First Year and Transfer Students

Advising and Course Selection

If you’re a first-year student, we have a strong Advising Team that supports Liberal Arts BA/BS, Liberal Arts BFA, and Engineering students. This network expands even further when you choose an advisor and select a major.

Can Help You With
Pre-Major or Major Advisor Course selection, major exploration, discussion & development of intellectual interests, referral to university resources
Senior Academic Advisor Course selection, campus life questions, major exploration/comparison, policy questions, university resource questions
Advising Dean All of the above plus academic difficulty, extended absences/leaves, petitions for policy exceptions, residency requirement, fulfilling degree requirements


First Year JumboCourse Selection

At Tufts, we do not tell you what to think or what courses to select. Rather, we help you take charge of your thinking, set goals, and come up with innovative plans to reach them.

You will register for fall classes on Labor Day weekend, after meeting in person with your academic advisor. You can prepare for this over the summer by reflecting on your interests and browsing the online course selections.

In July, you will receive information about SIS, our student information system. In preparation for conversations with your academic advisor, you will be able to store any courses you are interested in your SIS shopping cart. You can learn more about using SIS on the Registrar website

Degree Requirements

Liberal Arts BA/BS

Liberal Arts BFA


Information about Majors and Minors

The StAAR Center

The StAAR Center, located in Dowling Hall, facilitates out-of-classroom learning through one-on-one and group sessions in many course subjects, time management, study skills, writing, and public speaking.