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Get the facts about Tufts University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Tufts University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Tufts University was awarded 99 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

Tufts landed the #59 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Tufts also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Tufts University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Tufts?

Acceptance Rate

Tufts University has a very low acceptance rate of 15%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Tufts just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Tufts submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 760. Math scores were between 710 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tufts University  ( 700 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Tufts University  ( 710 to 780 )
Tufts received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Tufts University  ( 31 to 34 )

Learn more about Tufts University admissions.

Tufts University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Tufts it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Tufts University is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Tufts University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Tufts University has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Tufts the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Tufts University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Tufts

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,907 undergraduates at Tufts with 5,742 being full-time and 165 being part-time.

Tufts Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.75 out of 100, Tufts is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.75 out of 100
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How Much Does Tufts University Cost?

The overall average net price of Tufts is $31,485. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Tufts

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,679 $8,616 $14,676 $25,602 $50,333

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Tufts, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Tufts, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,846 a year. That adds up to $31,384 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tufts is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Tufts Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Tufts with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $75,800 in their early years. That's great news for Tufts students since it is 90% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Tufts University make the most money.

Location of Tufts University

Tufts University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Medford, Massachusetts. Medford is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Tufts University

Contact details for Tufts are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 617-628-5000

Tufts University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from Tufts University. Of these students, 1,822 received undergraduate degrees and 1,938 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 183 $88,200
Economics 174 $62,900
International Relations & National Security 156 $46,800
General Biology 133 $36,300
Political Science & Government 85 $46,200
Fine & Studio Arts 62 $20,500
Romance Languages 61 $41,900
General English Literature 60 $30,800
Public Health 60 $41,300
Child Development & Psychology 57 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Tufts University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Tufts

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 323 students took at least one online class at Tufts University. This is a decrease from the 337 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 323 184
2016-2017 337 191
2015-2016 308 155
2014-2015 300 169
2013-2014 199 69

Learn more about online learning at Tufts University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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