Located five miles from downtown Boston, Tufts is a medium-sized liberal arts university with a focus on student-faculty relationships, undergraduate research, and celebrating diverse experiences. Tufts' 5,600 undergraduate students pursue majors in one of three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA at Tufts). As a tier one research university, our students delve into world-class research easily and early, exploring fields from soft-bodied robotics to the rebirth of urban democracy, microbial communities to musical theater. Tufts offers the chance to join a close-knit community that supports intellectual risk-taking and a global outlook.
You can’t fit Tufts students into a box. They are intellectually powerful, down-to-earth, driven, and civic-minded. At Tufts, they learn how to make a measurable difference and then start making it—even as undergraduates. On campus, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life leads the way, allowing students to take curricular courses in social change or even enroll in the 1+4 Bridge-Year. Whether they are engineers, studio artists, political scientists, or poets, our students graduate from Tufts ready to enact positive change in the communities they join.
Students find support and community through an array of dedicated spaces and programs at Tufts. Incoming students of color are assigned peer leaders through the Africana Center, Asian American Center, and Latino Center. The FIRST Resource Center serves as a home for first-generation students, low-income students, and undocumented students at Tufts, offering mentorship programs, first-year seminars, and an optional pre-orientation. The Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts fosters success in STEM fields for underrepresented students through a summer bridge program, first-year seminar, and research opportunities. Other identity-based centers include the LGBT Center and Women’s Center.
Two fun facts: First, Jumbo the elephant, Tufts’ official mascot, is the only college mascot in the Webster Dictionary. Second, on the morning of Halloween each year, students wake up to discover Tufts has been "pumpkined"—pumpkins of every size and shape perch in strange places all over campus.