Tufts University Admission Statistics

Tufts University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Tufts University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Tufts University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.

The Class of 2021 was one of the most challenging year to be admitted to Tufts University ever. For the Class of 2021, 21,101 students applied to Tufts University of which 3,128 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 14.8%. Overall applications increased by 4.3% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 20,222 to 21,101.

For the Class of 2021, 574 students were admitted through the early admissions process.

Tufts University

Tufts University

Tufts University, located in the Medford/Somerville area of Massachusetts, is a private research university founded in 1852 when Boston businessman Charles Tufts donated the land for what was first called Tufts College. Tufts University has other local campuses as well, including a health sciences campus in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, and a veterinary medicine school in the suburb of Grafton. The mission of the university was to be a “source of illumination, as a beacon standing on a hill, where its light cannot be hidden, its influence will naturally work like all light; it will be diffusive.

Tufts is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with “very high research activity” and is well known internationally for its School of Arts and Sciences in which 90% of all Tuft university students are enrolled. Tufts is also well-known for its internationalism and study abroad programs, with a huge percentage of all Tufts students studying abroad in places such as China, Oxford, Ghana, Paris, and Chile. One of many notable Tuft graduates is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, but the university has a long tradition of hiring notable faculty as well, such as Allan M. Cormack, physicist, Nobel Prize recipient, and inventor of the CAT scan; Ayesha Jalal, historian of South Asia, MacArthur fellow, and Carnegie scholar; and Barry Trimmer, professor of Biology, and inventor (along with David Kaplan) of the world’s first soft-bodied robot.

Tufts University enrolls 5,131 undergraduates, and 10,819 students in all. The university has a faculty and staff of 4,500 that work in and oversee the university’s six libraries and four campuses at Medford/Somerville, Boston, Grafton, and Talloires, France.

Tufts University’s colors are brown and blue, and Jumbo the elephant is the university mascot. Tuft has various university traditions, some of which are about 160 years old. One of the most popular at football games and homecoming is singing the Tufts Fight Song which was written in 1912 by Elliot W. Hayes.

Total Enrollment 10,777
Undergrad Enrollment 5,194
Freshmen 1,319
% Male/Female 49% / 51%
% From Out of State 77%
% Freshman from Public High School 59%
% Undergrads Live on Campus 64%
% African American 4%
% Asian 10%
% Caucasian 57%
% Hispanic 7%
% Native American <1%
% Mixed (2+ Ethnicities) 3%
% International 7%
# of Countries Represented 93

Range SAT Critical Reading 670-760
Range SAT Math 680-760
Range SAT Writing 680-760
Range ACT Composite 30-33
Minimum Paper TOEFL 600
Minimum Web-based TOEFL 100
% Graduated Top 10% of Class 90%
% Graduated Top 25% of Class 99%
% Graduated Top 50% of Class 100%

Academic Rating 93/100
% Students Returning for Sophomore Year 97%
% Students Graduating within 4 Years 87%
% Students Graduating within 6 Years 92%
Calendar System Semester
Student/Faculty Ratio 9:1
Professor’s ‘Interesting’ Rating 88%
Professor’s ‘Accessible’ Rating 84%
Most classes have 10-19 students.
Most lab/discussion groups have 10-19 students.

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