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| For Engineering, many professors, especially of higher-level courses, are extremely kind and very helpful. They care about your learning, but sometimes might have trouble articulating. The professors of entry-level courses can be rude, condescending and arrogant. They are often more concerned with their private life than their students. |
|Jul 09 2008|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Tufts is a very department-oriented university. If you're interested in engineering or physics, Tufts probably isn't the place for you. However, if you want to study English, Japanese, Classics, International Relations (et cetera), Tufts will meet (and hopefully exceed) your expectations. The French department (of which I feel qualified to speak) isn't the best in the country by any means, but possesses strength in its flexibility. As a freshman, I was allowed to take a course with some graduate students, thereby skipping the foundation literature courses. The faculty work with you, and if you're a motivated student, they'll help you in any way that they can: you'll never be forced to do work that is "below" you. The keys to personal academic success at Tufts are to show interest in your work and to go over the top in quality. All of my professors care about quality above all, and I think that in the face of overwhelming intellectual apathy that one may find elsewhere, this is a refreshing fact. |
|Jul 01 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| Tufts does a great job of promoting itself. I happened to tour the school on a beautiful day, with a charismatic tour guide, towards the end of the school year. The information session I went to was informative. And then, I got sucked into the hype surrounding early decision. It was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. I lasted a semester at Tufts...barely.|
I knew Tufts was a mistake from literally day one. Why? The other students were some of the nastiest and most unpleasent people I've ever met. Many of them complain about how they didn't get into their first choice (Ivy League) schools, are incredibly cliquey, very wealthy kids from the tri-state area, who judge you on their first impression and nothing further, talk about their grades obessively, and are constantly trying to one-up each other. While on paper the school looks diverse, it was the most segregeated place I have ever been.
I thought at the time that the academics were decent, but after transfering to a small, liberal arts school, I realized what a huge waste of money the school was. Not one of my professors had a PhD; my calulus teacher was some grad student who didn't even have a Tufts email address. With the exception of my Spanish professor, they were horrible (and nasty!) teachers. Perhaps this changes somewhat as you get farther into your major, but I firmly believe in giving every student professors of the same quality to have a good base for more in-depth study.
I can't figure out where the hell the exorbitant tuition costs go; facilities are in terrible shape and when I was there, the school didn't seem to have any major plans to modernize dorms and academic buildings (I will say, however, that the library is great).
I cannot emphasize what a horribly unfriendly place this was. When I decided I was going to leave after fall semester, I was required to meet with the freshman dean, who literally said to me that the school didn't care if I left because they'd find someone who could fill my spot.
My one positive experience, which probably saved me, was that the Hillel was amazing, the only place which felt like a community and had friendly administrators and a great rabbi.If you are crazy enough to attend this school, I'd advise you not to live in a freshman dorm unless you're OK with noise and partying 24/7 and RA's who don't give a damn. Seriously though...avoid this place at all costs.
|Jun 15 2008|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |