About BEST |
Summer Program |
Center for STEM Diversity |
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the purpose of the BEST program?
The purpose of the BEST program is threefold: to help incoming
engineers transition into college life; to support their academic
and social endeavors; and to assist them in successfully graduating
with an engineering degree from Tufts. There are many added
benefits, including the opportunity to take two college classes for
credit over the summer, which puts BEST scholars ahead of the game
when the fall semester begins.
- Is this a remedial program?
Absolutely not. The goal of this program is to help students from
traditionally underrepresented backgrounds adjust to college life
while gaining a head start, both academically and socially, on the
upcoming fall semester.
- What are the qualifications needed to participate in the BEST
There are no minimum grade or GPA cutoff for acceptance into the
program. Students who are selected for the program could be the
first in their families to attend a four-year university, or the
first from their high schools to be admitted to Tufts.
- Is there an application for the BEST program?
There is no separate application to the BEST program. If you are
interested in the program, you should mention the program in your
application for Tufts admission.
- How much does the program cost?
The program is free for BEST scholars. The program provides tuition,
room and board, travel costs, textbooks, and Jumbo cash throughout
the summer. Upon completion of the summer program, students will be
awarded a $1,000 stipend.
- How many students are selected to the program?
Generally, 8-12 students are accepted for each cohort.
- Will I be provided with additional program information once
acceptance is finalized?
Yes. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you will get more
details about the summer program. You should also expect a phone
call from a current BEST scholar, who will be available to answer
any of your questions.
- I have received an acceptance letter, but I have also been
presented with another summer opportunity (like a job or an
internship). Will I be able to accept both opportunities?
No. The BEST summer program is a full-time, residential experience
with events and classes scheduled from morning until evening
throughout the week and during the weekend.
- What courses will I take over the summer?
Scholars will take Math 32 (Calculus 1) and Physics 11 (General
Physics) for college credit during Tufts Second Summer Session.
- Where will I live over the summer?
Scholars will live together with other summer students in Hill Hall.
- Will I be allowed to visit home or have visitors?
Yes. You can go home and have visitors, but we encourage you to
limit visits for the weekend, as you will be busy during the week.
- What activities will we participate in during the program?
During the six weeks, there will be several organized trips, which
may include an excursion to the Six Flags New England theme park and
a volunteer outing to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
- What should I bring?
We encourage you to keep the luggage you bring to a minimum, as
there is no reliable access to storage during the interim period
between the end of the summer program and the start of fall
- Will transportation be provided from the airport to campus?
Yes. Transportation will be provided to and from the airport to
Tufts University for the summer portion of the program.
- May I arrive late?
No. The second summer session goes by quickly, and missing a day of
class is similar to missing three days of regular semester classes.
- Can I stay on campus at the conclusion of the program?
No. All students will be required to leave campus at the end of the
- Does the program continue into the fall semester?
Yes. BEST is a program committed to each student during their entire
time at Tufts. There will be weekly Sunday dinners with students
from previous BEST cohorts, as well as BEST study groups and
outings. Alumni and current BEST scholars describe BEST as a family.
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