We enroll a diverse array of Jumbo Engineers. Some have years of programming, robotics, and tinkering under their belts. Others are good at math and science but have a nebulous-at-best sense of what the field is all about. We see this as inevitable (not every teenager has access to engineering programs) and inherently positive (variety is the spice of life).
But it raises the question: How can you tell a student is a good fit for Tufts Engineering if the application contains no evidence of, exposure to, involvement in, or clear aptitude for engineering?
Quite often the answer is: the supplement. While the supplement questions do not explicitly address engineering, they provide a platform to showcase your personality and how your mind works. To succeed in engineering students need grit, passion, collaboration, kindness, stick-to-itiveness, creativity… the list goes on and on and these necessary but hard to quantify soft skills are most often evident in a student’s own writing.
Want to know what it looks like?
I’ve pulled pieces of Tufts supplemental essays from recent Tufts applicants (and now students!) and described why they helped the committee see a “fit” for engineering broadly, and Tufts engineering specifically, below.
Italian history, bikes, duct tape, comedy… the ways you can demonstrate fit for engineering are endless. If this area of study and our program are right for you, the soft skills we’re hunting for will shine through regardless of topic. And that’s how you’ll show us you’re an engineer without a circuit board in sight.