Tuition and Fees

2017 Program Dates

First Session: May 24-June 30

Second Session: July 5-August 11

12-Week Session: May 24-August 11


With SHORT COURSES and WORKSHOPS running throughout the Summer!

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Online learning is student-centered learning. The instructor is your guide and facilitator, but your motivation is what propels you to success. With you in the driver’s seat, the learning and outcome you achieve from the online course will give you a great – and different – sense of accomplishment.

Online courses are taught by Tufts faculty. You actually get more attention from your instructor. It is not possible to “get lost in the crowd;" your participation will be logged in chat rooms and forums. Expectations for written communications are high in an online course. Students report that online courses are as rigorous and rewarding as any course they have had at Tufts (or at another great university).

Answer These Questions about Yourself

  • Are you self-disciplined and motivated?
  • Will your time commitments interfere with logging on to Trunk on a daily basis?
  • How comfortable are you using a computer and the internet?
  • Do you enjoy putting your thoughts in writing?
  • Are you able to discuss difficulties with your instructor and/or fellow students?
  • Do you need a classroom experience to focus on learning?

If you are disciplined, you can write effectively, and can pace your reading and writing during the weeks the course is in session, you can easily study in an online course. It is important that you be proactive, and take advantage of all the opportunities you have to engage with the instructor and other students.

Style, Format, and Pace

Online learning is not for everyone. These courses require students to logon to Trunk frequently to complete assignments, interact with instructors and students using emails, chats, and forums, view course content, and submit written work. Prospective students who feel that they need the structure of classroom lecturers in order to excel should consider whether or not online courses are the best choice for them. 

  1. Courses are paced by week. While there is flexibility with online learning around when students interact with the course, students are expected to login to the course on an almost daily basis and keep up each week with all course materials and assignments.  Deadlines are structured throughout the semester.

  2. Frequent interaction with the instructor and other students through synchronous video and/or asynchronous discussion boards will be required

  3. Some course activities may require that students work and interact in groups.

  4. Late assignment submissions will not be accepted, unless the student documents illness, family emergency or similar hardship. An exception will be allowed solely at the discretion of the instructor.

  5. Course dates and times will be based on Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States. Students in other time zones are responsible for noting the time differences and adjusting accordingly.

  6. Some courses may have proctored midterm and final exams. If you are within fifty miles of Tufts University, you will be required to come to Medford, MA for your exam. If you are more than fifty miles away from Tufts, you may be responsible for finding your own proctor or taking your exam through a remote proctoring service.  For more information, please visit Online Specific Policies. 

Success in Online Learning

Online learning may be new to you, but you can expect familiar and distinctive experiences while engaged in your course.  Familiar elements include reading, exams, interactions with students and the instructor, meeting deadlines, writing well, and doing your best.  It may take a little time to get used to not sitting in a classroom, getting immediate feedback from others, or allocating your own study timetable. 

Success in an online course is determined by your readiness.  The instructor will pace the course, but you establish your best schedule for taking the class.  Early morning, late night, or high noon, with an online course, you can study during the optimal time for your learning style.

Plan, Plan, Plan

While you will have flexibility to schedule yourself in an online course, this doesn’t mean you can delay or ignore the class for an extended period of time.  Think about other commitments you have this summer before enrolling.  It’s not recommended that you take a family vacation, and you can’t slow down because of other activities. Plan on spending as much time (or more) learning in an online course as in a face-to-face class.

Be in the Know

As soon as you are given access to the course site, logon and learn about the course, contact the instructor, and figure out what is due and when.  Meeting the instructor’s deadlines is crucial.   If you don’t know what these targets are, you may struggle needlessly. 

Don’t be shy or feel afraid to reach out to the instructor or teaching assistant when you need to for clarification, to double check deadlines, or to seek a mid-point evaluation.  Your instructor is waiting to help, but he or she will expect consistent and timely communication from you for the entirety of the course.

This will be a Rewarding Summer

Online learning involves freedom and challenge, and it will give you a terrific sense of accomplishment.   If you have any questions or concerns about study in an online course, give Tufts Pre-College Programs a call at 617.627.