Special Suggestions for High School Juniors and Younger
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future college experience. But it is too early to get stressed out about it. Frankly, we wish you’d never get stressed out about it!
If you think Tufts might be a good fit for you, here are some things to keep in mind over the next year (or two or three).
- Visit if you find yourself in the Boston area. While you’ll probably do a formal set of visits as your time of application approaches, there’s no reason not to stop by our campus. Check out our activity calendar to sign up for Information Sessions, Campus Tours, and more!
- Concentrate on planning your high school curriculum. Build a schedule of solid academic subjects—math, science, English, foreign language, history/social sciences—for all four years. (Note: This is a recommendation, not a requirement. We understand that you may not be able to take four years of a foreign language at your school, or your science lab may conflict with the most rigorous history course you have your eye on—and that's OK. You need to build a schedule that is both realistic and intellectually engaging, as well as balanced.) Challenge yourself within reason, and don’t be afraid to try an AP class or the IB diploma program if that’s available.
- Meet with your college counselor (if your school has one) early in your high school career. Find out what your school has to offer. Familiarize yourself with the office so it is not alien to you when you actually need to go there.
- Think about testing. Standardized tests are a reality for many selective colleges and universities, so here are some tips to make the process less stressful:
Beginning with applicants to the Class of 2023, Tufts does not require SAT Subject Tests, But if you are applying to schools that require SAT Subject tests, plan to take those tests in the same year as you take the course in that subject. You don’t want to end up having to relearn physics while simultaneously studying for your AP Chemistry final.
If you are disappointed with your scores on the SAT, rather than retaking it three or four times (two isn’t excessive), try taking the ACT. Some students seem to do better on one versus the other. Here at Tufts, we’ll always give you the benefit of the doubt and use whichever score puts your application in a better light.
Don’t wait until November of your senior year to sit for the exams for the first time. It will only stress you out more.
- Learn about admissions, academic programs and student life at Tufts through our blogs, Facebook page as well as our Twitter. They’re informative as well as entertaining.
- Contact the admissions officer who works with your geographic area or a current Tufts student who hails from your home state or country. E-mail questions, check if we’re going to be visiting your high school, talk to us about your college search process.
- Sign up for the Mailing List to get more information.
- Start to investigate scholarship and financial aid options. Talk with your family about paying for college, and keep in mind one very important fact: private schools may seem too expensive, but students who qualify for financial aid often pay a small fraction of that cost - and sometimes, nothing at all. Check out the College Board calculator to get a sense of your eligibility for financial aid.
While Tufts’ financial aid is need-based—we do not offer merit-based scholarships—we encourage you to explore outside opportunities.
This process of preparing for college can be equal parts fun and frustration. Try to focus on the former. And let us know how we can help you.