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Tufts University
Tufts University
is a private research university incorporated in the municipality of Medford, Massachusetts, United States. Tufts College was founded in 1852 by Christian Universalists who worked for years to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning.[6] Charles Tufts donated the land for the campus on Walnut Hill, the highest point in Medford, saying that he wanted to set a "light on the hill". The name was changed to Tufts University
Tufts University
in 1954, although the corporate name remains "the Trustees of Tufts College". For more than a century, Tufts was a small New England
New England
liberal arts college until its transformation into a larger research university in the 1970s.[7] Tufts is a charter member of the New England
New England
Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The university is organized into ten schools,[8] including two undergraduate degree programs and eight graduate divisions, on four campuses in the Boston
metropolitan area and the French Alps. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines,[9] and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.[10] Among its schools is the United States' oldest graduate school of international relations, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
offers art programs affiliated with a major museum, the Museum of Fine Arts.[11] The School of Engineering has an entrepreneurial focus with the Gordon Institute and maintains close connections with the original college.[12] The university maintains a campus in Downtown Boston
that houses the medical, dental, and nutrition schools, affiliated with several medical centers in the area.[13] The university offers joint undergraduate degree programs with the New England
New England
Conservatory,[14] and the Sciences Po
Sciences Po
Paris[15] with additional programs with the University of Paris, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
and constituents of the University of London.[16] Several of its programs have affiliations with the nearby institutions of Harvard University
Harvard University
and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.[17] Alumni and affiliates include Nobel laureates, billionaires, heads of state, governors, senators, representatives, Emmy and Academy Award winners, and National Academy members.[18] Tufts has also graduated several Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater scholars.[19][20][21][22] Other notable alumni include numerous CEOs and founders of Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies, high ranking U.S. diplomats, and Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize


1 History

1.1 19th century 1.2 20th century 1.3 21st century

2 Campus

2.1 Medford and Somerville 2.2 Boston 2.3 Grafton 2.4 Talloires

3 Organization and administration 4 Academics

4.1 Admissions

4.1.1 Undergraduate admissions 4.1.2 Graduate admissions

4.2 Rankings 4.3 Collaborations 4.4 Libraries and museums

5 Student life

5.1 Student body

5.1.1 Student government 5.1.2 Publications and broadcasting 5.1.3 Activism 5.1.4 Greek life

5.2 Athletics 5.3 Housing and dining

6 Traditions

6.1 A Cappella 6.2 Naked Quad Run

7 Notable people 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Tufts University 19th century[edit]

Tufts College, c. 1854

In the 1840s, the Universalist Church wanted to open a college in New England, and Charles Tufts donated 20 acres to the church in 1852 to help them achieve this goal. Charles Tufts had inherited the land, a barren hill which was one of the highest points in the Boston
area, called Walnut Hill, and when asked by a family member what he intended to do with the land, he said "I will put a light on it". His 20-acre donation (then valued at $20,000) is still at the heart of Tufts' now-150 acre campus, straddling Somerville and Medford. It was also in 1852 that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
chartered Tufts College, noting the college should promote "virtue and piety and learning in such of the languages and liberal and useful arts as shall be recommended". During his tenure, Ballou spent a year travelling and studying in the United Kingdom. The methods of instruction which he initiated were based on the tutorials that were conducted in the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
and the University of Edinburgh. Now more than 160 years old, Tufts is the third-oldest college in the Boston area.[23] Having been one of the biggest influences in the establishment of the College, Hosea Ballou II became the first president in 1853, and College Hall, the first building on campus, was completed the following year. That building now bears Ballou's name.[24] The campus opened in August 1854. President
Ballou died in 1861 and was succeeded by Alonzo Ames Miner. Though not a college graduate, his presidency was marked by several advances. These include the establishment of preparatory schools for Tufts which include Goddard Seminary, Westbrook Seminary, and Dean Academy. During the Civil War the college actively supported the Union cause. The mansion of Major George L. Stearns which stood on part of the campus was a station on the Underground Railroad. In addition to having the largest classes spring up, 63 graduates served in the Union army. The first course of a three-year program leading to a degree in civil engineering was established in 1865, the same year MIT was founded. By 1869, the Crane Theological School was organized.[25] Miner's successor, Elmer Capen
Elmer Capen
was the first president to be a Tufts alumnus. During his time, one of the earliest innovators was Amos Dolbear. In 1875, as chair of the physics department, he installed a working telephone which connected his lab in Ballou Hall
Ballou Hall
to his home on Professors Row. Two years later Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
would receive the patent. Dolbear's work in Tufts was later continued by Marconi and Tesla.[26] Other famous scholars include William Leslie Hooper who in addition to serving as acting president, designed the first slotted armature for dynamos. His student at the college, Frederick Stark Pearson, would eventually become one of America's pioneers of the electrical power industry. He became responsible for the development of the electric power and electric street car systems which many cities in South America and Europe used. Another notable figure is Stephen M. Babcock
Stephen M. Babcock
who developed the first practical test to determine the amount of butterfat in milk. Since its development in the college, the Babcock Test has hardly been modified. Expansion of the chemistry and biology departments were largely led by scholars Arthur Michael, who was one of the first organic chemists in the U.S., and John Sterling Kingsley, who was one of the first scholars of comparative anatomy.[27][28]

