Tufts is a private research university located in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts with an undergraduate enrollment of 5,200 students. In the 2020 edition of U.S. News and World Report, Tufts ranked #29 among National Universities. As a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts offers a comprehensive liberal arts education and 150+ majors and minors. It boasts a particularly strong reputation for its internationalism. The average class size at Tufts is 20 and the student-faculty ratio of 9:1 ensures an intimate and individualized learning experience.
There are three Tufts undergraduate programs to which you may apply
School of Arts and Sciences: The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest undergraduate program at Tufts. There is no core curriculum within this school, but there are distribution requirements including a foreign language/culture requirement, two freshman writing courses, and one course on a world civilization. As a result of the flexible curriculum, almost a third of Tufts students have a double major, and nearly half declare a minor. Within the School of Arts and Sciences, incoming students have the opportunity to attend a number of global programs, such as the Tufts Civic Semester. Administered by Tisch College of Civic Life. This program allows incoming undergraduates to spend their first term abroad in Urubamba, Peru or Thies, Senegal where they combine coursework with a part-time internship at a community organization. Another opportunity for accepted Tufts students is the 1+4 program, a bridge year program that enables students to spend a full year engaging in community service with a community organization.
Tufts undergraduates are encouraged to pursue research, which they can share with the larger university community through the Research and Scholarship Symposium. Tufts faculty members also encourage undergraduates to work with them in laboratories or on scholarly projects. There are a number of funding sources to support this research, including the Undergraduate Research Fund, the Summer Scholars Program, the International Research Program, and the Anne Borghesani Memorial Prize.
School of Engineering: There are sixteen major options within the School of Engineering at Tufts, but students must also complete core requirements that emphasize a strong STEM foundation. Tufts engineers may also take advantage of the Tufts Gordon Institute, which offers programs in Engineering Management, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Innovation & Management. About 80% of Tufts engineers complete at least one internship and 60% conduct research over the course of their undergraduate degree.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts: The SMFA at Tufts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interdisciplinary Art and a 5-year BFA + BA/BS Combined Degree. Housed on a separate Fenway campus, this program combines a liberal arts education with studio art training in a wide range of media. There are approximately 400 students enrolled in the SMFA, which is affiliated with the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA. Students at the SMFA at Tufts work closely with museum’s collection and thee curatorial staff as they pursue their degree.
Tufts facilitates easy, accessible study abroad opportunities and approximately 40% of juniors choose to take advantage of these programs for a semester or a full year. Unlike other colleges, which offer unaffiliated exchange programs, Tufts has created ten unique programs with Tufts faculty and in partnership with universities in Beijing, Chile, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Madrid Oxford, Paris, and Tübingen. These programs allow students to seamlessly complete their major requirements while immersing themselves in another culture.
Applying to Tufts
You can apply to Tufts via the Common Application or the Coalition Application. In addition to the personal statement, applicants will need to complete supplemental essays as part of the Tufts Writing Supplement. For those applying to the BFA or BFA + BA/BS program at the SMFA, there is an additional Art Portfolio requirement. Prospective students may also request an alumni interview once they submit their applications, but there are no on-campus interviews or interviews with admissions officers.
Applicants to the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and 5-Year Tufts/NEC Combined Degree are asked to answer the following questions:
Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, “Why Tufts?” (100-150 words)
Now we’d like to know a little more about you. Please respond to one of the following three questions. (200-250 words):
It’s cool to love learning. What excites your intellectual curiosity?
How have the environments or experiences of your upbringing – your family, home, neighborhood, or community – shaped the person you are today?
Where are you on your journey of engaging with or fighting for social justice?
Prospective students can choose to apply through one of the binding Early Decision plans, or in the Regular Decision pool.
Early Decision I
Early Decision II
By April 1
May through mid-June
Tufts Admissions Wrap Up
Class of 2025 Tufts saw a 35 percent increase in applicants this year with over 31,190 first-year applicants for the Class of 2025. According to TuftsNow, the applicant pool is the most diverse on record: 51 percent of U.S. applicants were students of color and applications from Black students have grown by 89 percent over the past three years. As usual, the School of Arts and Sciences accounted for the vast majority of the total applications, followed by the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA). Tufts credits its test-optional policy and robust virtual programming to its application surge, and notes that they nearly doubled the number of students with whom they communicated in the fall. Of the students who applied, only half submitted standardized test scores. In the Early Decision rounds specifically, the number of applicants rose by 19 percent.
