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Tufts University

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Introduction

Founded in 1852, Tufts University has grown from a small, regional college to a worldrenowned, major research university whose 5,000 undergraduates come from more than sixtyfive countries. Regardless of where they are from, Tufts students, staff, and faculty all share the common goal of using their intellects to better the world, whether it is working in rural Ghana to stop the spread of parasitic diseases found in local water sources or volunteering in Boston as translators for recent Vietnamese immigrants.

A Tufts education will inspire [you] to get out into the world and shake things up, tear things down, and make things better. —Kyle Halle-Erbe, ’10

Referred to by President Larry Bacow as a small university with a sense of intimacy, Tufts nurtures the development of global scholars and leaders by combining the best aspects of small liberal arts colleges—discussion and inquiry-based classes; close relationships with professors—and the best attributes of large research universities—funding and support for undergraduate research; award-winning, internationally recognized faculty. Emphasizing the importance of intellectual exploration and interdisciplinary education, Tufts fosters the growth of poetry-writing engineers, political activist premed students, and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs. Although students are enrolled in either the school of engineering or the school of liberal arts, classes in each school are open to all undergraduates.

Undergraduate students also benefit from the resources and research opportunities available at Tufts’ eight graduate schools, including the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition School, and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the nation’s oldest and arguably most prestigious graduate school in international relations. A national leader in active citizenship, Tufts is home to the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. In May 2006, six years after its founding, Tufts alumnus Jonathan M. Tisch’s generous $40 million endowment gift ensured the college’s future as a university fixture. Integrating active citizenship into the curriculum, Tisch College facilitates collaboration between civic-minded students and faculty who aspire to solve complex real-world problems. Recent student-initiated projects include biomedical engineers utilizing light spectroscopy for breast cancer screening and studio art students examining art and social change as reflected through graffiti.

Located just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts’ beautiful 150-acre New England college campus rests upon Walnut Hill and overlooks the city skyline. The campus is a short walk or shuttle bus ride from Davis Square, a bustling social center that is home to independent coffee shops, live music venues, delicious ethnic food, and one of Boston’s best used-bookstores. Davis Square, located on the Red Line of the subway, also provides students with easy access into Boston, where students often grab dinner in the North End (Boston’s “Little Italy”), visit the Museum of Fine Arts (where Tufts students receive free admission), or catch a Red Sox or Celtics game.

Although students appreciate Boston’s accessibility, the heart of undergraduate life is found on campus, home to 5,000 students and over 200 thriving student-run organizations. Students who live on campus have the option of choosing between single-sex and coed dormitories, on-campus apartments, fraternity and sorority houses, and numerous culture units, including the Africana, Latino, Asian American, International, Jewish, Muslim, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arts, Crafts, and Substance Free Culture Units. All first- and secondyear students are required to live on campus; many third- and fourth-year students choose to live with friends in off-campus apartments immediately surrounding the university.

Construction vehicles and hard hats have been a common site on campus recently. Two major construction projects were recently completed. Sophia Gordon Hall, an environmentally friendly “green” dormitory that houses 125 seniors, opened its doors in the fall of 2006. The university’s new music building, home to the music department and a new 300-seat, acoustically engineered, recording-quality auditorium, was completed in January of 2007. Other campus improvements within the past couple of years include the construction of a $2 million boathouse on the Malden River for Tufts’ crew teams, the renovation of West Hall, a residence hall since 1872 that is a favorite amongst students and known for its spacious rooms and prime location on the academic quad, and the revamping of Cabot Auditorium and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Tufts is an eclectic and dynamic community of passionate students from a wide variety of geographic, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Students of color and international students make up more than a third of the undergraduate study body. It is not unusual for a first-year student from Chicago to be roommates with a student from Seattle and neighbors with a student from Hong Kong and a student from Texas. The diversity within the undergraduate student body creates a stimulating, intellectual community in which students are constantly learning in the classrooms from their first-rate professors and outside the classroom from their eclectic classmates.

Most students are drawn to Tufts because they are looking for a challenge—both inside and outside of the classroom. Tufts provides students with a high-quality education where the learning extends far beyond the walls of the classroom. Tufts students appreciate the diverse student body, beautiful campus, access to a major city, and community in which students take their academics seriously, yet lead healthy and balanced lives.