in the Barnum Museum of Natural History

P. T. Barnum
P. T. Barnum
was one of the earliest benefactors of Tufts College, and the Barnum Museum of Natural History
Barnum Museum of Natural History
(Barnum Hall) was constructed in 1884 with funds donated by him to house his collection of animal specimens and the stuffed hide of Jumbo
the elephant, who would become the university's mascot. The building stood until April 14, 1975, when fire gutted Barnum Hall, destroying the entire collection. On July 15, 1892, the Tufts Board of Trustees voted "that the College be opened to women in the undergraduate departments on the same terms and conditions as men". Metcalf Hall opened in 1893 and served as the dormitory for women. At the same meeting, the trustees voted to create a graduate school faculty and to offer the Ph.D.
degree in biology and chemistry. In 1893 the Medical School opened and in 1899 the Boston Dental College was integrated into the university. In 1890, the Department of Electrical Engineering was created, and in 1892–1893 the course of three-year program in civil engineering was extended to four years. With the advent of the four-year program the degrees granted were bachelor of civil or electrical engineering. Tufts College added the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1894 and 1898, respectively. In 1898, the trustees voted to formally establish an undergraduate College of Engineering.[28] 20th century[edit]

Walnut Hill as it appeared prior to the construction of Tisch Library and steps, circa 1910. In the center is Eaton Hall. The road to the right no longer exists.

The Jackson College for Women
Jackson College for Women
was established in 1910 as a coordinate college adjacent to the Tufts campus. In 1980 it was integrated with the College of Liberal Arts but is still recognized in the formal name of the undergraduate arts and sciences division, the "College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College". Undergraduate women in arts and sciences continued to receive their diplomas from Jackson College until 2002. Tufts expanded in the 1933 with the opening of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the first graduate school of international affairs in the United States. The Fletcher School began as a joint effort between Tufts and Harvard
University, funded by an endowment from longtime Tufts benefactor and alumnus Dr. Austin Barclay Fletcher. Tufts assumed full administration of the Fletcher School in 1935, and strong linkages between the two schools remain. During World War II, Tufts College was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[29] Due to travel restrictions imposed by World War II, the Boston
Red Sox conducted spring training for the 1943 Major League season at Tufts College.[30] In 1955, continued expansion was reflected in the change of the school's name to Tufts University.[31] The university experienced some growth during the presidency of Jean Mayer (1976–1992).[32] Mayer established Tufts' veterinary, nutrition, and biomedical schools and acquired the Grafton and Talloires
campuses, at the same time lifting the university out of its dire financial situation by increasing the size of the endowment by a factor of 15.[32] The College of Engineering added graduate study to its curriculum beginning in 1961, with master's degrees available in four departments. It added Ph.D.
programs in mechanical engineering in 1963, electrical engineering in 1964, engineering design in 1981, and civil engineering in 1985. In 1984 CEO and chairman of Analogic Corporation and NeuroLogica Corporation Bernard Marshall Gordon founded the Tufts Gordon Institute
Tufts Gordon Institute
as the first educational institution created to foster entrepreneurship in the engineering fields. In 1991 the New England
New England
Association of Schools and Colleges accredited the institute to confer the degree of Master of Science in Engineering Management and in 1992 the Gordon Institute became part of the College of Engineering. In 1999, the College of Engineering became the School of Engineering, when oversight of graduate engineering programs was transferred from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As part of the same reorganization the Faculty of Arts and Science became the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E).[33] 21st century[edit]

Sophia Gordon Hall (2006) is Tufts' newest residence hall

Foreign Ministers Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
(United Kingdom), Federica Mogherini (European Union), Paolo Gentiloni
Paolo Gentiloni
(Italy), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany) and Jean-Marc Ayrault
Jean-Marc Ayrault
(France) with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
John Kerry
speaking at Tufts University, September 2016

