We admit students who are well rounded in all areas of their lives – academic, social, and extracurricular. He managed to get out to Wellesley College to see his girlfriend, but I will admit he met her while studying abroad. Several members of his "group" are young women who have not chosen the sorority path. Out of all my good friends at Tufts, all but one of them dropped out. At Tufts, we have a student body made up of more than numbers. It has reassured me that Lafayette would be a good fit for my daughter. OFSL is working with chapters to remodel Greek life, including advancing gender inclusion in fraternity and sorority life at the local and national level, removing financial barriers to membership through new scholarships, If you live in Somerville and don’t pay your parking tickets, then there is no limit to the career possibilities…. With Harvard’s 30 percent legacy admissions rate, Malia probably has a good shot at getting in (no word though on what the rate is for legacy students who are offspring of sitting world leaders). My EFC is about $25k and I require some financial aid. I just had a few questions about the college before applying. However, the Class of 2013 was the last class to take advantage of a practice known as ‘trick turning,’ in which students on unlimited meal plans could swipe into a dining hall and then swipe into Hodgd on Food-on-the-Run in the same meal period. Hello! The Experimental College at Tufts University (also known as the Ex College), is located in Medford, Massachusetts.The college was founded in 1964, to expand the offerings of the undergraduate course curriculum, and has remained an integral part of the university ever since. There's so many ways to … My DD & I attended a local Lafayette presentation last week and the student reps when asked said this wasn't an issue and there is a good community feel to the whole campus.

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My son is at Lafayette and his campus life does not involve Greek life at all, at least so far as I know, and he fills me in pretty well. As a freshman who has gone to parties every weekend (greek life and sports houses) I can attest. Do kids not involved in greek life feel left out of the campus community?

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I would think with 60% not involved in Greek life there shouldn't be a problem. She loves her major, her classes, her professors, and the friends she's made, but only 10% of the students are in Greek life, and Greek life accounts for at least 80% of the parties and social life on campus. As for the social life, there are plenty of parties, you just have to hear about them! If you find you do not want to go to those, and as long as you or someone else knows someone at Harvard or MIT, you can head to those campuses for a fun night. ... As a 1967 Tufts grad, I chose not to join a fraternity, and have never regretted that decision. However I would like to have some diversity of personality, thought etc. Hardly any parties or fun things to do due to the cold and being very far away from other schools, and Boston isn’t really any fun if you are under 21. I took a tour, have done years worth of research and am absolutely in love with everything about Tufts. Use the online application to apply for graduate study and check the status of your application. Right off the bat, we'll have to define the Tufts Syndrome. If that isn’t for you, there are plenty of other things to keep you busy. She's not interested in greek life and doesn't want to feel left out. As of this fall there are only five fraternities left on campus (the number was 19 about 30 years ago). Get advice on admissions, school fit, career path and financial aid at College Confidential. what's my chance to get into Tufts with wGPA 3.92,SAT 1590 1.7K Views 4 Replies 0 points Started by 2022ykq October 2019 Most recent by Probtufts2023 December 2019 1.7K 4 It seems to me that belonging to a frat or sorority is an option that some want to pursue, but there is no issue for those who do not choose that route. That’s so cool about Obama, did not know that! The number is closer to 30%. "Members of the Tufts community hold widely divergent, often irreconcilable views about the value and sustainability of Greek life at Tufts. (And the only person I know that still goes there gets free tuition due to their parent employed there.) What has happened is that her circle of friends and acquaintences has expanded, which isn't a bad thing for a kid who has always been fairly introspective and academically oriented.

