Tufts University requirements and Campus Guide

School Name: Tufts University

School Location: Medford, MA

Class of 2025

  • Applications: 31,190
  • Admitted: 3,431
  • Overall Acceptance Rate: 11%

General Info

Historical SAT/ACT Scores (Test Optional)

  • SAT ERW: 700-760
  • SAT Math: 720-790
  • ACT: 33-35  


  • High Reach


  • Early Decision 1: November 1
  • Early Results: Mid December
  • Early Decision 2: January 4
  • Early Results: Mid February
  • Regular Deadline: January 4
  • Regular Results: April 1

School Info

  • Schedule: Semesters
  • Curriculum Type: Distribution Requirements
  • Greek Life: Yes
  • Athletics: D III: NESCAC

Tufts Requirements and Guide to Campus Life
Here’s everything you should know before you apply to Tufts University:

Tufts is a mid-size private university located in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts, a 15 minute drive from Boston. Tufts is both a research and a liberal arts university – a unique combination. A midsize university, Tufts is home to just under 5,541 undergraduate and 5,908 graduate students.

How difficult is it to get into Tufts?

Ranked 29th in the United States, Tufts is a fairly competitive school, with a 15% admission rate. If you’re considering applying to Tufts, here’s a list of the materials you’ll be required to have to submit your application:

You can submit to Tufts through either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. You’ll need to submit all of the items from the following list in order to apply:

  1. Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher you had in junior or senior year in a major academic course (math, natural science, social science, English or a foreign language) and a letter from an art teacher if you are applying to an arts program
  2. A summary of extracurricular activities
  3. Tufts writing supplement
  4. Senior Grades
    1. If applying Early Decision I, send first quarter or semester grades no later than the last week of November
    2. If applying Early Decision II, send first semester or trimester grades no later than the third week in January,
    3. If applying Regular Decision, send first semester or trimester grades by the middle of February
    4. If applying from abroad, send predicted grades
  5. Either SAT or ACT scores
    1. Tufts does not require SATII, the SAT Essay or the writing section of the ACT. Tufts states that you may send these scores if you sit for the exams, they will not increase your likelihood of admission
  6. TOEFL Scores if English is not your first language or if English is not the language in which you receive instruction at school
  7. Art Portfolio: If you are applying for a BFA or a Combined Degree BFA+BA/BS program Your portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of your recent work

If you are applying to the Schools of Arts and Science, you may submit an Art or Maker Portfolio to showcase your talents in studio art, dance, drama or engineering if you so choose.

Application Deadlines

Here are some deadlines to keep in mind if you are considering applying to Tufts. Remember, applying Early Decision means that, should you be accepted, you are committing to attending Tufts.

Early Decision I – November 1st
Early Decision II & Regular Decision – January 1st

Early Decision I grades will be released in mid-December. Early Decision II grades will be released in mid-February, and regular application decisions will be released by April 1st.

What is the Tufts known for?

Tufts offers traditional Bachelors of Arts (BA) and Bachelors of Science (BS) degrees. In addition, Tufts offers Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA), and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art and a 5 year combined BFA + BA/BS program. Tufts offers 70 majors and 50 minors, in addition to 15 engineering majors offered in the School of Engineering. A third of Tufts students declare a double major, and almost half declare a minor. Tufts is known to have particularly strong international relations, economics and computer science programs.

Can I afford Tufts?

Tufts is estimated to cost $76,200 per year. Like any private university, this is a steep price tag. Tufts is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated student financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, giving $86 million in need-based financial aid each year.

If you are interested in applying for aid, here’s a link to deadlines for applying that you’ll want to keep in mind.

What are the academic requirements at Tufts?

Yes. All students in the School of Arts and Science pursuing a liberal arts Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts must complete their Foundation and Distribution Requirements, as follows:

Foundation Requirements
Writing Requirements (2 semesters of college writing)
Language/Culture Requirement in two parts

  • Part 1: Demonstrate knowledge of a language other than English through the third semester at the college level
  • Part 2: Advanced language courses OR study of an additional language OR study of a specific culture through courses taught in English.

World Civilization: In-depth study of a non-Western civilization, or of the interaction of non-Western world and Western civilizations with equal attention given to both.
*You may use high scores on A-Levels, AP, Higher Level IB, SAT or SATII exams to fulfill some or all of these foundation requirements.

Distribution Requirements

You’ll be required to complete the equivalent of 2 courses or 6 semester-hour units in the following five areas: humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematical sciences.