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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.
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

2018 Fall Speakers Lineup

We are excited to welcome to campus a diverse group of leaders to engage with the Tufts community. Join us for events featuring Maura Healy, Joaquín Castro, Ana Navarro, Terry McAuliffe, Bill McKibben, and more!

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.

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.

Featured Research

CIRCLE Poll: Congressional ballot

New polling of 18 to-24-year-olds from our Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement offers critical insights into young people's participation in the upcoming midterm 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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