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With a record number of applicants, the acceptance rate for the undergraduate Class of 2022 is 14.6 percent
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“Members of this class bring an impressive desire to learn and grow, and I know they will be an enormous asset to the entire community,” said Karen Richardson. Photo: Anna Miller
April 3, 2018

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Tufts this year has granted undergraduate admission to students from 70 countries around the world in a highly selective admissions cycle. The acceptance rate for the undergraduate Class of 2022 is 14.6 percent, on par with last year’s 14.8 percent and the university’s record low of 14.3 percent in 2016, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Accepted students were notified by the admissions office in emails sent on March 30.

The class set a record for the number of applications, with 21,502 students seeking admission, a 2 percent increase over last year. In the School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts received 17,443 applications; of those, 139 students were admitted into the B.F.A. program and 109 to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts combined-degree program. The School of Engineering drew 4,059 applications.

Karen Richardson, dean of undergraduate admissions and enrollment management, said the Class of 2022 shows that “Tufts continues to resonate with the best and brightest high schoolers who are looking to be actively engaged in their learning. Our creative liberal arts and STEM environment, as well as a strong sense of community, are what attract applicants to Tufts,” she said.

“The university offers the range of exciting opportunities that young people of enormous talent and energy are seeking in a college,” she said. “Members of this class bring an impressive desire to learn and grow, and I know they will be an enormous asset to the entire community.”

Students accepted into the Class of 2022 bring strong academic records; the mean SAT scores are 746 in math and 721 on evidence-based reading and writing (formerly known as the critical reading test). The mean ACT score is a 32.9. 

Women make up more than half the accepted class. More than half of accepted students—55.4 percent—attended public high schools.

Almost 50 percent of students applied for need-based financial aid, up from last year’s 48 percent. Eleven percent, on par with last year, are the first in their family to go to college. Students receiving Pell grants account for 10 percent of the accepted class.

Admitted students represent all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The top three states for admitted students are Massachusetts, New York, and California.

The class is geographically diverse. Students who are citizens of other countries represent 11.3 percent of the class, and come from seventy countries. The top five countries are China, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

Some 16 percent of the admitted class identify as Asian American, 7.8 percent as Hispanic, 5 percent as African American. In the admitted class, 6.6 percent identify as two or more races.

Accepted students have until May 1 to make a deposit on their first-semester tuition, letting Tufts know that they will enroll in the fall. They and their families are invited to visit the campus on April 13, 19, or 20—known as Jumbo Days—to meet current students, attend classes, and experience the academic and social life at Tufts. 

Laura Ferguson can be reached at laura.ferguson@tufts.edu.

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