Tufts University


Tufts University is a private research university founded by Christian Universalists. It now has ten schools, including two undergraduate programs and eight graduate divisions, among which is the oldest graduate school of international relations in the United States, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Tufts University is especially famous for its internationalism and study abroad programs. With over 9,000 students taking classes at four different campuses in Massachusetts and France, the university is enjoying world fame.

Tufts University was first chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1852 as Tufts college. The university is now located on one of the highest hills in the Boston area, Walnut Hill. Although first established in Massachusetts, the university has grown quickly, especially during the presidency of Jean Mayer. Now Tufts University has four main campuses, three in the Boston area and one in southern France. It also offers extensive online programs and summer courses to students.

Tufts University offers nearly all kinds of degrees, including Diploma, Bachelor’s, Post-bachelor’s certificate, Master’s, Post-master’s certificate, Doctorate-professional practice, Doctorate-research/scholarship. It also provides several combined-degree programs like A/B. Music with the New England Conservatory of Music; BA/BFA with School of the Museum of Fine Arts and so forth. The 4-year graduation rate is 86%.

The mission of Tufts University is:

As we shape our future, quality will be the pole star that guides us. We will seek quality in our teaching and research and in the services that support our academic enterprise. Our programs will be those that meet our own high standards, that augment each other, and that are worthy of the respect of our students and of scholars, educators, and the larger community.


Tufts University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges(NEASC). Growing rapidly and continually, Tufts University is counted among the “Little Ivies” and was named by Newsweek as one of the “25 New Ivies.”


Tufts University compromised ten schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • The Fletcher School
  • Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • School of Medicine
  • Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. International Relations and Affairs
  2. Economics
  3. Political Science and Government
  4. English Language and Literature
  5. Biology

The university is ranked No.29 among all national universities by US News.

With the student-faculty ratio being 9:1, Tufts University has enough professors for student. And 69.1% of its classes has fewer than 20 students


Applicants for the university are required to provide either their SAT or ACT scores. The deadline for these scores is February 1 and students need to submit their application before January 1. The early decision is due on November 2. Working and volunteering experiences usually give applicants advantages.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 42,962. The room and board fee is USD 11,512.

Tufts university offers scholarship as well as various kinds of financial aid. In the year 2012, up to 41.0% of the students got help from Tufts University’s financial aid programs. Students can easily apply for need-based financial aid, scholarship or grant aid. The average percent of their needs met is 100%. The university offers part-time job opportunities for students as well to help them earn their tuition. More than that, students can also apply for student loans from the federal government.

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