Get Ready to Explore Boston, Somerville, and Medford | August 22, 2023
Your arrival on campus is just a few days away. Everyone is very much looking forward to welcoming you and helping you begin this new phase of your adult life. In today's message, we highlight our host communities and also share some information about campus resources. See you soon!
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!
Last year, the MBTA's Green Line extension opened with a station just steps from our Medford/Somerville campus, giving you easy access to everything the city offers. You can now take the T to and from the SMFA Boston campus, as well.
Boston also has dozens of colleges and universities that call it home. Meet some of your neighbors!
Cities of Medford and Somerville
Here's a quick list of key places that you're likely to visit when on campus:
Joyce Cummings Center – Check out the Joyce Cummings Center. This is where you will first arrive on campus!
Tisch Library – Tisch Library not only has the books, periodicals, and databases you'll need for coursework, but also it's filled with tons of study spaces.
Mayer Campus Center – Hungry? Thirsty? Looking for a place to relax, have a meeting, or connect with friends? The Mayer Campus Center is a central meeting space for students on the Medford/Somerville campus.
Tufts Dining – Let's eat! There are numerous dining centers on campus. Explore them all!
Student Support – Running into challenges is a normal part of life. When personal, health, family, or any other concerns come up, Student Support can help you access resources, understand your options, and figure out a plan. Come talk to us!
Dean of Students Office – We are a central resource that can help you out when you're not sure where to start. We support an inclusive and safe community for all students and promote leadership development in partnership with many other campus offices. Come visit us in Dowling Hall. (We have free snacks!)
SMFA Art Store – Ranked one of the top five art stores in Boston, the store is special not just because of the breadth of supplies offered and the deeply discounted prices but also because of the knowledgeable staff.
Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center – Students enjoy access to exercise equipment, a pool, and places to practice a large variety of club sports.
Health Service – Located on the Medford/Somerville campus at 124 Professors Row across from Fletcher Field, Health Service is your place for primary health care. The services provided are completely confidential. In-person and telehealth visits are available, and students have access to medical advice after hours and on weekends.
Counseling and Mental Health Service – Counseling and Mental Health Service offers consultation and time-limited individual and group counseling. All services are confidential. The office is located at 120 Curtis Street on the Medford/Somerville campus, and SMFA students are also able to receive mental health services on site at 230 The Fenway.
Getting Involved on Campus
There are more than 360 student organizations at Tufts, and about 93% of your peers participate in one or more of them. JumboLife, our student organization engagement platform, is your one-stop shop for everything student organizations and events. You will be utilizing JumboLife during Orientation in the fall, so feel free to check it out now. We have organizations for arts and performance, media and publications, pre-professional and academic, just to name a few, plus a vibrant club sports program and plenty of leadership opportunities with our student government. Attend the Student Organization Fair on Friday, September 8, at 12 noon–3 p.m. on the Academic Quad to meet the student organizations.
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. Join TUSC for everything from Goat Yoga to Open Mic Nights to the Spring Fling Concert and Senior Week. TUSC has also 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to Know Sustainability at Tufts
From campus operations to the classroom, sustainability at Tufts is a collective effort from people like you that spans across departments, offices, and all of our campuses in Boston, Grafton, and Medford/Somerville.
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) serves as a bridge between Tufts institutional challenges and sustainability education and research led by students like you.
During your time at Tufts, you can get involved with sustainability by:
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