Tufts University

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Medford, MA 02155

Phone: (617) 628-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#28 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. National Universities

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Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in 1852. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,255, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tufts University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 28. Its tuition and fees are $46,598 (2013-14).

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 Cycling Club; the Beelzebubs, an all-male a cappella group; and the Freethought Society. About half 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The world we live in is not easily segmented by academic disciplines. Problems in the world will not fit into neatly labeled categories and the solutions to those problems will not come from a single point of view. Global challenges that once would be easily classified, like the European debt crisis or climate change, are now recognized to be intertwined across economic, political, technological, linguistic, and cultural lines. Tufts' educational philosophy strives to recognize this and adapt to it, with requirements that push students towards interdisciplinary thought and strengths. Students are asked to understand world culture and languages, and to see the importance of context beyond any singular discipline. Tufts believes in using intellect to impact the world and in understanding how the world impacts our intellectual pursuits. Tufts is the kind of school where it's normal to be a computer scientist partnering with faculty in mechanical engineering and drama to program robots that can tell a good story. It's normal to be a religion major with medical aspirations, studying to become a doctor who understands of how faith, ethics, and health are linked. Tufts is the kind of school where philosophers contribute to our understanding of linguistics, where engineers tackle the challenges of global health and epidemiology, where the divide that separates the study of media from the study of politics may be deliberately blurry because this blurriness exists in the world we live in and Tufts students should be prepared for it. Much of Tufts' cross-disciplinary strength and emphasis is possible because of its intimate size contrasted against a recognized world-class research focus. Students and faculty learn who their potential collaborators are in other areas and pursue partnerships in class, on research teams, and in the community at large. Tufts' mission to impact the world benefits from Boston, the premier higher education destination in the United States, where being on the Red Line of the Boston subway system assures opportunities to put academics into practice.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1852
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $1,351,166,000


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 21.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 21.4%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Tufts University is 9:1, and the school has 68.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Tufts University include: International Relations and Affairs; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 87%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
International Relations and Affairs 17%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Economics, General 7%
Political Science and Government, General 7%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Tufts University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,255, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female students. At this school, 64.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35.7 percent of students live off campus. Tufts University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,837
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Tufts University, 39.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $31,716.

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Tuition and fees $46,598 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,182 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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