Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the BLAST program?

The program is designed to give incoming liberal arts students an opportunity to take two Tufts University courses in the School of Arts and Sciences for credit. Students also participate in academic and college life workshops that are designed to help new Jumbos successfully make the transition from high school to college.

What are the qualifications needed to participate in the BLAST program?

While there are no grade or GPA cutoffs or requirements, students selected to participate in BLAST are usually receiving financial aid and are first in their families to attend a four-year university. Scholars may also be the first from their high school to be admitted to Tufts.

Is this a remedial program?

No, it isn't. Our goal is to help students adjust to college life while providing a head start on the upcoming academic experience.

What are the program dates?

The dates for BLAST summer typically span 6 weeks starting the first week of July and ending in Early August.

How many student scholars are in the program?

We now have a total of 131 scholars across all 4 years, including our program alumni.

I have received an acceptance letter, but have also been presented with another summer opportunity (internship). Will I be able to accept both opportunities?

Unfortunately, no. BLAST is a full-time program; you will have activities scheduled from morning until the evening, Monday through Friday. It's also a residential program, so you will be living on campus six weeks.

Will I be able to have an on-campus job over the summer?

No, as described in the answer to question 6, your time will be spent exclusively on classwork and BLAST program activities. All participants will receive a $1000 work replacement stipend at the completion of the summer program.

What courses will I take?

All students will take two courses for credit. All students will take a writing intensive History course and a Math course.

May I be allowed to visit home or have visitors?

Yes, you can go home and have visitors on the weekends, as long as these trips do not interfere with program responsibilities.

What activities are planned during the program?

There will be several organized field trips into Boston during the six-week program. Scholars will also participate in an overnight experience at the Loj in New Hampshire one weekend.

What do I bring?

Bring only what is needed for the six week period; we encourage scholars to keep the materials you bring to a minimum.

How much does it cost?

The program is free for all students. Tuition, room and board, unlimited dining, travel costs, and textbooks, will be provided by the program. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a $1,000 stipend.

Will transportation be provided from the airport to campus?

Yes. Transportation will be provided from the airport/train station to Tufts University and back to the airport/ train station on your departure date.

May I arrive late?

No. The second summer session goes by very quickly and missing one day of class is like missing three days of regular semester hours. Our travel agents will work with you to make sure that you arrive on time. Attendance of all classes is required.

Where will I live?

Scholars live together in Hill Hall. The dormitory floors are coed; however, bathrooms and bedrooms are not.

Will storage be provided for scholars belongings at the end of the program?

We will provide students with information on storage options at the end of the program. Keep in mind that storage space is minimal so students should only bring necessities to campus.

Can I stay on campus at the conclusion of the program?

No. All students will be required to return home at the end of the program.

Does the program continue into the fall semester?

Yes. Scholars will be in a pre-major advising course together in the fall and spring semester. Scholars will continue to meet with the BLAST director and participate in sponsored programs. The program will support scholars through graduation.