Tufts University.

Tufts University

Medford, MA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Tufts University

Tufts University is an American private research university on the border of Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1852 as Tufts College by Christian universalists who sought to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning. It was a small New England liberal arts college until its transformation into a larger research university in the 1970s, though its corporate name is still "The Trustees of Tufts College". It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity." Tufts emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all its disciplines, and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.Tufts offers over 90 undergraduate and 160 graduate programs across ten schools in the greater Boston area and Talloires, France. It has the country's oldest graduate school of international relations, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The largest school is the School of Arts and Sciences, which includes both the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, which is affiliated with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The School of Engineering offers an entrepreneurial focus through its Gordon Institute and maintains close connections with the original college.The university has a campus in Downtown Boston that houses the medical, dental, and nutrition schools, as well as the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, affiliated with several medical centers in the area. Tufts offers joint undergraduate degree programs with the New England Conservatory, and the Sciences Po Paris with additional programs with the University of Paris, University of Oxford and constituents of the University of London. Several of its programs have affiliations with the nearby institutions of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Alumni and affiliates include seven Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, heads of state, five state governors, two U.S. Senators, Emmy and Academy Award winners, and National Academy members. Tufts has also graduated four Rhodes Scholars, five Marshall Scholars, five Truman Scholars, and five Goldwater scholars.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 5,492 students
  • 0.91 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.tufts.edu

Notable programs at Tufts University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, International Business, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

3,147 students out of 21,101 applicants were accepted into Tufts University. They had an average SAT score of 1482. 34% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 66% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Tufts University was $54,318. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,600.

Financial aid available at Tufts University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

41% of undergraduate students at Tufts University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Tufts University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Tufts University was of $14,054 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800.

Diversity at Tufts University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017