Get ready to start your Tufts experience!
Get ready to start your Tufts experience!
Tufts Student Life
EXPLORE the Tufts Community
MAY 12, 2020
View of Boston from Medford/Somerville campus
Hello Jumbos!
We hope you enjoyed meeting some of our staff members last week! We wanted to begin this week with an update on COVID-19: Tufts University is closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the fall semester as well as Undergraduate Orientation. 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. 

We are committed to providing a welcoming and informative Orientation for incoming students, and look forward to getting to know each of you this fall. As of now, all 2020-2021 academic dates and deadlines on the Academic Calendar remain as scheduled. For additional information, including frequently asked questions, please visit

Now, on to the fun stuff! Did you know Tufts has campuses in downtown Boston, as well as in Grafton, Massachusetts. This week, it's all about introducing you to the Tufts community, including our host cities of Boston, Somerville, and Medford.

What's a Jumbo?

As an incoming Tufts student, you're part of a community that includes over 5,000 undergraduates in Arts & Sciences (including the SMFA at Tufts) and Engineering. You're also part of a larger community that includes almost 6,000 graduate and professional students, 1,500 medical and dental students, 1,200 international students, and 1,400 faculty members. We're a dynamic, passionate, inclusive group -- and we can't wait to meet you!
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The Big Picture: City of Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and it has one of the country's richest histories. The Freedom Trail is likely the city's most popular attraction, and Boston also boasts a large number of museums and theaters, several professional sports teams, and a number of attractions that are free to the public -- especially if they have a Tufts ID!
Boston also has dozens of colleges and universities that call it home. Meet some of your neighbors!
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Closer Up: Cities of Medford and Somerville

Our Medford/Somerville campus is split right down the middle by these two cities. The City of Medford is just north of Boston and was founded the same year, 1630. The City of Somerville was founded in 1842 and is also just north of downtown; it has tons of popular restaurants and attractions, many of which are located just down College Avenue in Davis Square!

Closer Up: The Fenway

Many BFA, Combined Degree, and MFA students take the majority of their courses on our SMFA at Tufts campus in The Fenway. The Fenway is a unique neighborhood in Boston, full of shops and restaurants, and right next door to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Besides being neighbors with the Museum of Fine Arts, SMFA students also enjoy close proximity to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of Boston's most beautiful places!
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Where Is It On Campus?

Here's a quick list of key places that you're likely to visit when on campus:

Getting Involved on Campus

There are over 300 Student Organizations at Tufts, and about 93% of your peers participate in one or more of them. We have groups for Arts and PerformanceMedia, and Club Sports, and there are plenty of leadership opportunities with our Student Government. We also have a group on campus called Another Option that is dedicated to planning substance-free programming at Tufts. 
The Office for Campus Life (OCL) supports all Student Organizations, and its team manages events and works closely with student leaders. The Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC) is a student organization that plans both large- and small-scale events for students. Each TUSC subgroup focuses on a certain type of entertainment, be it live music, film screenings, or events like the Spring Fling Concert and Senior Week. TUSC also has a compiled a list of their favorite places in the Greater Boston Area for those interested in venturing off campus. 
For questions about Student Organizations or campus events, contact OCL anytime:

What are Identity-based Resources?

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Tufts. We provide a variety of resources, programs, and initiatives for all students interested in thinking about social identities and the ways they impact our lives and our world. Our six identity-based Centers offer students opportunities for events, discussion, and leadership on issues of identity, diversity, and social justice. Students of all identities are welcome in each Center.
We'll provide you with a bigger and better introduction to our identity-based Centers and supports later this summer. For now, we hope you enjoy a preview of what the Centers have to offer:

Class of 2024 Events This Week:

Elephant in the Zoom Hangouts
Each week, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting themed hangouts! This week’s hangout will have a regional theme. Join the Zoom for the region you consider home (you’ll get a link an hour before the event!), and maybe show off your hometown love with a virtual background or unique outfit. The first hangout will be this Saturday, May 16 at 8pm EDT.

(Web)ExCollege Classes
Did you know the Experimental College allows current students to teach classes to their peers? Sign up online to teach a 30-60 minute virtual mini-class to your Class of 2024 friends. Whatever your interest (origami, board game strategy, coding – the list goes on!), the only limit is your creativity.
A full schedule of (Web)ExCollege Classes is available online and will kick-off with a Modern Calligraphy Class on Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm EDT. Current Tufts students will also be hosting (Web)ExCollege Classes on tap dancing, gender representation in Star Wars, cooking in college, and more.

Find a work of art from the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) here in Boston or our very own Tufts Art Gallery collection, and recreate it in your home using ordinary items. Show us what you create by posting online using #MuseumChallenge and #Tufts2024. Undergraduate Admissions will feature some of your creationsons on instagram.

Jumbo Talk
If you want to get to know your future classmates and friends more one-on-one, you can sign up to be virtually matched with other Jumbos! Just fill out this form, and based on your interests and preferences, the Undergraduate Admissions team will match you with another student. 
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Reminder: New Student Checklist

Your customized New Student Checklist 2020 will be posted on May 19. Keep a look-out for this important summer "to-do" list. It will include the Housing Survey for all  students, which will open on May 19. It will also include the Academic Essentials module for your program and/or standing,  and the Advising Survey for First-Year BA/BS students.
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