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Tufts University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Tufts University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Tufts University was awarded 121 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Tufts is ranked #52 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Tufts is also ranked #10 out of 70 schools in Massachusetts.

See all of the rankings for Tufts University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Tufts?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Tufts since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 15%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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

At Tufts, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Tufts University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 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 5,541 undergraduates at Tufts with 5,483 being full-time and 58 being part-time.

Tufts Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 98.12 out of 100, Tufts is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.12 out of 100
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How Much Does Tufts University Cost?

The overall average net price of Tufts is $32,620. 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 +
$6,629 $13,734 $20,510 $27,185 $48,397

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Tufts, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $6,945 a year. That adds up to $27,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tufts is 1.6%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Tufts make about $75,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Tufts graduates since it is 86% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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 located 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 87 majors graduated from Tufts University. Of these students, 1,827 received undergraduate degrees and 1,963 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
Economics 185 $62,900
Computer Science 156 $88,200
International Relations & National Security 152 $46,800
General Biology 140 $36,300
Public Health 80 $41,300
Political Science & Government 69 $46,200
Child Development & Psychology 64 NA
Romance Languages 63 $41,900
Mechanical Engineering 56 $65,600
Human Development & Family Studies 55 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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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