Guidelines for Coming to Campus

Plans for resuming operations at Tufts are being made with the guidance of university leadership and public health experts, and in accordance with the recommendations of the governor’s working group on higher education. We’re getting ready to welcome students this fall in a variety of class formats—including in-person, virtual, a hybrid of the two, or fully remote—based on students’ learning needs. Here you will learn how each school will be operating this fall and find the information you need to prepare.

Undergraduate Students
  • Just posted: Steps you can take beginning now to protect your friends and fellow Jumbos.
  • Now available: Detailed information about Fall 2020 move-in.
  • Campus arrival dates will begin on August 16 and will end on September 13. Additional information can be found at the Tufts move-in website.
  • All students who are participating in the fall semester in person will be required to be tested and quarantine when they arrive on campus. You’ll find more information here.
  • Courses in Fall 2020 will be offered in a variety of formats, including in-person, virtual, and a hybrid format.  
  • Students living on campus will be put into residential cohorts, ranging from 6 to 12 students. 
  • Students living off campus will be considered to be in a residential cohort with the people with whom they share an apartment. 
  • The Tufts International Center can assist international students with Visa issues.
Graduate & Professional School Students
Faculty, Staff, Managers & Researchers
  • Tufts plans to phase in the return of staff over time in a coordinated process. 
  • All members of the Tufts community will be given advance notice of when they will be expected to return to work on campus. 
  • The selection of some job functions as "Essential" was informed by guidance at the federal, state and local level.  
  • No one should report to work on campus unless and until they have been explicitly cleared to do so by their school or department leadership. 
  • We will prioritize social distancing, availability of PPE (personal protective equipment), hygiene protocols, symptom screening, testing capabilities for COVID-19, and contact tracing.
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Latest Updates

Act now to protect your friends and fellow Jumbos:
On August 7, the leadership of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering shared a list of important steps for incoming students to take to keep their fellow students as well as faculty and staff safe, and to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus. Read the message here.

Tufts announces fall 2020 move-in plans:
On July 29, the deans of the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, SMFA at Tufts, GSAS and Graduate Education at the School of Engineering sent an update to all students and parents about the fall 2020 move-in plans. Read the deans’ message here.

Tufts announces fall 2020 semester plans:
On June 23, President Monaco announced the university’s plans for the fall semester undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and the School of Engineering. Read President Monaco's June 23 letter.

Return to Campus Guide now available:
The Tufts’ Return to Campus Guide provides guidelines and resources to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as the general public, as we begin a gradual, phased return to campus. Click here to read and download the guide.

Update on resuming campus-based activities:
President Monaco shared an update on Tufts University's planning for re-opening clinical operations, ramping up research, resuming on-campus administrative operations, and starting the fall semester. Read President Monaco's May 14 letter.

Updates to the staff vacation policy are now available:
For the latest information on changes to the staff vacation policy, please refer to the update available here and the latest FAQs on vacation accrual.

Add your skills and make a difference: 
Looking for ways to make a difference through Tufts University in this emergency? Check out our “How to Help” page for opportunities to pitch in.