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Tufts University Data & Information Overview

472 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
11% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Tufts University Ranked?

#40 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in MA
General Biology Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 472 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

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Overall Quality

Tufts is ranked #40 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into Tufts?

11% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
32% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Tufts University has a very low acceptance rate of 11%, 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 32% 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 710 and 760. Math scores were between 730 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tufts University  ( 710 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Tufts University  ( 730 to 790 )
Tufts received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Tufts University  ( 33 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

97% Freshmen Retention
88% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Tufts University has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. 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  97 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.

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
21% Take Out Loans
$29,672 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 21% of students took out student loans averaging $7,418 a year. That adds up to $29,672 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
2,163 Undergraduate Degrees
2,056 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from Tufts University. Of these students, 2,163 received undergraduate degrees and 2,056 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
Anthropology 215 NA
Computer Science 176 $96,349
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 176 NA
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

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

Online Learning at Tufts

47% Take At Least One Class Online
8% 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 2020-2021, 6,235 students took at least one online class at Tufts University. This is a decrease from the 11,387 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,235 1,119
2019-2020 11,387 4,057
2018-2019 378 197
2017-2018 323 184
2016-2017 337 191

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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