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Tufts University, a premier university in the nation, is located in Medford, Massachusetts. This private university is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Doctoral/Research Extensive" institution.
The university was originally founded in 1852, as a small liberal arts college, Tufts College, by the members of Universalist Church and was named for Charles Tufts, an American businessman who donated 20 acres for the campus.
Later in 1954, it changed to Tufts University. Today, the university has grown to a non-sectarian one with four campus locations - Medford/Somerville, Boston and Grafton in Massachusetts and Talloires in France.
Medford is the main campus which includes the College of Liberal Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (America's oldest graduate school for international relations), and the College of Special Studies, and Summer Session.
The Boston campus emphasizes medical and life sciences, which include the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (the only independent graduate school of nutrition in North America), and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
The only veterinary school in New England, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is housed on the Grafton Campus. Talloires campus is the home to Tufts European Center, located in an 11th-century monastery.
The university offers innovative research initiatives and highly regarded programs in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, medicine, and life sciences. A wide range of summer and continuing education programs are available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
The university is home to more than 45 interdisciplinary centers and institutes. It is affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music and eight hospitals - seven across Massachusetts and one in Maine.
Prominent among the hospitals include Tufts-New England Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, and Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.
In addition to academics, the university has facilities for art, music, film, literature, dance, and sports. The Aidekman Arts Center has a 6,700-square-f.oot exhibition space, a unique 220-seat "theater in the round," a 600-seat multi-use auditorium, two dance studio spaces, and dozens of private music rooms, rehearsal spaces, and classrooms.
The main libraries of the university are Tisch Library, The Edwin Ginn Library, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, HNRCA Library, Music Library, and Webster Veterinary Library.
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