Academic Advice and Support

We support you in understanding academic expectations, opportunities and resources. We can help you reflect on your experience so far, and identify your goals and interests moving forward.

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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Aug 29, 2018

The full schedule for New Student Orientation schedule is available here: http://students.tufts.edu/orientation/calendar

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Compare the Old and New Credit-Hour Systems

Do you have any of the following questions about how the old credit-hour system compares with the new system that will be adopted in June 2018?

  • How many credits should I register for?
  • What is a full-time course load?
  • How many credits can I transfer?
  • How is the HASS requirement affected?
  • What does a double major entail?
  • Are requirements for the Dean's List impacted?
  • What about Latin honors?

Review our chart that compares the old credit-hour system with the new system!

Compare the Old and New Credit-Hour Systems

Academic Standing: Updated Criteria for BA and BS Students

The criteria for determining the academic standing of BA and BS students have been revised as a result of recommendations provided to the Academic Standing Committees for the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering by the Mental Health Task Force. The criteria have also been adjusted as a result of the Change to the Credit Hour System in June 2018. (Please note that there are separate criteria for determining the standing of BFA students, which remain unchanged.)

Beginning in Fall 2018
  • A BA/BS student will be sent an academic alert at the end of any semester in which they earn fewer than 12 SHUs but more than 4 SHUs and/or failed one course of any SHU value.
  • A BA/BS student will be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester in which they earn 4 SHUs or fewer and/or a semester GPA lower than 2.0 and/or failed to make satisfactory progress as defined by number of credits earned at the end of any semester beyond their first semester (see table below).
  • To return to good academic standing, in the following semester a BA/BS student must complete a minimum of 12.0 SHUs and earn a minimum term GPA of 2.0.
  • Satisfactory Progress for all BA/BS students will be defined as follows: 
 
Semester-hour units (SHUs) - Fall
Semester-hour units (SHUs) - Spring
First Year 12 24
Sophomore 39 54
Junior 70 86
Spring Seniors 102 120

 

Full information about Academic Standing for BA/BS students can be found on the Academic Advising website and in the 2018-19 Bulletin (available in August 2018). A comparison of Academic Policies before and after the June 2018 credit conversion is also available online. Students with questions about Academic Standing are invited to contact their Advising Dean (Liberal Arts BA/BS, Liberal Arts BFA, or Engineering).

Register for COP24!

Register now to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from December 3 – 14, 2018! All members of the Tufts community –undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni of any discipline—are welcome to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Visit Tufts Institute of the Environment’s website  for more information on COP24, and to apply!

Register for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24)

COP24

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