Originally from the small, rural town of Schulenburg, Texas, Michelle Eilers, ’10, chose Tufts because she wanted to attend a school where students learned just as much from their peers during political debates in the dining hall and late-night discussions about global dilemmas in the dorms as they did from their professors. She wrote, “I want to meet people with whom I have nothing in common and argue about values and beliefs. I want to interact with people involved in making real world contributions, because I want to make meaningful contributions of my own.” In Tufts, Michelle and many other like-minded students have found a perfect match.

Unlike many other prestigious universities, Tufts is a dynamic and innovative institution of higher learning whose president, professors, and students use academic and social capital to make tangible differences in the world. Under the leadership of President Larry Bacow, the university has heightened an already impressive academic profile by attracting top-notch students and faculty. Robert Sternberg, former president of the American Psychological Association and one of the world’s foremost experts on the topics of creativity and intelligence, assumed the position of Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Linda Abriola, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a universally recognized specialist in water allocation and water resources, became one of the few female Deans of Engineering in the country when she accepted that position in 2004.

Scholars and students alike recognize that Tufts is a special school—a university on the forefront of both research and teaching, a campus defined by intellectual curiosity and handson learning, and a community of scholars and leaders who want to “shake things up, tear things down, and make things better.”

Academics

Whether it is meeting with a student during office hours, grabbing coffee at the library’s Tower Café (where beverages are on the house when a student and professor go in together), or inviting students to their houses for dinner or a barbecue, Tufts professors take a genuine interest in the lives of undergraduates, both inside and outside of the classroom. With an average class size of twenty and a student-to-faculty ratio of seven-to-one, classes tend to be discussion- and inquiry-based and require students to come to class prepared and ready to contribute to the learning process.

With an aim of providing students with a broad-based liberal arts and engineering education, Tufts students are encouraged to explore their academic interests by taking classes in any academic department within the university. The most popular majors within the school of liberal arts are international relations, English, political science, and psychology. Tufts is also recognized for its first-rate programs in history, philosophy, child development, biomedical engineering, and community health. Mechanical engineering and electrical engineering are the two most popular majors within the school of engineering, though the biomedical engineering program has experienced tremendous growth and has increased in popularity in recent years. More than forty percent of students—across disciplines—will choose to spend a semester or a year studying abroad on one of the ten Tufts programs or one of the 200 preapproved non-Tufts programs throughout the world. All undergraduates, in both the school of liberal arts and the school of engineering, are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research.

What distinguishes Tufts from many other schools when it comes to research is that rather than doing research for a professor, Tufts students play an active role in doing research with a professor. Rather than joining an already existing research project, students are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects and to delve deeply into their field. Research takes place across all disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities to the arts. Initiatives such as the Summer Scholars Research Program give undergraduates the opportunity to engage in funded one-on-one research with a faculty member at any of the university’s eight undergraduate or graduate schools, including the schools of liberal arts and engineering, the medical school, veterinary school, dental school, nutrition school, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Recent Summer Scholars projects include a drama major that worked with a professor to recreate the costumes and clothing for a PBS documentary on the French and Indian War set in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania, and a community health major who analyzed the problems of asthma and obesity in immigrant populations. Hands-on research is a core element of the undergraduate experience at Tufts and often culminates in a senior honors thesis or further study in graduate school.

At Tufts, whether you like it or not, you are going to get to know your professors. For most students, myself included, that is a good thing. My professors, expert scholars and teachers, were all down-to-earth and inspired me to achieve more than I ever thought possible. I formed meaningful professional relationships and friendships with my professors that have lasted well beyond graduation, and I still correspond with many of them on a regular basis, whether it is to ask for advice or just to catch up.

The Experimental College

Founded in 1964, the Experimental College has been an integral part of the Tufts curriculum for more than forty years. The Experimental College, or ExCollege, is more of an academic department than an actual separate college within the university. Known for offering innovative, imaginative, and interdisciplinary courses that don’t necessarily fall into any one academic department, the ExCollege has been a favorite amongst students since its inception.

