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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?

1,823 Undergraduate Awards
$59,591 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.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered 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.

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Tufts University Rankings

Tufts is ranked #73 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Tufts also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Tufts has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#169 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#311 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Tufts.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Romance Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Tufts has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#39 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#39 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

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 )
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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?

$59,591 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Tufts is $59,591. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

5,742 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,907 undergraduate students at Tufts, with 5,742 being full-time and 165 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,971 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,742 full-time undergraduates at Tufts, 47% are male and 53% 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 832
Black or African American 247
Hispanic or Latino 421
White 3,041
International Students 633
Other Races/Ethnicities 568

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
International Relations & National Security 0 156 0 245 11 412
General Biology 0 133 0 134 9 276
Computer Science 0 183 2 35 5 225
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 221 221
Medicine 0 0 0 0 196 196
Economics 0 174 0 18 0 192
Public Health 0 60 13 68 2 143
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 97 8 105
Fine & Studio Arts 1 62 7 31 0 101
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 94 0 94
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 93 93
Political Science & Government 0 85 0 0 0 85
Mechanical Engineering 0 53 0 24 5 82
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 64 15 0 79
Biomedical Engineering 0 35 1 29 7 72
Child Development & Psychology 0 57 0 7 7 71
Electrical Engineering 0 22 0 33 11 66
General English Literature 0 60 0 4 2 66
Romance Languages 0 61 0 0 0 61
Mathematics 0 47 0 7 6 60
Natural Resources Conservation 0 45 1 13 0 59
Human Development & Family Studies 0 30 0 19 8 57
History 0 55 0 1 1 57
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 24 0 32 0 56
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 50 0 50
Cognitive Science 0 48 0 0 2 50
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 39 6 45
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 42 0 42
Human Computer Interaction 0 27 4 8 0 39
Biopsychology 0 38 0 0 0 38
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 35 0 0 0 35
Area Studies 0 34 0 0 0 34
Chemical Engineering 0 22 0 8 3 33
Urban Studies 0 0 2 30 0 32
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 29 0 0 2 31
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 28 3 31
Civil Engineering 0 12 0 13 6 31
Sociology 0 28 0 0 0 28
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 25 0 0 25
Philosophy 0 14 0 11 0 25
Chemistry 0 10 0 6 7 23
Physics 0 17 0 1 4 22
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 14 7 0 21
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 20 0 20
Legal Research 0 0 0 20 0 20
International Business 0 0 0 19 0 19
General Education 0 3 11 4 0 18
General Engineering Technology 0 0 18 0 0 18
Museum Studies 0 0 3 15 0 18
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 18 0 18
Anthropology 0 17 0 0 0 17
Music 0 11 0 6 0 17
Classical Languages & Literature 0 7 0 9 0 16
International Studies 0 0 12 0 0 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 0 0 12
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 7 4 11
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 11 0 0 0 11
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 7 4 0 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 2 5 11
General Architecture 0 10 0 0 0 10
Computer Engineering 0 10 0 0 0 10
Environmental Engineering 0 10 0 0 0 10
Applied Mathematics 0 10 0 0 0 10
Biotechnology 0 6 2 0 1 9
Sustainability Science 0 0 9 0 0 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 8 8
Medical Science 0 0 5 3 0 8
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 8 0 0 0 8
East Asian Languages 0 7 0 0 0 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 6 6
Ethnic Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 0 0 6
Geography & Cartography 0 0 6 0 0 6
Public Policy 0 0 0 6 0 6
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 4 5
Engineering Physics 0 5 0 0 0 5
General Engineering 0 5 0 0 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
Genetics 0 0 0 0 4 4
Educational Assessment 0 0 3 0 0 3
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 3 0 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 2 0 0 2
Engineering Science 0 2 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 2 0 0 2
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 1 0 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 1 0 0 0 1
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 1 0 1
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 1 0 1
Science, Technology & Society 0 1 0 0 0 1
Archeology 0 1 0 0 0 1
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 1,822 218 1,281 657 3,979

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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