
Economic Policy, and Foreign Policy.
A limited number of students may participate in a
semester-long exchange with Swarthmore College or
Lincoln University, both located near Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. All guest students reside at the host
institution, and full-semester courses at both carry
Through Williams College and the Frank C. Munson
Institute of Maritime Studies, Tufts offers a
semester-long program in American Maritime Studies at
Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. Students learn celestial
navigation, marine design, boat building, and small-boat
All full-time undergraduates are eligible to participate
in all undergraduate courses and programs in arts and
sciences at Boston University, Boston College, and
Brandeis University. There is no exchange of fees, and
both course credits and grades transfer to Tufts.
What is the Experimental College?
The Experimental College (ExCollege) offers unique
courses that supplement the traditional curriculum in
liberal arts and engineering. Created in 1964, the
ExCollege enrolls nearly 2,100 students in over 110
courses each year, and provides two first-year advising
programs titled Explorations and Perspectives. These
courses are the result of collaboration between faculty
and student volunteers that assist a student's
transition to Tufts.