BEAST Building Engagement and Access for Students at Tufts

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COVID-19 Update- As Tufts University closely monitors the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the start of the fall semester, we recognize that Pre-Orientation programs will need to look different to prioritize the safety of our community. The Pre-Orientation team is considering a wide range of options including both virtual and in-person programming and remains excited about providing incoming students with the opportunity to participate. Any change in programming will be reflected in the cost to participate and communicated before students are asked to secure their spot. As you explore our various program pages please note that dates are subject to change.

BEAST is a free 4-day Pre-Orientation program that focuses on the unique social and cultural experiences specific to students who may be the first in their families to attend college, and for students seeking guidance on navigating financial and academic resources at Tufts.

BEAST provides participants support by acquainting them with useful resources, and skills to navigate the sometimes complicated social and academic aspects of college life, all while connecting them to members of our community who are instrumental in helping our students succeed. Additionally, we strive to promote the development of self-awareness and confidence among first years and provide opportunities for leadership development to participants and staff members. This program is aimed to empower students and enhance the student experience for those who are first generation college goers, low income, have undocumented status, or otherwise seek such a program. Our peer leaders will help guide and mentor incoming students, connecting them to the wealth of staff, resources, and communities available to them. Using their personal experience, each leader will share their solutions to overcoming some of the pitfalls common to the first year of college.