Tufts University

Tufts University

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.

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Contacting Tufts University

Tufts University
Medford , MA 02155-5555
General Phone: (617) 628-5000

Tufts University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,007American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, Italian studies, area studies, women's studies, Chinese language, ...
Medicine577neuroscience, dentistry, dental clinical sciences, advanced general dentistry, endodontology, oral surgery, pediatric dentristry, periodontics, prosthodontics, ...
Engineering284engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Art Studies166art studies
Science163biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, anatomical sciences, bacteriology, animal genetics, cell physiology, ...
Education and Teaching155teacher education, teacher education and development
Therapy and Counseling154psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy110nutrition sciences, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering51computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Fine Arts35art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy32philosophy, religion
Family and Social Work21public policy analysis
Drama and Performing Arts16drama
Business and Management13business administration
Engineering Technician13biomedical tech
Architecture and Planning13architecture
Medical Support and Technology8health service and sciences
Medical Administration0environmental health, community health, international public health, health services administration

Number of programs and degrees for Tufts University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,40759
Master's degree83545
Doctor's degree11328
Post-master's certificate181
Postbaccalaureate certificate81
First-professional degree4203
First-professional certificate517

Tufts University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Tufts University had a total enrollment of 9,758 students (8,793 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 51%
Graduate 33%
First Professional 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 53%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 23%
22-24 17%
25-29 21%
30-34 8%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
New Jersey7%
(International Students)7%
New Hampshire2%
Rhode Island1%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%

Tufts University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Tufts University Room and Board (2007)

Tufts University offers campus housing for 3,396 of its 8,793 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Medford, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Tufts University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal670750
SAT Math670750
SAT Writing670760

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT71%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Tufts University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,840
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,840
Room and board $ 10,518
Room charge $ 5,428
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,090
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,242

Financial Aid:
Tufts University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 221900)

Tufts University Faculty

Tufts University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year30$153,20714$143,172
Associate professorcalendar year28$114,93314$108,290
Assistant professorcalendar year37$97,45548$92,393
Instructorcalendar year3$80,4862*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year99$117,97678$103,945

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year132$131,36941$122,163
Associate professoracademic year72$99,79456$92,311
Assistant professoracademic year35$75,10629$71,708
Instructoracademic year1*1*
Lectureracademic year32$62,77647$61,959
All faculty totalacademic year272$107,439174$87,480

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Tufts University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Tufts University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Biomedical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Environmental Health
Health Services Administration
International Public Health/International Health

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Advanced General Dentistry (Cert, MS, PhD)
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Endodontics/Endodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics (Cert, MS, PhD)
Periodontics/Periodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Public Health, Other
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Genetics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell Physiology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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