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Tufts University

Medford, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate10%

Tufts Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into Tufts University. The university admitted 10% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 34,881 applications received in 2023, 3,381 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Tufts University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/1 and the fee for the application costs $75.

Students who apply to Tufts University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Tufts University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Tufts University's admissions stats.

Tufts University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 87%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist Yes

Tufts University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Tufts University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Applying Early to Tufts University?

Tufts University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

Some students apply early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Tufts University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Tufts?

It is extremely difficult to get into Tufts. Tufts evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Tufts accepted 10% of students, approximately 3,381 from 34,881 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Tufts, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Tufts University

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Tufts University

In 2022, Tufts University waitlisted 2,664 students and 1,328 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 183 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Tufts University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Tufts University

What does Tufts University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Tufts University for more information on admission factors.

Tufts University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Tufts University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Tufts University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Standardized Test Scores – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Other Requirements √ – – Common Application or Coalition Application or QuestBridge Application, the Tufts Supplement
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Tufts University?

Tufts University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 26.61% submitted a class rank. At Tufts University 87% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Tufts University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Tufts University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Tufts University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 37% of Tufts University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tufts University?

To be competitive with other Tufts University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1460 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tufts University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1460, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tufts University students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tufts University students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

To be most competitive at Tufts University, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Tufts University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Tufts University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on Transferring to Tufts University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Tufts University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Tufts University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Tufts University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tufts University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Tufts University.

Does Tufts University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Tufts University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Tufts University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Tufts University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tufts University?

❌ No, Tufts University is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Tufts University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Tufts University has an acceptance rate of 10%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tufts University?

βœ… Tufts University offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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How hard is it to get into Tufts? Tufts is a selective institution. The Tufts acceptance rate is 10%. This means that the institution accepts 9 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1460 - 1540


Math SAT Range

740 - 790


Reading SAT Range

710 - 760

Tufts GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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