Students Say

The campus culture at Tufts University in Massachusetts is “thriving and alive,” and as such it really encourages students to merge their academic and social interests and “pursue both in a passionate way.” This is a place where, through active discussion and a student body with a zest for life, “passion meets reality.” The academic experience here is marked by “small classes with knowledgeable and interesting professors.”

Overview

Applicants
19,059
Acceptance Rate
17%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The campus culture at Tufts University in Massachusetts is “thriving and alive,” and as such it really encourages students to merge their academic and social interests and “pursue both in a passionate way.” This is a place where, through active discussion and a student body with a zest for life, “passion meets reality.” The academic experience here is marked by “small classes with knowledgeable and interesting professors.” “I have had the opportunity to explore a huge amount of academic subjects and really challenge myself,” says a student. If students actively seek out their “highly accessible and prompt” professors, they will be rewarded with “a better learning experience and with incomparable relationships with brilliant (yet down to earth) professors.” “Whenever I ask them a question that they might not know the answer to, they do research on it immediately and return quickly with a detailed response.” The academic curriculum is a “perfect mix of liberal arts and university,” and the professors are actively concerned with making sure that students leave with a true understanding of the course material, “not just a book list under their arms.” These “global minded, ambitious” students rise to the challenge and beyond, as “most every student focuses on life beyond their education” and seeks out a well-rounded life. “It is far easier to succeed here than to fail, as long as you are committed to getting as strong an education as possible,” advises a student. “I’ve literally been offered a research position by asking questions multiple times,” says another. The international relations program at this globally-aware school is particularly strong (as are study abroad options), but activism spills over into the entirety of the student body. “Change is easily made here,” and “if you have a problem with something, you can easily address it.” A lot of effort is put into ensuring that every student transitions well into college and success. A strong alumni network and excellent internship opportunities also “open up a world of opportunities after graduation.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.8:1
Total Faculty
1,061
with Terminal Degree
880

579
Men
482
Women
172
Minority
39
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Pierre Omidyar
Founder, Ebay

Jonathan Tisch
CEO Loews Hotels

Bill Richardson
Governor of New Mexico, Ambassador to UN

Ellen Kullman
CEO DuPont

Anson Chan Fang-On
Prominent Hong Kong Politician

Arthur Sulzberger
Publisher of the New York Times

Sashi Tharoor
Member of Indian Parliament

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

“The school’s strong reputation has helped me get summer jobs and internships,” one student reports. This is a common sentiment among Tufts students. The university’s reputation and proximity to Boston provide students with many opportunities to get a head start on their post-college careers. The “great alumni network” also helps students find “jobs or internships after college.” The school frequently holds events like the Career Carnival and Tufts Career Fair along with consulting sessions. Fully 91 percent of the Class of 2013 had found full-time employment or were in graduate school by 2014. The website Payscale.com reports an average starting salary of $48,800 for Tufts grads and an average mid-career salary of $115,000.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$48,800

Median Mid-Career Salary
$115,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
55%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
94

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The baseline tuition at Tufts is $47,596 for the 2014-15 academic year. Room and board are an additional $12,634. Adding the various fees, a student can expect a bill of $61,277 before any aid or scholarships. Students who are already on a health insurance plan can have $2,224 of that total waived.

Bang For Your Buck

Although Tufts tuition is not insignificant, there are many opportunities for aid, loans, and scholarships. “There are a lot of work study programs offered at Tufts and a lot of people on complete financial aid,” an International Relations student confirms. The Student Employment Office helps students get jobs on-campus or off and regularly posts jobs to the JobX and TuftsLife websites. The school has 44 Tufts-specific scholarships and awards for everything from Fine Arts and Social Justice to various STEM majors. Prospective applicants can view the entire list online. Prospective applicants can also use the school’s online Net Price Calculator to get an idea what kind of aid they can expect if accepted.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,300

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,147

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,869

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,616

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
38%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$40,300

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,520
Required Fees
$1,084
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,494
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

This is a group of go-getters, so here “everyone has the same passion for excellence” and “is engaged in so many activities on campus.” Tufts is “a quirky (yet normal) compilation of a bunch of young adults with not only big dreams for the world, but with dedication and motivation to complete them.” “It’s like a competition to be the “most interesting man/woman in the world,” says a senior. Even better, “being nerdy is cool!” “We here embrace weirdness. If talking to new people in daily life is awkward, we know it and we revel in it,” says a sophomore. There is “no discrimination whatsoever,” though “it can actually get frustrating how politically correct everyone is.” From “dancing and singing to teaching and tutoring to international community service,” students here are “stunningly busy, and happy to be so.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,177
Out of State
77%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
72

