Tufts University Welcomes Class of 2012 at Matriculation Day, Aug. 27

August 26, 2008

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WHAT:
Tufts University welcomes the class of 2012

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ceremony: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Students and parents on campus all day

WHO:
Incoming students, including freshman class of 1,305
Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow will deliver matriculation address

WHERE:
Tufts University, main academic quad, Medford/Somerville campus

PARKING:
Parking will be available in the Cousens lot on College Avenue or Fletcher Field between Mugar Hall and Professors Row. For directions and maps go to http://www.tufts.edu/home/maps/medford/

WHAT ELSE:
The incoming freshman class was drawn from 15,641 applicants -- the largest pool in university history -- including the 2,017 candidates to the School of Engineering, which is the largest pool in its history. The 1,305 members of the 153rd entering class at Tufts come from 43 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 33 nations. Domestic students of color represent more than 27 percent of the entering class, and 12 percent have an international background. In addition, the mean SAT score for the class is the highest in university history at 1415. Among the 193 entering students in the School of Engineering, the mean SAT math score was 23 points higher than last year at 749, also a record high.

VISUALS:
Students will be moving into residence halls throughout the day. Parents, students and faculty will attend a picnic lunch on the president's lawn before the matriculation ceremony. Faculty will wear full cap and gown regalia during the ceremony.

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Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the University's schools is widely encouraged.