Tuition and Fees
Location: Tufts University
Medford / Somerville Campus
Eligible Students: Entering grades 11-12 and must be at least 15 by program start
Credit: Not for credit
Housing: Tufts dormitory with air conditioning (OR Commute if local)
Supervision: Full-time support staff 1:10 RA ratio
Program Fee: Forthcoming
Financial Aid: Limited scholarship funding available<
Applications Open: December 1, 2018
Applications Close: April 1, 2019
Application Requirements (core): Academic transcript and history
1 letter of recommendation
Optional: standardized test scores

Program fee for residential students includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day (brunch and dinner on Sunday), use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.

Program fee for commuter students includes:
Tuition, lunch each day, use of select campus facilities, closing dinner, excursions and daily activities outlined as a part of the program schedule.

Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten apart from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses. For Commuter Students, non-program weekend and evening activities, breakfast, dinner (except for closing dinner), housing, and daily transportation are not included.

Disclaimer:
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.

Tufts Pre-College Intensive:
Engineering Design Lab

July 14 – July 26, 2019
2 weeks. Not for Credit.
Residential or Commuter.

Engineering design is the practical application of the science and theory of engineering to the needs of the real world. Through team-based projects in our brand new state-of-the art maker space, lectures, and guest speakers students will examine not just the ‘how’ but the ‘why’ of engineering projects preparing them for the way real engineering projects work! All while meeting new friends and experiencing life on the campus of Tufts University.

Just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts University’s Medford / Somerville tranquil campus sits on a hill overlooking the city. Tufts’ location offers a relaxed and safe campus environment with easy access to Boston.

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

Program Highlights:

  • Top-ranked university just minutes from Boston
  • Study engineering and design thinking with world-class faculty
  • Work in teams to apply engineering theory to real world problems
  • Hear from expert faculty leading their fields
  • Visit Boston-area college campuses for admissions sessions with your peers
  • Have fun on weekend activities
  • Become lifelong friends with students from all over the world!

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Understanding of the fields of Engineering and Design
  • Ability to evaluate the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of engineering problems and projects
  • Improved collaboration and team project skills
  • Enhanced understanding of college life

Not for you? Check out one of our other programs.

Program Structure
Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule (to be finalized)

Sunday, July 14 Monday, July 15 Tuesday, July 16 Wednesday, July 17 Thursday, July 18 Friday, July 19 Saturday, July 20
7:00 - 8:50 am Check-in and Registration Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:00 - 11:30 am introductions, overiew of program,1st design challenge continued Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom)
11:30 am - 11:45 pm Break Break Break Break Break
11:45 - 1:00 pm AM Continued GUEST SPEAKERS GUEST SPEAKERS GUEST SPEAKERS GUEST SPEAKERS
1:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:30 pm Intro to Maker Space Design Challenge Design Challenge Design Challenge TOUR OF TUFTS & NORTHEASTERN ENGINEERING SCHOOLS
3:30 - 3:45 pm Break Break Break Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work
5:00 - 6:00 pm Orientation and Opening Dinner Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00 pm


Sunday, July 21 Monday, July 22 Tuesday, July 23 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday, July 25 Friday, July 26 Saturday, July 27
7:00 - 8:50 am Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Departure
9:00 - 11:30 am PROJECT LAUNCH Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION
11:30 am - 11:45 pm Break Break Break Break Break
11:45 - 1:00 pm GUEST SPEAKERS GUEST SPEAKERS GUEST SPEAKERS FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION Final Project Presentations
1:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:30 pm PROJECT Team Formation FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION Final Project Presentations
3:30 - 3:45 pm Break Break Break Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work TA Discussion Session/Supervised Work FINAL PROJECT WORK SESSION CLEAN UP & DOCUEMENTATION
5:00 - 6:00 pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00 pm

Information for:

Residential Students

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 dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

Check-in and Orientation

Check-in will begin at Harleston Hall at 9am on Sunday, July 14th. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in anytime between 9am and 5pm. During check in, room assignments will be distributed and students will have the opportunity to meet their RAs and roommates and unpack.

Students arriving internationally or from the West Coast may have the option to arrive on Saturday if there is no possibility of arriving on Sunday. For students arriving from out of town, there is a shuttle service from the airport and train/bus station for students arriving from out of state. We provide a lot of details about Travel after you have been admitted to the program.

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 14th. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand to address any issues.

Activities & Trips

We want your summer to be fun too! It is summer after all! Summerfuel will be planning trips and activities throughout the summer that will allow students to make friends, build relationships, and relax from the world-class academic work they will be doing in the classroom.

