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I have returned to campus. Are my classes fully in-person? 

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We are holding as many courses in-person or in a hybrid format as feasible, with many courses offering a virtual option.

When choosing courses, students were encouraged to carefully consider: their own learning style; their experience with in-person, hybrid, and virtual coursework in the past; and the nature of their planned coursework in deciding what options were best for them. Many courses are asynchronous (they can be taken at any time), but some are synchronous (students must participate in real time). 

Course offering details for all courses in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, including delivery method (in-person, hybrid, or online/virtual), continue to be available in Student Information System (SIS).

Last update: Friday, Sep 4, 2020 - 10:12am

What support is available from student services and financial services?

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Please note that this applies to undergraduates only: 
 
The Registrar conducts appointments and provides services via phone and email during normal business hours. In some cases, in-person appointments may also be made upon request. 
 
Financial Services is open with normal business hours. Appointments and services through Financial Aid will continue via phone and email. The Bursar's office offers appointments and services via phone and email, and is available for in-person cash transactions on upon request. 
 
Students may email 
studentservices@tufts.edu or call 617-627-2000 with questions.

Last update: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 - 4:36pm

Why isn’t tuition going down for the 2020-21 academic year? 
 

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Tuition is not going down for AY 20-21 for two reasons. 
 
First, despite the hardships imposed by the pandemic, we will continue to deliver the high-quality academic programs and services that our students and their families expect from a Tufts education. The School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts will continue to devote their resources to delivering excellence in course instruction, student services, and extracurricular activities. Our students will continue to have access to the many services and elements that make Tufts an outstanding education and experience. The faculty and administration of our schools are deeply committed to enriching in-person, virtual, and hybrid instruction so that students receive the benefits accruing from a rigorous academic experience complemented by a compelling community experience.  

Second, the university’s costs are not going down. The costs of providing a Tufts quality educational experience have increased, not diminished, in light of the pandemic. Nor does our model of instruction this year seek to reduce costs; to the contrary, we are using technology to enhance the Tufts experience and provide as much individual engagement with students as possible. Moreover, we expect that our students will continue to experience significant benefits from all that they will learn at Tufts and the networks that they will establish as Tufts students.  

Given that we are not reducing the quality or cost of our programs, nor the value of our degree as a means to advance students’ careers, we are not lowering tuition for 2020-21.

Last update: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 - 4:19pm

What are the advantages to taking my virtual courses at Tufts versus another institution this fall?

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Matriculated Tufts undergraduates who enroll at Tufts in Fall 2020 will be partially exempt from the eight-semester residency requirement going forward. This means that, effective Spring 2021, students may opt for early-degree completion or to enroll on a part-time basis after at least six semesters of full-time enrollment.  

Tufts’ strong reputation for academic rigor and excellence is widely recognized by graduate, medical, and professional schools.   

Enrollment at Tufts counts towards Tufts’ residency requirement. Full-time enrollment at another institution also does, but part-time enrollment elsewhere does not.  

Tufts classes are awarded letter grades whereas courses transferred in are not. Letter grades can be helpful or required for medical and graduate school applications and can also positively impact GPA. Letter grades are required for some Tufts major requirements.  

There are limits to the number of courses that students may transfer in from other institutions. Liberal Arts students can transfer in up to 60 semester-hour units (SHUs). Engineering students can transfer in up to 60 semester-hour units (SHUs), and potentially more depending on the degree program. These limits include prematriculation credits (such as APs, IBs, and SAT subject tests).  

Tufts’ fall virtual classes have been thoughtfully prepared by talented Tufts faculty. Tufts classes ensure continuity of a student’s Tufts curriculum (for instance, the calculus sequence, certain science sequences, and the like).  

Tufts classes allow continued relationship-building with Tufts faculty.  

Finally, Tufts is working hard to provide a rich experience outside of the classroom, despite the constraints of the pandemic.  

Last update: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 - 2:20pm

I am an international student. Where can I find answers to questions about my immigration and I-20 status? 

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Please visit the Tufts International Center website for visa and immigration updates for the Fall 2020 semester. You can also contact your school’s International Center student advisor (full list available here). Please note that the International Center is currently issuing I-20s for students who are planning to be on campus for Fall 2020; students who are starting remotely from their home countries or deferring to a future term will be contacted by the International Center about their I-20 later this summer.  

Last update: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 - 9:57am

Will there be a tuition discount for students studying remotely this fall?

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No. There will be no reduction in tuition or mandatory fees for 2020-21. Tuition and fees enable the university to sustain its investment in faculty, programs, research, and student support to provide the Tufts experience to you regardless of the modality of your courses this semester. 
 
All students who participate in the 2020-21 year remotely but full-time will be required to pay full-time tuition. 

