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Frequently Asked Questions for Advisors

  1. What are the accepted courses in Humanity/Arts/Social Sciences?
  2. What are the accepted courses in Natural Sciences?
  3. What are the accepted courses in Mathematics?
  4. What are the accepted courses in Engineering topics?
  5. Where can I find a list of the different majors and the corresponding course requirement degree checklists?
  6. What are the introductory engineering courses for Fall 2013?
  7. What are the important dates for registration, course options, and University holidays?
  8. How many and what kinds of pre-matriculation credits can I apply toward a degree at Tufts?
  9. What is the residency requirement and how can I advance my class standing?
  10. How do I find out about AP credits?
  11. How do I transfer course credit from other institutions to Tufts?
  12. How can I reserve courses toward grad school?
  13. How do I apply for the Tufts combined B.S./M.S. degree program?
  14. How do I make the Dean's List?
  15. How do I graduate with honors?
  16. How do I study abroad?
  17. How do I find out about undergraduate research opportunities?
  18. How do I learn about internship opportunities?
  19. How can I maintain good academic standing?
  20. When are the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams held and how can I find out about professional registration?
  21. When do I declare my degree and major and where can I find the form?
  22. Where can I download the SoE petition form?

  1. What are the accepted courses in Humanity/Arts/Social Sciences (HASS)?
    Use iSIS. – Must be courses with attribute value: SoE - HASS

    Courses selected must include a minimum of one credit each in the areas of humanities and social sciences. In addition, at least two HASS course credits must be taken in the same department. Ex-college courses are excluded from HASS lists, including those approved for distribution credit by the College of Liberal Arts.

  2. What are the accepted courses in Natural Sciences?
    Use iSIS. – Must be courses with attribute value: SoE-Nat Sci

  3. What are the accepted courses in Mathematics?
    Use iSIS. – Must be courses with attribute value: SoE-Mathematics

  4. What are the accepted courses in Engineering topics?
    Use iSIS. – Must be courses with attribute value: SoE-Engineering

  5. Where can I find a list of the different majors and the corresponding course requirement degree checklists?
    You can find a list of the different majors and corresponding course requirements on our Degrees and Majors page.

  6. What are the introductory engineering courses for Fall 2013?
    Click here for a PDF of descriptions of the introductory engineering courses for Fall 2013.

  7. What are the important dates for registration, course options, and University holidays?
    Check out the Academic Calendar to find out information about important academic dates.
     
  8. How many and what kinds of pre-matriculation credits can I apply toward a degree at Tufts?
    Pre-matriculation credits are defined as credits earned from certain scores on Advanced Placement and SAT II examinations, scores on examinations of certain international diplomas, as well as credits earned from college courses taken prior to matriculation at Tufts. Pre-matriculation credits are treated as regular course credits and accepted toward satisfaction of the degree requirements. If the credit received is equivalent to a Tufts course, the student may not take that course for additional credit toward the degree. Students are limited to eight pre-matriculation credits toward their degree.

    Tufts does not grant credit automatically for the diploma as a whole; rather credit is awarded for each approved subject passed at an appropriate level. For possible credit from all other international diplomas, students must contact a professional academic equivalency service—such as the World Educational Service (WES)—to provide an official evaluation. Tufts accepts possible credit only for certain scores on standardized examinations and reserves the right to determine equivalencies toward the Tufts degree.

    Please consult the latest Tufts Bulletin for detailed information about grades required and credit granted for the various types of pre-matriculation degrees, courses and diplomas.
     
  9. What are the residency requirements and how can I advance my class standing?
    Please be sure to consult the latest information in the Tufts Bulletin for up-to-date information.

    Residence Requirement
    The university requires eight semesters of full-time study for the baccalaureate degree, four of which must be completed at the Tufts University home campus or in Tufts University-sponsored programs abroad, with the further stipulation that no more than two semesters of full-time study after matriculation at Tufts may be spent at other approved institutions or on approved non-Tufts foreign study programs.

    Students must be in full-time residence at Tufts for the final two semesters. Enrolled students may normally transfer courses only from accredited four-year colleges and universities. Candidates for combined degrees (bachelor's/master's degrees, liberal arts/engineering combined degrees) must complete their programs in no fewer than five years. Enrolled students may accelerate in the ways described below.

    Students who transfer to Tufts must spend four full-time semesters at Tufts or on a Tufts study abroad program.

    Advanced Standing
    Undergraduate students may advance their class standing by one or two semesters in the following ways. Pre-matriculation credits are credits received from certain scores on Advanced Placement exams, SAT II exams, exams from certain international diplomas and non-Tufts college courses taken before entering Tufts.

