The Bulletin 2020-2021: Academic Policies and Procedures

Through this bulletin, announcement is made of the general rules, regulations, fees, and schedules in effect as of the date of publication. This bulletin is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between the university and any applicant, student, or other party. The university reserves its right to make changes, without notice, in any course offerings, requirements, policies, regulations, dates, and financial or other information contained in this bulletin. Published by the Trustees of Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 02155.

Presidents of Tufts University

Anthony P. Monaco
President, 2011–present

Lawrence S. Bacow
President, 2001–2011
Emeritus, 2011–present

John DiBiaggio
President, 1992–2001
Emeritus, 2001–present

Jean Mayer
President, 1976–1992
Chancellor, 1992–1993

Burton Crosby Hallowell
President, 1967–1976

Leonard Chapin Mead
Acting President, 1966–1967

Nils Yngve Wessell
Acting President, 1953
President, 1953–1966

Leonard Carmichael
President, 1938–1952

George Stewart Miller
Acting President, 1937–1938

John Albert Cousens
Acting President, 1919–1920
President, 1920–1937

Hermon Carey Bumpus
President, 1914–1919

William Leslie Hooper
Acting President, 1912–1914

Reverend Frederick William Hamilton
Acting President, 1905–1906
President, 1906–1912

Reverend Elmer HewittCapen
President, 1875–1905

Reverend Alonzo Ames Miner
President, 1862–1875

John Potter Marshall
Acting President, 1861–1862

Reverend Hosea Ballou II
President, 1853–1861

About Tufts University

International, student-centered, Tufts University is dedicated to academic rigor and interdisciplinary research that addresses the most critical issues facing our world. Rooted in the best traditions of learning and scholarship, Tufts is committed to educating tomorrow’s global leaders in all disciplines and fields through innovation in its teaching and research.

Since its founding in 1852 by members of the Universalist Church, Tufts has grown from a small liberal arts college into a nonsectarian university of approximately 10,800 students on four campuses. The trustees of Tufts College voted to make Tufts coeducational in 1892, and the first women were graduated in 1896. Although women applied to Tufts almost immediately after its founding in 1852, they were denied admission until the 1890s. With the founding of Jackson College for Women in 1910—named for Cornelia Maria Jackson, the benefactor who did the most to promote women’s education at Tufts—women’s education gained security at the institution.

At Tufts, creating excellence in education is forged through a philosophy that is forward-thinking, imaginative, and responsive to the fast-paced evolution of technology, politics, the sciences, our global society, and the arts.

Our Schools

The largest division of the university is the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. This division comprises the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the College of Special Studies, and Summer Session. The university’s graduate and professional schools are the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The schools are located on Tufts’ campuses in Medford/Somerville, Boston, and North Grafton, Massachusetts. Students may also study at the Tufts European Center, located in an eleventh-century monastery in Talloires, France. Tufts is also affiliated with the New England Conservatory of Music, providing joint graduate and undergraduate programs and flexible cross-registration.

The Undergraduate Experience

Undergraduate study is on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus, situated on a hill about five miles northwest of Boston. It is a tranquil New England setting within easy access by subway and bus to the cultural, social, and entertainment resources of Boston and Cambridge.

Tufts is a student-centered institution, where support for students’ personal and academic development is embedded into the organization and ethos of the university. The Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is committed to scholarship of the highest order and teaching of exacting quality, while equally dedicated to providing a friendly, open, and intellectually rich and stimulating environment. This environment is one of the reasons Tufts is one of the most highly competitive universities in the country.

Tufts has programs abroad in Britain, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, and Spain. More than 40 percent of undergraduates choose to spend their junior year abroad to add a strong international dimension to their education. This experience adds to the international flavor of the Tufts campus when they return for their senior year.

More than 98 percent of enrolling students expect to pursue graduate or professional studies, and annually Tufts students are the recipients of such prestigious academic awards as Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, and Beinecke scholarships and fellowships.

Accreditation of Tufts University

Tufts University is a privately endowed institution founded in 1852 and has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) since 1929, and its accreditation by NEASC encompasses the entire institution. Tufts underwent a comprehensive evaluation in March 2013 and was accredited by the Commission in September 2013. The NEASC accepted The University’s Fifth Year interim report in May 2018. NEASC establishes and maintains high standards of educational excellence through self-evaluation and peer review. Institutions demonstrating that they meet these standards are accredited and thus members of NEASC. The CIHE, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is one of seven accrediting commissions that provide accreditation regionally.

Some programs and degrees at Tufts have been accredited by additional specialist agencies:

  • B.A./M.A. in Art History, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation.
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society.
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • B.S. in Computer Science, accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • M.A. and Ed.S. in School Psychology, accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Studio Art Certificate (post-baccalaureate), accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation.
  • Studio Art Diploma, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation.
  • M.A.T. in Art Education (grades PreK–8 and 5–12), accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation
  • M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies, accredited by the National association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation.
  • M.A. in German with Teacher Licensure, accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • M.A.T. in Elementary STEM, accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • M.A.T. in Middle and High School, accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • B.F.A., M.F.A. accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s  (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation.
  • Professional Entry Level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
  • M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
  • Dental Education, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.
  • Medical Education, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • Master of Public Health, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
  • Physician Assistant Program (Master of Medical Science), accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association. The Tufts University Police Department has been accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (AVMA).