A unique aspect of the ExCollege is that courses are usually taught by outside professionals rather than university professors. Many of the outside professionals who teach in the ExCollege enrich the learning environment by bringing invaluable real-world experience— and contacts—into the classroom. Recent hits include a course taught by the former general manager of the Celtics on “The Business of Sports: A History of the NBA”; a course on forensic science and crime scene investigation led by a twenty-four-year veteran police inspector of the Connecticut State Attorney’s office; and a class on “Producing Films for Social Change” taught by an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. In 2005 Tufts students in the “Producing Films for Social Change” class won a College Emmy Award for From the Fryer to the Freeway: Alternative Energy Today. In addition to taking classes in the ExCollege, students also have the ability to teach pass/fail classes in an area of their own personal expertise. All ExCollege courses count for credit toward graduation, and some count as credit toward various majors.

The Dual-Degree Programs

Tufts has two special five-year dual-degree programs with other schools in Boston. The first is a five-year B.A./B.F.A. program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, located next to the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown Boston. The second is a five-year B.A./B.Mus. program in which students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, one of the country’s most prestigious conservatory programs. A shuttle bus takes dual-degree students back and forth between campuses, though many opt to ride the easily accessible subway as well. Both dual-degree options are highly selective and are meant for students who are serious academicians and dedicated and talented artists. To apply for either program, students must submit an application to Tufts and a separate application to the other institution. Students should indicate on each application that they would like to be considered for the dual-degree program.

Early Acceptance to Tufts’ Professional Schools

During a student’s sophomore year at Tufts, he or she may apply for early acceptance to the Tufts School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, or School of Veterinary Medicine. In order to be seriously considered for the program, students must meet two criteria: they must be on track to fulfill the required pre-health science requirements (coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, etc.) within four years and they must have maintained a high level of academic performance during their first two years. None of the programs are meant as acceleration programs, though some students may be able to complete the combined dental medicine program in seven years. All students accepted early to the medical or veterinary school, and most of those accepted early to the dental school, will still spend four years completing their undergraduate studies and four years in professional school. The benefit of the early acceptance program is that they will know by the end of their sophomore year whether or not they have been admitted into a top-notch health science graduate program. The early acceptance programs are not binding, and students have until the end of their junior year to decide whether or not they will accept the offer of admission. Institute for Global Leadership

The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) provides undergraduates with an opportunity to examine a multitude of complex global issues through course work, on-campus lectures and symposia, and funded in-the-field research. The IGL encourages student-centered learning and pushes students to connect theory to practice by “getting their hands dirty” through funded international research. Recent student trips sponsored by the IGL include a trip to the United Arab Emirates to attend a conference on women’s rights and a trip to Zimbabwe to research the problems that country faces as a result of its scarce water resources.

Home to a wide range of initiatives, the IGL’s signature program is Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC), a year-long colloquium exploring a major global issue. Past EPIIC themes include “Race and Ethnicity,” “Sovereignty and Intervention,” and “America’s Role in the World.”

More in depth information about the Institute for Global Leadership can be found at http://www.tufts globalleadership.org/.

Study Abroad

Did you know that . . .

  • More than forty percent of students choose to study abroad, placing Tufts among the top ten research universities for percentage of students who study abroad.
  • Tufts has a campus at the foot of the French Alps in Talloires, France. During the summer, students have the opportunity to live with a French family while taking six-week-long classes with Tufts professors in an eleventhcentury Benedictine priory.
  • Tufts’ ten study abroad programs are located throughout the world in Chile, China, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Oxford, Paris, and Spain. There are also more than 200 preapproved non-Tufts programs.

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Admissions

Once a moderately selective regional college, Tufts has transformed itself over the past twenty-five years into a most-selective international university. Students applying to Tufts are required to submit the Common Application and the Tufts Supplement form. Last year twentyfive percent of the 15,600 applicants were offered admission to either the school of liberal arts or the school of engineering. The fact that the admissions process is highly selective should not discourage applicants from applying since the application review process at Tufts is holistic.

As Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin likes to say, a student’s application is made up of two parts: the “data” (a student’s academic performance) and the “voice” (a student’s extracurricular activities, recommendations, and essays). According to the admissions office, the vast majority of Tufts applicants are academically “qualified” to succeed in the classroom. With that in mind, it is important for applicants to realize that although the data certainly does play an important role in the admissions process, the voice is just as, if not more, important.

