So, you’re thinking about applying to Tufts University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 14%, admission to Tufts is incredibly tough. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1500, or an ACT score of around 32.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Tufts admission statistics.
Tufts Admissions Statistics
Tufts’ acceptance rate in 2017 was 14%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 20,223 applicants, Tufts admitted about 2,889. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 4.05, the average ACT score was 32, and the average SAT score was 1490.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 30, and the 75th percentile score was 33.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1440. The 75th percentile score was 1550.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Tufts is very competitive. Even if Tufts is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Tufts' admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Tufts Application Requirements
To apply to Tufts, you’ll need to fill out a Completed Common Application or Coalition Application, submit a Completed Tufts Writing Supplement, submit either an SAT or ACT score, submit your High School Transcript and Senior Grades, and, finally, the $75 application fee. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out a Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score (writing score optional)
- Submit a Completed Tufts Writing Supplement
- Submit your High School Transcript and Senior Grades
- Submit the $75 application fee
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 1st for Regular Decision. Early Action notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on April 1st.
Have you been admitted to Tufts? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Tufts Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Tufts, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 50% are male and 50% are female
- 10% of students are international
Tufts has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 10%
- Underrepresented minority: 7%
- Two or more races: 5.2%
- White: 62.6%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Tufts offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Tufts Tuition Figures
At $68,190, Tufts’ cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $41,366.
Here’s a fuller look at Tufts tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $68,190
- Average financial aid package: $41,366
- The average student debt of a Tufts graduate is $24,267
Now, what is life like at Tufts? Let’s take a look.
Tufts' campus is located in Medford, Massachusetts.
The school was originally started in 1852 as 'Tufts College' by Christian Universalists. It wasn't until the 1970s when it transformed into a large, private research university.
Remember, you’re going to Tufts for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Tufts has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Applied Mathematics
- Clinical Psychology
- Developmental and Child Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- International Relations and Affairs
- Italian Studies
- Latin Language and Literature
- Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
- Russian Studies
- Southeast Asian Studies
- Urban Studies/Affairs
- Women's Studies
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Tufts.
Student Life at Tufts
Tufts has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Tufts' student activities:
- Anime Brigade
- Buddist Sangha at Tufts
- COFFEE (Community of Faith Exploration and Engagement)
- Debate Society
- Envy Step Team
- Full Sound Vocal Group
- Geological Society
- HIV/AIDS Initiative
- Intercultural Practice Group
- Jumbo Code
- Kids to College
- Lord Barnum’s Players
- Muslim Students Association
- Not Your Mother’s Monologues
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (OSTEM)
- Progressive Alliance
- Queer Straight Association (QSA)
Are you an athlete? Tufts has got plenty of options for you.
Tufts offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Tufts' sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Tufts degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Tufts has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
- Musician Tracy Chapman
- JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon
- Olympic medalist skater Michelle Kwan
- The New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr
- Actor Hank Azaria
- Journalist Meredith Vieira
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
- Philosopher Daniel Dennett
- Boxing promoter Lou DiBella
- Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Tufts is incredibly difficult. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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