Tufts Student Life
MAY 19, 2020
Hello Transfer Students,
Welcome to Tufts!
Below are some tips to get you started academically here at Tufts. Later this summer, you will meet with your advisor virtually to discuss your fall courses. In the meantime, there are some steps for you to take. Please consult the New Student Checklist 2020 
Consult the New Student Checklist 2020

Step 1: Creating your SIS Account

Along with your letter from admissions, you received your username and a temporary password with information about setting up your email account. This also allows you to log on to our Student Information System (SIS). You will use SIS for many things during your time at Tufts.

Step 2: Transfer Credit

You also received an estimate of what courses will transfer to Tufts, but now you must apply for official approval for transfer credit from Tufts faculty through SIS. You can log into your SIS account and simply follow the instructions for submitting each course for possible approval. You should submit all courses, even those that were labeled unlikely in your preliminary evaluation. To apply for credit, you should have your transcript in front of you to make sure the course number and title you enter exactly match what is on your transcript. You will be asked to provide the course description (a link to a description works) and possibly a syllabus, if you have it. Approval will be posted on SIS so that you can follow the progress of your transfer of credit. If you do not see your transfer credits on your SIS unofficial transcript, that means they have not been awarded. Only credits posted to your Tufts transcript will count toward your degree.
If you have not already provided Tufts with an official transcript that includes your spring grades, please have one sent now to Admissions. The Tufts Registrar will determine the amount of credit awarded for each course approved for transfer credit.
  • Students in Liberal Arts may transfer up to 60 Semester-hour units (SHUs) and need a total of 120 SHUs to graduate.
  • As an Engineering student, the number of SHUs required to graduate depends on the specific degree program, but will be at least 120 SHUs. Students in Engineering may transfer in up to half of the required SHUs for their specific degree program.
  • BFA students may transfer in up to 38 of the required 76 studio course SHUs for their degree program and half of the required non-studio course SHUs, between 21-28 SHUs.
  • Combined Degree students may transfer in up to 38 SHUs of the 76 required studio course SHUs for their BFA portion of their degree program and up to half the required non-studio course SHUs. Combined Degree students need a minimum of 96 SHUs of non-studio coursework and 76 SHUs of studio courses to graduate. 

Step 3: Academic Essentials

Academic Essentials will provide you with information about your degree requirements and how to register for courses. Please complete Academic Essentials by July 10th. Newly admitted transfer students are granted access to Academic Essentials in Canvas twice per week. If you are a newly admitted transfer student and you are unable to access Academic Essentials, please make sure that you have set up your Tufts email address and wait to be added to Canvas. You must complete Academic Essentials before you schedule your appointment with your Advising Dean. 

Step 4: Registration

You will be able to register for your fall classes after you have had your advising appointment (phone or virtual) with your Advising Dean. You can use the hyperlinks in our names below to schedule an appointment. You will not be able to schedule an appointment with your Advising Dean until after you have completed Academic Essentials, which you can find on your New Student Checklist, and posted all of your transfer credits. Please note that advising appointments begin on July 13th, at which point you will discuss fall registration.

Step 5: Orientation

As President Monaco shared in his email last week, Tufts University is closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the start of the fall semester as well as Undergraduate Orientation and Pre-Orientation Programs. While we continue to plan for an on-campus fall semester, no decision about when students may come or return to campus has been made. Our priority is the health and safety of our community, and our decisions will be made in consultation with local and state health authorities. As soon as decisions are made, they will be communicated to students and families so everyone can plan accordingly.  


Kendra Barber
Associate Dean, Liberal Arts BA/BS
(Last Names A-G)

Matthew Bellof
Associate Dean, Liberal Arts BA/BS
(Last Names H-O)

Robin Olinsky
Associate Dean, Liberal Arts BA/BS 
(Last Names P-Z & Combined Degree with SMFA & NEC)

Leah Gadd
Associate Dean, Liberal Arts BFA
(Last Names A-Z & Combined Degree with SMFA)

Jennifer Stephan 
Dean of Academic Advising & Undergraduate Studies,
School of Engineering
(Last Names A-Z)

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