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Program Overview

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 vibrant Medford / Somerville 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 with world-class faculty
  • Work in teams to apply engineering theory to real-world problems
  • Hear from expert faculty who are leaders in their fields
  • Visit Boston-area college campuses for admissions sessions with your peers
  • Have fun at weekend activities
  • Become lifelong friends with students from all over the world!

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Deeper understanding of the fields of engineering and design
  • Experience with rapid prototyping and the client-centered design process
  • Hands-on practice with maker technologies
  • Ability to evaluate the “why” and “how” of engineering problems and projects
  • Improved collaborative and team project skills
  • Enhanced understanding of college life

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

    Program Detail

    Week 1 Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule

    Times Sunday, July 14 Monday, July 15 Tuesday, July 16 Wednesday, July 17 Thursday, July 18 Friday, July 19
    7:00am - 8:50am Check-in & Registration Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast

    9:00am - 11:30am

    Introductions, overview of program & 1st design challenge Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom)  
    11:30am - 11:45am Break Break Break Break Break  
    11:45am - 1:00pm AM Activity Continued Guest Speakers Guest Speakers Guest Speakers Guest Speakers  
    1:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  
    2:00pm - 3:30pm Intro to Maker Space Design Challenge Design Challenge Design Challenge Tour of Tufts and Northeastern Engineering Schools  
    3:30pm - 3:45pm Break Break Break Break    
    3:45pm - 5:00pm   TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work  
    5:00pm - 6:00pm Orientation & Opening Dinner Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time  
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  

    Week 2 Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule

    Times Monday, July 22 Tuesday, July 23 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday, July 25 Friday, July 26 Saturday, July 27
    7:00am - 8:50am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Departure
    9:00am - 11:30am Project Launch Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Engineering Design & Instruction (Classroom) Final Project Work Session Final Project Work Session  
    11:30am - 11:35am Break Break Break Break Break  
    11:45am - 1:00pm Guest Speakers Guest Speakers Guest Speakers Final Project Work Session Final Project Presentations  
    1:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  
    2:00pm - 3:30pm Final Project Team Formation Final Project Work Session Final Project Work Session Final Project Work Session Final Project Presentations  
    3:30pm - 3:45pm Break Break Break Break    
    3:45pm - 5:00pm TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work TA Discussion Session / Supervised Work Final Project Work Session Clean up & Documentation  
    5:00pm - 6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time  
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  

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    Residential Students

    Check-in & Orientation  |  Residential Life  |  Residential Staff  |  Dining  |  Activities & Trips  |  Supervision  | Campus Security

    Check-in & Orientation

    Check-in will begin at Harleston Hall at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 14. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 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 arriving on Sunday is not possible. For students arriving from out of town or out of state, 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 5 p.m. on July 14. 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.

    Residential Life

    Residential students will get the full Tufts University experience by spending their two 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 take 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 supports 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.

    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 10 students. Prior to the program, residence staff will be trained to lead student groups, manage student conflict and resolution, and oversee all safety aspects of the 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, which was relocated this year to Tufts.

    Meet George

    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.

    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 to allow students to make friends, build relationships, and take a break 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 are not.

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

    Supervision

    Students are required to attend all classes and academic sessions each day. Attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may opt to attend an event organized by the residential staff, or take part in 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.

    Campus 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 judgment 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 who 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 policy section below for additional information and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

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    Commuter Students

    Commuting to the ProgramOrientationDining | Supervision | Campus Security

    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 5 p.m. on July 14 with an orientation and end at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26 with a closing dinner. Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 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 8:45 a.m. to the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall so they can walk over to their language classes with their friends. Students must depart from campus by 6 p.m. at the latest, though students may leave at the end of the TA discussion sessions at 5 p.m.. Students remaining on campus past 6 p.m. 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, when end of the opening/closing dinners (8 p.m.) 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 is not provided for these students.

    Orientation

    All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5 p.m. on July 14. 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.

    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.

    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 8:45 a.m. or after 6 p.m. 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.

    Campus 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.

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    Life at Tufts

    Student Life & Campus Tour | University Facilities | Health & Wellness | Supervision | Campus Security

    Student Life & Campus Tour

    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

    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.

    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 students are accepted to the program, Tufts will ask them 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.

    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.

    Campus 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.

