Tufts University Photo Tour

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Tufts University Photo Tour

Tufts University
Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Tufts University is a private research university located in the Medford/Somerville neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Tufts was founded as Tufts College in in 1852 by Christian Universalists. The campus sits along Walnut Hill, the highest point in Medford, giving students views of Boston and surrounding suburbs.

More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled at Tufts University. The University is organized into ten schools: School of Arts and Sciences; School of Engineering; Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service; College of Special Studies; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; School of Dental Medicine; School of Medicine; Sackler School of Graduate Biochemical Studies; Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy; and The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Tufts University’s mascot, Jumbo the Elephant, was chosen in honor of P.T. Barnum’s famous elephant. Barnum was one of the university’s earliest benefactors. The Barnum Museum of Natural History was constructed on the campus in 1884 and housed the stuffed hide of Jumbo. Today, a statue of Jumbo is located outside Barnum Hall.

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Ballou Hall at Tufts University

Ballou Hall at Tufts University
Ballou Hall at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Ballou Hall was named after Hosea Ballou, a Universalist clergyman and Tufts' first president. During the inaugural celebration for Tufts in 1855, Ballou said, “For if Tufts College is to be a source of illumination, as a beacon standing on a hill, where its light cannot be hidden, its influence will naturally work like all light; it will be diffusive." The official college seal, adopted in 1857, bears the motto Pax et Lut (Peace and Light). In the early days of Tufts, the building was both a home and classroom space for students. Today, Ballou Hall is home to the Office of the President. The President’s Lawn, outside Ballou, serves as a quad for students.

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The President's Lawn at Tufts University

President's Lawn - Tufts University
President's Lawn - Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The President’s Lawn acts as the welcome gate to the steep incline leading up to Ballou Hall, home to the President’s Office. Both the building and the lawn were built in 1852, making it the oldest architecture on campus. Throughout the year, the elegant President’s Lawn acts as both a welcome gate to visiting guests and leisurely study space for students looking for an escape from the hustle of campus life.

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Davis Square, near Tufts University

Davis Square, near Tufts University
Davis Square, near Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Tufts main campus is located in the Walnut Hill neighborhood of Medford/Somerville, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Nearby Davis Square, the center of Somerville, is a popular living and leisure destination for students. Davis Square features a variety of commercial, dining, and nightlife options. Davis is located four miles from Downtown Boston and is served by a subway station along the MBTA Red Line.

Davis Square was officially designated a square in 1883. It was named in honor of Person Davis, a local grain dealer who invested in the area during the mid-1800s. From The Museum of Bad Art to the hip Diesel Café, Davis Square is a vibrant neighborhood with an eclectic bohemian flare.

Throughout the year Davis Square hosts a number of festivals including the Food Truck Festival, HONK! a festival for activist street bands, and Fluff Festival, an annual celebration honoring Archibald Query and his invention: Marshmallow Fluff.

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School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University

School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University
Eaton Hall - School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the schools at Tufts with more than 4,000 full-time students. Along with the School of Engineering, the two schools make up Tufts Somerville campus and form the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E).

This classroom, located in Eaton Hall, is a typical classroom environment used by the more than 24 academic departments in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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School of Engineering at Tufts University

Anderson Hall - School of Engineering at Tufts University
Anderson Hall - School of Engineering at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Anderson Hall is home to the School of Engineering. Founded in 1898, the School of Engineering offers programs in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering. The school also offers dual degree programs with the School of Arts and Sciences, the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, and the Tufts Gordon Institute. The school is home to the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, which is dedicated to improving engineering education in K-12 classrooms.

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Tisch Library at Tufts University

Tisch Library at Tufts University
Tisch Library at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Tisch Library is the largest library on campus. It serves the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. The Tisch Library collections feature more than 915,000 books, 38,000 electronic journals, and 24,000 video recordings.

The library houses the Digital Design Studio, a space dedicated to the production of digital class projects. There are six multimedia workstations, a green screen studio, and one recording booth. Employees assist students with audio and video editing, as well as production techniques. Workshops for Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Final Cut Pro are offered in the Digital Design Studio throughout the year.

Located inside Tisch, the Tower Café offers students coffee and sandwiches, and most importantly, a convenient break from studying. Large, comfy chairs and tables give students the opportunity to chat and collaborate in an academic setting. The Café’s hours are Sun-Thurs 12 pm – 1 am.

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Mayer Campus Center at Tufts University

Mayer Campus Center at Tufts University
Mayer Campus Center at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on Professors Row, Mayer Campus Center is the hub for student activity at Tufts. It sits at the heart of campus, making it easily accessible from uphill and downhill. The 22,000 square foot building features conference rooms, student organization offices, department offices, the campus bookstore, and student dining. Dining options at Mayer include Café Med, which offers Mediterranean fusion; The Coffee and Breakfast Bar; and Freshens Smoothies.

There are more than 300 student organizations at Tufts. Each fall, organizations advertise at the Fall Student Fair for new students. From Caribbean Club to Robotics Club to Action for Sexual Assault Prevention, Tufts hosts a variety of student organizations for anyone’s interests.

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Bendetson Hall at Tufts University

Bendetson Hall at Tufts University
Bendetson Hall at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Bendetson Hall is home to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It is located between West Hall and Packard Hall along the green way. In 2013, 19% of applicants are admitted to Tufts University. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled at Tufts, 5,000 of which are undergraduate. 98% of students are full-time.

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College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University

College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was founded in 2000, following a $10 million donation by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar. Students in the program enroll in classes in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering to create a unique curriculum that works to develop a positive impact on the world. In 2006, the college was renamed in honor of Johnathan Tisch’s $40 million gift to the school. The college is home to the Lincoln Filene Center for Community Partnerships, which aims to support sustainable relationships between Tufts and its host communities, including Medford and Somerville.

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Granoff Music Center at Tufts University

Granoff Music Center at Tufts University
Granoff Music Center at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located next to the Aidekman Arts Center, the Granoff Music Center features Distler Performance Hall, a 300-seat recital hall. The hall was designed to be a showcase for live acoustic performances. Due to its unique “box within a box” design, no outside sounds can breach into the hall. Even the hall’s ventilation system was designed to be completely silent.

The Music Center also hosts a growing world music collection in its lowest level. The collection includes percussion instruments, which are used by the University’s West African drum and dance ensemble.

More than 1,500 students enroll in music classes at Tufts each year. In addition to Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center features three acoustically sealed classrooms, faculty offices, a multimedia lab, rehearsal rooms, and the Lilly Music Library.

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Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University

Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University
Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Aidekman Arts Center, located next to Granoff Music Center, is home to the Tufts University Art Gallery, as well as the university’s art programs and studio space. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting work that explores “new, global perspectives on art and art discourse,” according to the Tufts University website. It was founded in 1952 as Gallery Eleven. The gallery hosts an app, “Museum Without Walls,” that exhibits art spotted around campus.  Each May, Aidekman Arts Center features an exhibition hosted by the students of the Tufts Museum Studies Program, a graduate program within the School of Arts and Sciences.

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Olin Center at Tufts University

Olin Center at Tufts University
Olin Center at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Atop Walnut Hill, the Olin Center is home to the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages within the School of Arts and Sciences. The building acts as a divider between the residential and academic quad. It was named after John Olin of Olin Industries. There is a study lounge on the first floor, which is illuminated by the beautiful brick building’s wide windows.

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Goddard Chapel at Tufts University

Goddard Chapel at Tufts University
Goddard Chapel at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1883, Goddard Chapel is the center for spiritual and ethical life on the Tufts campus. The chapel is located next to Ballou Hall, overlooking the President’s Lawn. It was named in honor of Mary Goddard (known for her role in founding Goddard College in Vermont) following a donation in honor of her late husband.  The prominent exterior stone of the chapel was quarried locally in Somerville.

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Dowling Hall at Tufts University

Dowling Hall at Tufts University
Dowling Hall at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Adorned with a large Jumbo at its entrance, Dowling Hall is home to Tufts Visitor Center. It is located atop the campus hill across from Bendetson Hall and can only be accessed by a walking bridge. At night, lights illuminate the walking bridge and highlight the elephant bust. The building is also home to the Office of Financial Aid and the Student Services Center.

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The Tufts University Cannon

The Tufts University Cannon
The Tufts University Cannon (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

A campus icon, the Cannon is a replica of a cannon from the civil war era USS Constitution, which was donated to the university by the city of Medford in 1956. It was given as a reward for beating Harvard in Tufts’ first football game ever played. This is why the cannon is pointed toward Harvard University. Throughout the year, student groups and Greek organizations paint the cannon during the night. Students guard the cannon until dawn or else risk a rival student group painting over their work.

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Carmichael Hall at Tufts University

Carmichael Hall at Tufts University
Carmichael Hall at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Carmichael Hall is a residential hall and dining plaza located uphill on the residential quad. The hall features triple-occupancy, double-occupancy and single-occupancy rooms on co-ed floors, making it an ideal dorm for underclassmen. Each floor has two single-sex bathrooms. There is a large lounge area with tables, study space, and a television on the first floor. The Carmichael Dining Center, one of the largest dining halls on campus, offers a variety of menu items.

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Houston Hall at Tufts University

Houston Hall at Tufts University
Houston Hall at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located next to Carmichael Hall along the residential quad, Houston Hall is a first-year student residential hall. There are more than 126 double-occupancy rooms. Houston also features four-person apartments, each with a private kitchen, bathroom and common area. Each floor houses four single-sex bathrooms. If residents feel like staying in for dinner, there is a small common kitchen located in the basement, or they can venture to the nearby Carmichael Dining Center.

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Latin Way at Tufts University

Latin Way at Tufts University
Latin Way at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Latin Way is a residential dorm located near the bottom of the hill, near Davis Square. It is home to four-person and ten-person apartments, each featuring a private kitchen, bathroom, and common room. Common rooms come furnished with couches, love seats, and a coffee table. Residents are typically first-year students and sophomores, as most upperclass students move off-campus for housing. 

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Ellis Oval at Tufts University

Ellis Oval at Tufts University
Ellis Oval at Tufts University (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located at the bottom of Walnut Hill, Ellis Oval is home to Jumbo football. The Oval was constructed in 1894 and includes a baseball diamond, football field, soccer field, and six-hole golf course. Within the Oval, Dussault Track & Field has hosted many regional championship meets. Tufts athletics competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III.

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