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Program Overview

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!

Want to take classes as a residential student? Learn more.

Program Highlights:

  • Top-ranked University just minutes from Boston
  • Earn college credit in 100+ undergraduate-level courses (35+ of which are taught online)
  • 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 take classes as a residential student? Learn more.

Program Detail

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. 

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. Feel free to contact summer@tufts.edu for more information about courses or for help in selecting the right course for you.

Courses for Credit

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Tufts Undergraduate Courses

Tufts offers courses for every student! Students may choose from 100+ undergraduate-level courses (35+ of which are taught online) and 10+ workshops offered in nearly 30 departments. These courses are each offered over 6 weeks (Session 1: May 22 - June 28 2019; Session 2: July 2nd - August 9th 2019). 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 10-12. 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 / Somerville, Boston, or SMFA Fenway campus. The location is listed in the course list. 

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 six weeks in Session 2 (July 2nd - August 9th 2019) 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]

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.

College Application Prep Workshops

Students registering for these pre-college courses have the opportunity to sign-up for Pre-College Workshops on topics like Admissions Essay Writing and Standardized Test Prep. You can only enroll in these free workshops if you are enrolled in a course at Tufts. Visit the College Prep Workshops page for more information. There are two workshops available:

  1. Admission Essay Writing (FREE when enrolled in a course) – Start writing and receive feedback on your Common App essay
  2. Standardized Test Prep (FREE when enrolled in a course) – Take practice tests and learn helpful skills for doing your best on the SAT

Want to enroll in this program as a residential student? Click here.

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Commuter Students

Commuting to Tufts | OrientationDining | Supervision | Campus Security

Commuting to the Program

Commuter students are only supervised on campus during their course meeting times, although Tufts University Police Department and all campus services (except residence halls) are always on call!

Commuter students and their parents are responsible for ensuring their student travels to and from campus safely and on time for each class. Detailed information about traveling to each of our campuses, including details on parking, can be found here. Please check the course list if you do not know the campus on which your course meets.

Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. No meals are provided for these students.

Want to take classes as a residential student? Learn more.

Orientation

Students are always welcome to visit Tufts Student Services in Dowling Hall with any questions or concerns. However, we do offer orientation sessions in which we answer questions about the program and review key policies and procedures. These orientation sessions will be offered in-person but will be streamed online as well. Orientation is not mandatory, but is recommended.

Students in Session 1 courses:
May 21, 2019 at 9am and 12pm
May 22, 2019 at 9am and 12pm

Students in Session 2 courses:
July 2, 2019 at 9am and 12pm
July 3, 2019 at 9am and 12pm

Attending in-person also gives you the opportunity to pick-up your Tufts Student ID if you registered for one.

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

Dining

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.

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops for which they have registered. 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 or after class is not 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 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

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 summer@tufts.edu.

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

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops for which they have registered. 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 or after class is not 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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Application Material & Deadlines

Register for Classes and Apply Now

Get a head start

  1. Course registration does not open until January 2nd 2019, but get a head start by getting pre-approval to register for courses now!
  2. Complete your application today following this link:
    1. You will be asked to create your Course Portal Profile
    2. Next, you will be prompted with the Summer Session application
    3. See below for details on application requirements
  3. We will review your application within 10 business days of submission
  4. Once you’ve been admitted, we will automatically enroll you in the course choices you’ve indicated on your application, beginning on January 2nd
    1. After January 2nd, you will be able to make changes to your coursesincluding withdrawing, up till the withdrawal deadline
    2. Note that, unless you withdraw, you will be billed for all course enrollments

Application & Key Enrollment Dates

Program Application Opens Application & Admissions Document Deadline Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
Summer Session for High Schoolers December 1 April 1 Course-specific* 2 weeks prior to first class

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
Summer Session for High Schoolers 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 Course Preferences
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, 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

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to students with demonstrated financial need. Students who are not local to Tufts University may take Summer Session courses as a residential student through our Tufts College Experience program.

Tuition Rates

Credit Type Cost per Credit
Courses taken for credit or audit $2,970 per 3-credit course*

* Tufts Summer Session courses are typically worth 3.0 credits each. If you enroll in a course of less than or more than 3 credits, the tuition for that course will be prorated. The per credit tuition rate for high school students is $990. A student’s total bill will depend on the number and type of courses selected.

Fees & Insurance

Fee Type Cost
Application Fee $65 (Non-refundable)
Late Registration Fee A Late Registration Fee will be added to a registration that is submitted to the university on or after the first day of the course session ($50 until the close of the Add/Drop period, $100 thereafter).

Summer 2019 Health Insurance Rates

Session & Dates Coverage Dates 2019 Rates
Summer Session 1 (May 23 - June 29) TBD TBD
Summer Session 2 (July 3 - August 10) TBD TBD
Summer Session 12 week Session (May 23 - August 10) May 15 - August 28 $799

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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 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 :