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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 $63,200, 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,700
% of students who get any grants
41%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,400
Average price for low-income students
$6,630
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1480/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,492
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$4,000
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$17,500
Average salary within 3 years
$63,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
62%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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