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Tufts University began in the 1840s when the Universalist Church wanted to open a college in New England. Charles Tufts, a businessman in Boston, gave the church 20 acres of land to be used for the establishment for a college. Tufts College was chartered in 1852 and was originally to provide "virtue and piety" through a liberal arts curriculum. The school gained university status in 1954 and no longer has a religious affiliation.
Today, there are 11,489 students attending Tufts on four campuses. Tufts is a leader in higher education, noted for excelling at research while providing students with a personal experience. The mission of Tufts is to provide student-centered research, transformative experiences and collaborative environments that prepare students to be active citizens.
US News & World Report ranks Tufts 29th among national universities and 25th in best value schools. The publication also ranks it 22nd in high school counselor rankings and 56th in engineering programs. Forbes has ranked the school 12th among research universities and 18th in its list of top colleges.
Tufts University Accreditation Details
Tufts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The school has been accredited since 1929. Accreditation indicates to students that the college provides the highest levels of education possible and strives for improvement whenever it is indicated. In addition, specific programs are accredited by the following agencies:
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
- Computing Accreditation Commission
- Council on Education for Public Health
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges
- Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design's Commission on Accreditation
- Planning and Accreditation Board
Tufts University Application Requirements
Undergraduates who wish to attend Tufts should complete the Common Application or Coalition Application and provide the required documentation. Documentation includes letters of recommendation and information about extracurricular activities. Students must also complete the Tufts Writing Supplement and provide official high school transcripts. Students may be required to provide a portfolio or submit to specific testing depending on the program they choose to study.
Transfer students may apply using the Common Application which includes the Tufts Writing Supplement. Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students must provide official SAT and ACT scores as well as high school transcripts.
Each graduate program has specific admission requirements. Students are encouraged to speak to an admissions counselor before applying to any graduate program. All graduate candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or higher in order to apply.
Tufts Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition at Tufts is $53,152 per year. Graduate tuition varies depending on the program the student chooses to enter.
Financial aid is available and packages include grants, loans and work-study. Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are the largest form of aid received by undergraduates at Tufts. Grants at the university exceeded $70 million during the 2015-16 school year. Grants awarded range from $1,000 to more than $60,000. Students also may qualify for federal and state programs as well. Some students qualify for ROTC scholarships as well as private funding sources. Over 34 percent of students received financial aid in 2016-17, totaling more than $18 million.
Students whose family income is less than $60,000 per year receive financial aid packages that do not include student loans. Instead, their financial need is met with grants or work-study. Other students may be offered loans that range from $5,000 to $7,000 per year. Payments on the loans are not due until the student graduates.
Work-study programs allow students to work for between $11 to $15 per hour at the school for between five to ten hours per week in order to offset the cost of tuition.
Tufts does not offer merit or academic scholarships and all financial aid is based on need. No aid is adjusted for academic performance or extracurricular participation other than ROTC scholarships and small awards provided through the Tufts National Merit Scholarship which are usually only around $500.
Tufts Degree Program(s) Available
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies undergraduate program at Tufts questions power-based approaches of knowledge in an effort to replace them with newer approaches. Students explore the foundationalist feminist arguments and investigate the interconnections between race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality. Students also learn about the history of feminism and sexuality in interdisciplinary classes. A few of the courses students may take as part of the program include:
- Anthropology and Feminism
- Gay and Lesbian Theater and Film
- Men, Women and Patriarchy in the Middle East
- Race, Sex, Class and Law
- Saints & Sinners: Images of Women in Hispanic Literature
- Women & Gender in Modern Chinese Culture & Literature
Tufts offers the Women's Center and LGBT Center allow students, both in the program and in other disciplines, to gain hands-on experience in advocacy, activist and professional development. The LGBT Center was founded in 1992 and offers a space for students, faculty and staff to explore gender and sexuality through personal activism or the study of academics related to LGBT. The goal of the center is to provide resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people. The center also promotes campus-wide education about sexuality, gender and other issues that could lead to discrimination and dehumanization. The center offers students in programs such as Sociology, Psychology as well as Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies to gain hands-on experience in their field of study.
Tufts has been providing excellence in education for more than a century, providing students with unique and interesting degree programs that are designed to stimulate as well as educate. Tufts University offers a wide range of programs that are designed to help individuals move into a new career or to advance in a current career through flexible schedules that include night, weekend and online courses.