Tuition and Fees

2018 Program Dates

Pre-College Programs: Now Open

Summer Abroad: Now Open

Summer Session: Now Open

First Session: May 23rd – June 29th

Second Session: July 3rd – August 10th

12-Week Session: May 23rd – August 10th

Online Course Policies

Tufts summer online courses are faculty-directed, and are designed to use the power of Canvas (the university's learning management platform) to provide high-quality courses to Tufts and visiting students. Summer online courses are carefully designed to have the same academic rigor and expectations for teaching, studying, and achievement as their face-to-face counterparts offered by Tufts during the academic year.

Tufts summer online courses are student-centered. They are offered asynchronously, that is, outside traditional classroom restraints of place and time. Students have greater freedom to interact with course content (lectures, presentations, discussions, forums, etc.) on a schedule that works for them, using a wider network of resources to achieve educational goals. While online courses provide greater flexibility, Tufts summer online courses are not self-paced. They are highly facilitated courses, and students are expected to interact with faculty and their peers nearly every day of the summer term.

Online learning is not for everyone. Online courses require students to log on to Canvas frequently to view course content, interact with their instructors and peers using online messaging tools, and to submit written work. Prospective students who feel that they need the structure of the in-person classroom in order to excel should consider whether online courses are the best choice for them.

  1. All summer online courses carry a course load of one Tufts academic unit. This is the equivalent of three or four credit hours at institutions that express credit in these terms.
  2. Online courses have the same academic expectations as face-to-face courses at Tufts. Policies and procedures regarding adding, dropping, withdrawal, and the pass/fail grade option are identical. Tufts students apply these courses towards graduation requirements in the same way that Tufts face-to-face courses apply.
  3. Summer online courses will be graded according to standards used by Tufts University. Every course instructor will have expectations for the quantity and quality of the work you do to complete the course, and will affect the evaluation of your work for the course and grade.
  4. The recording of an administrative “Incomplete” grade is not permitted, except in documented cases of student illness, family emergency, or similar hardship. A reasonable time frame must be agreed to by the student and instructor, with the knowledge that if work is not submitted to complete the course by the agreed upon deadline, a predetermined grade (based on the assessment of academic work completed prior to the recording of the Incomplete grade.
  5. A grade will be submitted to SIS no later than one week following the close of the academic term.
  6. Tufts University will designate online courses on the academic transcript.
  7. Special Note to Tufts students: by vote of the Faculty of the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, up to five courses designated as online can count toward graduation. For more information, contact your advisor or consult the Tufts University Bulletin.

Proctor Policies

Some online courses require proctored exams. Students within fifty miles of the Medford campus must come to campus to take these exams at a specific date and time. Students taking an online course from more than fifty miles away will need to identify an acceptable proctor and go through Summer Session's strict proctor verification process.

Please contact the proctor coordinator at with any questions.

Local Students (residing within 50 miles of Tufts)

Tufts will schedule a time and place on the Medford campus to take each Summer Session Online proctored exam. The Tufts campus is accessible by car or public transportation. These exams are scheduled on a weekday evening. Please contact your course instructor or course site to find out the dates for your courses' on-campus exams.

Non-local Students (residing more than 50 miles from Tufts)

Students who are taking a course that requires a paper exam must make their own proctoring arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to find an acceptable proctor, submit the proctor's information to the Summer Session office for verification, and schedule a time to take the exam directly with your proctor. Please contact your instructor or your course website to view the scheduling windows for your exams and for more detailed information. We recommend submitting this proctor information as soon as a student has access to the course website.

Some courses that require an online exam may have the opportunity to use an online proctoring service. This service requires a webcam and a microphone. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain access to these items.

Acceptable proctors include:

  1. An official testing center at a college or university - including, but not limited to, those listed on the NCTA website, although this is not an exhaustive list.
  2. Librarians at a public library, college, or university
  3. College or university instructors, staff, or administrators
  4. High school teachers, principals, or administrators

People in the following categories are unacceptable proctors:

  1. Family and/or friends
  2. Co-workers, including supervisors
  3. Tutors and teaching assistants
  4. Athletic coaches

Written Exams

If your course requires a paper exam, your proctor will be responsible for submitting the exam to us digitally within 24 hours of the exam’s completion and mail in the paper exam. US-based students are asked to provide their proctor with a stamped envelope addressed to the Summer Session Office.