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Everything About Tufts University

Everything About Tufts University

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,643

Institutional Type: Private

Curricular Flexibility: Very Flexible

Academic Rating: 4.5

Top Programs

Biology

Computer Science

Economics

Engineering

English

International Relations

Quantitative Economics

Science, Technology and Society

Who Recruits

1. Gelber Group

2. Cogo Labs

3. Amazon Robotics

4. Putnam Investments

5. Oppenheimer & Co.

Notable Internships

1. Deutsche Bank

2. UBS

3. Wayfair

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Research

4. Engineering

5. Operations

Top Employers

1. Google

2. Amazon

3. Microsoft

4. Deloitte

5. Facebook

Where Alumni Work

1. Boston

2. New York City

3. San Francisco

4. Washington, DC

5. Los Angeles

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $75,800

EOP (Early Career): $73,100

PayScale (Mid-Career): $118,100

Inside the Classroom

Quite small for being one of the US's top research universities at just over 5,600 undergraduates, Tufts excels in delivering a highly personalized educational experience that is on par with its upper-echelon liberal arts rivals Williams and Amherst. In fact, like Amherst and Brown University, the school is notable for having no core curriculum. Instead, students are “encouraged to immerse themselves in the full expanse of course offerings, deepening existing interests while discovering new areas of study.”

Three schools serve Tufts’ undergraduate population: The College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The three schools combined offer more than ninety majors and minors; approximately one-third of all students double major, and half declare a minor. The school encourages freshmen and sophomores to “Go broad, then deep.” Students who do not want to be tethered to a laundry list of required introductory courses will relish the freedom Tufts affords its undergrads.

The university prides itself on its undergraduate teaching, and it shows; 82 percent of the last year's Class reported feeling satisfied with their educational journey. Nearly every professor is willing to take on research assistants, and plenty of funding is available. In the College of Engineering, 60 percent of students have a chance to participate in are search project at some point during their collegiate experience. Classes are small, especially when considering the school’s legitimate research university status. Twenty-two percent of all courses see fewer than ten students enrolled, and 69 percent have sub-twenty enrollments. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. A substantial segment of the student body, 40-45 percent, study abroad at one of eighty preapproved programs in locales such as Chile, Ghana, Hong Kong, and Madrid.

Well-regarded by industry and elite graduate/professional schools, a diploma in any discipline from Tufts will get you where you want to go. The most popular majors by volume are international relations, economics, computer science, engineering, and biology—all of which receive very high marks. The university does a fantastic job helping students land nationally competitive scholarships.

Outside the Classroom

Unlike some of Tufts’ graduate programs, the undergraduate schools are not located in downtown Boston. However, Medford is part of the Boston metro area and is only five miles from the city limits, which makes its location far less remote than many of its rival New England colleges. Fewer than 70 percent of students live on campus in one of forty residential options ranging from traditional dorms to shared apartments. Many upper-classmen move off campus or live in fraternity or sorority houses. Close to one-quarter of the student population has traditionally gone Greek. Yet, some recent well-publicized hazing incidents led to dissolution or suspension of many chapters that altered, at least for the time being, the influence of Greek-letter organizations on campus. Presently, only 12 percent of men and 15percent of women are Greek affiliated. Few Tufts students are lone wolves as a staggering 94 percent join at least one of the school’s 341 recognized student organizations. Opportunities for community service are plentiful. Many students are involved in athletics, whether a member of one of the twenty-nine varsity sports teams competing in NCAA Division III, twenty-two club teams, or intramural groups. Campus is attractive and full of perks, including the new 42,000-square-foot Tisch Sports & Fitness Center that features tennis courts, pools, squash courts, and dance studios. As a bonus, dining options are given rave reviews as every Tufts student has a favorite dish.

Career Services

With thirteen full-time staff members who focus on undergraduate advising, career relations, and alumni outreach, the Tufts Career Center sports a 426:1 student-to-advisor ratio, which is within the average range of schools featured in this guide. The career services staff has done an incredible job improving its outreach over the past two decades. In1998, only 32 percent of graduates were satisfied with the university’s career services, but by 2015 a healthy 83percent expressed positive feelings, and annual interactions with students had risen to over 7,600. In 2017, they increased the number of sessions with engineering students by 41 percent from the previous year, another indicator that this is an office on the rise.

