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Tufts University

Many schools boast about being "Ivy League equivalents," but Tufts University actually does deliver an education on par with some of the best colleges in the country. Tufts is a private institution where students can expect to work hard to keep pace with rigorous programs offered in a wide variety of academic disciplines, from biopsychology to peace and justice studies. The graduation rate at Tufts is 93%, and alumni report early career earnings of $61,100, according to data from PayScale. The Tufts student body is mostly white and liberal-leaning, although there are plenty of people who don't fit that mold (and the administration says it's working to improve diversity on campus). Tufts is also home to the Beelzebubs, a male a cappella group responsible for the arrangements and background vocals for the fictional Warblers on the TV show "Glee." Tufts students say their university is in an ideal location: Not only is the campus scenic, but the towns of Medford and nearby Somerville provide many entertainment opportunities. Plus, Boston is only a short train ride away.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Tufts has announced a fall semester that is a mix of virtual and in-person learning. Students living on campus are put in small residential cohorts, and all students on campus can expect to be tested regularly for COVID-19.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$75,100
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,000
Average price for low-income students
$4,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1460/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
5,600
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$5,400
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,500
Average salary within 5 years
$61,100
% earning more than $28,000
90%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Tufts has announced a fall semester that is a mix of virtual and in-person learning. Students living on campus are put in small residential cohorts, and all students on campus can expect to be tested regularly for COVID-19.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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