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ELMER H. CAPEN, D.D., President.

The College is on a hilltop,tour miles from Boston, combining the advantages of country and city. It offers to the students in all its departments the best methods of instruction, and the various facilities requisite for a thorough education, at a very moderate cost.

A new departure is the award of the bachelor's degree on the basis of attainment instead of the number of years spent in college. Great freedom of election is permitted in the new courses, which provide both for general culture and for specialization in a chosen subject and its related studies.


THE COLLEGE OF LETTERS.-Degrees, A. B., Ph.B., and for courses in Biology, Chemistry or General Science, and in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, the degree S. B.

THE DIVINITY SCHOOL.- Degree D. B., (see third page of cover.)
THE MEDICAL SCHOOL. - Located in Boston. Degree M. D.
THE DENTAL SCHOOL.-Located in Boston. Degree D. M. D.

THE BROMFIELD-PEARSON SCHOOL.- A technical school, for the Engineer. ing Courses.

THE GRADUATE DEPARTMENT. - Degrees, Ph. D., A. M., C. E., E. E., M. E.
SUMMER SOHOOLS. - In Chemistry and Biology.



Candidates for admission to courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts are examined in elementary English, one elementary Foreign Language, elementary History and Mathematics; and in a number of subjects chosen by the candidate from an optional list. Full particulars of these requirements will be stated in the Catalogue for the current year.


These courses lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The requirements for admission are Arithmetic, Algebra, Plane and Solid Geometry, English, elementary German or French, and Drawing.

Full particulars in regard to the requirements for admission will be found in the Annual Catalogue for the current year.

For Catalogues, or for any information concerning the College, address

H. G. CHASE, Secretary, Tufts College, Mass.

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HIS article deals with Elmer Hewitt Capen only as he has

been the president of Tufts College. Although he had

already achieved a high position in his profession when he was called to the presidency in 1875, the success of his life must be judged by his administration of the affairs of Tufts College. What a man does between the ages of thirty-seven and sixty-two is usually his life work, then he must stand or fall by the record he has made during that period.

Tufts College has been fortunate in its presidents. Hosea Ballou, 2d, the first president, established the school on the sure foundation of genuine scholarship. He was a man of pure literary tastes and of ripe culture. He set a high educational mark for the college, and his influence in that direction survives, even to this day.

Next followed that intellectual giant, Alonzo Ames Miner. The chief results of his administration were two-fold. Through his influence over men of means and liberality, he put the college on a sure financial footing. He also gave it that position among other institutions and in educational circles which for want of a better word I will call "tone." No one who did not know his marked personality, his polished manner, his dignity and grace, his knowledge of the world, and his high standing among men, can fully understand the influence of President Miner in establishing the reputation of the college among her sisters, and in the world of letters. Money and position were both much needed when he assumed the direction of the college. When he retired both were amply assured.

These men had done great work. Scholarship, money and social standing are among the essentials of a college. One thing,

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however, was still lacking. That was growth. The number of students at the end of Doctor Miner's administration scarcely exceeded the number in the fourth year of the existence of the institution. The one thing needed in 1875 was size; and it has fallen to President Capen to see the small college of that time grow under his administration to university size.

I had ceased to be connected with the institution eight years before Doctor Capen became president, but the condition of things had changed very little during those years. Moreover, through a brother in the class of '72, I had kept in touch, not only with the condition of the college, but with student life. almost as well acquainted with the condition of the college in 1875 as I had been in 1867.

A brief sketch of the condition of things when President Capen took charge may interest the student of today. The hill was bare, uncultivated, and wholly devoid of beauty, excepting of situation. Numerous trees had been planted, but they were still mere shrubs. In place of the present lawns mowing fields occupied the entire hill, the most prominent object being the college barn near by the old station. Crowning the hill were three dormitories and the college building. There was little attempt at ornamentation, and none at grouping or esthetic arrangement of grounds or buildings. It was, in fact, a college established on a farm. One could not help loving the spot for its natural beauty, but to one accustomed to elegant surroundings the outlook on coming to the hill was depressing in the extreme.

Within the dormitories were housed less than one hundred students of all kinds; and, exclusive of the divinity school, less than sixty, or classes of about fifteen each. The courses of instruction were rigid, and practically the same as had been established in the beginning. Greek, Latin and mathematics composed the greater part of the work; modern languages and the sciences being of relatively minor importance. It was a small college, well established on broad and firm foundations, with

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