Thank you for considering a summer program at Tufts University. Here is what you and your student need to know about studying with us.
What is Tufts Summer Study?
Tufts Summer Study is the university’s summer precollege program for high school juniors (class of 2018) and seniors (class of 2017). With five enrollment options, your student has an opportunity to engage in college-level study in the summers before college. We think Tufts is the perfect setting for high achieving precollege students to try their hand at a program or college course.
Who is eligible to apply?
Enrollment in a Tufts Summer Study program is limited to students who are rising high school juniors (class of 2018) or seniors (class of 2017). Students who are younger are not eligible. If your student is a current senior (class of 2016) he or she might consider enrolling at Tufts through Tufts Summer Session.
Can my student earn Tufts University Credit?
High school seniors (class of 2017) are eligible to earn Tufts University credit. Students in the class of 2018 are not. Students enrolling in college courses via the College Courses for Seniors program must earn academic credit.
|Program||Eligible year of HS Graduation||Credit or Non-Credit|
|College Courses for Seniors||2017||All courses are for credit|
|Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing||2017||Only for credit|
|Tufts Summer Writing Program||2017 & 2018||Credit by application only for students graduating in 2017|
|Foundations of Law & Ethics||2017 & 2018||Credit by application only for students graduating in 2017|
|Health Science Honors||2017 & 2018||Credit by application only for students graduating in 2017|
Why should students enroll for non-credit?
Non-credit (or enrichment) enrollment benefits students in many ways. Without the pressure of a grade, students often report they feel freer to engage in college-level study in order to explore their interests and future academic plans. Many are unsure about college life, majors, time-management, or performance. Tufts Summer Study gives them the opportunity to try out college, gauge their interests, and add something distinctive to their resume.
Why should students enroll for Tufts University credit?
Starting a college career early – while earning academic credit from a top university – can be just the right thing for the talented high school senior. Getting ahead on college credits by enrolling in introductory level courses can pay off down the road. Tufts academic credit can be transferred to the college or university your student attends in the future by simply requesting a Tufts academic transcript.
How does my student transfer the credit earned at Tufts?
If your student attends Tufts as an undergraduate, he or she can speak with an academic dean to see how the credit that was earned in the summer can be added to the plan of study.
Remember, every college and university has policies and procedures that determine the permissibility of college credit earned elsewhere. Earning summer credit at Tufts is not a guarantee that the course will transfer, but every summer, hundreds of college students transfer summer credit earned at Tufts to other colleges.
I notice that Tufts has a different credit load system than other colleges. What does this mean for my student?
A Tufts course is expressed in terms of academic units. This course load may be different than the system you will encounter at other schools, which typically express class value in terms of credit hours.
A full Tufts course is the equivalent of a three or four credit hour course at another institution. The explanation for how the home school should transfer the course is detailed on the back of a Tufts University transcript.
What is needed for the application?
Students apply online, and follow up with additional credentials that support the application. Those credentials include:
A $40 application fee (non-refundable) is also required to complete the application.
What are the dates?
Tufts Summer Study starts on Tuesday July 5, 2016 and ends on Friday, August 12, 2016.
What are the costs?
For commuter (non-resdidential students), tuition is charged by the course, at $2,525, $2,625 or $2,725 per course in summer 2016.
Other costs, for example transportation or books, should be factored in as well.
Is there financial aid to help meet the cost of attendance?
Financial assistance to help families meet the cost of attendance is available to applicants who document financial need. Financial aid is limited, so we encourage students and families to apply early for fullest consideration.
Most awards will be for a 50 – 60% reduction in tuition. A few full-tuition awards may be provided at the discretion of our admissions committee.
To apply, submit a Financial Aid Application along with a copy of your family’s 2015 IRS 1040 form to Tufts Summer Study. Your information will be held confidentially, and will be returned to you (if you ask) or destroyed.
How will tuition be billed and paid?
Tufts university invoices tuition electronically through Tufts eBill. Students and all other invited viewers will receive an email notice from "TuftsEbillViewfirstname.lastname@example.org" that a tuition eBill has been posted to the Tufts eBill website. On receipt of this notice, it is important that the Tufts eBill be viewed and dealt with promptly. If, within two weeks prior to your study at Tufts, you have not received the emails described above, or received a bill, it is your responsibility to contact Tufts Student Services (617-627-2000 or email@example.com).
