Tufts University

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Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

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By James Barham, PhD

Tufts University was founded as Tufts College in 1852 in the Boston Metropolitan Area–suburb of Medford, north of Cambridge. The school was built under the auspices of the Universalist Church of America on 20 acres of land donated by businessman and philanthropist Charles Tufts. Today, the university also has a satellite campus located in downtown Boston.

When Charles Tufts first purchased the land, it was an undeveloped parcel on the top of a barren hill, and when his family asked him what he intended to do with it, he is said to have replied: “I will put a light on it.”

The college was built up piecemeal over the years. In 1893 a medical school began operation, with electrical, chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering schools all opening during the same decade. In 1933 the internationally renowned Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy was founded.

Women began to be admitted to Tufts College in 1893, while Jackson College for Women—a closely associated, but administratively separate, four-year, women’s liberal arts college—opened in 1910. In 2002, Jackson College was wholly absorbed by Tufts’s School of Arts and Sciences.

In 1954 the college was officially elevated to university status and its name changed accordingly. However, the school’s rapid growth into a major research university began particularly with the presidency of French scientist, Jean Mayer, beginning in 1976.

Tufts is associated with seven Nobel laureates, namely,

  • Physicist, Rainer Weiss
  • Chemist, Roderick MacKinnon
  • Computed-tomography (CT) pioneer Allan MacLeod Cormack — physiology or medicine
  • Economists, Eugene Fama & Paul Samuelson
  • Egyptian-born international public servant, Mohamed ElBaradei — peace
  • President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos — peace

Other distinguished Tufts-connected individuals include the following:

  • Singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman
  • New York Times publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.
  • TV personality, Meredith Vieira
  • Showman and philanthropist, P.T. Barnum
  • Actors, William Hurt, Peter Gallagher & Jessica Biel
  • Psychologists, Robert J. Sternberg & Richard Alpert (Ram Dass)
  • Mathematician and philosopher, Norbert Wiener
  • Linguist, Ray Jackendoff
  • Computer scientists, John Reif, Kathleen Fisher & Pierre Omidyar
  • Cell biologist, Frederick Grinnell
  • Evolutionary biologist, Sean B. Carroll
  • Electrical engineer and inventor, Elihu Thomson
  • Engineer and government administrator, Vannevar Bush
  • Economist, Peter Navarro
  • Historians, Gordon S. Wood & Jill Lepore
  • Indian politician and former United Nations diplomat, Shashi Tharoor
  • Former New Mexico governor, Bill Richardson
  • Current US Representative, Dan Crenshaw
  • Former US Senators, Daniel Patrick Moynihan & Scott Brown

According to Wikipedia, Tufts University is a private research university on the border of Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1852 as Tufts College by Christian universalists who sought to provide a nonsectarian institution of higher learning. Tufts remained a small New England liberal arts college until the 1970s, when it transformed into a large research university offering several doctorates; it is classified as a "Research I university", denoting the highest level of research activity. In 2021, Tufts became a member of the Association of American Universities, a selective group of 64 leadings research universities in North America. The university is known for its internationalism, study abroad programs, and promoting active citizenship and public service across all disciplines.

Tufts University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
23,127 16% 94% 1465 33

How Much Does Tufts University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
$63,000
Price by Family Income
Income Average Net Cost
0 - 30K $5,267
30K - 48K $6,516
48K - 75K $13,525
75K - 110K $27,430
110K+ $51,038

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Tufts University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Tufts University, then you can expect to earn an average of $103,300 per year. You also have a 91% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Tufts University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
10,017 6,079 3,938

Where is Tufts University?

Tufts University is located at , Medford MA 02155-5555

How Safe is Tufts University?

Tufts University has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. Medford has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Tufts University Known For?

Tufts University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Tufts University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Tufts University's Most Influential Alumni?

Tufts University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Medical, Economics, and Business. Here are some of Tufts University's most famous alumni:

Norbert Wiener
Norbert Wiener
An American mathematician, scientist in cybernetics and artificial intelligence.
Vannevar Bush
Vannevar Bush
An American electrical engineer and science administrator .
Eugene Fama
Eugene Fama
An American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics.
Lew Rockwell
Lew Rockwell
An American libertarian author and editor.
Ram Dass
Ram Dass
An American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now.
Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar
An American entrepreneur and philanthropist. Pierre Omidyar is founder of eBay.
Roderick MacKinnon
Roderick MacKinnon
An American neuroscientist.
Gordon S. Wood
Gordon S. Wood
An American historian.
Seth Godin
Seth Godin
An American entrepreneur, author and public speaker.
Jamie Dimon
Jamie Dimon
An American banking executive.
Victor A. McKusick
Victor A. McKusick
An American internist and medical geneticist .
Jill Lepore
Jill Lepore
An American historian.