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How is Tufts for undergraduate mathematics?

  1. May 17, 2012 #1
    How is the quality of Tufts University for studying mathematics as an undergraduate? What should I expect? What should I not expect?
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  3. May 18, 2012 #2
    The quality of the undergraduate education should be defined by what *you* want. Do you want a BS in math to go to graduate school in math/applied math, professional school (say, med or law school) or would you prefer to try your luck with a job right out of college? Or have you not decided yet?

    If it's either of the first three options, try finding out where recent math grads at Tufts have ended up at. If you see that a reasonable number of them have done well by your standards, then that's a good sign. If you haven't decided yet, then it would be advantageous if the school looks like they can provide you with a greater range of options.

    You should also take into account that no matter which college you end up at, the resources available at that college probably won't be of greater importance than what you accomplish while you're there. ("how did you make use of the resources available to you?")

    The math program's quality will also depend on whether they can accommodate for you - i.e, based on your math background and your own abilities. For e.g, if your math background is weak in some areas, do they they offer such courses or remedial help? Likewise, if you've done Calc I-III and linear algebra already, do they offer math placement tests?

    When choosing a college, you should also be at some place you think you'll be happy at.

    At least, that's just my opinion, which you're free to consider or dismiss.
  4. May 19, 2012 #3


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    I like what I can see on the web of the program at Tufts. Several of my friends and acquaintances are there, including Mauricio Gutierrez, Loring Tu, Montserrat Teixidor i Bigas, and I know of others such as Richard Weiss and Z. Nirecki.

    Nitecki has written some excellent introductory books on differential equations, and professors do teach even the lower level calculus courses there.

    They have a varied list of undergrad courses and they use books that are regularly recommended here.

    They also make good descriptions of the courses available online. It looks like a good place to me.

    Plus it is on the "redline" train into Boston, but not right in Boston. It has a lot going for it. My son went there too and seemed to like it pretty well.

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