Tufts UniversityTufts University was founded in 1852. The private institution is located in Medford, Massachusetts. (About five miles from Boston.) The suburban campus is about 150 acres, and freshmen and sophomores are required to live in on-campus housing. With just over 5,600 undergraduates, Tufts has been able to remain an intimate place for critical thinking and research opportunities.

The undergraduate programs at Tufts include the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and the College of Special Studies (which hands out bachelor of fine arts degrees through the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.)

Tufts admissionsThe most popular majors include social sciences; biological/life sciences; engineering; computer and informational sciences; and interdisciplinary studies. Tufts also offers programs through the Experimental College. Although the college does not give degrees, it gives students the chance to take classes for credit in a variety of different fields. This allows them to take courses from non-academics and explore various interests. Upperclassmen are also able to create and teach their own classes.

Tufts has a thriving social atmosphere on campus. About 13 percent of students participate in Greek life. (As part of the ten fraternities, six sororities, and one co-ed group.) The university is also well known for its biweekly magazine, “The Tufts Observer,” which was founded in 1895. The newspaper, “Tufts Daily,” has been named one of the best college newspapers in the country.

Tufts University students

Tufts also has a strong athletic program. They participate in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III levels. Their mascot is Jumbo the elephant, because one of the original trustees was P.T. Barnum. Barnum was famous for his circuses, and the elephant has remained behind the school spirit of Tufts University. There is even an elephant statue near Barnum Hall (the biology building).

Students looking for a suburban atmosphere just a short distance from a big city should investigate Tufts University. Their individualized courses of study and strong faculty members should entice students interested in flexible, yet enriching academic programs. With notable alumni including senators and Olympians, Tufts offers numerous opportunities for all its undergraduates. The on-campus social traditions and activities also provide a well-rounded college experience for all students.


Acceptance Rate

Tufts acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Tufts SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Tufts University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 1 (Applicants notified December 15.)

Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1 (Applicants notified February 15.)

Regular decision: Jan. 1 (Applicants notified by April 1.)

Transfer deadline: Mar. 15 (Applicants notified by mid June.)

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: “more than 23,100”
Enrolled: 1,484
Yield: 47.5%
Acceptance rate: 14.6%

Note: Only the number of applications has been updated for the 2020-2021 application season!

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2020 ED (Class of 2024) applicants: about 2,560
Admitted: 662
ED acceptance rate: 28.7%

Note: Only the number of ED applications has been updated for the 2020-2021 application season!

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 1,154
Transfers admitted: 167
Transfer acceptance rate: 14.5%

Waitlist Admissions
Applicants placed on waitlist: 723
Admitted off the waitlist: 8
Waitlist acceptance rate: 1.1%

Note: Tufts admitted no one off their waitlist the previous year.

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 78%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 680-750
SAT Math: 700-780

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-34

Standardized Test Requirements

Tufts requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Tufts does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Tufts requires the SAT subject tests for some SAT Subject Tests required for some applicants

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Tufts University graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Tufts score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 86.7%
5 years: 91.5%
6 years: 92.6%

Transferred to another school: 3%

Loan default rate: 1.6%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 4

Salary after attending: $75,800

R&D Expenditures: $213.5 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 20
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 2
Burglaries: 12
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Tufts University financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2019-2020): $72,410

Total estimated cost of attendance (2019-2020): $76,200

Net Cost
Average: $26,825

By income
$0 to $30,000: $4,679
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,616
$48,001 to $75,000: $14,676
$75,001 to $110,000: $25,602
$110,001 and more: $50,333

Graduates with student debt: 33%

Average student debt at graduation: $28,014

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Tufts undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Tufts University student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

Women: 51%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 69%
20 to 39: 20%
40 to 99: 9%
100+: 2%

Student Population
Total: 11,586
Undergraduate: 5,643

Student Residence
In State: 20%
Out of State: 68%
International: 12%

Tufts University student population

Tufts University seal

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This page was last updated in January 2020.