You have the option to pay using a secure ACH/eCheck transfer directly from your bank using your Tufts eBill account. If you prefer, you can download a payment coupon from Tufts eBill and send a check to the address indicated.
You can pay using a Visa or MasterCard at Tufts Student Services. Although you cannot pay over the phone, this service is available anytime in person. When you and your student attend the Tufts Summer Study Orientation program you can pay in person using a credit card.
Is summer housing available?
No. Tufts Summer Study is a non-residential, commuter-only program.
We have relatives in the greater Boston area. Is it OK for our student to live with them while attending Tufts this summer?
Yes. We would welcome your student living with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or close relative. We will ask that you (the parent) sign a waiver indicating that you understand that Tufts Summer Study is a non-residential program and release the university from any responsbility for supervision.
Will Tufts University provide an international student (non-citizen) with a I-20 Certificate of Eligiblity for Non-Immigrant Student?
Yes. We welcome international students who have the educational background, English language skills, and funding to attend Tufts in the summer. We do not recommend that you send your child to live in the greater Boston area alone, but if a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or close relative is available, and will certifiy in writing that he or she will take full responsiblity for your student, we will provide the documentation necessary for an F-1 Student Visa. We will ask that you (the parent) sign a waiver indicating that you understand that Tufts Summer Study is a non-residential program and release the university from any responsbility for supervision.
Can a homeschooled student apply?
Homeschooled students are invited to apply. We ask that applicants who have been educated primarily or entirely at home provide as many of the application credentials as possible. We understand that the parent/teacher will provide one of the letters of recommendation, but we ask that another, non-family, adult provide the other. All relevant academic transcripts, reflecting educational work outside of the home since approximately the ninth grade, should be forwarded. Portfolio or summary information about educational experiences can be useful, as well.
Can parents gain access to student information (application, records, etc.)?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law protecting the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all colleges and universities receiving funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA protections are extended to Tufts Summer Study students upon enrollment, regardless of age. Therefore, to comply with Federal law, Tufts may not release information about students outside of the university, except permitted “directory” information. Without prior written consent or unless authorized or required by law, parents may not gain access to student records.
Enrolled Tufts Summer Students can authorize the release of student record information by filing a Consent to Disclose Student Information form with the university.
In the event of a health or safety emergency, Tufts may disclose information from educational records to appropriate parties, with or without consent.
Prior to enrollment, Tufts Summer Study may include parents in communications concerning progress in admission. Note, it is Tufts Summer Study policy to require parent/guardian permission to apply to our program.
How will Tufts communicate with my student?
Email is the university’s primary method of communication with applicants and enrolled students. Please make sure your son or daughter checks email regularly to be certain that all communications from Tufts University are read and responded to in a timely way. Overlooking emails can result in delays, increased costs, etc.
During the application process, communication from Tufts will be sent to the applicant’s personal email address. Upon enrollment, Tufts Summer Study students are asked to set up a Tufts email account as part of a Tufts network logon profile. At that time, communication will be sent to the Tufts email address. Students can use the “TuftsTools” website to forward Tufts email to a personal account.
What should my students bring to Tufts this summer?
A laptop computer is an essential student tool, and if your student has one, he or she will benefit by using it while on campus. Faculty will post important class information to course management sites, and sometimes it is useful to access that information while in class.
Cell phones are useful for communication while your student is on campus.
Is the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus accessible by public transportation?
The Tufts campus is 10 minute walk from Davis Square Station on the MBTA Red Line.
The MBTA #80, 94, & 96 buses all make stops at the Davis Square Station on the MTBA Red Line and will drop passengers off on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus.
We are planning a summer vacation at some point during the program. Is this a good idea?
Absence from class is not permitted. It is our expectation that students will attend every meeting of the course. Since summer study is intense, missing one class is the equivalent of missing three or four classes in the fall or spring terms. Even a seasoned Tufts senior would have difficulty making up that many absences. Most instructors have course attendance requirements written into their syllabus, and stipulate how unexcused absences affect the final grade.
Are there other summer programs at Tufts?
Yes. Tufts Summer Study is the university’s precollege program for rising high school juniors and seniors offered through the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering.