Universities located in small towns and those in major cities, provide students with very different environments for learning. Tufts offers its students an unusual combination: the main campus spans the communities of Medford and Somerville and provides the tranquility, friendliness, and student life of many small-town universities, and yet the excitement of Boston is only five miles away.
The Boston city skyline is clearly visible from the Tufts campus, and the city is readily accessible by one of the countries best public transportation systems (MBTA). Boston is one of America's most stimulating and cultural cities. The American Revolution began in this area, and Boston is rich in history. Local historical sites include the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere's house, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill, the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, and the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Iornsides). The presence of many distinguished universities and colleges has fostered an openness to new ideas and a tradition of respect for different life-styles. In addition, these nearby institutions (Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandies, Boston College, Northeastern, and UMASS) provide a valuable collection of readily available academic resources for Tufts students involved in research.
But Boston means much more than its formal history and institutions. It means discovering a charming Beacon Street block or an inconspicuous gourmet restaurant in a bewildering maze of streets and alleys; it means Chinese New Year on Tyler Street, Columbus Day on Pine Street, bell ringers on Beacon Hill; it's riding the Swan Boats in the Public Gardens or taking a baroque-concert cruise around the harbor; it's St. Patrick's Day and the Boston Marathon; the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots; the Red Sox; the Boston Pops Orchestra delighting picnickers on the Esplanade, or the Boston Symphony providing a musical feast at Symphony Hall; it's live theater every day of the week, the Science Museum, the Art Museums and Galleries, an endless choice of epicurean dining, ethnic delicacies, coffeehouses, and homemade ice cream bars; it's walking the Freedom Trail, wandering through Quincy Market, boating on the Charles River, lying on the North Shore beaches, skiing the wide variety of slopes at nearby winter resorts. It's all Boston - rich in culture and entertainment, a laboratory for learning and a never ending source of discovery.