Tufts University official to visit Sri Lanka in October

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In the year completing its 10th anniversary of making US higher education increasingly affordable to the brightest and most deserving young academics from the furthest corners of the nation, Scholarships for USA has announced the visit of Tufts University from Boston USA.

Tufts University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director Daniel Grayson will be in Sri Lanka in early October.

Initiated as an add-on trip to the Council of International Schools (CIS) South Asia Tour and coordinated by Scholarships for USA (Pvt) Ltd (www.scholarshipsforusa.com) Tuft would be visiting Colombo on 4-5 October in the company of prestigious universities which have rarely travelled to the island nation before.

The group plans to visit some of the top high schools, meet key officials and participate in a number of media events. The highlight of the visit would be an open evening where aspiring candidates/parents could meet with each rep to discuss admissions and financial aid.  

Ranked in the 20 most selective American universities and located ten kilometres from downtown Boston, Tufts University offers more than 60 academic programmes in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.

With a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, an average class size of 20, and 5,000 undergraduates the curriculum at Tufts is writing and discussion-intensive.  Tufts’ prepares leaders who will address the great intellectual and social challenges, and desires students with an interest in multidisciplinary learning.

The world’s problems will not be neatly sorted into pre-labelled academic disciplines, and its admissions process hopes to identify students who understand the value of thinking beyond one field. Liberal arts candidates learn to apply broad academic proficiency to their specific field of interest while engineers are trained to be technically-skilled as well as highly literate as they examine the societal impact of technology.

As the Senior Assistant Director of undergraduate admissions, Dan Grayson is both the primary recruiter for Asia and the reader of every applicant to Tufts from Sri Lanka for the last three years. In his career, he has reviewed more than 5,000 applications and evaluated tens of thousands of writing samples. He leads online recruitment efforts to allow international students to connect with American schools abroad, with the second admissions website whose launch he has overseen set to go live this fall.

After hosting a weekly radio show around American university admissions, he has been interviewed on Radio Thailand and spoken to newspapers about social media and how international students can identify universities abroad.

He travels throughout Asia speaking in schools and public venues about why American universities conduct admissions so differently from the rest of the world and how international students can best navigate an admittedly confusing process.