Undergraduate students who participate remotely will be required to pay the student activity fee, and the mandatory health fee. As always, the Student Activity fee goes to support undergraduate student organizations and programs. All undergraduate students pay the student activities fee and therefore are members of the TCU, Tufts Community Union. Members of the TCU are eligible for all programming and involvement opportunities, as well as the right to vote in TCU Student Government elections. Students choosing to be remote will maintain all TCU membership rights and responsibilities. The health fee supports the Health Service, the Counseling and Mental Health Service, the CARE Office, the Health Promotion and Prevention office, and enables students to access insurance support. Emergency and after-hours consultations and advice are available to all in-person students and students who are studying remotely.  Students who participate remotely may have access to tele-medicine services (including tele-therapy through the Counseling and Mental Health Service), though certain legal restrictions may apply depending on your location. All remote students have access to the services of the CARE Office and the Health Promotion and Prevention Office virtually. Accordingly, the health fee is required of all students as per our policy.

Last update: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 - 3:51pm

How can parents and family members receive communications from Tufts?

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The Dean of Student Affairs Office distributes a monthly newsletter during the academic year to any parent or family member who opts into the email list. We use this list to share other communications from Tufts throughout the year. 

The monthly Parent Newsletter provides news and updates from Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, Student Services, the Tufts Career Center, Financial Services, and other Student Life departments. Parents and families of undergraduate students are typically added to the mailing list for the Parent Newsletter and other general University communications the summer before their student begins their first year. Parents and family members may also add themselves to the mailing list anytime using this sign-up form

The parent and family newsletter email distribution list is also used for notifying parents when after certain emergencies have occurred.  In the event of an emergency, the University’s priority is to provide students with immediate, useable information via the TuftsAlert system, which your student is encouraged to sign up for. To communicate with parents and families after certain emergencies have been resolved, the University will use the parents and family newsletter’s email list.

Last update: Monday, Aug 17, 2020 - 10:14am

I’d like to go remote, but I live in a different time zone. Do I need to attend synchronous sessions or will they be recorded? 
 

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Course delivery will vary by course.  

We plan to hold as many courses in-person or in a hybrid format as feasible, with many courses offering a virtual option. Many courses will be asynchronous (they can be taken at any time) but some will be synchronous (students must participate in real time). It is important to review your class schedule through the summer as offerings and mode of instruction may change. 

The delivery method of all courses in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering are available in the Student Information System (SIS) now and may be updated throughout the summer.

All SMFA courses will be virtual.
 

Last update: Friday, Aug 14, 2020 - 4:19pm

I am unable to come to campus due to problems obtaining a visa or travel concerns. What are my options? 

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You may either enroll full-time with intent to take all your classes remotely or, if you are a returning student, take a personal leave of absence.  

For new first-year students, you may either enroll full-time, with intent to take all of your classes remotely or request a gap year.   

Students enrolling full-time and remotely should be aware that most, but not all, courses will offer a virtual option. Please speak with your academic advisor if you have questions about your courses. 

We plan to hold as many courses in-person or in a hybrid format as feasible, with many courses offering a virtual option. It is important to review your class schedule through the summer as offerings and mode of instruction may change. 

Undergraduate students taking a leave of absence are allowed to spend a maximum of four semesters away from campus during completing their degrees. This includes personal leave, semesters of required withdrawal, or absences without formal leave. The limit of four semesters does not include study abroad, leave for domestic study elsewhere, leave for military or religious service, or medical leave.  

After an absence of a semester or longer, students must confer with the advising deans to return. A student who exceeds the limit of four semesters away from campus must apply for reinstatement.

Last update: Friday, Aug 14, 2020 - 10:06am

What is the policy on events held on campus?

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All meetings and events (outside of classes) are limited to 10 people. We encourage you to use remote technology (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Skype, Google hangouts, conference calls) for gatherings of more than 10 people. All gatherings should follow workplace safety guidelines/protocols (see the Return to Campus Guide for more information).

Last update: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 - 11:01am

I was unable to arrive in time to start the Fall 2020 semester. As a graduate student, what are my options?

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Students can either enroll full-time or part-time with the intent to take all of their classes remotely. For the School of Engineering, all graduate courses are available asynchronously and remotely. For the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, most, but not all, classes offer a remote option. The core introductory classes in most programs is available virtually. Students are encouraged to speak with their graduate director for further questions.

Last update: Friday, Sep 4, 2020 - 10:05am

Are classes for graduate students being held in person or virtually?

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Depending on the program and material, a variety of modalities are being employed this fall. There is a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and remote course options so that all students have opportunities to make progress towards their degree. For in-person classes, the emphasis for graduate students is on small classes with appropriate physical distancing.

For graduate students in the School of Engineering, courses are available virtually, including those courses held in person on campus, with few exceptions. Virtual learning is available either synchronously (live, with all students participating at the same time), or asynchronously.

For Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students, most, but not all, classes offer a remote option. The core introductory classes in most programs is available virtually. Students are encouraged to speak with their graduate director for further questions. 

Last update: Friday, Sep 4, 2020 - 10:04am

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.