AP and IB credits can help you hit some requirements before you even get started on the hill. The university has a guide to figuring out how many credits you'll get online, but I have two important warnings. Firstly, they won't grant you more than 5 credits from pre-matriculation, although additional scores can still fulfill requirements (that is to say, if you are getting 5 credits from science/math courses, your AP English score could still get you out of the Writing requirement, you just won't be getting a 6th credit from it). Secondly, you can't kill any "Distribution" requirements without taking a Tufts course in it - so 2 science APs don't get you out of Natural Sciences. See below.
Distribution Requirements (2 credits of each)
- Social Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Writing: 2 credits
- Foreign Language/Culture: 6 credits
- The first 3 must be in language, the later 3 can be a mixture of language and/or culture courses. Any mixture must match; you can't take German language and Spanish culture, or three distinct cultures.
- World Civilizations: 1 credit
- Quantitative Reasoning: 1 credit
- Automatically exempt with 560 math SAT or 23 math ACT
More details can be found in your official 2011-2012 Bulletin.
It may seem like a lot, but you can probably get through the requirements pretty quickly. Especially when you're starting off, practically anything you take is bound to fulfill something. And at the end of it, we all come out as well-rounded little Renaissance men and women with degrees in...
Yes, I'm on a comic-drawing roll. Randall, watch out.