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A few questions on Tufts

chocolate210chocolate210 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
edited May 16 in Tufts University
1. Might be a weird question but what kind of students go to Tufts?
2. Is it heavy on sciences??
3. Is there a lot of research opportunities?
4. Does it have a good psychology program??
5. Is it undergrad focused??

Replies to: A few questions on Tufts

  • ucfdefereucfdefere Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    1.- Tufts students tend to be very studious. This can imply any number of things, but one thing to point out is that Tufts has nowhere near the party culture of schools like BU, BC or even MIT. The student body is comprised of passionate students whose said passions were reflected on in their applications –Tufts cares a lot about their admissions essays.

    2.- Tufts is well known for its Pre-med/Biology programs, so yes, in a way there is a focus on sciences. Engineering, however, is not Tufts' strongest suit, as it is a newer department that was only established in the late 1900's.

    3.- Tufts does have the research opportunities that a University usually is able to provide, but it is mostly focused on undergraduate education, similar to a liberal arts college (like all of its NESCAC peers as well as its former self as Tufts College). Thus, its research opportunities may lag behind larger, more established research Universities such as Harvard.

    4.- Yes, Tufts has a very good Psychology program.

    5.- Yes. As mentioned in my answer to question 3, Tufts is an excellent institution for undergraduates, especially those interested in social sciences/humanities and the Pre-med track.

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,117 Senior Member
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,452 Senior Member
    Re: post #1, Tufts school of engineering was founded in 1898. It's well regarded.
  • ucfdefereucfdefere Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal didn't know that –I had thought it was established once Tufts became a University in the 70's.

    However, I don't seem to know anyone who believes Tufts' engineering department is particularly good, especially compared to its peer schools.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,452 Senior Member
    As an employer, we have found the Tufts grads to be as good as any of the grads from other programs. It's harder to get into the engineering school than the liberal arts college. Yet it seems that every time there are questions about Tufts engineering (not the OP 's question, btw), the negative view is advanced. Not really sure why that is. Do they not have the research grants of others? Fewer students going to grad school? Not as wide a range of types of degrees offered? Interesting.
  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer Registered User Posts: 614 Member

    I applied to Tufts university to study engineering in 1963. According to the Tufts website their engineering school was founded in 1898. See http://engineering.tufts.edu/about

    Larger schools tend to have larger research activity. To a high degree, research in a subject area is a reflection of the size of the graduate school. It might be helpful not to use this measurement to judge the quality of a small engineering program. In 2017, Tufts only had 860 undergraduates majoring in engineering. They do have PhD and MS programs in a number of related fields divided between a couple of schools. It approaches over 220 PhD students and 319 MS students.
  • ucfdefereucfdefere Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I will concede and say that my perspective is purely anecdotal and not at all representative of the actual quality of the engineering program (mostly due to the fact that I myself have not studied engineering at Tufts).

    However, my perspective does seem to ring true in terms of Tufts' reputation as an engineering school. Whether it's warranted or not, I really don't know.
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