Tufts University
#73 Overall Influence#25 Desirability Rank

Tufts University

Private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts


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How much does it cost to attend?

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What's it like to attend this school?

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Where will you be attending?


, Medford MA 02155-5555

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

7k per 100k

Violent Crime

1k per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

12k per 100k

Violent Crime

2k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#36 World Rank #27 USA Rank
Political Science
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Computer Science
#82 World Rank #63 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#85 World Rank #47 USA Rank
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Social Work
#133 World Rank #64 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#141 World Rank #53 USA Rank
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Earth Sciences
#337 World Rank #201 USA Rank

Influential People

Who are Tufts University's Most influential alumni?

Tufts University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Political Science, Medical, and Engineering. Tufts University’s most academically influential people include Norbert Wiener, Eugene Fama, and Pierre Omidyar.

Norbert Wiener
Norbert Wiener

American mathematician

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Eugene Fama
Eugene Fama

American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics

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Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar

EBay founder, American entrepreneur and philanthropist

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Jeremy Rifkin
Jeremy Rifkin

American economist

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Ram Dass
Ram Dass

American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now

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Sean B. Carroll
Sean B. Carroll

American biologist

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William Hurt
William Hurt

American actor and filmmaker

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Jamie Dimon
Jamie Dimon

American banking executive

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Marc Zwillinger
Marc Zwillinger

American lawyer

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Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

United States Marine Corps General

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Joi Ito
Joi Ito

Japanese-American activist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist

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Seth Godin
Seth Godin

American entrepreneur, author and public speaker

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About This School

How does this school stack up?

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