The Centennial History of Tufts College, 1952

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High Academic Goals are Set

High Academic Goals are Set


Academic life in the early days on the Hill seems remote today. The first simple programs had more in common with the established pattern of ancient Renaissance


university study than with the full and active curriculum of today. At first only one course of study was offered and that was
almost completely prescribed for all four years. The curriculum consisted of Latin, Greek, mathematics, history, rhetoric, religion, physics, moral science and political economy. French, German and Italian were elective subjects in the junior and senior years. Today Tufts offers courses in many departments grouped in several separate but cooperating schools.

Students who applied for admission in

the early days were examined in Latin, Greek, algebra and history. Tuition was $35 a year. Room rent was $10 to $15 a year, the library fee $5, and board $2.50 a week. Each student, however, was required to post a bond for $200 before admission.

The young Tufts was a most liberal but certainly not a nonreligious college. All students and faculty attended morning and evening prayers every day. A special Biblical exercise was held every Saturday evening. All students were required to attend church on Sunday, Thanksgiving and fast days, but the selection of the church was left to the students' parents or guardians.