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Application & Enrollment Key Dates

Program Application Opens Application & Admissions Documents Deadline Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
6 Week Programs
Summer Session for High Schoolers December 1 April 1 Course-specific* 2 weeks prior to first class
Tufts College Experience December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 8
Tufts Summer Research Experience December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 8
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs
Engineering Design Lab December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 22
International Relations December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 29
Leadership for Social Change December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 15
Programming & App Design December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 22
Studio Art at  SMFA at Tufts December 1 April 1 May 15 or upon enrollment thereafter June 15
Summer Study Abroad
Tufts Summit Open Now March 9th Contact Contact

Program Eligibility

*Deadlines are driven by the specific courses students intend to enroll in. Please see the Summer Session academic calendar for more details.

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. This page includes instructions for both types of students.

For residential students, please note: you must be at least 15 and no older than 17 at the start of the program.

Student Eligibility by Program
Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
6 Week Programs
Summer Session for High Schoolers Entering Grades 10-12
Tufts College Experience Entering Grades 11-12
Tufts Summer Research Experience Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start 
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs
Engineering Design Lab Entering Grades 10-12
International Relations Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start 
Leadership for Social Change Entering Grades 10-12
Programming & App Design Entering Grades 10-12
Studio Art at  SMFA at Tufts Entering Grades 10-12
Summer Study Abroad
Tufts Summit Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start, 2+ years of formal French instruction

Non-Native English Speakers

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will be asked to submit documents demonstrating your proficiency in English. The following are our eligibility standards:

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Test or Course Test Score or Course Grade
Paper-Based TOEFL 600 or above
Computer-Based TOEFL 250 or above
Internet-Based TOEFL 90 or above
IELTS 6.5 or above
CET-4 550 or above
CET-6 520 or above
Intermediate English Course Transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years
All-English High School or Middle School Transcript demonstrating 1+ years

Pre-College Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Pre-College review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at or 617-627-0609.

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 reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.”

Admitted Students

Deposit to Reserve a Seat

Admitted students may reserve their seat by submitting a non-refundable deposit. Until a deposit is received, the student is not guaranteed a spot in the program.

The non-refundable deposit is as follows:

Program Non-refundable Deposit
6 Week Programs
Summer Session for High Schoolers n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)
Tufts College Experience $550
Tufts Summer Research Experience $550
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs
Engineering Design Lab $550
International Relations $550
Leadership for Social Change $550
Programming & App Design $550
Studio Art at  SMFA at Tufts $550
Summer Study Abroad
Tufts Summit $500

This deposit will be requested through the application system and can be paid directly in your application account.

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirm enrollment with final program materials and fees. In order to be considered enrolled in the program, students are required to pay the balance of their program fees and to submit additional documentation that will enable us to ensure their safe participation in our programs. Students will not be able to start the program if their payment and forms have not been received by the deadlines outlined below. Final payment for programs can be made through your application account and, for most programs is due on May 15th or on enrollment thereafter. Please seen the “Key Dates” section above for exceptions. Please note:

  • Students not paying in full by this date will be un-enrolled from the program.
  • Students submitting applications after the final payment due date will be required to make their payment in full to reserve their seat in the program in lieu of a deposit

In addition to making the final payment, there are a series of waivers and documents that students must submit to ensure a safe program experience. These forms will be requested through the Admitted Student portal or through email after admission.

  • All Students
    • Program dependent – Health Information
    • Program dependent – Health Consent
    • Program dependent – Immunization Record demonstrating vaccines or history of the disease for: TDAP, MMR (2 doses), Meningitis (last 5 years, residential students only), and Varicella (2 doses)
    • Parent Agreement
    • Student Agreement
    • Consent to Release Student Information
    • Publicity Consent
    • Obligation to Pay
  • Commuter Students
    • Commuter Travel Information and Waiver
  • Residential Students
    • Roommate selection form
    • Travel Information form
    • Student ID information
    • Waiver to leave campus without a chaperone
  • Students Enrolled in Health Science Honors
    • Supplemental Release
  • International Students
    • International Student Information Form

Please note that enrollment in any Tufts Summer Pre-College Program is contingent on the receipt of the fees and materials described above.

International Students

Visa Application

Summer at Tufts welcomes international students in all of its programs. Once you have been accepted to a program through the process above, you must obtain a visa.

Tufts will provide students who have been accepted through the process above with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, which is needed for acquisition of an eligible study visa.

Delivery of the I-20 form will be conducted through University Express Mail Services (UEMS), a secure express service for delivery of important documents between you and Tufts using reliable shipping companies. International students must create an account to be able to receive important documents from Tufts University.

After account creation, follow system prompts to set up delivery of important documents from Tufts Summer Session to you. Be sure that you select "Tufts Summer Session" when setting up the delivery. Other programs at Tufts University use UEMS, and an error in UEMS will cause delay or result in a possible loss of the opportunity to study at Tufts.

Payment for shipping through the UEMS service is the responsibility of the applicant. Options exist for payment, which include credit card, PayPal, or wire transfer.

International Student Advisor Interview

An interview with a Tufts International Student Advisor is required. You will be emailed instructions on how to meet the designated officer. Failure to complete this step will result in immediate withdrawal from your course(s). This will invalidate your visa, putting your stay in the U.S. at risk.