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Overall Score: 69.06

Tufts University

Medford, MA http://www.tufts.edu/
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. Nine out of 10 students graduate within four years. 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$81,200
% of students who get any grants
41%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,120

Admissions

Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT score
1470/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
5,830

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
1%
Average merit grant
$2,500

Student Success

Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$16,750
Early career earnings
$67,120
% earning more than a high school grad
75%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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