Tufts University is a medium-sized research and liberal arts university of 6,100 undergraduate students, located in the greater Boston area. Students enroll in one of three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA). Tufts encourages close student-faculty relationships with an average class size of approximately 20 students, and fosters a culture of innovation with top ranked research programs across the disciplines. Students live together on the residential campus and have 300 student organizations to pursue passions and find community. Diverse experiences of students are celebrated, and Tufts students are known for being intellectually playful, down-to-earth, driven, and civic-minded.
If you're passionate about learning and applying your knowledge to make an impact on the communities around you, Tufts may be a great fit for you.
With a student-faculty ratio of 9:1 and an average class size of approximately 20, Tufts provides its undergraduates the resources of a major research university and the attention of a liberal arts college. Students may choose from nearly 150 majors and minors, including 30 interdisciplinary programs and the unique offerings of the Experimental College (or, as students call it, the Ex College).
All undergraduate programs at Tufts are offered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, both located on the Medford/Somerville campus, or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, located on the Boston SMFA campus in the Fenway neighborhood.
Along with courses in their major, students in the School of Arts and Sciences take courses in writing, foreign language and culture, and world civilization, and also fulfill distribution requirements in humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural sciences, and mathematics. Students in the School of Engineering devote half their coursework to their major and related engineering topics. Their remaining coursework is divided about evenly between math, science, arts, humanities, and social science courses. Artists at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts spend two thirds of their time in studio classes, working across different media in an interdisciplinary art education. The remainder of their course work is in a liberal arts curriculum that covers art history, writing, social sciences, and more. Jumbos graduate with the analytical, writing, and communications skills they need to continually adapt to a rapidly changing world.
For Arts and Sciences and Engineering students on the Somerville/Meford campus, on-campus housing is guaranteed and required for first-year students and sophomores. There are 25 residence halls, ten of which are dedicated exclusively to first-year students. Students in the residence halls organize discussion and study groups, bring in guest speakers, and plan all sorts of social activities together.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can live in special interest group housing which gives students a chance to live with people who share their cultural or academic interests. There are 15 small group units at Tufts - including the Chinese House, Arts Special Interest Unit, and Rainbow House - each offering an assortment of activities for residents. By your third or fourth year at Tufts, you may be interested in moving off campus. Medford and Somerville feature free-standing homes that make for cozy and convenient temporary digs. The Off-Campus Housing Resource Center in the Office of Residential Life and Learning is a free service that assists students in finding housing and learning about the leasing process.
There are on-campus options for juniors and seniors – including the beautiful senior apartments in Sophia Gordon Hall – but on campus housing is only required and guaranteed for first and second year students.
All first-year BFA students are required to live in Tufts housing in the coveted neighborhood of Brookline, near the SMFA campus. Living in an artistic community provides the invaluable experience of living in a community of people who are dedicated to growing and evolving as students and artists. Second-year BFA students may elect to live off campus or apply for Tufts housing through a housing lottery.
With over 300 student-run clubs and organizations built around various themes, there are almost too many ways to meet people at Tufts who share your passions! From student government (like the Tufts Community Union Senate) to community service (led by the umbrella organization, the Leonard Carmichael Society) to theater and performance groups (including everything from a dance group for people who can’t dance to a cappella groups that go on tour), you’ll find a wealth of opportunities. Join a fraternity or sorority, play with a club sports team, or go for a hike with the Tufts Mountain Club! You can browse all of these opportunities (and more) here.
Tufts is a Division III school for varsity athletics, fielding 28 varsity sports in the Division III NESCAC Conference alongside 21 club teams and several intramural options for more casual participants. For the last two years, Tufts has historically ranked in the top 5 out of over 300 DIII teams nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup.
While you could spend your whole Tufts experience on campus with plenty to do, having Boston less than 5 miles away is a huge perk. You can catch a Sox game at Fenway Park, attend the annual Tufts night at the Boston Pops orchestra, or cash in your free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts. The city also offers plenty of opportunities for career advancement – internships and research opportunities abound in and around the city.
