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The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch College studies and promotes the civic and political engagement of young people at Tufts University, in our communities, and in our democracy.
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Tisch College's Institute for Democracy & Higher Education's national study finds that 40% of college students voted in last year's midterms.

Beto O'Rourke speaking at Tufts with Tisch College Dean Alan Solomont

At a Tufts visit hosted by Tisch College, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke vowed to serve those who are often overlooked.

Fall 2019 speakers at Tisch College

Humanitarian Chef José Andrés, Republican Congressman Will Hurd, intersex activist Tatenda Ngwaru, and others will also visit Tisch College this semester.

Spearheaded by Tisch College, this one-week winter course will offer students who want to work in politics a chance to learn key skills from experienced scholars and campaign veterans.

Tufts students cheer during JumboVote 2018 election night watch party

Check out what we were up to in the past academic year: new student programs, election-year research, exciting speakers and more!

Featured Research

Graph of Historical Youth Vote Choice

Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) is producing exclusive data and leading analysis of how young people shaped the 2018 elections.

Education

  • Civic Studies
    The Civic Studies major is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides an intellectually rigorous foundation to engaging with communities and solving problems.
  • Tisch Summer Fellows
    Each summer, more than 100 Tufts students hone their professional skills while contributing to communities near and far through substantive summer internships that pursue the public good.
  • First-Year Global Programs
    The Tufts Civic Semester and Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year allow incoming students to start their education with unique experiential learning opportunities around the world.

Research

  • Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement conducts some of the nation's leading research on youth voting, civic education, and young people's participation in democracy.
  • IDHE
    Our Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, which studies and promotes the political learning and engagement of college students, will soon release aggregate data on voting and registration rates of students in more than 1,000 institutions.
  • Through rigorous scholarship focused on values, facts, and strategies, Civic Studies strives to provide the intellectual foundation to the movement to strengthen our communities and our democracy.

Practice

  • Community Partnerships
    Our partnerships with local governments and organizations, in our host communities and beyond, strengthen our work and help us better achieve our mission.
  • Jumpstart
    Tisch College supports the Tufts chapter of Jumpstart, an early education organization that helps local children in underserved schools thrive.
  • Talloires Network
    Founded and housed at Tisch College, this international association of universities committed to strengthening civic life globalizes our mission and expands our impact around the world.
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