Eliminate barriers to applications and increase rates of matriculation
Cummings Host International (CHI) Ice Cream Social
In addition to financial feasibility, students are drawn to an environment that fosters a welcoming and inclusive culture and where they can relate to the faculty and staff. To attract a diverse applicant pool, Cummings School has implemented these proactive initiatives to break down barriers critical to making a Tufts education possible and appealing for a diverse group of students:
- Increasing scholarship funds so we may offer competitive financial aid packages to accepted students
- Expanding our loan repayment assistance for graduates in public sector and not-for-profit employment
- Reducing Institutional Loan Repayments for our students
- Educating students about external funding sources and alternative financing approaches.
- Admitted Students Day provides DVM students with an opportunity to experience firsthand the culture of Cummings School for a day and see all that it has to offer
- Open House for Graduate MS programs where prospective students network with current graduate students, faculty and alumni and learn about financing, housing, campus climate, and living in central Massachusetts. Information sessions via Skype, WebEx or phone are also available for those unable to attend in person.
- Campus-wide, Annual Open House welcomes hundreds of visitors, including prospective students for DVM and graduate programs. The admissions office staffs an information booth and conducts presentations and Q&A sessions.
- Cummings Hosts International – a campus-run program focused on creating a welcoming environment for international visitors and committed to hosting events that celebrate diverse cultural traditions.
- Providing diversity training that is mandatory for all members of faculty search committees: Planning for Diversity in Your Faculty Search Process: A Conversation
- Cummings School’s participation in the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) increases reach nationally and internationally for prospective veterinary students and creates an efficient application process consistent national best practices.
- Monitoring student retention rates and actively seeking to maintain its high performance (96% DVM and 100% MS)
- The long-running USAID-funded One Health/Global Health project has increased the number of African-American faculty and staff and two of the three MS programs employ African-American program managers.