Tufts University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Tufts and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

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With an acceptance rate of 15% in 2017, Tufts University is one of the country's most selective universities. To get in, you'll need grades and SAT/ACT scores that are well above average. Applicants can use the Common Application, Coalition Application, or Questbridge Application. The application includes a personal statement and Tufts Writing Supplement. Alumni interviews are optional.

Why You Might Choose Tufts University

Located in Medford, Massachusetts, about five miles from Boston, Tufts University is a highly selective and well-respected comprehensive university. Dozens of Boston area colleges are within a quick drive or train ride from Tuft's attractive campus. Of the many schools that make up Tufts University, only the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering offer undergraduate degrees. Popular undergraduate majors span a wide range of disciplines from English to economics to art. Academics are supported by an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The Tufts Jumbos compete mostly in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Tufts University was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The university takes pride in its Noble Prize and Emmy Award winning alums, its high percentage of students who study abroad, and the great number of students who join the Peace Corps. With it's many strengths, it should come as little surprise that Tufts ranks among the top Massachusetts colleges and top New England colleges.

Tufts GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Tufts University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Tufts University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and learn your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Tufts' Admissions Standards

Over four out of five applicants to Tufts University will not get in. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "A" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 1350 or higher and ACT composite scores of 29 or higher. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.

As you can see in the graph below, there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Tufts University failed to get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Tufts, like most of the country's elite colleges, has holistic admissions. The Tufts admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Applicants may also benefit from doing an optional alumni interview.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Tufts University Acceptance Rate: 15%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 700 / 760
    • SAT Math: 710 / 780
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
    • ACT English: - / -
    • ACT Math: - / -

Tufts University Rejection and Waitlist Data

Rejection and Waitlist Data for Tufts University
Rejection and Waitlist Data for Tufts University. Graph courtesy of Cappex.com.

When we strip away the blue and green dots for accepted students, the harsh reality of Tufts admissions becomes readily apparent. Many highly qualified students are rejected. An applicant can have a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 1500 on the SAT and still fail to get in.

This is the reality of holistic admissions at highly selective universities. Factors such as your leadership skills, extracurricular activities, application essays, community service, and letters of recommendation can make or break your application. Successful applicants to Tufts have more than good grades and test scores. They present themselves as accomplished three-dimension people who will contribute to the Tufts community in meaningful ways.

More Tufts Admissions Information

As you work to figure out if Tufts should be on your college wish list, be sure to consider factors such as size, costs, financial aid, academic strengths, and graduation rates. Tufts does well on most of these fronts. Tufts financial aid packages are generous for qualifying students, but you'll notice that only 39% of matriculated students receive grant aid. This number indicates that a majority of students are coming from families with relatively high income.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,489 (5,508 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $54,318
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $14,054
  • Other Expenses: $1,428
  • Total Cost: $70,600

Tufts University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 45%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 39%
    • Loans: 22%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $38,605
    • Loans: $6,945

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Economics, English, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Teacher Education

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Swimming, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Field Hockey, Fencing, Basketball, Track and Field

Like Tufts University? Then Check Out These Other Top Universities

Applicants to Tufts tend to look at other strong private universities in the Northeast. Popular options in the Boston area include Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Brandeis University

Outside of Boston, many Tufts applicants also apply to Wesleyan University, Brown University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that several of these schools, especially the members of the Ivy League, are even more selective than Tufts. You'll want to apply to a few colleges with a lower admissions bar to help guarantee you end up with some acceptance latters.

Data Sources: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics