Located in Medford and Somerville, Tufts University is a private research university that is organized into ten schools. Founded in 1852 by Christian universalists who wanted to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning, Tufts is now one of the most selective universities in the country with a long list of notable alumni.
Educational Opportunities at Tufts
Categorized as “most selective” by U.S. News & World Report, which his the highest degree of selectivity the magazine offers, Tufts is considered to be one of the “Hidden Ivies” of the Northeastern United States. Among its ten schools are:
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Science
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Dental Medicine
- School of Engineering
- School of Medicine
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
As such, the school offers dozens of undergraduate and graduate degrees within a wide range of fields, including everything from African Studies to Biotechnology.
Tufts is considered to be one of the most selective colleges in the country, with the Princeton Review giving it a selectivity rating of 97 out of 99. For the class of 2020, the college accepted on 2,889 of its 20,223 applicants, meaning only 14.3 percent of those who applied were actually accepted. Furthermore, the transfer acceptance rate was just 5.6 percent. For the class of 2016, 91 percent of the college’s incoming freshman ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Furthermore, for the class of 2022, the interquartile range of SAT scores was 1410-1550 while scores for the ACT were 32-35.
To further expand its admissions criteria, Tufts introduced the option to include a YouTube video to supplement applications in 2006. This was meant to test the creativity and other non-academic factors of applicants.
With such rigorous standards, it should come as no surprise to learn that Tufts as produced some highly notable alumni. These include Nobel laureates, heads of state, governors, Emmy and Academy Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners and billionaires. The university has also graduated several Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholars. Some of these notable alumni include:
- Tracy Chapman – multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
- Eugene F Fama – winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Leslie Gelb – Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
- Maxine Kumin – Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States 1981-1982
- Philip Levine – Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award recipient
- Roderick MacKinnon – winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Juan Manuel Santos – winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize
- April Saul – Pulitzer Prize winner
- Gordon S. Wood – Pulitzer Prize winner
This is only a small percentage of the notable alumni to have graduated from Tufts. As such, it is not a surprise that Forbes ranked the school as 12th among Research Universities in 2016 and as 18th in its America’s Top Colleges ranking.