Tufts University

Founded in 1852, Tufts University is recognized among the premier universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. Recognized for its breadth of research, Tufts has extensive and highly regarded liberal arts, sciences and engineering programs that draw outstanding students from around the world with the highest academic achievement and standing.

More than 98 percent of enrolling students expect to pursue graduate or professional study. Approximately 40 percent of all undergraduates attending Tufts pursue course work outside the United States to add a strong international dimension to their field of study, and the university's language studies are both popular and rigorous. Tufts balances teaching with research, and students are encouraged to develop strong analytical skills. A growing number of innovative research initiatives and joint degree programs are available for both undergraduate and graduate students in liberal arts, sciences and engineering and the University's seven graduate and profess... [ Read All ]


United States

Tufts University, Ballou Hall
Phone: 617-627-3395.
Fax: (617) 627-3016
Website: www.tufts.edu

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Our Aims

Tufts' vision statement summarizes the philosophy that drives all of Tufts' schools and colleges: As we shape our future, quality will be the pole star that guides us. We will seek quality in our teaching and research and in the services that support our academic enterprise. Our programs will be those that meet our own high standards, that augment each other, and that are worthy of the respect of our students and of scholars, educators, and the larger community. For students, our search for quality will mean opportunities both in and beyond the classroom to become well-educated, well-rounded individuals, professionals, and scholars. For faculty and staff, it will mean opportunities to realize their talents in the service of Tufts' goals. Fulfilling our vision of quality will mean choices. No university can do everything for everyone, and we will seek to do those things in which we can excel. Nor is quality static, and we will therefore welcome change and innovation, continually improving quality in every aspect of the University.  

Location and Getting there

We are located on the Medford/Somerville (Massachusetts) campus.

From lush Walnut Hill, Tufts' 150-acre suburban campus overlooks Boston, just across the Charles River. Winding paths, stately beech trees, and turn-of-the-century architecture give the campus an "old New England" ambiance.

The nearby neighborhoods of Medford and Somerville, with their late-Victorian homes on tree-lined streets, provide a close-knit community feeling. Only blocks away is a Revolution-era powderhouse, as well as the pubs, shops, bookstores, and theaters of Davis Square - dubbed by Utne magazine one of "the hippest neighborhoods in North America."

Straddling the two adjacent communities of Somerville and Medford, the campus is conveniently located near Somerville's Davis Square subway station where you can board the "T" for a five-minute trip to Harvard Square in Cambridge, or a ten-minute ride to downtown Boston.


Academic Staff and Description


Daniel Abramson
Ph.D., Harvard University
Renaissance-contemporary, architectural theory, Boston's architecture/urbanism

Cristelle Baskins
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Italian Renaissance, secular painting/narrative, gender/women's studies

Madeline Harrison Caviness
Ph.D., Harvard University
Stained glass, gender/women's studies

Eva Hoffman
Ph.D., Harvard University
Islamic art, portable arts, theories and methods

Ikumi Kaminishi
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Asian art/architecture, Buddhist painting, narrative studies

Andrew McClellan
Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Baroque-Rococo art, history of museums, sculpture

Monica McTighe
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Contemporary, installation and site specific art, the theory and politics of subjectivity, time and memory

Peter Probst
Ph.D., Free University, Berlin, Germany
Contemporary African art

Eric Rosenberg
Ph.D., Harvard University
American, modern, contemporary art, theories/methods

Amy Ingrid Schlegel
Ph.D., Columbia University
Photography, contemporary art, curatorial studies
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Information For  Postgraduates

Art and Art History
Degrees Offered: M.A., M.F.A., M.A./M.F.A.

The Master of Arts program has two tracks. Both offer a critical and historical understanding of the visual arts and require either a thesis or two qualifying papers.

Master's students from the program are successful applying to and completing Ph.D. programs. Those who earn a master's in the history of art and museum studies typically find museum and gallery jobs; others find careers in art publishing, art education, art libraries, visual resource collections, architectural firms, or auction houses. Faculty currently offer courses and/or research opportunities in the following areas: American art, architectural history, African art, Armenian art, Asian art, Islamic art, ancient and medieval art, Renaissance, Baroque and eighteenth-century art, modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, art on film, theory, gender studies, and museum studies.

A joint program with Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts (See Studio Art) leads to an M.F.A. and a combined M.A./M.F.A. program also is available.

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There are over 11,000 Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate alumni living in the United States or abroad. These graduate alumni have excelled in a variety of different fields. They lead companies as CEO's and presidents, educate children as teachers, and are answering the questions of tomorrow today as researchers and scientists. They serve as executive directors of nonprofit organizations, are making their mark as university and college professors, and have published numerous books and articles.

Graduate alumni receive both Alma Matters magazine (the publication for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate alumni) and Alma Matters-Plus (a quarterly e-newsletter which highlights the work of graduate alumni, graduate students, and Tufts programs).

There are a variety of services available to Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduate alumni. These services include access to the Tufts online community, alumni directory, career center, and library borrowing privileges. To learn more about these and other services, go to http://www.tufts.ed...  [ Read All ]

Student Life


Choosing the right college can be a difficult task. There are so many factors to consider; it often becomes a game of give-and-take.

Do you want attend a small college or a large university? Do you envision yourself walking down a busy urban street, or across a beautiful green campus? How much will you focus on academics versus athletics and extracurricular activities? The questions can seem endless.

For those of you trying to find the answers, we have good news. At Tufts, you don't have to sacrifice anything you are looking for.

Many Tufts students say that they have the "best of both worlds." In addition to outstanding academics, Tufts offers countless opportunities for social, athletic and cultural exploration. Our beautiful undergraduate campus is situated on a grassy hill, yet we are located just minutes away from downtown Boston. Tufts is a world-renowned research university, but at its heart, it is a liberal arts college with a genuine sense of community. With award-winning food and comfortable dormitories, Tufts is simply a wonderful place to go to school.

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How To Apply


Visit us (open days)

As with any college or university, the best way to get a feel for campus is to come for a visit. Tufts is located just five miles outside of Boston on a completely residential campus, so students have a place to call home with easy access to one of the world's most incredible cities.

Visit http://admissions.tufts.edu/?pid=136 for more details