Demographics

11.99%
Asian
4.40%
African-American
7.32%
Hispanic
62.54%
Caucasian
8.80%
Unknown
8.82%
International

51% female
49% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Though the campus itself is gorgeous, “the true beauty of the school is in the unique and quirky nature of its student body.” Generally, there are “always a lot of events going on around campus that attract students every weekend” and the variety of clubs and activities available is “amazing.” “Almost everything here is run by clubs and student organizations,” and the Tufts Dance Collective and Quidditch clubs are some of the most popular and fun options, as is a capella. The “T makes everything accessible,” and on the weekends, students often go into Boston or Davis Square and spend the day shopping and “eating non-dining hall food,” and at night “there are usually good parties to go to.” “There is more to do in this city than anyone can possibly do in four years,” says a student.
People here are “always thinking about politics” and all have a lot of spirit for Tufts and “it’s really nice to walk around campus knowing that you’re in a place where almost everyone is excited to be there.” “This is a great place to share knowledge you have, because everyone wants to hear it and share their own experiences and thoughts,” says a student.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
63%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sandra Beer

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Students are required to provide the univeristy with current documentation (no more than 5 years old), including test results, f

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
325
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
20

19% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

35% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Jumbos)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Jumbos)
17 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT

Sustainability

Tufts University has long been an innovator in the field of sustainability. In 1990, the university president convened a conference of other universities to discuss how they could collectively be world leaders in creating and maintaining sustainability. This conference resulted in the formation of the Talloires Declaration. The same year, Tufts created its environmental policy statement, and the school has been making dramatic strides towards sustainability ever since. Tufts has successfully reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels on its Medford campus. Thanks to retrofitting buildings with more efficient heating and cooling systems, restricted parking on campus, and a heavily promoted car-share program, Tufts is shrinking its carbon footprint. The undergraduate (Medford) campus has one LEED Gold residence hall, and the university renovated 25,000 square feet of leased space adjacent to the campus into LEED Gold biology labs. Tufts’ student-run environmental group, the Tufts Sustainability Collective, puts on campus-wide events such as Earthfest and is organized into several branches including Tom Thumb's Student Garden, Students for a Just and Stable Future, the Sustainable Action Squad, Food for Thought, and Green Team. The Office of Sustainability also teaches a class on environmental action—previous classes have enacted trayless dining and double-sided printing as the default mode on public printers. Initiatives like these have contributed to Tufts’ outstanding 53.7 percent waste-diversion rate. Other opportunities for students include the student-run Energy Conference, Eco- Reps, and a wide variety of research opportunities in the engineering school.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Call school, new agreements are negotiated each year.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Undergraduate Admissions Office

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Phone
617-627-3170

Email
undergraduate.admissions@tufts.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Aidekman Arts Center
Tisch Library, Edwin Ginn Library
Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center at Tufts University
Granoff Music Center
Meyer Campus Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Fine Arts
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
TD Garden- Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins
Davis Square

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Saturday mornings
8:30am-5pm
617-627-3170

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: See schedule on admissions website
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
See Schedule on Admissions Website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted students may visit during April

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is a 15-minute drive from campus. You can take a subway, bus, or taxi to campus from the airport. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Boston; public transportation and taxis can take you to Tufts from the bus and train stations.

Local Accommodations
A Cambridge House (2218 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-491-6300 or 800-232-9989) is an elegant turn-of-the-century colonial. Most, though not all, of the rooms share baths. Rates are moderate to very expensive and higher during the summer than during the rest of the year. The price includes a full breakfast and refreshments in the afternoon. Cambridge House also has a referral service to bed-and-breakfasts in the area. Susse Chalet (211 Concord Tpke., Cambridge; 617-661-7800) is inexpensive and a scant 2 miles from campus. Days Inn (19 Commerce Way, Woburn; 617-935-0039) is also close to campus, and has an indoor swimming pool and a restaurant. See the Harvard-Radcliffe entry for suggestions around Harvard Square about 2 miles south and the MIT entry for some posh hotel suggestions in southern Cambridge, about 4 miles south.
Tufts University campus - Image 0
javascript

Key Stats

19,059
Applicants
5,177
Size
17%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists