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Confirm your enrollment. 

In the application portal, submit the Decision Reply form to officially accept your offer of admission. After submitting the form, you will be required to pay a deposit that will be applied to the first semester's tuition and/or fees. The deposit is $300 for degree programs and $100 for certificate programs. This deposit will not be refunded if you do not enroll. 

Admitted applicants will also be required to submit final official transcripts and academic records to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to enroll. Please note that these transcripts must be sent directly to Tufts University by the granting institution. Digital transcripts may be sent to Mailed transcripts may be sent by your institution to the following address: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
2 The Green, Bendetson Hall
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155 


Set-up your Tufts email and obtain your Tufts Username (UTLN) and password.

Students who are new to the university need a Tufts username (UTLN) and password to access our student information system (SIS)Your username and password will be assigned when you set up your Tufts email account. If you haven’t already done so, please go to, log in with the information you used to view your application and admission decision, and click the “Get Your Tufts Email” link to set up your account.


Contact the Student Accessibility and Academic Resources (StAAR) Center if you will need an accommodation.

If you anticipate you will need an accommodation, please contact the StAAR Center at 617-627-4539, or visit the StAAR Center website. Please note, although it is the duty of the university to provide reasonable accommodations, it is the responsibility of the person with the disability to alert university personnel of the need for accommodations. If you are planning to request an accommodation, please do so early, so that we may provide you with the best possible service.


Register for our incoming student orientation events.

In coordination with various offices and departments across Tufts, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will hold various virtual incoming student events and orientations for incoming graduate students. View the list of events and register here.


For International Students: Connect with the International Center.

Explore resources specific for International Students, including the International Center's Welcome Guide, and pertinent deadlines for the visa process


Register for courses.

Online course registration will open in SIS on June 1 at 10:00 a.m. for most GSAS programs. Registration for School Psychology and Classics students will open on August 28, in order to coincide with advising. Your registration date and the name of your advisor will be posted in SIS before the end of May. For instructions on which courses to register for, please consult your advisor.

Registration opens on June 1 (for most programs).

Registration for School Psychology and Classics students opens on August 28. 

Complete all pre-entrance health requirements

More information can be found on Tufts Health Service’s website.

July 1

Review the Health Insurance policy and if necessary, submit waiver. 

Full-time students as well as part-time students taking 7 or more credits are automatically enrolled in the student insurance plan unless the online waiver is submitted. If you already have coverage that meets MA State requirements, please complete the Health Insurance Waiver on your SIS account on the “Bills and Balances” tab between June 1 and July 31. All waivers must be submitted yearly between June 1st and July 31st and are subject to an audit. For more information on the student health insurance you can visit:

Request a Health Insurance Waiver between June 1 and July 31

View your eBill

You can access your eBill by logging into SIS clicking the “Bills & Balances” tab, and then the link for eBill. Tuition and fees for graduate programs are available here.

eBills are made available early-July and are due August 2

Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling

Students who applied for federal financial aid and wish to accept the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that was offered must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling.  Both requirements can be completed at using your FSA login. You can find links and additional information on your SIS home page → Financial Aid → Awards and Documents. If you do not wish to borrow the loans you were offered, please email us at

August 7

Purchase your MBTA pass

Discounted Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) passes are available for graduate students for the fall and spring semesters. The fall MBTA order form will be available on your SIS portal beginning July 9. Please visit the Student Life website for more information about discounted MBTA passes.   

Passes are available July 9 – August 8

Upload your Tufts ID card photo

You can upload your ID photo here. Information about ID card distribution will be provided before classes begin. Please upload your photo now so your card will be available when you arrive on campus.

August 11

Complete Tufts’ Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training.

This mandatory, 5-module asynchronous training is accessed by students on Canvas and covers the University's Non-Discrimination Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, affirmative consent, reporting, resources and support.

July 10 - August 20

Consider a Tufts payment plan

Tufts offers several payment options. Enrollment for the full-year and fall-semester plans is open through August 31. The first payment is due July 15. Please note that if you sign up after the first payment is due, you will be asked to catch up on prior payments. Learn more and to sign up.

August 31

Update your emergency contact and residential address in SIS

Tufts University requires all students to have an emergency contact and a residential address listed as a “Current” address in SIS. Please log into SIS and add this information. Your residential address may already be listed as your home or mailing address but you will need to create a “Current” address type and enter your address there. This requirement applies to all students

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