The data portion of a student’s application consists of the high school transcript and standardized test scores. In addition to reviewing students’ grades, Tufts evaluates each applicant’s curricular rigor and gives preference to students who have challenged themselves by taking AP, IB, and honors classes, or the most demanding classes available to them. The university also requires students to submit either the SAT exam and two additional SAT Subject Tests or the ACT exam with writing. Students applying to the school of engineering who submit the SAT should submit an SAT Subject Test in math and a Subject Test in either physics or chemistry. For students accepted into the class of 2011, the mid-50 percentile range for the SAT math, critical reading, and writing exams was 670–760, and the mean composite ACT score was 31. Although the admissions committee does take standardized testing into consideration, it is but one of many factors in the admissions process. Students who fall within or exceed the mid-50 percentile are not guaranteed admission and students who score below the mid-50 percentile may not be denied admission. Students who do not speak English as a first language are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well.

The voice portion of a student’s application is often what distinguishes him or her from the thousands of other Tufts applicants. Admissions officers rely on extracurricular activities, recommendations, essays, and an optional alumni interview to get a better sense of who the applicant is and how he or she would add to the Tufts campus. Given the importance Tufts places on active citizenship and leadership, admissions officers want to know what students have been up to outside of the classroom. Be it community service, music, athletics, arts, entrepreneurship, or employment, Tufts places an emphasis on the quality of a student’s involvement rather than the number of activities in which a student has participated.

Students are required to submit one recommendation from a teacher in a major subject area (math, science, social studies, English, foreign language) that they have had in either their junior or senior year. The best teacher recommendations come from teachers who know students well and are able to share stories, fond memories, and personal anecdotes with the admissions committee. A strong teacher recommendation can carry considerable weight with the admissions committee and almost always strengthens the voice of the application. Additional recommendations are welcomed if the student believes that the extra recommendation will add new information to the application.

Perhaps the most important part of the voice, student essays play a significant role in the application review process. In addition to submitting a 250- to 500-word personal statement, applicants are given the option to write a few short essays in response to creative and innovative questions that change annually. Past prompts include: “A high school curriculum does not always afford much intellectual freedom. Describe one of your unsatisfied intellectual passions. How might you apply this interest to serve the common good and make a difference in society?” and “Create a short story using one of the following topics: The end of MTV; Confessions of a Middle School Bully; The Professor Disappeared; The Mysterious Lab.” Students are discouraged from writing essays about banal topics, such as a community service trip, the “big game” or “big shot,” or one’s love for grandma and grandpa.

All interviews for Tufts are optional and are conducted by local area alumni who are part of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP). After a student submits the Tufts Supplement Form, the admissions office will notify an alumni interviewer in the students’ local area who will in turn contact the applicant to schedule an interview. Interviews often take place at coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, and other public locations agreed upon by both the applicant and interviewer. The purpose of the interview is twofold: first, to provide students with another opportunity to add to the voice of their application and, second, to learn more about Tufts through the experiences of the alumni interviewer. In a typical year more than 10,000 interviews are completed by dedicated TAAPers who volunteer hours of their time to remain connected to the university and to advocate for applicants from their local area. Since interviews are optional; students who are not able to complete an alumni interview are not at a disadvantage in the admissions process.

Students have the option of applying to Tufts Early Decision (ED) I, Early Decision (ED) II, or Regular Decision. Both Early Decision rounds are binding, meaning that if admitted the applicant is required to attend Tufts and withdraw any applications to other colleges. The only difference between Early Decision I and Early Decision II is the application deadline (November 1 for ED I and January 1 for ED II). Students who apply Early Decision are notified of their admissions decision approximately one month after the application deadline. The Regular Decision application deadline is January 1, and all applicants are notified of their decision by April 1. The current application fee is $70. Students who are unable to pay the application fee should contact their guidance counselor or the Tufts admissions office to inquire about obtaining a fee waiver.

Financial Aid

One of the first questions on many high school students’ and parents’ minds is, “How am I going to pay for college?” As the cost of attending college continues to rise, this question gains more and more validity. At Tufts, admissions and financial aid officers work closely with students’ families to ensure that finances are not the factor that prevents a student from attending the university. In 2006, President Larry Bacow launched a $1.2 billion capital campaign, with a primary goal of maximizing the university’s financial aid resources.

Financial aid at Tufts is need-based and the university is dedicated to meeting 100 percent of a student’s financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile, and the family’s tax returns. The only form of merit-based aid are awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ROTC scholarships are also available to students. Each year students resubmit their financial aid forms so that the university can recalculate and adjust their financial aid package as needed.

