Tufts University: Narrative Description

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Medford, MA 02155
Tel: (617)628-5000
Admissions: (617)627-3170
Fax: (617)627-3860
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tufts.edu/


Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1852. Setting: 150-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $697.2 million. Total enrollment: 9,693. Faculty: 1,036 (704 full-time, 332 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 14,728 applied, 27% were admitted. 74% from top 10% of their high school class, 94% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 4,846 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 67 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 67 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 7% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 75% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Swarthmore College, American University, Lincoln University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $40,278 includes full-time tuition ($30,482), mandatory fees ($766), and college room and board ($9030). College room only: $4641. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Leonard Carmichael Society, Mountain Club, Environmental Consciousness Outreach. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Fling, Supershow. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security lighting, call boxes to campus police. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Tisch Library plus 1 other with 1.6 million books, 1.2 million microform titles, 5,204 serials, 33,731 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 254 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Medford is a residential suburb of Boston, located approximately five miles northwest of the city. One of the oldest settlements in the Commonwealth and in the United States, Medford was founded in 1630 and has many historical points of interest. Beautiful Mystic Lakes are located on the northwest border of the city, and further recreational opportunities are provided by the Middlesex Fells, a mountainous reservation of approximately 4,000 acres. Part-time employment is available in Boston.

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