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Founded in 1852, Tufts University consistently ranks in the top 30 colleges overall in U. S. News and World Report and in the top 15 in admissions selectivity.

Tufts is composed of eight schools including professional schools in medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. Tufts'Fletcher School is one of most prestigious schools for International Affairs.

Famous alumni include New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Oscar-winning actor William Hurt and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Situated in Medford, MA, Tufts is located a short walk from Davis Square in Somerville and about three miles from Harvard Square in Cambridge and about four miles from downtown Boston.

The school's sports teams are known as the Jumbos named after the famous elephant from Barnum and Bailey's circus. P. T. Barnum was a Tufts benefactor in the late 19th century.

Profile of Tufts University

Students attend Tufts University in Medford, MA, a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Tufts University degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Tufts University is known for its programs in engineering, medicine, art studies, and liberal arts.

Tufts University Selectivity

The school is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that Tufts University only let in 27% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 670. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 670 and 740.


Tufts University maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Tufts University is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 9, 758 students at the school .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Tufts University. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Tufts University offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Tufts University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 018international relations, economics, political science, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, urban studies, social studies, . . .
Medicine555medicine, dentistry, public health courses, veterinary medicine, dental clinical sciences, medical scientist, pharmaceutics and drug design, neuroscience
Engineering263mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, engineering management, engineering, biomedical engineering, archeology, . . .
Education and Teaching174teacher education and development, teacher Education
Therapy and Counselling159psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology
Art Studies150art studies
Science149biology, chemistry, physics, bacteriology, molecular biology, geology, cell biology, animal genetics, . . .
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy98nutrition sciences, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering60computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Fine Arts36art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy26philosophy, religion
Family and Social Work16public policy analysis
Business and Management13business administration
Architecture and Planning12architecture
Drama and Performing Arts11drama
Engineering Technician6biomedical tech
Medical administration0international public health, community health, health services administration, environmental health

Contact: Tufts University

Tufts University

Medford, MA 02155-5555

General Phone: (617) 628-5000


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