The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people to be lifelong active citizens and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

The Tisch College Model

Tisch College is a catalyst for active citizenship at Tufts and is the only university-wide program of its kind. By continuously developing and introducing new active citizenship programming in collaboration with Tufts schools, departments, and student groups, Tisch College builds a culture of active citizenship throughout the university. This entrepreneurial approach grows the university’s capacity for engagement, and allows the college to reach every student at all of Tufts’ schools.

Tisch College Programming

Tisch College offers and supports extensive programming for every member of the Tufts community. Curricular and co-curricular opportunities develop the knowledge and skills of active citizenship among students from every school at Tufts. Additionally, Tisch College supports faculty research in the area of civic engagement, builds capacity to meet community-identified needs among local non-profits, and supports other institutions of higher education around the world in strengthening their active citizenship offerings.

Based on Tufts Medford/Somerville campus, Tisch College is active in the communities in which Tufts facilities are based -Medford, Somerville, Boston’s Chinatown and Grafton—as well as in projects based across the United States and around the globe.

We invite you to explore the programs and resources we offer to students, faculty, and community partners. Please also visit our research page, for resources on community-based participatory research as well as leading studies on the health of our civic and democratic institutions, and the civic and political engagement of young Americans.

History of Tisch College

Tisch College was founded in 2000 as the University College of Citizenship and Public Service before being renamed in 2006 after a generous gift from Jonathan Tisch, A76. Read the Tisch College Declaration of Purpose.

However, the history of civic engagement at Tufts University goes back more than 70 years. Learn about that trajectory here.

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