Program Dates: Varies by course
Location: Varies by course
Eligible Students: Entering grades 11-12 (all courses & worksjops)
Entering grade 10 (Studio Art courses & wordkshops)
Credit: Tufts Credit (audit option available)
Housing: Commuter only
Program Fee: per course rate
** Meal plans are seperate
Financial Aid: Available, click to learn more
Applications Open: December 1st, 2017
Applications Close: Course-specific
Application Requirements (core): Academic transcript and history
1 letter of recommendation
Course preferences
Commuter Travel Waiver
Optional: standardized test scores

Program fee includes:
Tuition, use of select campus facilities, excursions and daily activities as a part of the specific course in which you enrolled.

Not Included:
Room, meal plan, supervision during free time, airfare/transportation to and from home city or to and from campus, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program.

Summer Session for High Schoolers

Options throughout the Summer.
Commuter only.

Want to take a class or two and get a taste of what it is like to study at Tufts University? Open only to students who can commute to Tufts, this program allows motivated high school students to enroll in up to two Tufts Undergraduate courses or college-level courses designed specifically for high school students. Students can also choose to enroll in Studio Art Workshops or in one of our capstone College Prep Workshops. This program is flexible allowing you to take only the classes you need to meet your summer study objectives.

Join us for your summer studies and share the Tufts experience!

Program Highlights:

  • Top-ranked University just minutes from Boston
  • Earn college credit in 25+ Undergraduate-level courses, most taught by Tufts faculty
  • Get help with Standardized Test Prep or College Essay Writing
  • Attend our hallmark College Prep 101 Workshop that
    • Teaches students the skills they need to succeed in college (and life) and
    • Explores some of our country’s leading Universities through Admissions Tours (e.g., Tufts, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Northeastern, Brown, etc.)
  • Make lifelong friends with students from all over the world!

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Tufts college credit for up to two courses (if credit is selected)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request (must have enrolled in courses)
  • Enhanced understanding of college-level study
  • Skills to navigate the undergraduate experience

Want to enroll in this program as a residential student? Learn more.

Program Structure

Summer Session for High Schoolers is all about rigorous academics on your schedule. Take up to two courses and / or enroll in any of our Studio Art or College Prep Workshops. Students are responsible for getting themselves to class or workshops each day and for managing their time while on campus. Meal plans are available (optional and not included) for students on the Medford / Somerville campus.

Students are placed into courses based on their preferences until the course is full. Pre-College Counselors will be in-touch with students as their course list is finalized.

Below we have described the types of courses available to our high school students through this program. Students can choose to take classes from one category or mix and match across categories.

Courses for Credit

Browse all HS courses

Tufts Undergraduate Courses

Tufts offers courses for every student! Students may choose from 25+ courses offered in 15+ departments. Students can choose to take up to two courses at a time, picked from a selection of Undergraduate courses (in which students will be mixed with real Tufts Undergraduates). Courses may be taken for Tufts credit or on an audit (not for credit) basis. All courses are open to students entering grades 11-12. Studio Art courses are open to students entering grade 10.

Courses are offered throughout June, July, and August on weekdays in Morning, Afternoon, and Evening blocks. Courses may take place on the Medford Campus only. Please check the Summer 2018 course list for details.

Courses Just for High School Students

Tufts Pre-College Courses are college-level courses designed specifically for high school students. These courses are each offered over 6 weeks (July 3rd - August 10th 2018) and can be taken for credit or audit. Tufts Pre-College Courses have been the highlight of many high school students' summers for more than a decade. Choose from among our five hallmark courses and workshops:

  1. Tufts Summer Writing Program
  2. Foundations of Law and Ethics
  3. Health Science Honors
  4. Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing (BIOSEQ)
  5. College Prep 101 Workshop [audit only]

All courses are open to students entering grades 11-12. Students registering for these pre-college courses have the opportunity to sign-up for “College Prep Freebies” on topics like Admissions Essay Writing and Standardized Test Prep. See a list of our workshops here.

SMFA Art Workshops

Studio Art Workshops are offered at various times throughout the week and typically are much shorter in duration than a regular Tufts course. These workshops are open to students in grades 10-12 and are typically taught by School of the Museum of Fine Art faculty. Although they do not offer credit, students register for and attend workshops like any other course.

Student Life

We endeavor to make every moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable for our students. Every piece of the student life experience, from our dining halls to our athletic facilities to our orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

Want to enroll in this program as a residential student? Learn more


Check-in & Orientation

More information about ‘orientation’ opportunities for Summer Session students is forthcoming.

Students are always welcome to visit Tufts Student Services in Dowling Hall with any questions or concerns.


A meal plan is not included for any courses or workshops, with the exception of College Prep 101. Students may choose to purchase a meal plan for the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center where Tufts’ Pre-College Residential students will be eating.

Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan and an organic salad bar. Please see our Dining Services page for more details.

University Facilities

Students will have full access to the university’s facilities including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.

Health & Wellness

The procedure for Health & Wellness access depends on the campus of the course a student is taking. Please visit this page for more information or contact

In a medical emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Safety & Security

Campus Safety

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.


Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies, including the following: