Reinvent Your Summer


Welcome Educators!

Thank you for your interest in nominating students for Tufts Pre-College Programs! To better orient you on our exciting summer programs, we have created this microsite.

On this page, you'll find: 1) an overview of our current program offerings, 2) program-specific handouts that you can download for distribution and 3) an 8.5 x 11 poster that you can print and hang in your school or office, if you so choose.

Please review the information provided and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. You can also find more detailed information about each program on our website, by following the “learn more” links below.

Six-week programs

Tufts College Experience

June 30–August 9, 2019
Six weeks. Tufts credit. Residential ONLY.
Medford/Somerville campus

Your students can get a taste of what it’s like to study at Tufts University and experience life as a college student, living on Tufts’ Somerville/Medford campus and taking classes with our world-class faculty. This program allows students to challenge themselves academically, taking two undergraduate courses and/or one of four college-level courses created specifically for high school students. Designed to mirror the undergraduate experience, Tufts College Experience allows highly motivated students to select their own course schedule and mix college-level study with fun activities and the opportunity to build college and life skills.

Program Outcomes:

  • Outstanding academic experience in college-level coursework
  • Tufts college credit for two courses
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of studying and life at college
  • Skills to navigate the undergraduate experience
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Summer Session for High School Students

Options throughout the summer.
Commuter and online ONLY.
Medford/Somerville campus

Open to students who can commute to Tufts or who are looking to take classes exclusively online, this program allows motivated high school students to enroll in up to two Tufts undergraduate courses or college-level courses designed specifically for high school students. Students can also choose to enroll in Studio Art Workshops or in one of our capstone College Prep Workshops. This program is flexible, allowing students to take only the classes they need to meet their summer study objectives.

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience in college-level coursework
  • Tufts college credit for up to two courses (if credit is selected)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request (must have enrolled in courses)
  • Enhanced understanding of college-level study
  • Skills to navigate the undergraduate experience
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Tufts Summer Research Experience

June 30–August 9, 2019
Six weeks. Not for Credit. Residential or commuter.
Medford/Somerville campus

This exciting new program offers high school juniors and seniors with prior research experience, the chance to take their scientific knowledge to the next level. Participants spend six weeks at Tufts under active mentorship to learn hands-on laboratory techniques and/or data and processing skills. They will work in Tufts research laboratories, actively participating in the rigorous and ethical research currently being explored at the university. Students will gain proficiency in their research practices as they work side-by-side with the faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students at Tufts. Lab time will be supplemented with journal clubs, a poster session, and the opportunity to experience life on the Tufts campus.

Program Outcomes:

  • Skills and foundational knowledge critical for success in lab and data-based research
  • Enhanced ability to interpret, use, and analyze real experimental data and research from scientific journals
  • Increased comfort working in a rigorous laboratory setting and team
  • Ability to differentiate the roles that individuals fulfill on an effective research team
  • Research poster and lab notes for future applications
  • Improved verbal and written communication skills from participating in a real poster session and in-depth conversations with other researchers
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Two- to Three-Week Intensives

Engineering Design Lab

July 14–July 26, 2019
Two weeks. Not for Credit. Residential or commuter.
Medford/Somerville campus

Engineering design is the practical application of the science and theory of engineering to the needs of the real world. Through lectures, guest speakers, and team-based projects in our brand-new state-of-the art maker space,  students will examine the "how" and "why" of engineering projects, preparing them for the way real engineering projects work! All while meeting new friends and experiencing life on the campus of Tufts University.

Program Outcomes:

  • Deeper understanding of the fields of engineering and design
  • Hands-on practice with maker technologies
  • Experience with rapid prototyping and the client-centered design process
  • Ability to evaluate the “why” and “how” of engineering problems and projects
  • Improved collaborative and team project skills
  • Enhanced understanding of college life
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International Relations

July 21–August 2, 2019
Two weeks. Tufts Credit. Residential or commuter.
Medford/Somerville Campus

Students will experience Tufts’ distinctive approach to the study of international relations by analyzing current and enduring global issues with a broad spectrum of faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences and The Fletcher School. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in intensive college-level foreign language training, honing their existing skills or tackling a new language—like Arabic or Russian! Students will explore topics of immediate relevancy to the field, including: cybersecurity, foreign policy, conflict resolution, ethics, and international economics. Outside the classroom, this unique program will expand their social network while exposing them to Boston’s rich academic and cultural offerings.