For more information about Tufts, please visit our website at admissions.tufts.edu
· Early Decision I – November 1st (Notification mid-December)
· Early Decision II – January 4th (Notification early February)
· Regular Decision – January 4th (Notification by April 1st)
The early decision programs are binding options for students who have decided that Tufts is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted (per a contract signed by the student, legal guardian, and college counselor). If accepted through early decision, you have agreed to enroll in the class. Very rarely, students are released from the contract and only in cases when the financial aid packages do not yield an affordable option for the family.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
· Completed Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
· Complete Tufts-Specific Short Answer Questions.
· High School Transcript(s)
· Senior Grades - All applicants will be required to send their senior grades as part of their application. Students applying Early Decision I should send first quarter or trimester grades no later than the last week in November. Students applying Early Decision II should plan for their first semester or trimester grades to arrive no later than the third week in January. Finally, Regular Decision applicants should submit their first semester or trimester grades by the middle of February. Students studying abroad (where predicted grades are common) should send those if senior grades are not available.
· Applicants to Tufts University must choose whether or not scores from the SAT and ACT are made available to the Admissions Committee for consideration when reviewing a student’s candidacy. If applicants would like us to consider their exam results as one component of their candidacy, we will do so in a nuanced and contextual way. If students choose not to submit exam results, we will evaluate their candidacy in a nuanced and contextual way without scores.
· We do not require SAT Subject Tests, the SAT Essay, or the writing section of the ACT; you may submit those scores to Tufts if you choose to sit for these sections, but please note that they are not required and sending them will not increase a student’s likelihood of admission.
· Tufts will accept self-reported testing on the Common Application, QuestBridge Application, and Coalition Application when students are applying. Students who are admitted and choose to enroll at Tufts will be required to verify their self-reported testing by sending their official scores. If any discrepancies are found during the verification process, it may jeopardize the student's offer of admission. Read more about our standardized testing policy here.
· TOEFL or IELTS scores (only for students for whom English is not the first language or who attend a school where English is not the language of instruction). Students must be in a school for which English is the primary language of instruction for three years to be exempt from submitting the TOEFL. Our minimum TOEFL iBT score is 100 and our minimum IELTS score is 7.0.
· Letters of Recommendation - Tufts requires one letter from a teacher in a junior or senior year major academic course (math, natural science, social science, English, or a foreign language) and one letter from a guidance counselor. An additional letter, though not encouraged, may be submitted if the student feels it can add new perspective to their application.
· Extracurricular Activities listed on the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
· Art Portfolio – this is required only for students applying to the BFA program at SMFA at Tufts or the 5-Year Combined BA/BS + BFA Program. We will accept an OPTIONAL arts or maker portfolio for students applying to the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.
· $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver - You may have the application fee waived by submitting either i) a written request from your college counselor or school official who can attest that the fee would represent a financial hardship, or ii) a College Board Request for Waiver of the Application Fee form. You may consider the waiver approved unless a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions notifies you otherwise.
· As part of the application process, Tufts offers OPTIONAL alumni interviews for students who are interested. These interviews can be requested through your application portal once you submit your application.
Tufts University is proud to meet 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. We are very serious about making sure that all of our qualified applicants can afford a Tufts education. All of our financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, as determined through the analysis of family resources on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, and family tax returns. Financial aid packages are comprised of a combination of grants, loans and work study.
· Graduation Rate – 92%
· Percent on Financial Aid – 37%
· Percent of Students who Graduate with No Loan Debt – 67%
· Total Cost of Attendance – $81,700
· Average Financial Aid Award – $50,466
More information on financial aid at Tufts can be found here.
The best way to learn more about Tufts is by reading student stories. Check out student blogs, which are a great window into the Tufts experience. Our blogs written by admissions officers can offer you some helpful advice on going through the admissions process. You can also explore our campus through the virtual tour.