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University College is committed to Tufts University's mission as a student-centered research university by seeking to extend access to Tufts' high-quality education to populations of learners for whom a full-time, residential degree in a traditional discipline is not the right option. Dedicated to serving students at all points in their learning journey, University College collaborates with all of the schools and faculties of Tufts University to offer learning experiences that complement and expand the reach of their degrees, certificates, and research. 


University College was founded in November 2018 by the Tufts University Board of Trustees with Joseph Auner and Karen Mulder serving as the founding Dean and Executive Associate Dean of the school, respectively. University College replaced the Tufts University College of Special Studies, the historical home for continuing education and external academic partnerships at Tufts. 

Established with a clear and sequenced plan for growth, University College's initial offerings in academic year 2018-19 included Summer Session (courses open to matriculated and non-matriculated students for credit), summer Tufts Pre-College Programs, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. New initiatives rolled-out in academic year 2019-20 include Courses at Tufts (academic year courses open to non-matriculated students), expansion of Tufts Pre-College Programs to include the academic year, and the a new Winter Term.


"Tufts Puts a Fresh Spin on Summer Learning" (April 12, 2019)

"Facilitating New Educational Opportunities" (December 5, 2018)