Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts

About Tufts University

Established in 1852, and supported early on by circus professional and philanthropist P.T. Barnum, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university located in Medford, MA, roughly five miles from Boston. The university also features two other campuses in the Boston area and one in Talloires, France.


Tufts is home to ten schools and colleges that offer over 70 undergraduate degree programs and over 65 graduate degree and certificate programs. It boasts six libraries, including a music library, a library of veterinary medicine, and a library of health sciences. The average class size is 20, though 75% of classes enroll fewer than 20 students. International relations and affairs is the most popular major at Tufts at both the undergraduate and master's levels, while dentistry is the most popular at the doctoral level.

More than 40% of students spend their junior year abroad, many through Tufts' ten foreign study programs. The university recognizes over 180 student organizations. Numerous varsity sports teams are available for men and women, as well as more than 30 intramural and club teams.


About 22% of undergraduate applicants were accepted in 2012. With approximately a third of these enrolling, the resulting freshman class size was just over 1,300 students. The regular decision application deadline for undergraduates is January 3, with a notification date of April 1. Prospective undergraduates may also apply by November 1 or January 3 for early decision notifications of December 15 and early February, respectively. As part of the application process, prospective students must submit a completed Common Application form, high school transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, three short essays, a list of extracurricular activities, and a personal statement. A fee of $70 or a fee waiver is also required. Qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement tests are accepted for credit.

Graduate students account for slightly more than half of Tufts' total student body. In 2011, over half (57%) of the undergraduate population was Caucasian, while 10% was Asian, 6% was Hispanic/Latino, and 4% was Black or African American.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at Tufts in 2011-2012 was $43,688, with additional costs, including room and board (estimated at about $12,000) and books (about $800), bringing potential total costs up to nearly $56,500. Tufts participates in a program called TuitionPay, which enables students to pay their tuition in ten installments throughout the year.

The university offers numerous fellowship and scholarship opportunities for undergraduates. Tuition for graduate study varies by program, and full-time master's and doctoral students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering are eligible to apply for various assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 5,150 undergraduates and 4,508 graduates in 2010**
Student Housing 41 residence halls available; freshman, sophomores, and transfer students are required to live on campus, unless they are living at home**
Schools and Programs 10 schools and colleges; roughly 135 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: International relations and affairs (205)
Master's: International relations and affairs (260)
Doctorate: Dentistry (175)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
85% in four years
90% in six years*
Admission Rate 22% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,314 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 96% (full-time students)*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 705 (verbal), 711 (math) in 2010**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 3 for regular decision, March 15 for transfer admission**
Decision Notification Date April 1 for regular decision, May through mid-June for transfer admission**
Tuition Undergraduate tuition was $43,688 per year for 2011-2012 (excluding fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grants or scholarships (44%), Pell grants (13%), federal student loans (33%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 50% of undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Tufts University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Tufts University, Bendetson Hall, 2 The Green, Medford, MA 02155
  • Phone: (617) 627-3170
  • Website: www.tufts.edu

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