Being the first in your family to attend college can be daunting and overwhelming, but it's also a testament to you and your family's hard work and sacrifice. With that in mind we put together this page to give you a sense of what it's like to be a first-generation to college student on campus, as well as familiarize you with some of the resources that may be helpful for you during your time at Tufts.
The First-Generation College Student Council was founded to create a community of support and to develop a network of resources for Tufts University's first-gen population. The Council welcomes any student who self-identifies with the first-gen college student experience. By strengthening the bonds between our community members and bridging the gap between Tufts resources and first-gen students, The Council aims to ensure that first-gens are empowered in reaching their full social, professional, and academic potential. The Council celebrates the first-gen identity and passionately advocates for the trailblazers among us who are the first in their families to attend a private institution like Tufts.
The Office for Student Success and Advising (OSSA) at Tufts University aims to assist first and second year undergraduates embark on an engaging and enriching college career by supporting students' development of purpose within the intellectual community. With a particular focus on underrepresented student groups, the Office supports the transition of all students by exposing them to the range of Tufts' curricular and co-curricular opportunities, increasing students' awareness of University resources for support and engagement, and acquainting students with the relationship between personal development and academic achievement. In the fall of 2018, OSSA will introduce a first-generation student center called the F1rst Center, located at 20 Professors Row, and a new pre-orientation program called BEAST (Building Engagement and Access for Students at Tufts).
We offer one-on-one and group sessions in many course subjects, as well as in time management, study strategies, writing, and public speaking. Our programs help students to become more effective, independent, and collaborative learners. We build on the strengths students bring to our sessions while addressing their needs and challenges.
We will help you identify your career goals and gain the skills, resources, contacts, and tools necessary to achieve them. Whether you are deciding on a major or career, looking for an internship or job, or considering graduate school, we can help.
We are a diverse team of clinicians deeply committed to college mental health. We offer a range of free and confidential services to all undergraduates and to graduate students who have paid the health fee.
We are a resource on campus for all students interested in thinking about social identities and how they impact our lives and the world we live in. The centers provide student opportunities for events, discussion, and leadership. Students of all identities are welcome in each center.
The Office of Scholar Development was created to help students attain opportunities for independent research and sponsored scholarship. With help from the Academic Resource Center and the Scholarship Committee, we assist students in the sometimes complicated application process every step of the way, from deciding which scholarship is the right fit to revising application essays.
The research we sponsor and the students we nominate for nationally competitive awards are a way that we tell the world who we are as an institution, and a way we reaffirm Tufts’ commitment to inclusion, critical inquiry, and social justice.
We strive to create accessible curricular and co-curricular environments for students with disabilities. When barriers exist in the academic environment or program, we endeavor to create equal access through the provision and creation of reasonable individualized accommodations for all qualified students. Through collaborative campus partnerships, we advocate for an inclusive and diverse Tufts community.
The Student Employment Office (SEO) serves as an employment opportunity clearinghouse for all Tufts students on the Boston, Medford, and Grafton campuses. We locate and develop part-time and full-time Federal Work-Study and Non Work-Study positions for both on and off campus.
There are a wide range of academic, personal, and professional benefits to be gained through studying abroad. Many students find it is a truly transformative skill-building experience. Tufts University has been offering study abroad programs for five decades. You may also choose from hundreds of approved programs run by non-Tufts providers.
Tisch Library serves the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering at Tufts University. The largest of the Tufts Libraries, Tisch Library welcomes and aims to serve the entire Tufts Community as they pursue their teaching, learning and research. Our collections, staff expertise, and physical spaces are extensive.
The Tisch Library building is also the location of several other Tufts resources and offices, including the Digital Collections and Archives, University Library Technology Services, Geographic Information Systems, and several academic classrooms.
Tufts University's Center for STEM Diversity works in partnership with the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences to foster a diverse and inclusive science and engineering learning environment. We help coordinate all of the efforts in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, and serve as an umbrella organization for the various diversity programs and clubs on campus.