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Tufts 1+4 Application Process

All students admitted to Tufts University as first-year undergraduates are eligible to participate in Tufts 1+4. Note: Non-U.S. citizens are only eligible for international service locations, and acceptance is contingent upon their ability to secure a visa to the U.S. for orientation on the Tufts campus (and in the case of Brazil or India, post-service training), as well as a long-term visa to their service location.
Need-based financial support is available to any applicant who needs help defraying the costs of the program, including full support to all students who qualify for Tufts financial aid. Visit our page on Costs & Financial Support for more information.

How and When to Apply

Students who are interested in serving as Tufts 1+4 Fellows should complete the Tufts 1+4 application from their Tufts University application status page. The link to your application status page can be found in the email you receive from Tufts Admissions confirming that your application was submitted. The 1+4 application includes a few brief essay questions to learn more about an applicant’s background, skills, and interest in the program. Neither an application, nor acceptance to Tufts 1+4 represent a binding commitment, and we invite all interested students to apply.

Apply with your application to Tufts University: Applicants are invited to submit their Tufts 1+4 application along with their application to Tufts University. If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Tufts, you will automatically be considered for Tufts 1+4. This is a great way to express your interest early on and submit all your applications at the same time!

Apply after being admitted to Tufts University: You can also choose to apply to the program after receiving your Tufts acceptance letter. We encourage applicants who are admitted through Early Decision to participate in the early application round for Tufts 1+4 by submitting their application before January 17 (for ED I admits) or March 17 (for ED I and ED II admits). All admitted Tufts students can apply to the program until the final deadline of May 1, 2017. Please note that you must enroll at Tufts in order to be considered for acceptance to Tufts 1+4.

Interview Process: For each of our three application rounds, 1+4 finalists who have enrolled at Tufts will be invited to participate in online interviews with Tufts 1+4 staff and a representative from the collaborating or placement organization for which you are being considered. Interviews are scheduled for 30 minutes and provide an opportunity for us to get to know you better, as well as allow you to ask questions about the program. If you are interviewing for a placement that has a language requirement, you may be asked to respond to a few questions in that language.


Applicants are accepted into Tufts 1+4 in three waves:

  • Students admitted through Early Decision who apply by January 2018 will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification in February.
  • Students admitted through Early Decision who apply by March 2018 will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification in April.
  • Students admitted through Regular Decision who apply by April 2018 will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification before May 1.
  • All admitted students can apply by the final application deadline in May 2018,and will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification by early June.

This timeline will be updated with specific dates when the 2018-2019 Tufts 1+4 application window opens.

For more information, please contact Jessye Crowe-Rothstein, Tufts 1+4 Program Administrator, at

Apply to Tufts 1+4

Students can apply to the 1+4 Program alongside their Tufts application, or apply through the admitted students portal once they have been accepted to the University.

The Tufts 1+4 application period will reopen for the 2018-2019 cohort in the Spring of 2018.