Impressions Of
Tufts University

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Tufts University

To Attend

  • “The location. I love being so close to Boston. And, not just being close to Boston, but also being close to other schools, like Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard, and you can be in a really great college environment.”
  • “It’s generally prestigious.”
  • “The quality of the school. The classes, the instructors, are amazing. The connections you can make afterward from Tufts are really great.”
  • “It’s a collaborative academic atmosphere.”
  • “There is a lot of diversity. There are a lot of international students, people from different ethnic groups, and socioeconomic classes.” [In Fall 2018, 11% of undergraduates were international students and 55% of students were White. Socioeconomically, 50% of students come from the top 5% and 2.9% come from the bottom 20%.]
  • “There are a lot of really interesting people who will go on to do a lot of really cool things. The people you meet are so driven and interesting, it’s really great.”
  • “There’s so much variety in terms of classes and professors. I was able to take graduate courses in urban planning and a very particular area of philosophy and I don’t know if you’d get that at a small liberal arts college. And you’d also be able to get into them at an earlier year because, unlike at a huge university, there’s not too much competition in terms of getting in classes.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you can’t afford it they’re not going to be lenient. [In 2016-2017, about 41% of undergraduates received grant aid and 25% had to take out loans.]”
  • “If you’re looking for a big school where you can go out every single night, that’s not Tufts.”
  • “If you don’t want to put in a lot of work in writing papers. There are a lot of writing requirements freshman year, so those classes that are mandatory at Tufts. Freshman year was a lot of writing papers.”
  • “It’s really cold.”
  • “I’ve heard for mental health services it’s very hard to get treatment. There’s a backlog of people [so you have to wait]. So if you’re having a hard time and want to talk to somebody, it sucks that it takes a long time for that.” [See Tufts Daily article “Editorial: Tufts should expand mental health services.”]
  • “If you want to go to huge parties, Tufts isn’t the place to go. Aside from maybe homecoming and Spring Fling, there aren’t too many giant things.”
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January 30, 2023

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