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Tufts University

419 Boston Ave, Medford, United States
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About Tufts University

Tufts University is a school located in with a total of 6766 courses available to enroll in.

Tufts University is a private research and teaching university founded in 1852. It is named after businessman Charles Tufts who gifted 20 acres to house the new institution five miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Circus owner P.T. Barnum was another early benefactor, leaving his mark on the university in the form of the school mascot, Jumbo the elephant. 5,508 undergraduates and 5,981 (2016-17) graduates study at one of ten schools.

The main 150 acre campus is still to be found bridging the towns of Medford and Somerset, its split geography dividing the campus into distinctive 'Uphill' and 'Downhill' sections each with their own student housing and dining. The main campus is home for all undergraduates in the schools of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Boston's Chinatown houses the school of Medicine, the School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, which is the only graduate school of nutrition in North America. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located on a separate 634 acre campus in Grafton, Massachusetts. An 11th century former Benedictine monastery is the home for Tufts' final campus in Talloires, France. It hosts summer study programs every year with students housed by local families.


  • Enrollment

    11,449 (5,541 undergrads)
  • Demographics

    • White - 56.6%
    • Hispanics - 6.8%
    • Black/African American - 4.1%
    • Asian - 11.9%
    • International - 10.2%
    • Other - 10.4%
  • Areas of study

    • Africana Studies
    • American Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Applied mathematics
    • Applied physics
    • Arabic
    • Archaeology
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Architectural Studies
    • Art History
    • Asian American Studies
    • Astrophysics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biopsychology
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Child Study and Human Development
    • Chinese
    • Civic Studies
    • Civil Engineering
    • Classical Studies
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cognitive and Brain Sciences
    • Colonialism Studies
    • Community Health
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Dance
    • Data Science
    • Drama
    • Earth and Ocean Sciences (Geology)
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering Education
    • Engineering Management
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Psychology / Human Factors Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • English
    • Entrepreneurial Leadership
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Geology
    • Environmental Health
    • Environmental Science and Policy
    • Environmental Studies & Applied Environmental Studies
    • Film and Media Studies
    • Finance
    • Food Systems and Nutrition
    • French
    • Geological Sciences
    • Geoscience
    • German
    • Greek
    • Greek and Latin
    • Greek Archaeology
    • Greek Civilization
    • Hebrew
    • History
    • Interdisciplinary Art Major
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • International Literary and Visual Studies
    • International Relations
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese
    • Judaic Studies
    • Latin
    • Latin American Studies
    • Latino Studies
    • Leadership Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • Music
    • Music Engineering
    • Peace and Justice Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Portuguese
    • Psychology
    • Quantitative Economics
    • Religion
    • Roman Archaeology
    • Roman Civilization
    • Russian and Eastern European Studies
    • Russian Language and Literature
    • Science, Technology and Society
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Studio Art
    • Urban Studies
    • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Student to Faculty Ratio


  • Faculty

    • Total Faculty - 1,556
  • Average class size



  • Location

    419 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

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  • Nearest cities

    • Boston - 5 miles away


Popular Majors

  1. Social Sciences
  2. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  3. Engineering
  4. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  5. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Popular Minors

  1. Drama
  2. Economics
  3. Film Studies


Acceptance Rate
Application Deadline
Jan 1
SAT Reading and Writing
SAT Math
ACT Range
Application Fee
Either SAT or the ACT
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Nov. 1

Student life

Full-Time Enrollment

Student services

From counselling and health services to academic advising, Tufts aims to support and guide its students to enhance their academic and campus experience.

Counseling and Mental Health
For students seeking advice, you can visit one of the student counselling centers to speak with an expert who can help and guide you.
Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising
Provide academic advice through one-on-one appointments to plan the curriculum, and guide through the application process.
Student Accessibility services
Providing students with accomodations to succeed academically
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The Tufts Jumbos are the varsity athletic teams of Tufts College. They have participated in the NCAA Division III National University Athletic Affiliation (NCAA) and the New Britain Little School Athletic Gathering (NESCAC), holding numerous titles such as Learfield Director's Cup, 2018 NESCAC champions for men's swimming and diving and their Women's National Basketball Team have even competed overseas in the FIBA World Cup at Minsk, Belarus.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Rowing LT
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

After graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years after Graduation
Graduation Rate
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
Student Debt

Notable Locations

Bowen gate

Bowen Gate was named after Tufts alumni Eugen Bucklin Bowen. It is located outside of Barnum Hall.


The Tom Thumb’s Student Garden is located off the path on the way to South Hall.

Libraries and Study Areas

Lilly music library

The Lilly Music Library is located in the lower level of the Granoff Music Center. It offers music, scores and books for any student, faculty or staff.

Eaton Hall

Eaton Hall provides computer lab services for any student looking for a space to collaborate.

Tisch Library

The Tisch Library holds 2.7 million volumes including books and historic texts. It was initially named after the eighth president and was renamed after a donation of $10 million from Steve Tisch.

Ginn Library

The Edwin Ginn Library provides collections and technology to students at the Fletcher School. It contains collections related to the field of international relations, law and diplomacy.

Residences on campus

Bush Hall

25 Latin Way, Medford

Miller Hall

210 Packard Ave., Medford

Tilton hall

419 Boston Ave., Medford

West Hall

419 Boston Ave., Medford

School Reviews

Tufts was ranked 27th in National Universities and 26th in best undergraduate teaching
Tony (Senior) - I'm a current Tufts 1+4 Fellow. I took a bridge year to learn Spanish, experience a different country and culture, and give back to the international community. After graduating high school and before beginning university I spent a year in Cuenca, Ecuador. I lived with a wonderful host family and volunteered with two different local organizations, a government branch and a tech startup. The 1+4 Program is unique because Tufts covers all costs for students on financial aid. Thank you Tufts!