Program Outcomes:Improved language skills

  • Improved language skills
  • Broad exposure to the most pressing topics in international relations and heightened understanding of the field
  • Experience doing college-level academic research
  • Tufts college credit for one course (pass / fail)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of college life
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Leadership for Social Change

July 7-July 19, 2019
Two weeks. Tufts credit. Residential ONLY.
Medford/Somerville campus

Are any of your students activists? Would-be changemakers? The Leadership for Social Change program will equip those students with the leadership skills and civic knowledge to build connections, work collaboratively, and emerge as change agents who can inspire others. Run by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts, the program seeks to broaden students’ perspective on the vast array of ways to make change in their communities and the world. Students join us for an exciting, engaging two-week summer program created for those who want to develop their leadership skills while making a difference. Over the course of the program, they will have the opportunity to develop an action plan for their home communities and to receive feedback from experts, including state legislators, on their ideas.

Program Outcomes:

  • Tufts college credit for partial course (pass/fail)
  • Hands-on skills and foundational knowledge for sustainable, meaningful civic engagement work
  • Leadership development and networking opportunities
  • Direct service opportunities in the community
  • Inspiration and preparation to bring change and be active, engaged civic leaders
  • Individual action plans to address a pressing issue in each student’s home community
  • Team presentation and e-portfolio of each student’s work
  • A community of peers who value civic engagement and community leadership
  • Enhanced understanding of studying and life at college
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
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Programming & App Design

July 14–August 2, 2019
Three weeks. Tufts credit. Residential or commuter.
Medford/Somerville campus

Designed for students at all levels (including those with no prior programming experience), this innovative program offers students the opportunity to learn two extremely useful programming languages, Python and R, while also earning college credit. Python is one of the most popular programming languages in use today and is used in the construction of websites like Youtube and Netflix, among countless others. R is a programming language used for statistical computing and graphics that provides excellent preparation for students interested in the burgeoning career field of data analytics. Over the course of three-weeks, students will learn how to build their own apps. Their programming coursework is supplemented by hands-on training modules in specialized skills like natural language processing (used when you give Google commands) and data scraping. Learning from experts in the field, students will leave equipped with the programming skills and design concepts needed to develop apps that can make an impact in the world today.

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Skills and foundational knowledge critical for success in today’s data centric world, e.g.,
    • General Python and R programming
    • Web scraping
    • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and topic modeling
    • Neural networks
    • Data modeling, analysis, and visualization
    • Image recognition
  • Tufts college credit for a partial course (pass/fail)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of college life
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Studio Art at the SMFA*

July 7–July 26, 2019
Three weeks. Not for credit. Residential or commuter.
SMFA at Tufts campus (230 The Fenway, Boston)
Residential students live on Medford/Somerville campus.

Student artists looking to build their portfolios and deepen their skills are invited to join our community of artists and makers, where they will spend their summer creating an array of new and exciting artwork! In-line with SMFA at Tufts’ approach to interdisciplinary art making, the goal of the Pre-College Studio Art Intensive is to coach students through creating conceptually sophisticated artwork. As they learn to work with new materials and deepen their understanding of familiar mediums, they will make connections to bigger ideas. Over the course of the program, students will participate in foundations classes that will blur the lines between disciplines. Taught by a team of skilled artists and educators, these classes will include instruction in technical skills such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital media. As they work on open-ended projects, students will build a portfolio of materially complex, intentional works of art.

Program Outcomes:

  • Work one-on-one with a faculty or graduate student mentor to develop your portfolio
  • Expand your art practice with the introduction of new materials and ideas
  • Refine your approach to making art and create in your own studio space
  • Collaborate with other young artists to make meaningful work
  • Live in the Tufts’ Medford campus dormitories and experience life as an SMFA student
  • Take advantage of visits to local museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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*SMFA and the SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS are trademarks of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and are used by permission.