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Tufts University Overview

Tufts University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Medford, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Medford makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Tufts University Known For?

5,483 Full-Time Undergraduates
$31,485 Avg Cost After Aid
15% Acceptance Rate
  • Tufts has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Tufts is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Tufts.
  • In 2017-2018, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Tufts makes roughly $75,800 a year. This is 86% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Tufts student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Tufts University Rankings

Tufts is ranked #59 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #10 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Tufts has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Tufts

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 45
Best Colleges 59
Best Colleges for International Students 70
Best Colleges for Veterans 831
Best Colleges for the Money 859

Where Is Tufts University?

Location of Tufts University

Contact details for Tufts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Medford, MA 02155-5555
Phone: 617-628-5000
Website: https://www.tufts.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tuftsu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TuftsUniversity

How Do I Get Into Tufts?

You can apply to Tufts online at: www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for Tufts

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Tufts?

15% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Tufts, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 15%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 13%.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Tufts submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 710 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tufts University  ( 700 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Tufts University  ( 710 to 780 )
200
800
Tufts received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Tufts University  ( 31 to 34 )
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36

Can I Afford Tufts University?

$31,485 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Tufts is $31,485. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Tufts

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,679 $8,616 $14,676 $25,602 $50,333

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Tufts, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,846 a year. That adds up to $31,384 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tufts is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Tufts University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,483 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,541 undergraduate students at Tufts, with 5,483 being full-time and 58 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Tufts

There are also 5,908 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,483 full-time undergraduates at Tufts, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Tufts

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Tufts University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Tufts Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 652
Black or African American 222
Hispanic or Latino 373
White 3,091
International Students 578
Other Races/Ethnicities 567

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Tufts University. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at Tufts. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Tufts University

184 Took All Classes Online
323 Took At Least One Class Online
39.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 323 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Tufts has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 46th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Tufts

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tufts University was 39.1%. This is the #579 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Tufts regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Tufts majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering Technologies 4%
International Studies 83%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Tufts ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Tufts.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Engineering Technology #1
Medical Science #1
Health/Medical Prep Programs #1
Sustainability Science #1
International Studies #2
Public Relations & Advertising #4
Public Health #9
Engineering Technologies #17
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #21
Communication & Journalism #22
General Education #26
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #61
Liberal Arts General Studies #61
Education #114
Health Professions #165

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Tufts University Majors

In 2017-2018, Tufts University awarded 3,644 undergraduate degrees and 3,876 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 15 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 50 0
Anthropology 0 17 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 10 0 0
Archeology 0 1 0 0
Area Studies 0 34 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 3 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 29 0 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 35 29 7
Biopsychology 0 38 0 0
Biotechnology 0 6 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 6
Chemical Engineering 0 22 8 3
Chemistry 0 10 6 7
Child Development & Psychology 0 57 7 7
Civil Engineering 0 12 13 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 1 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 7 9 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 24 32 0
Cognitive Science 0 48 0 2
Computer Engineering 0 10 0 0
Computer Science 0 183 35 5
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 11 0 0
Dentistry 0 0 0 221
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 2 5
East Asian Languages 0 7 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 42 0
Economics 0 174 18 0
Electrical Engineering 0 22 33 11
Engineering Physics 0 5 0 0
Engineering Science 0 2 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 94 0
Environmental Engineering 0 10 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 6 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 35 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 62 31 0
General Architecture 0 10 0 0
General Biology 0 133 134 9
General Education 0 3 4 0
General Engineering 0 5 0 0
General English Literature 0 60 4 2
Genetics 0 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 0
History 0 55 1 1
Human Computer Interaction 0 27 8 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 30 19 8
International Business 0 0 19 0
International Relations & National Security 0 156 245 11
Legal Research 0 0 20 0
Mathematics 0 47 7 6
Mechanical Engineering 0 53 24 5
Medical Science 0 0 3 0
Medicine 0 0 0 196
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 1 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 1 0 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 1 0
Museum Studies 0 0 15 0
Music 0 11 6 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 45 13 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 8
Nutrition Science 0 0 97 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 7 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 18 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 8 0 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 7 4
Philosophy 0 14 11 0
Physics 0 17 1 4
Political Science & Government 0 85 0 0
Public Health 0 60 68 2
Public Policy 0 0 6 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 7 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 39 6
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Romance Languages 0 61 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 1 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0
Sociology 0 28 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 28 3
Urban Studies 0 0 30 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 20 0
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 93
Total 0 3,644 2,562 1,314

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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