Amazing institution full of bright minds. The students and faculty are beyond friendly and intelligent. The name carries quite a bit of weight in job interviews (even though we are not Harvard). The could stand to renovate the buildings and they need to work on fundraising more money.
Not nearly as quirky a student body as the administration would have you believe, but overall Tufts is a great place with incredibly great professors and tons of fun stuff to do outside of class.
Tufts University is not the place to spend your time if you care about equal rights. Recently, Karen Richardson discriminated against a white, 55 year old female that is disabled in the application process denying her please for an application fee waiver and also ignoring her emails. The woman, Ms. Alexander was suffering with a disability that prevented her from attending graduate school earlier because it had taken her nine years to complete her undergraduate degree. Also, Ms. Alexander was afraid that she was being discriminated against due to her transfer credits from a Catholic graduate university. Karen Richardson is known for advocating for the rights of African American women, as she is herself and for advocating for minority groups as she did for years at Princeton. According to Ms. Alexander's account of how she was treated by Karen Richardson in her complaint to the Department of Education, she was ignored by Karen Richardson and told that a fee-waiver for the application process would be denied. Additionally, she was told that she could not be accepted because she did not even have a bachelor's degree when Ms. Alexander was transferring in with a BS and a 3.0 GPA from Liberty University and a year of completion from Regis University and a 3.5 GPA. Karen Richardson clearly did not want a white 55 year old who was disabled and religious to be a part of the Tufts student body. Keep in mind that any university that allows for this kind of discrimination is not the place to be for those who care about the equal rights of all Americans. Brian Vaughn - I will be attending Law School to become a Civil Rights attorney at ANOTHER university!
Great college! Lots of intellectual, friendly and unique people that are enthusiastic about both their academic fields of study and extracurricular activities. Classes are relatively difficult and the workload gets overwhelming during exam weeks. Great professors who are approachable, friendly and usually entertaining, ready to help you with anything you need. Lots of research opportunities in any department you want to be involved with. Wide range of extracurricular activities, lots of great food (we even have a culinary society!) on campus and a lively party scene even though the on-campus police always keep the students safe. Healthy living emphasized with lots of healthy, nutritious food and great sports facilities. In a relatively quiet, nearly suburban area but very close to anywhere in the amazing city of Boston by the T - so you have the best of both worlds!
I've enjoyed it immensely, great people!
Tufts is a great school where you will receive an excellent education. Professors are personable and accessible, and they actually teach undergraduates--you won't have a TA except in a mandatory study group, not the lecture section of the class. There are dozens of extracurricular offerings and everyone can find something they enjoy. However, Tufts does not do the best job in supporting its students: health services is lacking and support for struggling students is hard to find or nonexistent.
Classes are informative, professors are welcoming and want students to succeed. Dining hall food gets tiring but is definitely better than average. Off campus housing is a mess- broker's fee and Somerville housing prices make it likely to be more expensive than living on campus and many of the house seem to be in disrepair. However, generally on campus housing is nice. Social culture and Greek life are much larger than online sources seem to suggest.
Rigorous and enlightening classes to match the dedication and headstrong students. Everyone is deeply aware of real world issues, and there's nothing that can't be discussed. This is a liberal school, and in an area where the city is easily accessible as well.
A great and fun school.
I have had a great experience at Tufts so far. Though there are a few administrative issues (like any college; mostly things like need for greater diversity and rising tuition costs) students are encouraged to get active--and unlike in many other campuses, the administration is pretty receptive (for example, last year (2015-2016) students protested the lack of racial diversity and demanded more people of color be accepted. This year, a 6% increase of POCs were accepted to the class of 2020). There's every type of person here (athletes, artists, activists, etc) but generally everyone has a place they can feel comfortable and students at tufts are generally dynamic and will surprise you when their intests break stereotypes. Greek life and parties generally only happen on the weekend, but usually something is happening every weekend. If you aren't interested in parties/alcohol there are also a number of organizations aimed at providing "another option" on weekends. I have yet to meet a professor that hasn't been extremely dedicated to their students. I feared large class sizes coming into college but some of my favorite classes have been 60+ with a great professor who gives great individual attention to any student, as well as many opportunities out side of the class room (trips, research opportunities, mentorship, etc). The food is always pretty good, and there are a variety of places to go to on campus. Always good vegan/vegetarian options as well. All in all, tufts is a great school.
I have said it before, and I'll say it again, but I do love Tufts. The people there are great, and while I have heard shallow things like "Tufts doesn't have good looking people" or the school is "filled with the elite," these are not absolute truths. While there are a fair number of people there with money and other interesting people, Tufts people are good. There are many varied interests, the education is top-notch, and there are many great faculty members.
Now, for the ugly. The school is expensive, and if you go, you better be certain that this is what you want. The school is not a party school, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on who are. Clubs are your best bet for meeting people. Wealth inequality *is* a thing at Tufts that is very talked about on campus, and there are some vapid people on campus. Some dorms are subpar, and struggle with a few "neighbors" Dig deep, and you'll find a lot of good people who just want what's best for the world.
Tufts University is a great school for becoming educated about the world and developing soft skills that prepare you for the real world for for your career. It is also great for developing connections and becoming a well-rounded person as many students are artistically talented and or politically active.
Because of its medium size, Tufts is comprised of all sorts of people which means everyone can find a place they belong. There's always stuff to do on and off campus especially since we're so close to Boston. The academics are challenging but, really incredible. Great place to go to school.
Tufts is a wonderful university to attend. There are plenty of activities to do on campus if you feel like doing something but don't feel like traveling far. It is also very easy to get to Boston if you feel like going out. Tufts is academically challenging, but fosters incredible learning.
Clubs are a must, and the majority of students are involved in more than one extracurricular activity. There are sports teams which offer a chance to walk on, but are still heavy with recruits. The professors are amazing, and the majority of them have at least 2 office hours a week. Being an elite, private school, all of the classes are difficult, but not unmanageable. Teachers are very understanding. Some classes are group work oriented and some are exam oriented, it just depends on the professors. The campus is beautiful and the dining halls offer amazing vegetarian and vegan options. The campus could use more diversity, but the Asian, Latinx, and Africana centers are great places for students to find community.
Overall, I took a variety of classes in a variety of different areas. I liked that the classes in the Computer Science field I took were rigorous, but often I felt that the classes I took were more rigorous than they needed to be in order to learn what needed to be learned. Professors for each class should understand that students take other classes as well.
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