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Tufts University

Medford, MA 4-Year Private

About Tufts

Tufts University is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Medford, MA, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1852, Tufts currently enrolls around 12,219 students a year, including 6,114 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About Tufts

Acceptance rate: 16%

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

What's the acceptance rate at Tufts University in 2021?

It is extremely difficult to get into Tufts University. Around 16 percent of all applicants are admitted to Tufts each year.

In 2021, 2,136 applicants were waitlisted and 222 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Tufts a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,347 students who started at Tufts as first-time freshman, 1,196 graduate within four years.

Tufts's six-year graduation for undergrads is 94 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,065 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Tufts sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Tufts a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from Tufts by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Tufts in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

College Info

419 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155

Campus Setting: Suburban

Tufts Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Tufts is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Tufts is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Tufts ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


32 to 34


32 and Less


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Tufts SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Tufts Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Tufts is like? There are approximately 11,878 students enrolled at Tufts, including 5,907 undergraduate students and 5,971 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 25% percent are from MA and 75% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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