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Tufts University Welcomes Low-Income and First-Generation Students

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Tufts University, located in Medford, Massachusetts, is a student-centered research university full of friendly, engaged, collaborative and civically minded people. It offers small class sizes and the individual attention of a small liberal arts college with the experiential opportunities of a large research institution.

Students can take classes within three undergraduate schools — the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts — while tapping into the unique constellations of graduate and professional colleges that make up Tufts.

Tufts offers more than 150 majors and minors. It encourages students to find connections between disciplines.

Programs for First-Generation Students

An offer of admission from Tufts could include enrollment in a six-week summer bridge program for first-generation college students and students from under-resourced high schools. The Bridge to Liberal Arts Success (BLAST) and Bridge to Engineering Success (BEST) support students in their transition to college. Students complete two Tufts courses for credit before the start of the academic year.

The First Generation Student Council, Quest Scholars Network and Center for STEM Diversity also create communities of support for underrepresented groups. All undergraduates have access to student success advisors to facilitate the transition to college.


Tufts is committed to making sure all of admitted students can afford an education. The university meets 100 percent of the full demonstrated need of all students. Students with a total family income of less than $60,000 receive a financial aid package that includes no student loans. For our students with the greatest need, additional grant funding for travel and personal expenses also is included in the financial aid package.

Access to Opportunity

Tufts is located outside Boston, a global center of education that offers access to endless internships and social activities, a thriving arts scene and a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit. Its campus provides the best of both worlds. The university is just far enough outside of the city to have plenty of green space and a contained campus that fosters community, but it also is located 10 minutes from Boston’s subway system, the T, with easy access to the city.

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