The R.E.A.L. Program
Resumed Education for Adult Learning
The REAL Program was established in 1970. Originally
designed for women who had not had the opportunity to
attend college, or who had interrupted their education
to raise families, the program offered these women a
chance to advance in their careers through attaining a
college degree from a selective university. In 1976, the
program broadened to welcome men as well.
At a time when most other programs denied institutional
funds for financial aid to adult students, segregated
them in special degree programs, and ignored the unique
needs of adults returning to or beginning a college
education, Tufts provided financial aid, enrolled its
adult students in the regular undergraduate program, and
provided resources to help meet their academic needs.
Today, the program continues this tradition of serving
the needs of adult students. Each of the sixty or so
REAL students receives individual attention from
admission to graduation.
The REAL Program is open to adults at least 24 years old
who are seeking a Bachelor's degree. Applicants should
have some college experience, including at least two
courses taken at either a two- or four-year institution
within the last five years. Arrangements can be made in
special circumstances to take those two courses at Tufts
previous to acceptance into the REAL program.