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I wouldn't worry about Lafayette being "too Greek." According to a message that the Office of the President sent to Tufts students on Feb. 6, the Student Life Review Committee persists in its evaluation of Tufts’ culture and aims to provide “specific, actionable recommendations” for the holistic, […] I party at frats most often but also find myself going to off campus houses, friends’ suites/apts, etc. As part of College Confidential's essay series, we're sharing personal essays from students who were admitted to college during a prior admissions cycle. The First Lady’s new initiative, Let’s Move Active Schools, is partnering with 9 organizations — including one based at Tufts — to help combat childhood obesity by instituting a range of creative, accessible programs for kids to get more exercise through fun, school-based activities. About 30-35% of the students live off campus - in Medford and Somerville, not Cambridge. at the college I attend, and I’m worrying that Tufts may be too homogenous for me. What percentage of students go live off campus (e.g., in Cambridge)? Application requirements and deadlines vary by degree program. Hoping to extend the reach of her three-year-old Let’s Move! You may check the status of an organization, including participation in recruitment, A crudely battered female mannequin dangled from a Middlebury College frat balcony in early May of 1988. However honestly, there is no social life. I find Tufts to be a super social environment, but that may just be because I’m more or less a social person. I would say the limited social life at Tufts is her biggest disappointment. There are many ways to get involved with Fraternities and Sororities at Tufts. Tufts Fraternity and Sorority Life Vision Fraternity and Sorority Life strives to have a positive impact on its members and the Tufts community by living its mission statement and contributing to the overall mission and vision of the University and the values of undergraduate student life. This year she decided to participate in rush, but still was leaning against going greek, so we were a little surprised when she decided to join a sorority. Several members of his "group" are young women who have not chosen the sorority path. According to my daughter and her friends the vast majority of kids view themselves as Lafayette students first, and secondly as members of the drama club, Hillel, volleyball team or what-have-you.

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hudsonvalley51 and jyber209, Thanks for the feedback on Greek life. D is now a senior, Tufts was her ED1 choice. https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2013/02/28/michelle-obama-tufts-active-school-kids, And, if Malia had not been a double legacy at Harvard, she just might have been your classmate. However recently I have heard horror stories about the social life (you feel isolated from other Boston schools, that everyone is quirky/ introverted, lots of “safe space” people, no gatherings/parties). Councils are responsible for setting their own rush, recruitment, and intake schedules. Things may have changed, but, for those who pledged, the second semester was definitely lost to pledge activities. Greek organizations worked hard throughout the year, undergoing hours of training, reforms to new member processes and social events, and, in the […] Joining clubs/sports/other organizations will definitely give you options for nights out. About 24 percent of Tufts students are members of a fraternity or a sorority, according to the 2015-2016 General Policies from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL). Interest and participation in Greek life had been steadily increasing until the moratorium in Fall 2016, but since then, demands for total elimination have been evident and organized on campus. There are very few organizations that try to build a social life or community. Parties are thrown by the sport houses, clubs, special group houses, and Greek life. Not only did I thrive academically, but my social life excelled as well. His frat has given him opportunities for leadership and making new friends, without seeming to cut his connections to his non-Greek friends.

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In the distant past, Greek life did "rule" Lafayette's campus, but from what my son says that is no longer the case. The parties and social life is basically very limited and people do not tend to branch out to make new friends. The rumor that tufts is boring in regards to their social life is antiquated, but it is true that you do have to at least try to seek them out. Fire hazards are dangerous in any residential community, so smoking is not permitted in the halls, including joules, vapes, hookah, and e-cigarettes. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement. According to reports by the Harvard Crimson and the Boston Globe, she was seen Wednesday on the campuses of Harvard and Tufts. She’s really active in the radio station, but it doesn’t seem that they organize many social events outside of the station. If you’re looking for a party, you just cant live under a rock and only attempt to talk to 2 people. If you’re a social person, you’ll have a great social life. The Tufts community bid farewell to a number of staff members. In these events, you’ll hear from representatives from various institutions about different themes (such as student life and campus culture, first-generation resources, the location of Boston, the application process, and more). He changed his mind 2nd semester soph year and pledged, and is happy with his decision. Tufts also opened a kosher deli, later named Pax et Lox Glatt Kosher Deli. Sign up to obtain all the resources you need in your admissions journey! The landlord, Jay Holmes, told them that Obama always paid his rent but sometimes got parking tickets, according to the story. Founded in 1852, Tufts University is a Private college. A Harvard Crimson student blogger even snapped a quick selfie with the first daughter — currently a high school junior at Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda, Maryland — in the background. About 2.1% of students at Tufts came from a … The campus is home to 5,508 full time undergraduate students, and 5,981 full time graduate students. But, there is no requirement for acceptance that says you have to do community service to get accepted, and plenty of the students we accept haven't done any. However, the social scene nowadays is especially vibrant and alive - if you seek it. If the big party scene isn’t your style, there are literally HUNDREDS of dorm parties happening from Thursday-Saturday night. Hope this helps (Junior at Tufts). Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. It takes a long time for old reputations to die, though.

, Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. A Web search reveals this definition (from no less an authoritative source as the Urban Dictionary), which notes the Tufts Syndrome as being displayed by a "School that rejects top applicants because it realizes top applicants are unlikely to enroll." I personally had the same fears, but the social scene here is damn fun. If you want to go to parties you can, but you don’t have to. In addition, our student and professional staff collaborate with campus partners to create educational and social programming that foster a community of inclusivity, belonging, and learning. So just remember the next time you look at those orange envelopes piling up in your glove box – maybe you too can one day be President of the United States. She was concerned before rush that there might be some subtle pressure to break away from non-greek friendships formed during her freshman year but that concern has proved to be entirely unjustified. I don’t mean to come across as crass, I am by no means a “party bro”. The median family income of a student from Tufts is $224,800, and 77% come from the top 20 percent. Sorority reviews, ratings, and rankings for Tufts University - TU greek life - Greekrank Visit the program pages for more information. The location makes it super accessible to go out at other campuses (Harvard, MIT, BU). It seems like both of your kids are happy with Lafayette and greek life is not ruling the campus.

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I'd echo what was said above. What she found appealing was the focus on academics, charitable work and involvement in the Lafayette community. The student who wrote this as his essay was accepted to Tufts University, and we are sharing it with his permission. Students who are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority may participate in the rush, recruitment, or intake process. I am also looking forward to studying CS. The Cambridge border is about a mile from campus (on the Somerville side}, but it is more expensive. Your D should have many opportunities at Laf to affiliate with clubs or organizations in which she has an interest.

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threegirls -- First of all, 40%+ of Lafayette students are NOT members of the Greek community. I used to go to Tufts last year- applied ED and it was my dream school. Having said that, she concedes that no school is perfect, and she is branching out, studying in Cambridge, doing more things in Boston, and not relying on Tufts to provide her with entertainment. If you want to party, there is always a few parties going on during the weekends. Malia Obama, daughter of a former Somerville resident, may be considering a college future in Boston. I went to school in Boston back in the day and never met anyone else from another Boston school, so that seems like a weird expectation. Hi! Move-In / Move-Out Explore Fraternity and Fraternities and sororities are advised by Tufts advisors, as well as local alumni advisors and national organization or headquarters advisors. https://patch.com/massachusetts/somerville/barack-obama-once-called-somervilles-winter-hill-home, Michele partnered with Tufts for her active kids programs…. Not only is the campus breathtaking, SDSU is located in the best place possible. As Greek spring recruitment winds down and fraternities and sororities return their attention to charity work and bonding, questions of Greek life’s rapid expansion on campus remain. For a top academic school, I find students to be very diverse in their interests as well as being extroverted. My guess is that the above poster just didn’t reach out much as a first year. Love the people here, the amazing conversations I have, and the overall day-to-day life. Our students have strong grades and test scores, but we look for more than that when making a class. It’s a bit one dimensional in her view. A summary of the latest discussion, fraternity ratings, and sorority ratings for Tufts University - TU Her best friend is an independent, as is her roommate and the majority of her immediate circle. So it seems like yesterday that I posted on this site for the first time about my daughter being admitted to Tufts ED1. Tufts has partnered with several colleges and universities throughout the fall to offer group virtual events. It seems to me that belonging to a frat or sorority is an option that some want to pursue, but there is no issue for those who do not choose that route. There are six sororities, but the vast majority of members live in on-campus housing, not in sorority houses. Tufts definitely has had that vibe in the past. When Obama attended Harvard Law, he lived in Somerville on Winter Hill (which in an earlier time was made famous by Whitey Bulger). Can anyone comment? It's a bit one dimensional in her view. Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in 1852. I have seen the college confidential post but that was five years ago so i am sure things have changed. Community service is a great thing, and it's something that really matters to Tufts (we do have an entire college of Civic Life for a reason). My son felt there were too many people talking politics and not enough people playing board games, but I think in fact he just didn’t look hard enough as other posters in the past have given me links to clubs that would have been right up his alley. ... of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. campaign, Michelle Obama today made a pitch for kids to be more active at school. The Globe reported Malia was also on Tufts’ Medford campus Wednesday, though her presence “did not cause much of a commotion.’’, https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2015/03/26/malia-obama-spotted-touring-harvard-tufts, Edit to message above - “and as long as you DO pay your parking tickets”. By reaching out to people, just listening around campus, being in clubs, and having a few friends guarantees you’ll have some fun at parties. The wilderness group seemed overly clique-ish. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,907, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 150 acres. The Tufts undergrad campus is located in Medford/Somerville. She studied in Barcelona for a year, which was a fantastic experience, and made her eager to return to Tufts. The 2017–2018 academic year saw Greek life at Tufts make strong progress through ups and downs as it continued to push forward on its mission of being a more productive part of our community. But he was not bored before he pledged, and he has many friends who are not in frats or sororities. Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Tufts University is a private research university on the border of Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts.It was founded in 1852 as Tufts College by Christian universalists who sought to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning. Located in Medford, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. This college has been claimed by the college or a college representative. My only hesitation is the percentage of kids in frats/sororities (40+% according to school stats). Our office oversees all aspects of residential living, including on- and off-campus housing, roommate selection and Fraternity and Sorority Life. An online resource has been developed to help plan what to bring to Tufts, along with a full guide to move in!Health and safety are our top priority, and as such, we need to ensure that our communities are safe. 96 responses. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, https://www.tuftsgloballeadership.org/programs/allies. I wish I had known this before I went there, but from upper class members I spoked to, it was really something that shifted in the year I began attending (2017). S went to Lafayette with no intention of joining a frat. By the way, some young women who belong to sororities do not live there, living in dorms instead. Tufts Advising Tufts Fraternity & Sorority Life advising provides fraternities and sororities with a larger support system by having members of the Division of Student Affairs outside of Fraternity and Sorority Life serve as advisors. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) considers this to be a time of great change and growth for fraternity and sorority life at Tufts. She loves her major, her classes, her professors, and the friends she’s made, but only 10% of the students are in Greek life, and Greek life accounts for at least 80% of the parties and social life on campus.

