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Tufts University Data & Information Overview

1,676 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
16% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Tufts University Ranked?

#34 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in MA
Archaeology & Classical Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 1,676 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is archaeology and classical studies.

Overall Quality

Tufts is ranked #34 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Tufts held the #41 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Tufts also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Tufts University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Tufts?

16% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 16%, Tufts is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 59% 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 680 and 750. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tufts University  ( 680 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Tufts University  ( 700 to 780 )
Tufts received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Tufts University  ( 32 to 35 )

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Tufts University Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
65% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Tufts is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Tufts University

92% Freshmen Retention
87% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Tufts University has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. 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  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Tufts for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

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

Tufts University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,938 Full-Time Undergraduates
34.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,114 undergraduates at Tufts with 5,938 being full-time and 176 being part-time.

How Much Does Tufts University Cost?

$37,494 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
$29,180 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Tufts is $37,494. 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 +
$8,122 $7,987 $19,827 $28,622 $55,083

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Tufts, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,295 a year. That adds up to $29,180 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tufts is 1.1%. 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?

$67,122 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Tufts make about $67,122 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Tufts graduates since it is 58% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Tufts University make the most money.

Location of Tufts University

Massachusetts State
5,938 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Medford, Massachusetts, Tufts University is a private not-for-profit institution. Medford is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Tufts are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 617-628-5000

Tufts University Majors

83 Majors With Completions
1,853 Undergraduate Degrees
1,965 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from Tufts University. Of these students, 1,853 received undergraduate degrees and 1,965 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 215 $63,321
Computer Science 176 $96,349
International Relations & National Security 160 $46,957
General Biology 135 $36,282
Political Science & Government 74 $44,879
Child Development & Psychology 66 $34,754
Public Health 60 $42,060
Biopsychology 57 $36,067
Romance Languages 52 $38,566
Mechanical Engineering 52 $70,008

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

Online Learning at Tufts

93% Take At Least One Class Online
33% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 11,387 students took at least one online class at Tufts University. This is an increase from the 378 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 11,387 4,057
2018-2019 378 197
2017-2018 323 184
2016-2017 337 191
2015-2016 308 155

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.


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