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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: For non-U.S. citizens, 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 online 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 by submitting an application to Tufts 1+4 anytime after submitting an application for undergraduate admissions. 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 an early application round for Tufts 1+4 by submitting their application by either January 14 or March 13. Students admitted through regular decision can apply by April 16 for admissions notification before the Tufts enrollment deadline of May 1. All admitted Tufts students can apply to the program until the final deadline of May 10, 2019. 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 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 an international placement and have skills in the local language, you may be asked to respond to a few questions in that language.


Applicants are accepted into Tufts 1+4 in four cycles:

  • Students admitted through Early Decision I who apply by January 14, 2019, will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification by mid February.
  • Students admitted through Early Decision I or II who apply by March 13, 2019, will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification by early April.
  • Students admitted through Regular Decision who apply by April 16, 2019, will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification before May 1.
  • All admitted students can apply by the final application deadline of May 10, 2019, and will receive Tufts 1+4 admissions notification by early June.

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 on the Tufts applicant portal when they submit their Tufts application or at any time once they have been accepted to the University.

ED II Deadline:
Mar 13, 2019 - 11:00pm