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Tufts Admissions Information

Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts (map)


Founded in 1852 and located in Medford, Massachusetts, Tufts is a major research university with the intimate campus of a liberal arts college. About 80% of its students are enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining 20% study in the School of Engineering. Across all disciplines, undergraduates have plenty of opportunity in engage in research; in fact, there is even an Undergraduate Research Fund designated solely for students who are working on research projects and theses.

The University’s Boston/Chinatown campus is home to the health sciences program, along with several graduate departments. The main Tufts campus in suburban Medford creates a close-knit community, while a short commute to Boston gives students easy access to one of the most eclectic and historic cities in the country. Boston’s wide range of urban amenities includes museums, restaurants, clubs, cafes, and Revolutionary War-era sites.



Basic Info

Main Address: Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Phone Number: (617) 628-5000  
Website: www.tufts.edu  


Type of school: Private, Research University  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban setting, Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,164  
Percent out-of-state: 77%  
Percent international: 7%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
English Language and Literature
International Relations and Affairs
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for single students
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
100% of first-year students live in college housing
Women's housing
Cooperative housing
Special housing for students with disabilities

64% of all undergraduates live in college housing
Academic Clubs
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Minority Student
Political Activism
Television Station
Academic Fraternities/Sororities
Gay and Lesbian
Literary Magazine
Minority Cultural
Phi Beta Kappa
Radio Station
Student Government

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #3 "Most Popular Study-Abroad Program"
  • Ranked #14 "Happiest Students"
  • Tufts has four campuses: Medford/Somerville; Boston; Grafton; and Talloires, France.

Admissions Information

With over 15,000 students applying for roughly 1,275 spots in the Tufts freshman class, the university's admissions process is considered highly competitive. According to the Dean of Admissions's blog, acceptance decisions are not based solely on numbers. The committee looks for students who are motivated and interested in contributing to the University. For instance, it recognizes that not every student can be captain of the football team or editor of the newspaper; but it seeks students who have been deeply involved in whatever they've chosen to pursue.

Admissions counselors look closely at a student's course load, transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test scores. It is important to be candid in in the personal statement and Tufts supplemental questions. Successful applicants will use their essays to show the admissions committee who they are, why Tufts is a good fit for them, and how they will contribute to the University during their time there.

Admissions address: Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Phone number: (617) 627-3170  
Fax number: (617) 627-3860  
Admissions Website: admissions.tufts.edu  
Email: admissions.inquiry@ase.tufts.edu  
Contact Person: Lee Coffin, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management  
Number of first-year applications received: 15,042  
Percent of applicants admitted: 27%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 3  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (with school-specific supplement required)  
Admission requirements: Common application
Standardized test scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation(s)
School Report (with guidance counselor recommendation)
Mid-year Report
Final Report

If applicable:
International Supplement to the Secondary School Report
Home-school Supplement to the Secondary School Report
Early Decision Agreement
2 letters of recommendation (one from teacher, one from guidance counselor)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test and 2 SAT Subject Tests OR ACT with Writing

International applicants: IELTS or TOEFL

*Scores should be received by February 1
**For applicants who submit SAT scores: 2 SAT Subject Tests required of liberal arts applicants; Math 1 or 2 and either physics or chemistry required of engineering applicants.
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Tufts considers all SAT scores in its review process and requires that a student submit scores from all SAT test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3901  
ACT code: 1922  
Learn more about other Academically Challenging New England schools:
Bryant   Trinity   Wesleyan   Williams College  

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