Tufts does an exceptional job of assisting undergraduates with internship procurement. A robust 66 percent of Tufts graduates completed two or more internships during their time at the university; 89 percent completed at least one. The Fall Career Fair is attended by 185+ companies, and on-campus recruiting/interviews take place throughout the academic year. Career Treks and networking events in cities like New York and San Francisco are also regular occurrences. A recent switch from the antiquated Jumbo Jobs platform to Handshake was lauded by students. As an added long-term support, alumni have lifetime access to the spectrum of career services, including one-on-one job counseling. With a solid track record in internship participation, job placement, and graduate school outcomes, Tufts career services does an exceptional job setting its undergraduates up for next level of success.

Professional Outcomes

Six months after earning their diplomas, 96 percent of last year's Tufts graduates were employed, attending graduate school, or otherwise productively engaged. The most commonly entered fields were health, life sciences, environmental (22 percent); engineering and technology (17 percent); finance, consulting, real estate (16 percent), and advocacy, education, and social services (15 percent). All of the leading finance, consulting, and technology companies sit atop the list of the most prolific employers of Tufts alums including Booz Allen Hamilton, JPMorgan, Facebook, Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Raytheon, Morgan Stanley, and BlackRock. The median salary at the start of what is considered midcareer is $73k, higher than Amherst and Boston College but lower than Bentley and Harvard. Most Tufts alumni remain in the Boston area, but many also head to New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, DC, and Chicago. Of the 16 percent of the Class who went directly to graduate school, over three-quarters were accepted into their first-choice institution. Included among the ten universities enrolling the highest number of Tufts alumni were MIT, UCLA, Penn, Carnegie Mellon, and Columbia. Law school applicants routinely gain acceptance into top-tier institutions. Alumni were admitted into Harvard, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Penn, Duke, Brown, and Yale. Medical school applicants gained acceptance at a 75-90 percent rate, depending on the year. Those with at least a 3.5undergraduate GPA find a med school home over 90 percent of the time.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Medford, MA

• “You get a campus feel but you’re close to Boston so you can access everything. It’s extremely nice to be on a campus but not have that be your whole life. You have the city feel, but you have a more reserved spot to have a space to do work and see friends.”

• “You can go to sporting events that aren’t just Tufts-affiliated.”

• “It has fewer distractions and is a little quieter than Boston.”

• “Public transit in Boston is awesome. You can get anywhere you want without a car easily.”

• “Davis Square is a nice mix between the suburbs and the city in that there are really good restaurants and shopping and generally nice places to study and hangout.”

Cons of Medford, MA

• “Rent is really high.”

• “If you’re an outdoorsy person, hiking and other outdoorsy stuff are not as accessible as it would be at some of the other NESCACs.”

• “There are a lot of families that live in the Medford area, so you get a lot of complaints about noise and that kind of thing.”

• “It’s a 20-minute walk from campus to the [MTA], so you don’t do it that often, but it’s there if you want to take advantage of it.”

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “The location. I love being so close to Boston. And, not just being close to Boston, but also being close to other schools, like Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard, and you can be in a really great college environment.”

• “It’s generally prestigious.”

• “The quality of the school. The classes, the instructors, are amazing. The connections you can make afterward from Tufts are really great.”

• “It’s a collaborative academic atmosphere.”

• “There is a lot of diversity. There are a lot of international students, people from different ethnic groups, and socioeconomic classes.”

• “There are a lot of really interesting people who will go on to do a lot of really cool things. The people you meet are so driven and interesting, it’s really great.”

• “There’s so much variety in terms of classes and professors. I was able to take graduate courses in urban planning and a very particular area of philosophy and I don’t know if you’d get that at a small liberal arts college. And you’d also be able to get into them at an earlier year because, unlike at a huge university, there’s not too much

competition in terms of getting in classes.”

To Not Attend

• “If you can’t afford it they’re not going to be lenient.”

• “If you’re looking for a big school where you can go out every single night, that’s not Tufts.”

• “If you don’t want to put in a lot of work writing papers. There are a lot of writing requirements freshman year, so those classes are mandatory at Tufts. Freshman year was a lot of writing papers.”

• “It’s really cold.”

• “I’ve heard for mental health services it’s very hard to get treatment. There’s a backlog of people [so you have to wait]. So if you’re having a hard time and want to talk to somebody, it sucks that it takes a long time for that.” [See Tufts Daily article “Editorial: Tufts should expand mental health services.”]

• “If you want to go to huge parties, Tufts isn’t the place to go. Aside from maybe homecoming and Spring Fling, there aren’t too many giant things.”

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