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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
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.
Students at Election 2018 Watch Party

Tisch College's CIRCLE research center finds that young people turned out at historic rate and youth vote choice was overwhelmingly Democratic

Student showing off her JumboVote button

Tufts' student-led initiative to promote electoral engagement had an extraordinary impact in this election cycle.

Bill McKibben at Tufts

At a Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series event, Bill McKibben tells a Tufts audience to organize in movements to fight climate change and stand up for the Earth’s future.

David Litt speaking at Tisch College

At a Tisch College Civic Life Lunch, , former Obama speechwriter David Litt told students that humor makes people pay attention and can be used to create positive change

Terry McAuliffe talks with Tufts students

At a Tisch College event, Terry McAuliffe shared his recipe for political success: start young, love your job, and get in people’s—and occasionally alligators’—faces.

John Kerry speaking at Tufts University

At a Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series event, John Kerry tells a Tufts audience that young people have always led social change, which is as necessary now as ever.

Maura Healey speaking at Tufts University

As part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey tells a Tufts audience how she is pushing back on efforts to curtail the rights, resources, and freedoms of vulnerable people.

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.


  • Tisch Courses
    Tisch College creates or directly supports a variety of courses students to learn about vital aspects of civic life.
  • 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.
  • Tufts 1+4: Brazil
    Our Tufts 1+4 program offers a transformational experience for incoming Tufts students who can participate in a year of service learning, at home or around the world, before starting their studies on campus.


  • 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.


  • 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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