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    Application Materials & Deadlines

    Apply Now 

    Application & Key Enrollment Dates

    Program Application Opens Application & Admissions Document Deadline Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
    Engineering Design Lab December 1 April 1 April 30 or upon enrollment thereafter June 22

    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.

    Student Eligibility

    Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
    Engineering Design Lab Entering Grades 10-12

    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 550 or above
    Computer-Based TOEFL 213 or above
    Internet-Based TOEFL 79 or above
    IELTS 7.0 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

    Application Requirements

    Please note that, for students under 18, parents will be asked to confirm their approval of the application. The application will ask you for the following:

    Application Information & Requirements

    Basic Personal Information Recommender Contact Information Test Scores Academic History & Transcript Other Requirements
    Yes

    1

    Optional

    Yes

    n/a
    Official High School Transcript (back to 9th grade)

    Delivery Options:

    • Mailed to:
      Tufts Pre-College Programs
      Dowling Hall
      419 Boston Avenue
      Medford, MA 02155
    • Emailed: 
      By your high school to summer@tufts.edu
    Parent Permission Form

    As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide your parent/guardian name and contact information. Once you submit your application, our systems will email the parent/guardian you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online parent permission form.

    Letter of Recommendation

    If your application requires a letter of recommendation, you will be asked to provide and name and contact information for the person you would like to write your letter. This person can be a teacher, counselor, mentor, etc. Once you have entered the contact information, our system will send this person an email with instructions for how to submit their letter of recommendation online.

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    Tuition & Fees

    Program Rates

    Residential rate: $5,250
    Commuter rate: $4,000

    Additional Information & Related Policy Information

    • Materials Fee: $200 in estimated fees for lab supplies
    • Deposit required (see below)
    • In no cases are incidentals, medical / dental fees, transportation to / from the Program covered in the program fees

    Deposits & Health Insurance

    Non-Refundable Program Deposit: $550

    • A pre-payment on tuition is required to reserve space in the program
    • This deposit will be applied toward program tuition and is not an additional fee
    • The balance of payment for tuition is due upon notification of charges, and no later than April 1, 2019
    • This deposit is non-refundable in the event of withdrawal from the program

    Health Insurance 2018: $282

    Health Insurance 2019: TBD (Coverage dates: TBD)

    • All high school students enrolled in Tufts College Experience or Pre-College Intensives must carry valid U.S.-based health insurance
    • Students will be asked to provide evidence of sufficient insurance during the enrollment process. If your student has sufficient insurance, no further action will be necessary.
    • Those who do not have sufficient insurance will be asked to purchase a plan during the enrollment process.

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    Financial Aid

    Tufts Pre-College Programs are committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds to Tufts’ campus. Although we have only limited financial aid available, we do our best to distribute the funds to students for whom it can make the greatest difference in their ability to attend.

    Availability of Awards

    Each of the programs offering financial aid in this way offers a very limited number of scholarships, typically covering 75—100% of the program fee based on demonstrated need. We will distribute two awards in February and will continue to issue awards in March and April, until all available funds have been distributed.

    Please note, international students are not eligible for financial aid at this time. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc

    Process

    1. Complete the Admissions Application for the pre-college program you would like to attend.
    2. Submit a Financial Aid Application (found below) for that program to summer@tufts.edu.
      1. Deadlines. Submit by the dates below to be considered for that month’s review cycle. Submissions will not be considered after available funds have been distributed.
        1. February: submit by February 21
        2. March: submit by March 24
        3. April: submit by April 24
    3. We will review your Financial Aid Application after we have received the materials below and you have been admitted into the program:
      1. Completed Admissions Application
      2. Parental Consent Form (emailed to your parent after completing your application)
      3. Letter of Recommendation (if needed)
      4. High School Transcript (if needed)
    4. If you receive an award
      1. You will be notified by email within five business days of the deadline.
      2. You will have 10 business days to accept the award by emailing summer@tufts.edu.
      3. Tufts Pre-College Programs will then credit your student account with the amount of financial aid you received.
      4. Please note: Your enrollment in the program is still contingent on payment of any remaining balance after the award is applied to your account, and on receiving your enrollment forms.
    5. If you do not receive an award, your application will be automatically considered in the next application cycle, unless funds are no longer available.
    6. Once all of our funds have been distributed, we will notify all remaining applicants.

    Financial Aid Application

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    Policies

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