Post-Grad Opportunities

Maybe you want to go to medical school, but not right away. More than half of the people matriculating into US medical schools have taken one or more growth years between college and medical school. Close to 70% of Tufts applicants take time between college graduation and medical school to work, volunteer or do a service program.

Why Wait to Apply?

Medical school admissions committees look very favorably on older applicants. A pause between graduation and matriculation at medical school can be a very good idea for a number of reasons:

  • It gives you a chance to do something you may not have the chance to do after you become a physician -- maybe while earning money for your future education
  • When you apply, medical schools will see four years of grades instead of three and students generally do better in their final two years
  • Many students feel that after four years of college they need a break before starting four more years of intense study
  • Both your recommenders and admissions committees frequently see you as a more interesting and mature candidate

Common Growth Year Activities for Tufts Alums


The Career Center and Office of Scholar Development have a great deal of information and fellowship listings.


Participants engage in intensive service opportunities at nonprofits and organizations around the country.

National Health Corps

The largest, health-related AmeriCorps program facilitates access to healthcare for underserved populations.

The National Institutes of Health

The NIH provides training programs for all degree levels.