Tufts University Welcomes Class of 2022

Class sets historical marks for diversity, financial aid, and near gender parity in engineering, while continuing university’s track record of selectivity
First-year students line up on the hill before processing into the Matriculation Ceremony (Anna Miller/Tufts University)
August 29, 2018

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Kalimah Redd Knight

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (August 29, 2018) –Tufts University’s Class of 2022 is the most diverse class ever, the beneficiary of the largest commitment of financial aid in university history, and a trailblazer in gender parity among engineering students – all while maintaining Tufts’ status as one of the most selective universities in the country.

Thirty-seven percent of incoming U.S.  undergraduates identify as students of color, a Tufts record. The 1,544-member undergraduate class received $25.8 million in need-based grants, a new mark for financial aid commitment by the university, up nearly 18 percent over last year. The amount of the average grant this year was $47,513. And the incoming engineering class nearly reached gender parity, with 49 percent of students identifying as women.

In all, only 14.6 percent of a record breaking 21,501 applicants were admitted, the second-lowest acceptance rate in university history.

(Katlyn Kreie for Tufts University)

Karen Richardson, dean of admissions and enrollment management, said Tufts’ commitment to an inter-disciplinary education continues to attract bright, dynamic students from around the United States and abroad. She noted that many students appreciate Tufts as a place where “it’s cool to be smart” and an environment in which students are passionate but not competitive about their academics.

“We often talk about creating an intentional community,” said Richardson. “Our goal is always to put together a group of learners who will contribute not only academically but also to our community’s social fabric.”

Assembling a diverse class continues to be a priority for the university. Among U.S. students of color, 5 percent identify as black; 7 percent identify as two or more races; 8 percent identify as Hispanic; and 17 percent identify as Asian.  There are 202 students who are the first generation in their families to pursue a bachelor’s degree, nearly 40 more than last year’s 163.

(Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

International students comprise 11 percent of the class, hailing from 49 countries.  Massachusetts, New York and California sent the largest number of students. Thirty-four students are from the university’s host communities of Medford, Somerville and Boston, a 70 percent increase over last year.

This year, 20 students enrolled in Tufts’ 1+4 Fellowship program, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s bridge-year initiative that provides accepted students the opportunity to experience a “gap year” of full-time community service before beginning their studies at Tufts. Seventeen of the students are serving their fellowships in Brazil, Ecuador and India, while three are serving their fellowships in the United States.

Ninety-five students enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), 53 of which will pursue dual B.F.A. and SMFA degrees.Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

The mean combined SAT score for the class was 1445 while the mean ACT composite score was 32.6. Thirty-one individuals in the class are National Merit Scholars.

Among the most popular potential majors of interest for incoming students in the School of Arts and Sciences are international relations, biology, economics and political science. At the School of Engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and computer science are the most sought-after fields of study.

(Anna Miller/Tufts University)

The matriculation ceremony took place today on The Green on the Medford/Somerville campus. 

(Katlyn Kreie for Tufts University)


Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, 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.