Back to School

The DCA would like to welcome new and returning students to Tufts. The beginning of the academic year is always filled with excitement about the future. It is also fun to look to the past and think about how things were in days gone by.

Did you know that just prior to registration in 1938 a hurricane struck New England? Winds in Somerville topped 100 miles per hour, and 63 trees on the Tufts campus were uprooted. In this picture wind debris frames pre-registration students coming out of Goddard Chapel. You can read more about the hurricane of 1938 in our Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History.


Long before SIS (Tufts online registration system), registration used to take place in Cousens Gymnasium. Students could circulate in the gym and meet faculty who were there to sign them up for their classes. This might look enjoyable or chaotic, depending on your perspective. View more images of registration in our Digital Library