Recently Enrolled PA Students

For New PA/MPH Students: If you are joining the PA/MPH dual degree program, you will be beginning your coursework in the MPH program for your first year. New PA/MPH students should plan to follow the instructions provided on the Newly Enrolled Public Health Students website, including attending the Public Health Orientation in January. During your second year, when you begin the PA coursework, you will participate in Orientation for new PA students.

Welcome to Tufts!

Congratulations on choosing to join our community – now let us help you get started on the journey. Enrolling students need to complete a series of steps to confirm their spot and prepare for their first semester. We’ve included a checklist that outlines key parts of the process, and our team is always here to help address any questions or concerns. We’re glad to have you with us.

Enrollment Steps

Register for Orientation

Orientation dates and further details for new PA students will be provided in late-Fall.

Obtaining Your Tufts Credentials

After you have replied to our admissions offer, instructions for activating your Tufts credentials, including your new email address and your Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN) will be provided through your online application portal.

Course Registration

PA students are automatically enrolled in classes given the program follows a block schedule. Note, all holds (financial, immunization, etc.) must be cleared before enrollment is considered complete.

Obtaining Your Tufts ID Card

All of the Health Sciences buildings require that you present a Tufts University identification card upon entry and have it available upon request while you are in the building.

Instructions for submitting a photo for your identification card prior to Orientation will be distributed through your online application portal.

To replace a missing or stolen ID, please visit the ID Replacement website.

Paying Your Bill

Tufts University issues all bills through our online system, eBill. You will be contacted via email by the Health Sciences Bursar’s Office once your eBill account has been activated and your bill has been posted.

In order to access and reconcile your bill, you will need to have activated your Tufts credentials and have access to your Tufts email and UTLN. If you have not already activated your account, you can do so by signing in to your application portal and following the instructions to “Get Your Tufts Email Address.”

I-20 and Student Visas

The Tufts International Center will contact new international students directly, shortly after they have indicated that they intend to enroll. The International Center will assist in the process of obtaining the correct documentation you will need to obtain your authorization to study in a US university, and is available to answer questions about the process.

Health and Wellness

Accessibility Support Services

If you have documented learning or physical disabilities and will need accommodations for your classes, you will need to submit the Request for Disability Support Services form to the Associate Dean of Student Services, Graduate Programs. 

View More Information About Accessibility

Tufts University is committed to taking steps to ensuring and improving physical and technological access on campus. If you would like to report a physical or technological barrier that restricts any your access to campus facilities at any Tufts campus, please use this form provided by the Student Accessibility Services Office

Report a Physical or Online Barrier

Obtain Local Medical Providers

When you transition to the Boston area, you will need a local Primary Care Physician (PCP) for regular preventative services and sick visits throughout your time at Tufts. The Boston Health Sciences Campus does not have an on-campus student health center so all of your health services will be provided via your local network of health providers. If you currently see additional health professionals who are located out of state (medical specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.) you should begin choosing similar providers here in Boston, as well.

The Student Advisory and Health Administration (SAHA) is available to assist you with health insurance and immunization records. Within SAHA, the Student Wellness Advising is available to assist students with accessing resources for wellness and mental health support.

Submit Your Immunization Forms

All students are required by Tufts University and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supply immunization and testing documentation prior to matriculation. Once students are admitted, the Student Advisory and Health Administration (SAHA) office will send an email with information regarding the requirements and the immunization deadline.

Student Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all matriculated students of higher education to participate in a health insurance plan. Students may enroll in the student insurance plan offered by Tufts University, or maintain private coverage as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum state requirements set forth by the Commonwealth.

More information about enrolling in the University health insurance plan, or waiving this coverage, is available on the Student Advisory and Health Administration (SAHA) website. All students are charged for the University’s health insurance plan. Once a waiver is submitted and approved the charge will be credited on their account.

Campus Life Student Services

Graduate Housing

While the PA Program does not have any guaranteed on-campus housing, Posner Hall Dormitory (built in 1954 and located at 200 Harrison Ave), does offer 12-month leases from January 1 to December 31. PA students should reach out directly to for PA-student specific terms, costs, and leases. Additionally, Boston and the surrounding areas offer a diverse set of neighborhoods that range in rent and feel. To help in your search, the School of Medicine has resources available online.

If you need additional assistance finding off-campus housing, we encourage you to review the Tufts Off Campus Housing website (used by all campuses) or Jump Off Campus (not Tufts affiliated).

Campus Police & Public Safety

The Tufts Department of Public and Environmental Safety comprises several organizations responsible for safety, security, and loss prevention on the Medford, Boston, and Grafton campuses. These organizations include the Tufts University Police DepartmentOffice of Environmental Health & Safety, and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS). The Department is also responsible for several administrative services including the scheduling of police details and building security officers.

Safety Escort Service

For your personal safety, the Tufts University Police Department provides vehicle and walking escorts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, between campus locations, to the nearby Washington Street Medical Center T stop, the parking garage shuttle that leaves from the corner of Nassau Street and Washington Street, the Travelers Lot, Herald Street Parking Garage, and neighborhoods within these locales, as well as South Station and Boylston Street T stops, when traffic allows.

Transportation and Directions

The Health Sciences Campus is easily accessible from multiple public transportation options, including MBTA buses, subways, and the commuter rail. Over the summer, you will receive an email with information about purchasing a discounted MBTA pass for access to public transportation.