Tufts University Overview
Tufts University is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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?
- Students at Tufts may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 10 to 1.
- The 1% 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 highest award offered at Tufts is the doctor's degree.
- In 2017-2018, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, Tufts bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $75,800 a year. That's about 86% more than their peers at other schools.
- It takes the average Tufts student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.
Tufts University Rankings
According to our 2022 analysis, Tufts is ranked #66 out of 2,587 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Tufts also holds the #10 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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Tufts.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Tufts has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Tufts University?
Contact details for Tufts are given below.
|Address:||Medford, MA 02155-5555|
How Do I Get Into Tufts?
You can apply to Tufts online at: www.commonapp.org/
Admission Requirements for Tufts
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Tufts?
Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 17%, and the acceptance rate for women is 16%.
Average Test Scores
About 59% 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 680 and 750. Math scores were between 700 and 780.
Can I Afford Tufts University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Tufts, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,295 a year. That adds up to $29,180 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Tufts is 1.2%. 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
There are also 6,105 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,938 full-time undergraduates at Tufts, 46% are male and 54% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Tufts University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||269|
|Hispanic or Latino||499|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Tufts has changed over the last few years.
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Tufts
The following table shows how Tufts is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Public Relations & Advertising||#52||#52|
Online Growth Rankings of Tufts
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tufts University was 496.5%. This is the #159 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|
|General Engineering Technology||10%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||29%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||29%|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||8%|
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|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#12|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||#13|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||#13|
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.
*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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