Tufts University, located in Medford (just outside of Boston, Massachusetts), is a prestigious liberal arts school well-known in the computer engineering world for its high-quality graduates.
There are many compelling reasons to check out the Tufts’ CS undergraduate and computer science master’s programs. Let’s look at five of them.
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Tufts is highly selective when it comes to enrolling new students in its computer science programs. School-wide, the undergraduate acceptance rate is about 15 percent. Most incoming undergrads have great grades, SAT scores between 1380 and 1530 or ACT scores between 31 and 34, and some real-world computer science experience.
To get into the CS master’s program, applicants have to meet even more exacting benchmarks. The application guidelines for the on-campus and online Master of Science in Computer Science programs explicitly state that applicants must “demonstrate core competence as expected from a high-quality undergraduate program in computer science” in the areas of:
What this means is that you don’t technically need to have graduated from a bachelor’s-level computer science degree program to get a master’s in computer science at Tufts, but you’d better be able to demonstrate self-taught knowledge and have strong GRE scores. If you have software engineering experience, even better.
As to why Tufts doesn’t bother with an entry-level CS program, look no further than student outcomes. In a thread about computer science at Tufts, one Reddit commenter wrote that the school’s selectivity “allows the CS department to produce extremely qualified and desirable applicants for full-time positions in industry and graduate programs… individual students may have different challenges progressing through the major, but the way I saw it, even as someone who struggled with it occasionally, was that it was a rigorous major at a rigorous school. That’s what I signed up for. And when I saw how I was performing compared to other interns last summer, I knew that I was getting a good education.”
Undergraduate CS students at Tufts can choose between four main degree pathways:
Students are also able to choose from among what the school calls focus areas. These are unofficial concentrations that provide some additional structure for students who are interested in:
At the master’s level, most people associate the Department of Computer Science at Tufts with the school’s one-year and two-year on-campus and online Master of Science in Computer Science programs. The computer science department at Tufts also offers other degrees, including the:
The Tufts Department of Computer Science doesn’t publish a list of possible concentration options. However, the School of Engineering allows grad students to create custom concentrations with an advisor.
The comp sci department also offers doctoral (PhD) degrees in computer science, cognitive science, and human-robot interaction, as well as practice-oriented certificate and post-baccalaureate programs in computer science, computer engineering, data science, and human-computer interaction.
For now, the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University is located in Halligan Hall on the Medford Campus. Most (though not all) bachelor’s-level and master’s-level CS courses at Tufts are held here, with several computing labs outfitted with student versions of popular and specialty software suites. This is also where most (again, not all) computer science faculty and graduate student offices are housed. There are also interdisciplinary research spaces nearby open to Tufts comp sci students.
In 2021, the new Cummings building will become the home of the Computer Science Department at Tufts. This change will mean that the entire CS department will be in the same building, with office, lab, and classroom space enough to accommodate all faculty and students.
Tufts’ robust support for research constitutes one of the signal strengths of its computer science program. Faculty in the CS department conduct original research—often as part of interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments and with companies and research labs around Boston. CS majors and students pursuing graduate degrees in Tufts University’s computer science department can take advantage of opportunities to work closely with students and professors from the Tufts School of Medicine, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the departments of biology, chemistry, astrophysics, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and psychology.
Right now, there are people in the computer science department at Tufts working on research into:
Given Tufts’ location near Boston, it should come as no surprise that computer science students make valuable connections, land top-notch internships, and are often recruited by local and non-local companies. Tufts computer science students work at firms like:
“We send people to Google, Microsoft, and Facebook every year,” wrote one commenter in the Reddit thread about computer science at Tufts linked above. “I think that we are getting noticed more and more, especially by medium-sized companies that don’t have the resources to go to every school, so in that way, it’s getting to be a better program. I probably wouldn’t be at SpaceX right now if they hadn’t come to visit Tufts and given me the chance to speak to the recruiters in person rather than being a random resume in a pile.”
Tufts may only be #75 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best schools for computer science. However, it’s important to remember that this ranking is based on answers to surveys submitted by professors at similar institutions—not the experiences of students, the quality of the instruction, the overall robustness of pre- and post-graduation support, or student outcomes. Computer science students at Tufts graduate are ready to take on any computational challenge.
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