Tufts University Welcomes Class of 2016 at Matriculation Day, Aug. 29

August 27, 2012

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Kalimah Redd Knight

o       WHAT:
Tufts University welcomes the class of 2016 and the 1,310 first-year students selected from Tufts' most competitive admissions pool ever, with 21% of applicants accepted.

o       WHEN:
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
Ceremony: 1:30-2:30 p.m.; students and parents on campus all day

o       WHO:
Incoming students and parents, Tufts faculty and staff; Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco, Provost David Harris and Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin will deliver remarks

o       WHERE:
Tufts University, main academic quad (between Bendetson and Ballou halls) Medford/Somerville campus

o       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://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/

o       WHAT ELSE:
Tufts' first-year students were drawn from 16,379 applicants, Tufts' second-largest pool ever, and set new records for academic achievement: 91 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and their mean SAT scores hit new highs, with 709 critical reasoning, 718 mathematics and 713 writing. The 1,310 members of Tufts' 157th entering class come from 46 American states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 37 other nations. Some form of financial aid went to 39.6 percent of the class and 35 percent shared $15.9 million in Tufts institutional grants, a record amount of grant dollars. Americans of color represent 27.4 percent of the class. Eleven percent are first-generation college bound.

o       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.


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 enjoy 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.