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Tufts University

Medford, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%
Acceptance Rate11%

Tufts Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Tufts, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $75.

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

Tufts Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Tufts's admissions stats.

Tufts 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 82%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 31%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23%
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 4 February 15
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Applying Early to Tufts?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 4. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

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

➡️ Find 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

Transferring to Tufts University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Tufts

In 2022, Tufts waitlisted 2,579 students and 1,264 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What Does Tufts Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Tufts

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

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

Tufts 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
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?

Tufts 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, 24.9% submitted a class rank. At Tufts 82% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 100% 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 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Tufts has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 31% of Tufts's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tufts?

To be competitive with other Tufts applicants, you should strive to score between 1450 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tufts 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1450, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tufts 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 students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Tufts?

To be most competitive at Tufts, 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'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 students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Tufts University

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

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 during the following terms:

• Fall Term

Tufts Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tufts?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Tufts.

Does Tufts accept transfer credits?

✅ Tufts accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ Tufts accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tufts?

❌ No, Tufts is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Tufts's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Tufts is 11%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tufts?

✅ Tufts 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 11%. This means that the institution accepts 11 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

1450 - 1530


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

710 - 760

Tufts GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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