Frequently Asked Questions
- What will
my mailing address be?
- Where can I rent a
- What are the meal plan
- What library facilities are available to
- What foreign study programs does Tufts offer?
- Besides studying abroad, what other exchange
programs are available?
- What is the Experimental College?
first-year student website
to many of your pre-arrival questions.
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
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.
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
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.