Financial aid packages usually include three types of aid: grant, loan, and student contribution. However, the vast majority of aid is in the form of grants, or money that the student does not have to repay. Of the $12.8 million in aid given to the class of 2010, more than $10 million was in the form of grants. The average grant was $23,907 and the average total award was $26,300. Student contribution, or work-study, provides students with an on-campus job during the academic year. Though a variety of jobs are available, the most highly sought after jobs are those that allow students to study or do work while on the clock. The foreign language lab, gymnasium, and library media center are a few of the most popular places to be employed. In addition to working on campus, some students decide to take advantage of the plentiful job opportunities in Boston to help pay for school.

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Students

Something that Tufts students understand very well is that a lot of learning in college takes places outside of the classroom. Though students’ primary reason for being at Tufts is to excel inside the classroom, a healthy balance exists between coursework, extracurricular activities, and a student’s social life.

Even though Boston is just a short T ride away, the heart of the undergraduate social life is found on campus. Students build time into their schedules to participate in some of the more than 200 already existing student organizations, ranging from the Multiracial Organization of Students at Tufts (MOST) to Traveling Treasure Trunk, a children’s theater troupe. Given the university’s emphasis on integrating active citizenship into the curriculum, it is no surprise that the most popular student organization is the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), an umbrella community service group that is home to nearly forty outreach initiatives. Students interested in media and communications are often active in Tufts University Television (TUTV); Tufts’ radio station, 91.5, WMFO; the Observer, a biweekly news magazine; and the most widely read publication on campus, The Tufts Daily. Tufts is one of the smallest colleges in the country to have a daily newspaper. Performing artists can sing in one of the six a cappella groups, sing in the choir or gospel choir, play in the wind ensemble or the big band, or dance in Spirit of Color, Sarabande, Tufts Dance Collective, TURBO (a breakdance troupe), or one of the university’s step teams.

Many students are involved in the cultural organizations that are collectively known as The Group of 6: the Africana Center, Asian/Asian-American Center, International Center, Latino Center, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, and the Women’s Center. There are also active religious organizations and groups on campus, including the Protestant Ministry, Catholic Center, Hillel, and the Islamic Center. Students who find that their interests are not met by one of the already existing organizations always have the opportunity to petition to create a new organization.

Greek Life

Approximately fifteen percent of Tufts students are Greek. With twelve fraternities and five sororities, the Greek system at Tufts is a legitimate social outlet for those interested in taking part in Greek life. At the same time, there is no pressure to join a fraternity or sorority given the numerous opportunities for social stimulation both on campus and in Boston. Even if a student is not directly involved in Greek life it doesn’t necessarily exclude him or her from attending parties, dances, fund-raisers, or other events organized by a fraternity or sorority. Please visit http://www.tuftslife.com for more information about student life and a daily listing of campus events.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Students interested in participating in athletics at Tufts may do so at the varsity, club, or intramural level. The Tufts Jumbos boast twenty-nine Division III varsity athletic teams that compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Arguably the most competitive Division III conference both athletically and academically, NESCAC foes include Amherst, Williams, Wesleyan, and Middlebury.

Tufts teams compete at the highest level and placed sixth out of 281 Division III schools in the 2005–2006 Sports Academy Directors’ Cup, an annual ranking of the best overall intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. Though many teams had great success in 2005–2006, of particular note was the women’s soccer team’s Final Four appearance, the men’s basketball team’s Sweet 16 showing, and the track team’s Fred Jones capturing the national triple jump title at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Popular club sports include a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee team, rugby, flag football, and table tennis. Those simply looking to stay in shape can take advantage of Tufts’ 40,000 pounds of free weights, new nautilus equipment, indoor pool, and the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center’s elevated indoor 200-meter track and indoor tennis courts.

Alumni

Given the geographic diversity of the undergraduate student body and the emphasis on educating tomorrow’s global leaders, it is no surprise that Tufts graduates can be found throughout the world. There are more than 80,000 Tufts alumni living in places as close as Boston and New York and as far as Botswana and New Delhi. Current undergraduates and recent graduates greatly benefit from the Tufts Alumni Association, an active network of alumni who are eager to offer advice, resources, and contacts.

