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Tufts Pre-College Programs

Tufts Pre-College programs include a wide array of college-level educational experiences for high school students at Tufts University in residential, commuter, and online formats. These programs run during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms with Tufts' world-renowned Faculty and Staff. Each of our program offerings is curated, allowing students to sample college-level programming while getting a taste of college life. Our Fall offerings are enrolling now, with Winter and Spring coming soon! Our Summer 2021 programs are currently in the planning stages and will be announced in October with applications opening in December. If you are interested and want to keep up to date on our new offerings, including Summer 2021 programs, sign-up for updates and stay in touch. We hope to see you soon!

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Fall & Spring Programs

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers - Virtual

September 8 - December 22
for-credit Tufts Credit
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Curious about what it's like to take a course or workshop at Tufts? This program offers the opportunity to commute to Tufts for an enriching academic experience. Choose from among our undergraduate-level courses and studio art workshops that are offered year-round. During the summer, we also offer many online courses, college-level courses designed specifically for high school students, and special college prep workshops. Check out our summer open course list here!

Tufts Research Experience - Virtual

Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
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Innovative research is taking place across dozens of disciplines in research laboratories at Tufts. Through this program—designed for high school juniors and seniors with prior research experience—you can actively participate in ongoing research projects. Working alongside Tufts faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students, you'll build your proficiency in real-life research practices. To cap off your experience, you'll prepare and present a poster about your lab's research at a poster session.

Summer Programs

Tufts College Experience

More information on Summer Applications - Coming Soon!
6 Week Program
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Find out what it's like to live on and study at the Tufts campus. We've designed this program to replicate the undergraduate experience. You can choose from 65+ undergraduate-level courses, most taught by Tufts faculty, and earn Tufts college credit for two courses. Create your own course schedule, enjoy weekend field trips and other social activities, take organized tours of area universities and make new friends with students from all over the world. It all adds up to a memorable summer.

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Summer 2021 Dates - Coming Soon!
6 Week Program
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Innovative research is taking place across dozens of disciplines in research laboratories at Tufts. Through this program—designed for high school juniors and seniors with prior research experience—you can actively participate in ongoing research projects. Working alongside Tufts faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students, you'll build your proficiency in real-life research practices. To cap off your experience, you'll prepare and present a poster about your lab's research at a poster session.

Intensive: Coding 101

Summer 2021 Dates Coming Soon!

Enables students of ALL levels to build apps that solve real world problems.

SMFA Pre-College Studio Art Intensive

Summer 2021 Dates Coming Soon!

Allows students to challenge themselves with new mediums and refine existing skills.
Note: residential students will live on the Medford campus.

Intensive: International Relations

Summer 2021 Dates Coming Soon!
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Learn from world-renowned International Relations faculty, study a foreign language, and broadening your perspective on the world.

Intensive: Mini-Med School

Summer 2021 Dates Coming Soon!

Think you want to be a doctor? This summer intensive provides driven students who are interested in medical school (or in other health professions) the opportunity to study with one of the nation's leading medical schools - Tufts University School of Medicine.

Stay Tuned for New Summer 2021 Dates & Offerings Coming Soon!

My son got to experience college-level studies and environment -- he was the only high school student in his class and that was a good thing. He operated independently was not in a "camp" for high school students.

The small class size provided my child opportunity to take risks that are not easy to do in a larger classroom of 20+ students in the public school, e.g., actively participating in discussions - sharing and testing out her thoughts and knowledge with a group. The expertise of the instructor was also appreciated and his respectful treatment of the intelligence of his students well noted. Being in a college campus that felt new or different and yet familiar provided much excitement and assurance to my child. The campus also does not feel isolated from the community, and yet provides spatial and emotional security through its landscape, location, and its ever-present-yet-unobtrusive security force

[My student] was very engaged and self-directed while taking the course.  She was always excited to attend the classes.  While she is normally a very good student she seemed to be more enthusiastic about this course than any other.

I like the freedom and the fact that this felt a lot like college… Additionally, I was really fond of my classes and my professor. The classes were amazing and it was a new and better learning experience for me

It is a complete introduction to college life… You enjoy every bit of time, you are free and helped by everyone around you, nothing is competitive you seem to grow in a peaceful environment.

This program is amazing because it allows you to do real college-level research over the summer, and you can choose from a very wide range of  subjects. While many similar programs at other schools only focus on a few narrow subjects, TSRE is unique in that you can choose anything from sociology to chemical engineering. You get to meet like-minded high school students and Tufts students, forming friendships that can last after the program ends. Additionally, you can choose between commuter or residential programs, which few similar programs let you do. It takes place at a phenomenal university in a great location, so you really can’t go wrong. If you love research, or want to try it out, I think you should seriously consider TSRE.

This program is an intensive research experience meant for students who have a passion for the social or natural sciences. It provides six weeks of meaningful exposure to college-level research at a prestigious university. The program is run well, and the staff are very nice and helpful. If you know students who are interested, I would definitely recommend TSRE for them.

It was one of the best experiences I have ever had, I felt I had learned a lot.

The quality of the program was fantastic: not just the research, but also the lectures and exposure he had to other faculty and campus resources.

“[My student] loved her work in the lab.  She developed a wonderful relationship with her mentor and learned so much both about doing research in general and about the specific research she was assisting with in the lab. Creating and presenting her final poster was also a fantastic experience for her.  She left this program feeling as though she had accomplished so much.

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