Class or 2024 Last year, 22,766 students applied to Tufts and 3,404 were accepted, for an acceptance rate of 15%. Admitted students had the following test score median ranges: SAT-ERW: 700-760, SAT-Math: 730-790, ACT: 32-35, Mean ACT Composite: 33.3. For more on the class of 2023 and recent admissions trends at Tufts, see here.
Top Tier Admissions Can Help You Get Into Tufts:
“I am excited to inform you that I will be attending Northeastern University this fall! I am hoping that they fully reopen the campus as they plan to. Until then, I’m greatly anticipating being a Husky. I could not have done it with you and your team. Thank you very much for helping me with my application. I greatly appreciate it.”–C.K., Application Boot Camp student, Northeastern
"Thank you so much for all your time and work with N over these last few months. N found his experience at Boot Camp to be incredibly helpful and he very much enjoyed meeting you and working with all the Top Tier counselors as well as the other students. The process was educational for N in so many ways- thank you, thank you, thank you!" –M.T., Application Boot Camp parent
"I want to thank you, again, for a fantastic Top Tier Boot Camp experience. As a second time Top Tier family, we drank your Kool Aid fully and completely, and it paid off! You know your stuff; you manage to thread the needle with a mix of tough love and compassion (for both the students and their parents - no small feat) and you run a super-efficient 4-day program." –R.R., Application Boot Camp parent
"I got my acceptance letter over the weekend from Middlebury!! I’m officially a Panther!!! 🙂 Thank you for all of your help; I could not have made it through 1st quarter without ABC!!!" -S.F., Application Boot Camp student
"Dear Michele, I just wanted to let you know that I just got accepted into Dartmouth for ED! I’m overjoyed and incredibly excited to continue my academic journey in New Hampshire. Thank you so much! You were always there to answer so many of my questions and were incredibly supportive of me; I couldn’t have done it without you and the Top Tier team!" –B.S., Application Boot Camp student
"Thank you so much!! He couldn’t have done it without your amazing team!" –H.O., Application Boot Camp parent
"We just got the news! Northwestern Class of 2024! She’s over the moon. This would not have happened without the advice and guidance along the way from all of the folks at Top Tier Admissions! From the advice on how to structure her supplemental info, including how to position her interests and activities relative to her major, the advice to take a college course this summer, and the amazing work that was done during Boot Camp, Top Tier is the absolute best and I know we have you to thank for her acceptance!!! Happy Holidays and thank you from the bottom of my heart!" –P.S., Application Boot Camp parent
"Michele and team - Just wanted to pass along the great news that J got admitted today to Pitzer, her first choice ED school. Thanks for all the amazing support you've provided H and J over the past few years. They both learned a lot from the process and, of course, benefited greatly. We now get to celebrate the holidays with a sigh of relief!" –V.J., Application Boot Camp parent
"J is so thrilled about attending Middlebury College next fall (and we are thrilled for her) and we appreciate all your assistance. It was so exciting for her to get the official acceptance last week. She loved her time at ABC and still keeps in touch with the group of friends she made. Boot Camp was tough, but she thoroughly loved it. She’s a grinder so the intensity and complete immersion didn’t bother her at all. She loved working with all of you and cherishes having another little group of friends that she bonded with in Boston. Don’t fire your caterer - she’s a big fan of the food at Boot Camp." –W.R., Application Boot Camp parent
"B, you helped me with my application during Boot Camp this past summer and I wanted to let you know that I committed to UPenn last night! Thank you so much for helping to transform my supplements into something readable. Boot Camp DEFINITELY helped me get in and made the process a lot less stressful. Thank you so much for all of your help!" –B.A., Application Boot Camp student
"We wanted to thank you for your guidance, counsel and support through T’s application process. Your advice has been instrumental to his success and, more importantly, you gave him the confidence boost he needed to apply early at Princeton. We will continue to recommend Top Tier services to our friends and will always be grateful for what you did. We hope we can stay in touch and wish you a wonderful holiday season." –K.L.T., Application Boot Camp parent
"We are excited to report that B was accepted ED to Duke University and has committed to attend next fall. We’ll forward a picture once our first Duke swag order arrives. Duke was her clear first choice and we are all very happy! We are also very pleased with the assistance we received from all of you at Top Tier and are confident that the guidance we received over the last seventeen months helped B wind up with this great outcome. So, thank you!" –E.R., Application Boot Camp parent
"I am ecstatic to report that I got into my ED school: University of Chicago! Thank you so much for all your help and willingness to work through draft after draft until I got it right." –W.D., Application Boot Camp student
"I am happy to report that we found out this evening that L has been accepted to Boston College! We are SO excited! And for your records, he was also accepted at Villanova and invited to the honors program. Thank you all so much for your help and support! We would have been lost without you!" –M.J., Application Boot Camp student
"I wanted to extend my personal thanks for all your help with my son's application process and essays. Your Bootcamp proved to be well worth the investment and per your advice I stayed away from the temptation of even reading my son's essays until he was accepted. The bottom line is that he was accepted into his top choice of UChicago and in his acceptance letter his essay was specifically mentioned. Furthermore, this was a reach school for him which made the acceptance even more sweet. Your methods and advice were instrumental in his success and I cannot thank you enough for making my son's aspirations real!!" –L.T., Application Boot Camp parent
"I'm not sure if my daughter told you yet, but she was accepted ED to Dartmouth in December. So, two for two with the W sisters-- thanks Top Tier Admissions!" –G.W., Application Boot Camp parent x2
"I wanted to let you know that I got into my first choice, Boston College, early decision. I'm so excited. Thank you all so much for everything, I'm so grateful!" –L.K., Application Boot Camp student
"Thank you to Mimi who wrote my personalized report back in junior year, to the entire team, and definitely to E! My quick acceptance into Cornell owes much to your insights and guidance. Although I have been accepted to Cornell, the process with Top Tier has made me want to stay competitive in college — whether for internships, or for graduate schools later in life. I thank you for that!" –P.O., Application Boot Camp student
"WE MADE IT!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!" –L.J., Application Boot Camp student
“Once again, I am so impressed with your program. I am amazed at the sheer amount B. accomplished in four days! Equally as important, she feels really great about her essays. She loved working with each of you as well as A. (a great pairing for her!). I know how hard each of you worked this week; I hope you get to enjoy some well-deserved R&R!” –N.G., Application Boot Camp parent
"G is excited to go to her first choice, the University of Miami! She continues to say that Application Boot Camp was the best investment we ever made for her education." –R.J., Application Boot Camp parent
"I liked the process of having multiple people read my essays before finalizing a draft. This made me confident that my essays were clear and concise while also captivating to a diverse audience. Everyone was also patient and encouraging. Boot Camp took away so much stress coming into Senior Fall, allowing me to focus on my academics and earning my highest term average ever." –S.A., Application Boot Camp student
"I know first hand how you run your business. Off the charts ethical! We look forward to continuing our relationship with Top Tier's Application Boot Camp."
"Thank you so much for your help and guidance. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you and the Top Tier Admissions Team! I'm still in between UPenn and Georgetown, but I will make sure to visit both." –S.I., Application Boot Camp student
"Clearly, Application Bootcamp and Top Tier took a lot of anxiety out of the whole situation. Our children know a number of kids who did not get into their top choice ED school, only to be devastated and stressed as they are without a plan for ED II and regular decision and have not worked on a range of essays for other schools. So while F & J’s EA-only strategy is not for everyone but made sense for them since they did not have a clear lead school when they were applying, being prepared made all the difference. The help Bootcamp provided in honing their voice and words into essays that reflect their intent was fantastic. In the end, it is all about having choices they are happy with, and I am happy to say they both have those now!" –F.A., parent of Application Boot Camp students
"E., I just wanted to let you know that I got into Barnard Early Decision! Thank you for everything you have done!!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything you did for me! Thank You!!" - H.L., Personal Boot Camp student
Barnard, Class of 2023
"I wanted to say thank you again for all your help! I got into UPenn, Cornell, Barnard, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Tufts, University of Michigan, and Wake Forest, and am waiting to hear from Georgetown; I think I'm leaning towards UPenn. Thank you so much for all your guidance; I don't think I could have done it without your help!" --I.R., Application Boot Camp student
"We are thrilled! Duke is absolutely fantastic and is the exact right fit for K. Application Boot Camp definitely helped her get into Duke during their most selective year in history, a year in which they turned away well over 2,000 Valedictorians. Thank you!" -Y.R., parent of ABC student accepted to 9 top-tier colleges
"Boot Camp was the most incredible experience. It made me push myself into thinking about my future and prepared me to send in all my applications. I am so thankful that I got the help I needed at Boot Camp because it made my application process effortless once I had completed my essays. I think that the colleges were able to clearly see my goals and ambitions through the writing of my essays. I believe this helped me have a very successful application process." –P.K., Application Boot Camp student