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A quick guide to understanding pre-college study at Tufts University.What is Tufts Pre-College Program? Who is Eligible? Can my student earn Tufts University Credit? Why should students enroll for non-credit? Why should students enroll for credit? How to transfer the Tufts credit? What we should know about credit load system at Tufts? How to apply? What are the dates? What are the costs? Is there any financial aid? How will tuition be billed and paid? Is summer housing available? Will Tufts University provide an international student with a I-20?
Tufts Pre-College Program is the university’s summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. High schoolers may enroll in Undergraduate Courses and / or in one of our four Pre-College Courses, designed with a high school experience in mind. With either option (or both!), your student has an opportunity to engage in college-level study in the summers before college. With its beautiful campus just outside of Boston, Tufts is the perfect setting for high-achieving high school students to enjoy and learn from the college experience.
YTufts Summer Study is the university’s summer precollege program for high school juniors (class of 2019) and seniors (class of 2018). 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.
*Your Tufts Username is sometimes called a “Tufts User ID” or “UTLN” (Universal Tufts Login Name).
Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to take Pre-College Courses or select Undergraduate courses on a for-credit basis.
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.
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.
After your student’s course is complete, an academic transcript can be requested from Tufts Student Services. With this document, your student can request transfer credit at the college or university he or she attends.
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.
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.
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Pre-College Courses run during Tufts Second Summer Session, from July 5 - August 11). Students enrolling in Undergraduate Courses may enroll in select First Session (May 24th - June 30th) or Second Session (July 5 - August 11th). The exact dates are listed in the course list for each Undergraduate Course.
For commuter (non-residential students), tuition is charged by the course, at $2,800 per course in summer 2017.
Other costs, for example transportation or books, should be factored in as well.
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.
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.
No. Tufts Summer Study is a non-residential, commuter-only program. If you have relative in the greater Boston area, 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.
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. Click here for visa information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.