Get Involved

Get Involved


There are many ways for Tufts students to get involved at the ExCollege besides teaching a class. Since its inception, student participation has played a key role in the administration and activities of the ExCollege. Students are full voting members on our governing board, serve on committees that evaluate course proposals, interview prospective visiting lecturers, and determine the final courses offered each semester. Students also plan ExCollege events, including our Voices From the Edge annual speaker series.

Interview Teaching Applicants

Each semester the ExCollege seeks approximately 50 student volunteers who help interview teaching candidates. This is also a great opportunity to meet other students and faculty members and gain valuable interview experience. A committee of two students and one faculty member interviews each teaching applicant. Each interview lasts about 20-30 minutes. The committee spends about two hours conducting 5-6 interviews. The committee then completes a feedback form that is reviewed by the ExCollege Board during the final selection process. The total time commitment is short, but the value is immeasurable.

Join the Board

Every year, five students join with five faculty members and the ExCollege staff as full voting members to select new courses from proposals submitted. Board members also plan campus events, and develop new initiatives.

Apply to be on the ExCollege Board >

Auditing for Breadth

This program, supervised by the Director of the Experimental College, is intended to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their education by attending courses in which they might not otherwise enroll. With the approval of the instructors in question, students may elect to audit any three full-credit university courses (or the equivalent) during their four years. One course credit is awarded upon completion of the three audits. Please note: graduating seniors may audit two courses and receive one-half credit.


The Latin term Quidnunc translates as "what next?" Quidnuncs are group independent studies that allow students the opportunity to investigate, with their peers, an academic topic of their own choosing.

The role of each student, and of the group's faculty sponsor, will vary according to the model outlined and goals set. Previous groups have studied Synthetic Biology, The MOOC Revolution, Understanding Sustainable Development in Guatemala, and Mock Trial.

For more information on any of these opportunities, contact us at or at 617.627.3384.