Tufts Class of 2023: More Applicants and New Programs
This year, Tufts maintained its 14.6% acceptance rate, which is the same as last year and the second-lowest acceptance rate in the university’s history. However, the Tufts University Class of 2023 applicant pool was 5.8% larger this year with a record-breaking 22,766 applicants. Compared to other, smaller NESCACs such as Bowdoin (which received 9,300 applications), Middlebury (which received 9,750 applications), and Amherst (which received 10,567 applicants) Tufts continues to both attract larger numbers of interested students and accept larger numbers into their larger freshman class.
Applicants continue to show an interest in the ED and EDII binding application options, as seen in the rising number of total ED applications—2,480, up from 2,262 last year.
Tufts accepted a larger incoming class this year due to the popularity of the B.F.A. program at the SMFA at Tufts. According to Richardson, “students interested in the BFA. program totaled 328, up from 271 last year, while applications for the combined degree BA/BFA program totaled 285, an increase from 219 applications.” The increase in admitted students is also due to the new Tufts Civic Semester program, a gap service semester. During this fall semester abroad, accepted students will work with a nonprofit organization and complete academic courses as they learn new languages and cultures in one of two locations—either Urubamba, Peru or Kunming, China.
Higher Test Scores
Tufts released the mean SAT and ACT scores for the admitted students—both of which are higher than they’ve been in recent years. The mean SAT scores are 751 (math) and 726 (evidence-based reading and writing). The mean ACT score is 33.5, which is up from 32.9 last year.
Tufts has made strides to accept a more diverse incoming class by committing to meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. They have recently budgeted $25.8 million in need-based grants for undergraduates, a new record, to make this possible. Director of Financial Aid Patricia Reilly explained to the Daily, “Each year our office works with the university budget officers to increase the financial aid budget to allow us to continue to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of every admitted student … The average annual increase in undergraduate financial aid over the past 10 years has outpaced the average increase in tuition and total student costs.”
While most of the accepted students come from Massachusetts, New York, and California, all fifty states are represented, as are sixty-four countries. More than half of the students accepted regular decision were women and 9.5% were international students. Roughly 60% of the accepted students attended public high school, and 12% are first-generation college students. In terms of racial diversity, 20.5% of the admitted students identify as Asian American, 12% identify as Hispanic, and 6.5% identify as African American.