Upon graduating from Tufts, around half of all students will go directly to graduate school, though within five years of graduating more than eighty percent of all graduates have already completed a graduate degree or are in graduate school.

Approximately a quarter of the graduating class will engage in volunteer opportunities or complete prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Each year Tufts is one of the top schools of its size to send students on to be Fulbright Scholars and Peace Corps Volunteers.

Other recent graduates have also been recognized as Marshall Scholars, Truman Scholars, Udall Scholars, and recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke Scholarship. The remaining quarter will enter into the workforce in fields including public service and government, investment banking, consulting, teaching, and journalism among others. When people ask me what my friends did after we graduated, I usually don’t know where to start. Kate, whom I met during our weeklong freshman orientation community service trip in Boston, won a Fulbright Scholarship to do research on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and then went on to work for UNESCO in Paris before doing a master’s degree in international public health. Steve, whom I lived with all four years of college, recently received his master’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in Israel and has also been working full-time for a leading conflict resolution nonprofit. Steve’s connections at Tufts led to a oncein- a-lifetime opportunity the year after we graduated. That year, he traveled to India as part of a three-person delegation sent to meet with the Dalai Lama and advise the Tibetan government in exile in their dealings with the Chinese.

My other friends are doing equally impressive things across the country and throughout the world, ranging from Ph.D. and professional degree programs to opening up a bookstore on the Greek island of Santorini to working in postconflict areas such as Rwanda and Northern Ireland.

Prominent Grads

  • Vannevar Bush, ’13, Scientist, Inventor
  • John Holmes, ’29, Poet
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ’48, Former U.S. Senator, Ambassador to the UN
  • General Joseph Hoar, ’56, Four-Star General in Persian Gulf War
  • Frederick “Rick” Hauck, ’62, Astronaut
  • Joseph Neubauer, ’63, CEO, Aramark Corp., Philanthropist
  • Jeffrey Drazen, ’68, Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal of Medicine
  • Anita Shreve, ’68, Best-selling Author
  • William Richardson, ’71, Governor of New Mexico, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ambassador to the UN, Diplomat, and Congressman
  • William Hurt, ’72, Academy Awardwinning Actor
  • Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., ’74, Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times m Meredith Viera, ’75, Co-host, NBC’s Today
  • Peter Gallagher, ’77, Actor, The O.C.
  • Jeffrey Kindler, ’77, CEO, Pfizer
  • Jamie Dimon, ’78, CEO, J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Neal Shapiro, ’80, Former President, NBC
  • Oliver Platt, ’83, Actor
  • Rob Burnett, ’84, Emmy-winning Producer, Late Show with David Letterman
  • Tracy Chapman, ’86, Grammy-winning Musician
  • Hank Azaria, ’88, Emmy-winning Actor
  • Pierre Omidyar, ’88, Founder of eBay, Philanthropist
  • Darrell Scott, ’88, Award-winning Country Singer and Songwriter
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, ’92, Cofounder, Ethos Water
  • Guster (Adam Gardner, ’95, Ryan Miller, ’95, and Brian Rosenworcel ’95), Band
  • Please visit Tufts E-News, http:// enews.tufts.edu, for regular updates on Tufts graduates making headlines.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 399th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.06
Robbery 4 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Medford, MA 02155-5555
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population56,203 (56,203 urban / N/A rural)
Households22,119 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$52,512
Families13,501 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 51st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $45,590 $45,590 $45,590
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,008 $1,008 $1,008
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,425 $1,425 $1,425
FT Graduate Tuition $44,548 $44,548 $44,548
FT Graduate Required Fees $758 $758 $758
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,114 $1,114 $1,114
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $61,000 $61,000 $61,000
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $53,600 $53,600 $53,600
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $48,818 $48,818 $48,818

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $56,080 $56,080
Medical Degree — Required Fees $704 $704
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $63,932 $63,932
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $9,877 $9,877
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $46,120 $46,120
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $420 $420

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $42,962 $44,666 $42,962 $44,666 $42,962 $44,666
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,512 $11,880
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,326 $1,454
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,512 $11,880
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,326 $1,454
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,838 $6,035

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 18,419 (7,795 male / 10,611 female)
Admitted 3,471 (1,666 male / 1,803 female)
Admission rate 19%
First-time Enrollment 1,314 (651 male / 662 female)
FT Enrollment 1,314 (651 male / 662 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment10,872

