Tufts University Welcomes Class of 2017 at Matriculation Day, Aug. 28

Historic Year for Tufts: Most Selective, Largest Applicant Pool, Strongest Academic Profile of Any Undergraduate Class in University History
August 26, 2013

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Kalimah Redd Knight

Public Relations


 o   WHAT:

Tufts University welcomes the class of 2017 and the 1,318 first-year students selected from Tufts' most competitive admissions pool ever, with an acceptance rate of 18.8 percent.

o   WHEN:
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Ceremony: 1:45-2:45 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 Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin will deliver remarks

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

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/

Tufts' first-year students were drawn from 18,420 applicants, the largest pool in Tufts’ history and a 12.5 percent increase over last year. The acceptance rate of 18.8 percent makes 2012-13 the most selective undergraduate admissions cycle on record for Tufts. Yield on Tufts’ offers of admissions rose to a record 38 percent, the fifth consecutive increase in that critical admissions index. The class set new records for academic achievement: their mean SAT scores hit new highs, with 712 Critical Reading (up three points), 727 Mathematics (up nine points) and 720 Writing (up seven points).

The 1,318 members of Tufts' 158th entering class (1,092 School of Arts and Sciences; 226 School of Engineering) come from 43 American states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 47 other nations, with hometowns stretching from Maine to Barcelona to Shanghai. The class includes 25 citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the largest group of any nation outside the U.S.  Nearly 39 percent of the incoming class received financial aid and 34.5 percent have a Tufts grant; the $16.5 million awarded to the incoming class represents the largest financial aid budget in the university’s history. Students of color represent over 28 percent of the domestic class and over ten percent are foreign citizens.  Seventy-six National Merit Scholars, 151 Pell Grant recipients, and 57 high school valedictorians are included in this incoming class. One hundred fifteen freshmen are first-generation college bound.

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 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.