Frequently Asked Questions about the Cummings School

Why should I choose the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University?

The Cummings School offers students a unique environment in which to develop the skills that they need to excel as a veterinarian in today's medical world. Tufts is a student-centered school with an innovative, flexible curriculum offering both electives and selectives in addition to a balanced core experience. Our talented and dedicated faculty and staff have established an entrepreneurial culture that values creativity and innovation on a scale exceeding other places. Our students choose Tufts precisely because our curriculum and signature opportunities broaden their learning experience, while defining new roles for veterinarians in society.

Where is the Cummings School located?

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is located on its own 585-acre campus—one of the three campuses of Tufts University—in the town of North Grafton, Massachusetts. The campus is located thirty-five miles west of the city of Boston. Directions to our campus and a campus map are available online for your convenience.

When was the Cummings School founded?

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University was founded in 1978 and enrolled its first class in 1979. The Cummings School is currently the only veterinary school in New England.

Who is Cummings?

William S. Cummings is the president of Cummings Foundation and founder of Cummings Properties, LLC. He is a graduate and trustee emeritus of Tufts University and was an overseer of Tufts Medical School. In 2005, the Cummings Foundation committed to investing $50 million in the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine over 15 years. At the time, the gift was the largest in the history of Tufts University and believed to be the largest gift ever made to a veterinary school in the United States. In recognition of the gift, the veterinary school was renamed Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.