Weekend trips might include excursions to Six Flags New England, Crane Beach in Ipswich, downtown Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Duck Boat tours, Charles River Cruises, and more! The cost of any such excursions (including transportation, entrance fees, regularly scheduled meals, and supervision) is included in the cost of the program, although souvenirs, extra food, and other incidentals is not.

Daily activities might include ice cream socials, midnight pancakes, trips to local coffee houses for poetry readings, lectures around campus, visits to Davis Square, etc. The cost of most of these activities will be included, however incidentals like coffee at the coffee house or public transportation fares for an optional activity will not be covered by the program.

Residential Life

Residential Students will get the full Tufts University experience by spending their 2 weeks living in on-campus in one of Tufts Undergraduate dorms: Harleston Hall! Tufts partners with Summerfuel, a well-known provider of High School summer programming, to provide top quality residential and social experiences for its students. Rooms are air-conditioned, 24/7 security and hospitality is available, and accessible rooms are available upon request.

Bedrooms will be doubles on a common hall. Halls are divided by gender and age and students are grouped into smaller communities known as Resident Advisor groups. Roommates and RA groups are determined based on the pre-program housing questionnaire and taking into account age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and towels will be provided and will be replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Resident Advisors (RA) will live on each hall and will work to create a strong, supportive residential community. A Resident Advisor’s role is to support students in every aspect of their summer experience while serving as a mentor and active leader. Summerfuel Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.

Dining

Residential program fees include three meals per day and brunch / dinner on Sundays. All meals on campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and an organic salad bar. When we are off campus on weekends, meals will be provided off-site. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

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

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns. Tufts and Summerfuel staff will work together to ensure students’ routine medical needs are met.

Tufts also has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, illnesses, or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

For health and wellness emergencies, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Safety & Security

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each staff member is carefully vetted through a written application, personal interview, professional reference check and mandatory background check.

Residential Staff

Residential staff will support students as they adjust to living in a dormitory and being responsible members of a summer program community. The residence staff will include a director, senior staff and one resident advisor for every ten students. Prior to the program, residence staff will be trained to lead student groups, manage student conflict and resolution and oversee all safety aspects on program. They will begin the program well prepared to meet the needs of all Tufts Pre-College Program students.

This summer's team will be led by George Kinzel, a 20+ year Summerfuel veteran. George has spent his previous summers directing the Summerfuel Amherst program before it was relocated this year to Tufts.

Meet George

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic sessions each day. Attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an event organized by the residential staff or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry or relaxing in the dorm. Students are allowed freedom to explore with friends within specified areas surrounding the campus. In the evenings, students will check in with residence staff, and staff will often use that time to catch up on the day’s events. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus without the supervision of an RA or a staff member.

Security

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 and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

Harleston Hall is accessible with a current and valid Tufts ID card, which is required for entry into the building and a mechanical key for your bedroom door. Tufts University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance. The Summerfuel office is located in the building’s entrance corridor and serves as the information and security hub for students.

A dedicated residential staff oversees student safety during the entirety of the program. Students are honor bound to follow clear safety protocols whether on campus or in the city, and are required to use the buddy system during free time.

See our section below for additional information and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

Commuter Students

Commuting to the Program

We know that for some students, living on campus is not the best option. We still welcome you to our program! For commuter students, the program will begin at 5pm on July 14th with an orientation and end at 8pm on Friday, July 26th with a closing dinner. Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st are NOT program days and commuter students should not come to campus on those days. During each day of the program, commuter students must arrive on campus at 8:45am to the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall so they can walk over to their language classes with their friends. Students must depart from campus by 6pm at the latest, though students may leave at the end of the TA discussion sessions at 5pm. Students remaining on campus past 6pm or on non-program days will not be under the care of program staff (parents accept responsibility) except on the first Sunday and last Friday of the program, on which days the end of the opening / closing dinners (8pm) will be the official departure time for students.

Commuter students and their parents are responsible for ensuring their student travels to and from campus safely and on time each day. Detailed information about traveling to the Medford / Somerville campus, including details on parking, can be found here.

Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. Breakfast / dinner are not provided for these students.

Orientation

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 14th. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand to address any issues.

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 dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

Dining

Commuter program fees include lunch each day of the program. All meals on campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and an organic salad bar. When we are off campus on weekends, meals will be provided off-site. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

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

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns.

Tufts has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, illnesses, or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

In any type of health & wellness emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day. Attendance is taken at each class. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus during class time without the supervision of a staff member. Commuter students’ commute to campus and time before 8:45am or after 6pm will not be monitored by program staff, although Tufts community members have Tufts University Police Department and other campus safety protocols available at all times.

Security

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.

Policies

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