About Tufts University

Founded in 1852, Tufts University. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 5,508 full time undergraduate students, and 5,981 full time graduate students.

The Tufts University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 828 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Tufts University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate14%
Application DeadlineNovember 1 and January 1
Application Fee75
SAT Range1370-1520
ACT Range31-34

Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,39% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 99% were in the top quarter, and 89% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Tufts University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
15%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
28%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
48%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
29%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
17%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
39%
“I feel extremely safe”
39%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
55%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
7%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
62%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
3%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
77%
“We only party on weekends”
19%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
43%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
15%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
28%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
48%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
29%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
17%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
39%
“I feel extremely safe”
39%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
55%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
29%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
7%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
62%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
3%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
77%
“We only party on weekends”
19%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
43%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Tufts University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    85 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    55 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    85 Students rated campus food 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    87 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    87 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    87 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    87 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    87 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Tufts University?

17 Students rated Tufts University

Ryan - 08/08/2020

Amazing institution full of bright minds. The students and faculty are beyond friendly and intelligent. The name carries quite a bit of weight in job interviews (even though we are not Harvard). The could stand to renovate the buildings and they need to work on fundraising more money.

Brian

Not nearly as quirky a student body as the administration would have you believe, but overall Tufts is a great place with incredibly great professors and tons of fun stuff to do outside of class.

Brian

Tufts University is not the place to spend your time if you care about equal rights. Recently, Karen Richardson discriminated against a white, 55 year old female that is disabled in the application process denying her please for an application fee waiver and also ignoring her emails. The woman, Ms. Alexander was suffering with a disability that prevented her from attending graduate school earlier because it had taken her nine years to complete her undergraduate degree. Also, Ms. Alexander was afraid that she was being discriminated against due to her transfer credits from a Catholic graduate university. Karen Richardson is known for advocating for the rights of African American women, as she is herself and for advocating for minority groups as she did for years at Princeton. According to Ms. Alexander's account of how she was treated by Karen Richardson in her complaint to the Department of Education, she was ignored by Karen Richardson and told that a fee-waiver for the application process would be denied. Additionally, she was told that she could not be accepted because she did not even have a bachelor's degree when Ms. Alexander was transferring in with a BS and a 3.0 GPA from Liberty University and a year of completion from Regis University and a 3.5 GPA. Karen Richardson clearly did not want a white 55 year old who was disabled and religious to be a part of the Tufts student body. Keep in mind that any university that allows for this kind of discrimination is not the place to be for those who care about the equal rights of all Americans. Brian Vaughn - I will be attending Law School to become a Civil Rights attorney at ANOTHER university!

Ipek

Great college! Lots of intellectual, friendly and unique people that are enthusiastic about both their academic fields of study and extracurricular activities. Classes are relatively difficult and the workload gets overwhelming during exam weeks. Great professors who are approachable, friendly and usually entertaining, ready to help you with anything you need. Lots of research opportunities in any department you want to be involved with. Wide range of extracurricular activities, lots of great food (we even have a culinary society!) on campus and a lively party scene even though the on-campus police always keep the students safe. Healthy living emphasized with lots of healthy, nutritious food and great sports facilities. In a relatively quiet, nearly suburban area but very close to anywhere in the amazing city of Boston by the T - so you have the best of both worlds!

Tufts University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Tufts University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Tufts University is 14%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. Describe the students at your school.

    Very progressive, open-minded, driven, and intellectual

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  3. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Campus is quite crowded and small. Tufts needs to setup a sprawling sattelite campus elsewhere as well.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors will always know your name if you are in a smaller-sized class. The only time my professor didn't know my name was when I was in a lecture hall. Then, my TA knew my name. What I think is best about the teachers at Tufts is that they all truly care about your progress in the course. I can e-mail my teachers and have a response within a day or two. I can always ask them for help after class or during office hours and they are more than happy to help. Once, when I did badly on a math test, my math professor approached me after class and wanted to make sure that I understood the material, since I normally did better.

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  5. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That Tufts students are all Ivy League rejects who are bitter.

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  6. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    That pretty much sums it up. If you look hard enough, you can find people who are more interested in screwing around, but overall, the school attracts kids who are serious about their academics.

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  7. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Finding the right college is simpler than Parents and potential students think. I would recommend that a potential freshman spend some time alone on a campus. If the student has managed to meet some interesting and outgoing people within a few hours, the school will be a good fit. As far as academics go, a Student will only succeed if they are willing to work. "World class professors," really means "Smart people abound." Reputation doesn't matter once a student is attending a college or university.

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I am always awake at 3 am on any given day of the week. This isn't because I'm swamped with homework however. It's because I've been busy socializing or "studying" with a group of people in the downstairs lounge. Tufts students will usually leave their doors open and are always happy to have a conversation, even if they're in the middle of their homework. I'm not saying that Tufts students aren't studious, they certainly are, but there is always time to hang out as well. I think that Tufts students strike a good balance between working and socializing.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Tufts University has a very dynamic campus. I love the university's involvement with the surrounding community and active citizenship philosophy. I also love how the campus stresses strong academics, but also a positive and engaging social community.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Tufts is the community. The community at Tufts is an amazing blend of academic discussion, socialization, and cultural experience.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    There is a lot of work, it gets very cold, students are very friendly, faculty are very helpful.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Many students don't seem to care about the bland state of the dorms on campus and are generally apathetic in trying to get around the rules of the college that regulate decoration of rooms to be rather boring.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Tufts has failed to comply with Title IX's standards for sexual assault policies on college campuses.

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    -cares about the community and public service -down to earth -open-minded -academics are important but not always the number 1 priority

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  15. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about the famous professors and alumni, the difficulty of getting in and staying in, our top-notch academics (especially international relations), and our impressive varsity sailing team.

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  16. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We have a weird self-imposed inferiority complex. People are generally happy at Tufts but many are also overachievers second-guessing why they are not at an Ivy.

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  17. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The student body is a little on the wealthy side.

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  18. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who do not intend to work hard at school or at life.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Britt talks about why she decided to come to Tufts.

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  20. Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

    I've had a lot of practice with this because there are a lot of people out there who haven't heard of Tufts! I usually describe it as a small to medium-sized liberal arts school just outside of Boston. I also mention that Tufts is unusual in its population: students are exceptionally engaged and active on-campus, whether it be through entrepreneurial endeavors, political campaigns, or just joining dozens of clubs. As cliche as it sounds, Tufts is a place where expressing your individuality is truly and openly embraced. That being said, it's "quirky" reputation doesn't mean it's so different from every other college. Although I truly believe the student body is more engaged than they would be at another campus, our classes, sports, greek life, etc. are not a radical departure from your stereotypical university.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    The coffee shop is called Brown and Brew. It’s located conveniently on campus near the athletic center.

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Student Body

Students

50%

female

50%

male

5,508

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,981

Total Grad Students

69%

Out-Of-State

20%

In-State

11%

International

Organizations

170

Student Organizations

11

Fraternities

5

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

32%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
12%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
56%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

43% of students attending Tufts University receive some sort of financial aid. 10% were awarded federal grants. While 21% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$52,430

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$800

Books and Supplies

$13,556

Room and Board

66,786

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$9,222
$30 - $48K
$10,377
$48 - $75K
$18,872
$75 - $110K
$26,973
$110K & UP
$47,538

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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