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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.
Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke at Tufts as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and told the audience that political extremism is damaging our democracy.

2018 Tisch Summer Fellow Nicolas Chung, A20

Tisch College's summer internship program provides and funds placements at more than 100 nonprofits and government offices where Tufts students work on issues they care about and grow as young professionals.

Katy Tur

As the featured speaker in the Tisch College Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism, NBC correspondent Katy Tur tells a Tufts audience how she covered the campaign by staying tough and dispassionate.

Civic Studies Major

The new program, thought to be the first in the world, will combine academics and civic engagement.

Honos Civicus 2018

Nearly 100 undergraduates, and dozens of graduate and professional students, were inducted into Tisch College's honor society for exemplary civic engagement and leadership.

Al Gore at Tufts

Al Gore visited Tufts as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and told the audience that a sustainability revolution is possible, but political will is necessary.

2018 Presidential Awards

The awards recognize students for outstanding achievements in service, leadership, and civic engagement during their time at Tufts.

Justice Stephen Breyer was a Tisch College Distinguished Speaker

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer visited Tufts as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and spoke about the philosophical differences on the court.

2018 Presidential Symposium

The 2018 Presidential Symposium on Community Partnerships focused on engaged research opportunities to address myriad problems.

Featured Research

Election Imperatives report

A new report from Tisch College's Institute for Democracy & Higher Education provides timely, detailed recommendations for colleges and universities to increase voting and improve political learning on their campuses.


  • 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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