Tufts University

419 Boston Ave, Medford, United States


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About Tufts University

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.

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