    Engineering students are restricted to using 8 pre-matriculation credits toward the degree.

    A total of 5 to 8.5 pre-matriculation credits and Tufts summer session credits = one full-time semester.

    A total of 9 pre-matriculation credits and Tufts summer session credits = two full-time semesters.

    Once students have completed two full years at Tufts, undergraduates may advance their class standing.

  10. How do I find out about AP credits?
    Please consult the latest Advanced Placement Credit listing.

  11. How do I transfer course credit from other institutions to Tufts?
    See the Registrar's website for transfer of credit process.
     
  12. How can I reserve courses toward grad school?
    As a second-semester senior, you may reserve graduate-level courses to be used toward master's degree either at Tufts or elsewhere. Transcripts will be "sealed" at the time of graduation, so please act now. Deadline is April 15th.

    To reserve courses, please follow the instructions below:
    1. Courses reserved for graduate school may not also be used toward your undergraduate degree.

    2. Print and complete the form called "School of Engineering - Reserving Courses Toward Graduate Degree".
      Submit the completed form to Suite 710 in Dowling Hall. Deadline is April 15th.
      *PLEASE NOTE: This form is ONLY for undergraduate students in the School of Engineering.

    3. If you plan to continue your graduate program at Tufts, there are no limits on the number of appropriate courses reserved. If you plan to go elsewhere, usually two credits may be transferred.


  13. How do I apply for the Tufts combined B.S./M.S. degree program?
    The School of Engineering offers exceptional engineering students the option of pursuing one of two combined degree programs: a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (B.S.-M.S.) or a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree (B.S.-M.Eng.). Both bachelor's and master's degrees are awarded only on completion of the entire program; a student may not receive one degree earlier, even if the requirements for that degree have been met. Combined-degrees students must pay four years of undergraduate tuition and two semesters of graduate tuition (plus continuation fees as applicable).

    Students seeking admission to the program must submit an application to the Office of Graduate Studies by November 15th of their junior year. Admission to the program requires (1) a minimum cumulative GPA (through the fall semester of the junior year) of 3.60 for the B.S.-M.S. program and 3.20 for the B.S.-M.Eng. program; and (2) acceptance by the department in which the student intends to complete the master's portion of the program. Applicants admitted to the combined-degree programs will be notified by January 15th of their junior year.

    Combined-degrees students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the bachelor's degree program (38 credits); of these, two graduate-level credits are allowed to count toward the master's degree requirements as long as they carry the designation of the department in which the master's portion of the combined degree program is to be completed.

    Students admitted to the combined B.S.-M.S. program receive summer research support for the summers after junior and senior year. This summer research support provides salary at the level of research assistants set by the School of Engineering for three summer months. Students may petition to opt out of summer research provided they conduct master's thesis work approved by the student's advisor and department.

    The School of Engineering B.S./M.S. combined degree program course distribution form can be downloaded here.
      
  14. How do I make the Dean's List?
    Each semester, students who have been enrolled with a minimum of 4.0 credits, received letter grades in a minimum of three credits, completed every course in which they were enrolled with no work incomplete (with the exception of Y), and earned a grade point average of at least 3.20 in the School of Engineering will be placed on the Dean's List in recognition of their academic achievement. An indication of Dean's List status will be placed on their permanent record.
     
  15. How do I graduate with honors?
    Honorable mention (cum laude) is conferred at commencement on deserving students who earned an academic average of 3.20 or higher.

    High distinction (magna cum laude) is conferred at commencement on deserving students who had an academic average of 3.50 or higher.

    Highest distinction (summa cum laude) is conferred at commencement as follows. Each degree program may nominate deserving students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher.

    These nominations are approved by a special vote of the faculty.

    The above criteria may be replaced by special evaluation of the Tufts academic record if substantial transfer credit is submitted in fulfillment of the degree requirements, or if the degree program is of unusual duration. Students whose permanent record includes a serious disciplinary infraction will not normally be eligible for degrees with honors.

  16. How do I study abroad?
    Engineering students who wish to study abroad should begin planning early in their academic careers in order to meet the various language prerequisites and other requirements. Students in the School of Engineering who wish to study abroad must have a GPA of 3.2 at the time of application, and submit a "Petition to Study Abroad on a Tufts or a non-Tufts Program for Students in the School of Engineering" (available in the Programs Abroad office) by February 28 (for full-year or fall programs) or by October 1 (for spring programs). All applications must be approved by the study-abroad committee for engineering.

    Please visit the Tufts Office of Programs Abroad for more information.
     
