Tufts University

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Tufts University

Tufts University


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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Medford, MA 6,676 11% 11% 95% 94% 3.9 33 1455 100

Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in 1852. Located on 150 acres in suburban Medford, Massachusetts, not far from downtown Boston, Tufts is comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering that serves both undergraduate and graduate students, and a number of graduate and professional schools. All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Tufts is distinctive as a moderately sized university that excels in its unique combination of research and liberal arts, which attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.


Tufts fosters a culture of academic rigor and inspired scholarship in a multiplicity of academic disciplines. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives spans all Tufts campuses, building collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university’s schools. The Tufts’ student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and the school has 69% of classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Economics, Biology, International Relations, and Computer Science.

Special Highlights

School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The School offers BFA and Combined Degree undergraduate programs, as well as graduate and non-degree programs, with areas of study that include painting and sculpture to performance to virtual reality. Students work with faculty across two campuses that comprise classroom, library, and studio space. We are closely connected with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and part of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences. Our graduates go out into the world as highly skilled scholar-artists ready to make a difference.

Institute for Global Leadership. Prepares new generations of critical thinkers for effective and ethical national and international leadership. The mission of the Institute is accomplished through its intensive engagement of students in classes, global research, internships, workshops, simulations and international symposia—all involving national and international leaders from both the public and private sectors.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

Tufts believes in using intellect to impact the world and in understanding how the world impacts our intellectual pursuits. It is not uncommon to find a computer scientist partnering with faculty in mechanical engineering and drama to program robots that can tell a good story or a religion major studying to become a doctor who understands of how faith, ethics, and health are linked. Tufts’ official mascot, Jumbo the elephant, is the only school mascot listed in Merriam-Webster dictionary. Tufts also has a permanent art collection that features works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and John Singer Sargent.

Student Reviews…

“Tufts is a place to thrive, explore your interests, and take risks. People are friendly and accepting, and students always listen carefully to one another. Even in today’s political divisiveness, I find Tufts students relatively open-minded and tolerant to other perspectives.”