My daughter is very interested in Lafayette--loves the campus, size, location, etc. I am a current student at Tufts, and I am here to give you the rundown on the social life at Tufts. Explore campus life at Tufts University with reviews on housing, food, athletics, and clubs.

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My daughter had absolutely no intention of joining a sorority when she went to Lafayette last fall. I will be applying to Tufts as an international applicant for my ED2. Secondly, Lafayette's greek community has been declining in numbers. D is now a senior, Tufts was her ED1 choice. My son actually did meet people from other schools and institutions through https://www.tuftsgloballeadership.org/programs/allies. At SDSU, you're surrounded by so much to do--beaches, shopping malls, hiking, etc. That slip up could get me in trouble with the Somerville police! Both Barack and Michelle Obama went to Harvard Law School. Tufts University plans to crack down on Greek life organizations this year after allegations of hazing, sexual misconduct, and alcohol abuse roiled the … I will be applying as an Econ major. It is true that we are described as “quirky” but all that really ends up meaning is that people are not competitive and everyone brings something unique to the table. My son is at Lafayette and his campus life does not involve Greek life at all, at least so far as I know, and he fills me in pretty well. Tufts also has a ton of social events like concerts and game days. All materials (with the exception of test scores) should be submitted electronically; there is no need to submit a duplicate hard copy. Comparably smart and ambitious but maybe a little bit more laid back and oddball to fit neatly into the same Wall Street type boxes as those schools (and this is a good thing, IMO!). She is now graduating and found a job in NYC through the Tufts Student Career Center (I don’t know the exact name), after hearing from multiple sources that it was largely useless. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement. At this moment in Tufts’ institutional history, the future of the Greek life system hangs in the balance. However, academics ALWAYS come first at Tufts. I find things to do/parties to go to every weekend here, and rarely I go to Harvard/Northeastern/MIT also. But she’s still underwhelmed by social life there. Proponents generally believe the selective, How is the financial aid for international students at Tufts?

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