  17. How do I find out about undergraduate research opportunities?
    Research is at the heart of the engineering program at Tufts. More than 60% of Tufts undergraduate engineering students participate in independent research. Whether it's through a research internship, a scholarship program, or a connection made with a faculty member on campus, the chances to make significant research contributions are around every corner.

    Please visit the Undergraduate Research page for more information.
     
  18. How do I learn about internship opportunities?
    Internships are of vital importance to engineering students who prepare for careers in private industry, consulting, government and research. Internships bridge the gap between theory and practice, and provide students with practical, field-based, real-world experiences during their years of study at Tufts. Nearly 80% of Tufts engineering students participate in at least one internship as an undergraduate.

    Please visit the Internship page.
    Contact Robin Kahan for more information:

    Robin Kahan
    Associate Director, Engineering Career Services
    Tufts University Career Services
    Dowling Hall Suite 740
    Medford, MA 02155
    Phone: 617-627-3299
    Fax: 617-627-3907

    Visit the Career Services website.
     
  19. How can I maintain good academic standing?
    The following are guidelines for maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree. Determination of a student's academic status is made by the School of Engineering Committee on Academic Standing.

    Students are subject to action by the committee if they have accumulated one or more of the following during the semester:
    • two Ds
    • one F
    • two incompletes
    • fewer than three credits with C- or better
    • a semester grade point average below 1.80
    • a cumulative grade point average below 1.67
    • complete fewer than the following number of credits:

      Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall 3 credits 12 credits 22 credits 32 (BS, 31)
    Spring 7 credits 17 credits 27 credits 38 (BS, 36)

    Normally, students are removed from probation if, in the succeeding semester, they complete the minimum total number of credits, earn four credits with grades of C- or better, have no failing grades, and no incompletes.

    Academic Probation
    Students who fail to meet these guidelines may be placed in any one of the following categories at the end of semester.

    Probation I: Probation I indicates that a student's academic performance has not met expectations, and the student is encouraged to seek support in order to improve future performance.

    Probation II: Probation II indicates significantly weak academic performance during a single semester, or a lack of meaningful academic progress over more than one semester.

    Probation III: A student on Probation III is not considered to be in good academic standing. The student has demonstrated very poor academic performance and is urged to take a voluntary leave of absence.

    Required to Withdraw: Students in this category are required to withdraw for one to four semesters. Tufts will accept transfer credit for no more than one semester's and one summer's work completed during the absence.

    Permanent Academic Withdrawal: In rare instances, a student will be required to withdraw permanently from the university.

    Some Suggestions for Students in Academic Difficulty

    If you are having academic difficulties, your teachers, your academic dean, and your advisor want to be of assistance to ensure that you are making adequate progress toward your degree. All of them are committed to helping you accomplish your academic and personal goals.

    We understand that you may already have taken advantage of some of the resources available to you at Tufts. However, we would like to remind you of the following procedures that might help you be more successful academically.

    • Develop with your advisor or academic dean a program of courses suited to your academic capabilities that will not overburden you. You may wish to consider changing your major.
    • Attend all of your classes. Budget your study time by completing assignments on time and keeping up with required readings. The Academic Resource Center can be a helpful resource for developing effective study habits and improving time management skills.
    • If you are having difficulties in a particular course, discuss the matter with your instructor. A tutor may be helpful: the Academic Resource Center in Dowling Hall can provide tutors without charge.
    • Consult Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service for guidance on any matter which might have contributed to poor performance. All matters discussed with that office are strictly confidential.
    • Consult Career Services in Dowling Hall. Fresh thinking about career objectives may help you better understand your academic priorities.
    • You may have devoted too much time to extracurricular activities. If so, you should consider curtailing those that were particularly time consuming.

  20. When are the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams held and where can I find out more about professional registration?
    To begin the process of professional registration, all engineering students are encouraged to take the FE exam during the spring of their senior year. Visit the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) site for FE exam dates and to register online. After receiving verification of registration, you will be directed to the Professional Credential Services, Inc. website. For Massachusetts FE registration, you will also need to submit a "First Time Application" which can be accessed from this site.

  21. When do I declare my degree and major and where can I find the form?
    First-year students in the School of Engineering declare their degree and major by March 1st. The only exception to this rule is for the BSBME degree (see BME website).
    Download the "Declaration (or Change) of Degree and First Major form".
    *PLEASE NOTE: This form is ONLY for undergraduate students in the School of Engineering.

  22. Where can I download the SoE petition form?
    Download the "Petition Form for Course Substitution".
    *PLEASE NOTE: This form is ONLY for undergraduate students in the School of Engineering.