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Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in 1852. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,194, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tufts University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 28. Its tuition and fees are $44,666 (2012-13).
Tufts University is located in the Medford/Somerville area of Massachusetts, not far from downtown Boston. Tufts has additional campuses in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, where its health sciences program is located, and in the suburb of Grafton, home to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus in dorms, suites, or university-owned houses or apartments. Some student groups are the Scuba Club; the Beelzebubs, an all-male a capella group; and the Poker Society. About two-fifths of the student body participates in study abroad programs, and approximately 15 percent of students are affiliated with Greek life. Tufts’ official mascot, Jumbo the elephant, is the only school mascot listed in Webster’s Dictionary.
Tufts is comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Engineering, which serves both undergraduate and graduate students; and a number of graduate and professional schools. Included in its graduate programs are the highly ranked School of Medicine and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Dental Medicine and Fletcher School for international affairs are other notable graduate schools. Tufts’ permanent art collection features works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and John Singer Sargent. Notable alumni include eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Golden Globe-winning actor Peter Gallagher, and Guster guitarist and vocalist Adam Gardner. Both Gallagher and Gardner sang in the Beelzebubs.
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Located seven miles outside Boston, Tufts is a university of 10,000 students that uses the intellectual framework of the liberal arts and engineering to serve the common good. Globalism, active citizenship and environmentalism are multidisciplinary themes that link over 60 academic programs in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, the University's two undergraduate programs. With a 9:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 20, the undergraduate curriculum at Tufts is writing and discussion-intensive.Tufts prepares leaders who will address the great intellectual and social challenges of the new century, people who want to interpret new information and make a difference in people's lives. An emphasis on critical reasoning, a creative approach to problem-solving, and emotional and social intelligence enables students to question, appreciate, and understand information and trends in a fast-paced, multicultural environment. Tufts offers rigorous, cutting-edge programs in fields as diverse as international relations, biomedical engineering, community health, environmental studies, neuroscience and cognitive studies, to name a few. Liberal arts candidates gain broad academic proficiency as well as proficiency in second language while engineers are trained to be technically-skilled as well as highly literate as they examine the societal impact of technology.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Tufts University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Tufts University is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 21.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||21.9%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Tufts University is 9:1, and the school has 69.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Tufts University include: International Relations and Affairs; Economics; Political Science and Government; English Language and Literature, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.5 percent.
Tufts University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,194, with a gender distribution of 49.3 percent male students and 50.7 percent female students. At this school, 63.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 36.3 percent of students live off campus. Tufts University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Tufts University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Tufts University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Tufts University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Tufts University, 39.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,711.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$44,666 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,880 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data