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New England Small College Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference New England Small College Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference New England Small College Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference New England Small College Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

35th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 38%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 30 / 33

SAT Test Admission

27th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 62%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 680 / 750
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 690 / 770
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1370 / 1520

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,500
Meals per Week999
Room Fee$6,630
Board Fee$5,552

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 357 93 135 252 2 1,459 339 2,709
Advanced General Dentistry 2 1 3
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other 7 7
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 6 3 2 12 5 29
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 1 1
Anthropology 1 3 4 2 23 2 36
Applied Mathematics, General
Arabic Language and Literature 1 3 4
Archeology 3 3
Architecture 1 1 4 3 9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 18 2 25
Art/Art Studies, General 7 1 8 5 44 78 145
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 2 2 5
Biochemistry 1 3 5 9
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 8 1 1 7 22 2 41
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 5 4 14 43 11 88
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 9 8 26 43 6 97
Biopsychology 3 2 5 26 4 41
Biotechnology 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 1 1
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology 1 1
Chemical Engineering 4 1 2 8 28 6 49
Chemical Physics 1 1
Chemistry, General 3 5 12 1 22
Chemistry, Other 1 1
Child Development 4 10 3 5 52 3 79
Chinese Language and Literature 1 1 2
Civil Engineering, General 8 5 33 4 51
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 5 1 9
Clinical Psychology 1 3 4 19 1 29
Cognitive Science 1 1 9 3 14
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Community Organization and Advocacy 2 1 1 1 5
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 2 1 3
Computer Engineering, General 1 4 5
Computer Science 7 4 3 28 5 51
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Conservation Biology 1 1 5 7
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis 1 2 8 1 12
Dental Clinical Sciences, General 14 1 15
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 9 1 11
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 6 1 10 15 4 37
Economics, General 26 6 3 8 63 7 115
Education, General 1 2 1 5 1 11
Educational Psychology 1 2 3 26 3 37
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5 3 7 9 26
Endodontics/Endodontology 1 1 1 4 7
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
Engineering Science 1 1 4 2 8
Engineering, General 2 4 6
Engineering, Other 1 1
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 2 2 3 18 38 66
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 2 6 49 14 77
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 3 4 1 9
Epidemiology 2 2 4 9
French Language and Literature 1 3 1 5 10
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 5
German Language and Literature 4 4
German Studies 1 1
Health Communication 2 12 15
Health Services Administration 3 1 5 8 2 19
History, General 3 2 4 2 40 7 58
History, Other
Human Computer Interaction 1 2 5 6 2 17
Industrial Engineering
International Business/Trade/Commerce 14 1 1 18 34
International Law and Legal Studies 14 2 2 18
International Public Health/International Health 2 5 6 1 15
International Relations and Affairs 119 5 30 34 2 215 27 448
Italian Language and Literature 1 3 2 6
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 3 1 6
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature 1 1 2
Mathematics, General 1 1 2 12 5 21
Mechanical Engineering 6 3 3 45 7 66
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medical Scientist 3 1 2 7 2 15
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 4 5
Museology/Museum Studies 2 1 17 2 22
Music, General 1 7 1 9
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2 1 5 8
Neuroscience 1 1
Nutrition Sciences 14 2 2 7 53 3 85
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 8 1 1 2 30 2 45
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 1 1
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery 1 1 2
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 3 1 7 11
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 1 1 1 12 3 18
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 4 3 1 8
Periodontics/Periodontology 5 3 8
Philosophy 3 1 2 5 19 5 35
Physics, General 1 1 1 1 4
Political Science and Government, General 7 3 2 4 41 10 68
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 13 4 20
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies 4 3 7
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 1 1 1 3
Psychology, General 2 4 7 7 40 6 67
Public Health, General 2 1 16 20
Public Health, Other 1 1 1 11 2 17
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 1 7 9 19
Religion/Religious Studies 4 1 5
Russian Language and Literature
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 1 1 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 7 1 8
Sociology 2 2 3 3 11 2 23
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 6 2 11
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 2 3 54 4 65
Urban Studies/Affairs 3 1 2 19 2 27
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 102nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $111,856 ($118,438 male / $92,113 female)
Number of FT Faculty 696 (418 male / 278 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,150
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $30,242,403

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