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In every discipline, Tufts University seeks to empower students to be advocates for social change. Beyond classroom learning, Tufts students learn how to foster collaborative partnerships and creative problem solving that impacts others on campus and around the world. The University builds an enduring culture of civic engagement: more than half of all undergraduate students report participating in community service or civic engagement activities while at the university. Through curricular and co-curricular activities, these students address pressing social issues by working with local, national, and international organizations. By combining education, research, and practice, Tufts University brings together students, faculty, and community members who are committed to civic engagement and to its ability to change the world for the better.

Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students for a lifetime of engagement in civic and democratic life, studies civic life and its intersections with public and private institutions, and promotes practices that strengthen civic life in the United States and around the world. Each year, hundreds of students and faculty member engage social responsibility efforts through Tisch College courses, internships, leadership programs, service opportunities, community partnerships, events, and more. Tufts University also serves as the institutional home of the Talloires Network, an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education and to build a global movement of engaged universities. The Talloires Network advocates for an expansion of civic engagement activities and promotes the most promising practices from its members and others in the field of higher education.

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Students at Tufts University’s schools of medicine and dental medicine must undertake substantive community service as a graduation requirement.


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Through a unique Civic Studies major and other coursework focused on social impact, Tufts University students learn how to work together and tackle difficult problems.


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Through campus organizations focused on service, advocacy, and leadership, thousands of Tufts students act on the issues they care about.


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Tufts University promotes voting and political engagement as a crucial pathway for students to make their voices heard and effect societal change.


To learn more about Tufts University, please visit https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/