Tufts University

Overview

Located less than five miles outside of downtown Boston, Tufts University is a world-class research institution offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and engineering. As a midsize university, Tufts offers the chance to join a close-knit community that supports students’ desire to take intellectual risks and challenge conventional wisdom, all in a beautiful campus setting with easy access to one of America’s most exciting cities.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Early College Awareness Initiative

Tufts’ Office of Undergraduate Admissions runs an Early College Awareness Initiative, which brings Boston area middle and early high school students to campus regularly to expose them to college life.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Voices of Tufts

The Voices of Tufts program invites high school seniors interested in the diversity that exists at Tufts to visit the campus for a two-day, fly-in program each fall that provides a multicultural perspective on attending the university. Bus transportation is provided from New York City, and students traveling from elsewhere can apply for a travel grant.

Special Admissions Policy Questbridge

Tufts is a partner school with QuestBridge, a national non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students with some of the best universities. Tufts also has an active Quest Scholars network chapter which supports QuestBridge students a Tufts. Learn more about Questbridge

Scholarship & Financial Aid Loan Replacement Policy/Financial Aid

Tufts’ Loan Replacement Policy replaces loans with scholarship grants for all undergraduates whose annual family income is below $60,000. Tufts meets 100% demonstrated need for all students admitted no matter their citizenship status.

Summer Bridge & Orientation Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST Scholars Program)

The BEST Scholars Program is a six-week residential summer bridge program for a select group of incoming engineering students. The program is designed to give nominated students an opportunity to take two Tufts University courses and participate in workshops to assist incoming first-year students transition from high school to college. Learn more about Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST Scholars Program)

Summer Bridge & Orientation Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST Scholars Program)

The BLAST Scholars Program is a six-week residential summer bridge program for a select group of incoming liberal arts students. The program is designed to give nominated students an opportunity to take two Tufts University courses, and participate in workshops to help students transition from high school to college. Learn more about Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST Scholars Program)

First-Year Experience & Transition Promoting Retention in Science and Engineering

This program is an advising program designed to create a sense of community, build a supportive cohort and acquaint students with academic resources.

Student Life & Support First Generation College Student Council

The Tufts First Generation College Student Council’s mission is to bridge the gap between Tufts’ resources and first-generation college students. The council serves as a networking opportunity for support and empowerment for all students who self-identify as first generation-to-college.

Student Diversity

  • 5,290
    Undergraduates
  • 50/50
    male/female
  • 10%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
    Asian
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
    Hispanic/Latino
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 58%
    White
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%
    International/nonresident

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 65%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 682
    Full-time faculty
  • 144
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Computer Science, Biology, Economics, Engineering, International Relations, Psychology, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Student Association (ASO), Arab Students Association, Asian American Alliance (AAA), Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Association of South Asians (ASA), Baha'I Student Association, Caribbean Club, Chinese Students Association, Black Student Union, Hindu Students Council, International Club, Muslim Students Association, Hillel, Pan-African Alliance (PAA), Association of Multiracial People at Tufts (AMPT)

Affordability

Cost of Attendance

  • $51,304
    Tuition
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,126
    Required Fees
  • $13,566
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $77,664,705
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $41,897
    Average aid package
  • $26,185
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 37%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met

Admissions

Applicant Academics

  • 20,223
    # of applicants
  • 14%
    Admitted
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 680—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 690—770
    SAT Math
  • 680—760
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional

Deadlines

  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1 and 1/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date