Under President
Larry Bacow, Tufts started a capital campaign in 2006 with the goal of raising $1.2 billion to implement full need-blind admission by 2011.[34][35] As of December 10, 2010[update] the campaign raised $1.14 billion.[36] Tufts received the largest donations in its history since 2005, including a $136 million bequest to its endowment upon the dissolution of a charitable trust set up by 1911 alumnus Frank C. Doble,[37][38] a $100 million gift from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar
to establish the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund,[39] and a number of $40 million-plus gifts to specific schools.[40][41][42] In 2008, Hines Interests
Hines Interests
and TUDC, a subsidiary of the university, planned to break ground on the South Station
South Station
Tower. Tufts had acquired the air rights from South Station
South Station
in 1990, with former President
Jean Meyer envisioning a tower that would be the center of medical research. Preliminary design was done by Cesar Pelli, with construction now scheduled to start in 2017.[43] However, Tufts withdrew from the project in 2009.[44] On November 30, 2010, the university announced that Anthony P. Monaco, formerly of Oxford, would become its thirteenth president.[45] Monaco's inauguration took place on October 21, 2011.[46] As of October 15, 2015, Computer Science surpassed International Relations as the largest major at the university, with 466 declared majors.[47] On December 22, 2015, the university announced that it would run the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The merger was completed on June 30, 2016.[48] In December 2015, the university completed a reconstruction of the Memorial Stairs. A new Central Energy Plant is currently under construction and is set to finish in the summer of 2016. It will replace an aging 60 year old plant and provide new efficiency boilers which in addition to providing the university directly with electricity, heated and chilled water, will help the university cut emissions.[49] The university is also constructing a new science and engineering complex (SEC). The SEC will feature state of the art laboratories and foster interdisciplinary research between the neuroscience and environmental science departments. The new building will be finished by the summer of 2017 and will join the newly rehabilitated 574 Boston
Avenue in the expansion of classroom and laboratory facilities for the engineering school.[50] In 2016, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
Paul Allen
pledged a $10 million donation over four years for the creation of the Allen Discovery Centers at Tufts and Stanford. The centers would fund research that would read and write the morphogenetic code. Tufts biologist Michael Levin will lead the center with research focusing on communications between cells and the causation of birth defects, cancer, traumatic injuries and degenerative diseases.[51][52] Campus[edit] Medford and Somerville[edit]

Packard Hall

Goddard Chapel

Eaton Hall

East Hall

Memorial Steps

Tufts' main campus is located on Walnut Hill in Medford and Somerville, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Boston. This campus houses all undergraduates in Arts & Sciences and Engineering, the graduate programs at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
and all of the graduate programs in Arts & Sciences and Engineering. While the majority of the campus is in Medford, the Somerville line intersects it, placing parts of the lower campus in Somerville and leading to the common terms "Uphill" and "Downhill". The "Uphill" portion of the campus comprises the academic and the residential "Rez" quads, and is enclosed by a wrought-iron fence. Classes that contributed to the building of the fence are commemorated along its length. The academic quad contains the earliest buildings and was primarily built from the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. One of Tufts' first buildings, Ballou Hall was constructed from 1852–1854 and was designed in the Italianate style by the well known Boston
architect Gridley James Fox Bryant. Ballou Hall
Ballou Hall
was later restored by McKim, Mead, and White
McKim, Mead, and White
in 1955–56, and houses the offices of the president, the provost, and several vice presidents and deans. Other notable buildings include: Packard Hall
Packard Hall
(1856), East Hall (1860), West Hall (1871), Goddard Chapel (1882), Goddard Hall (1883), Barnum Hall (1884), and Eaton Hall (1908).[53] The New York firm Whitfield & King was responsible for the design of Eaton Hall. The "Uphill" residential quad contains more modern buildings. The most notable building is Carmichael Hall (1954), designed by Arland A. Dirlam. Dirlam also designed Bendetson Hall (1947) on the academic quad.[54][26] Adjacent to both quads is the Cabot Intercultural Center designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc. one of the Fletcher School's buildings. Many points on the hill have noted views of the Boston
skyline, particularly the patio on the Tisch Library roof. It has been ranked one of the prettiest college campuses in the United States.[citation needed] The "Downhill" portion can be accessed with the memorial stairs. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers
Olmsted Brothers
in the 1920s, the memorial stairs form one of the main entrances to the university and allows direct access to the engineering school from the academic quad. Notable buildings around the engineering school include Bromfield-Pearson Hall (1893), Robinson Hall (1899), and Curtis Hall (1894). Boston
architect George Albert Clough
George Albert Clough
is responsible for the design of Curtis Hall and Goddard Hall. Additionally Arland Dirlam is responsible for the designs of many buildings downhill. These include Cohen Auditorium (1950), Hodgdon Hall (1954), and Jackson Gymnasium (1947).[55] Administrative offices also occupy the surrounding neighborhoods and nearby Davis Square, where Tufts makes payments in lieu of taxes on some of its tax-exempt (educational) properties.[56]

Jean Mayer
Jean Mayer
Administration Building, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Boston[edit] The School of Medicine, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy are located on a campus in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, adjacent to Tufts Medical Center, a 451-bed academic medical institution. All full-time Tufts Medical Center physicians hold clinical faculty appointments at Tufts School of Medicine.

The Tufts European Center on the Talloires

Grafton[edit] The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
is located in Grafton, Massachusetts, west of Boston, on a 634-acre (2.57 km2) campus. The school also maintains the Ambulatory Farm Clinic in Woodstock, Connecticut and the Tufts Laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole on Cape Cod. Talloires[edit] Tufts has a satellite campus in Talloires, France
Talloires, France
at the Tufts European Center, a former Benedictine priory built in the 11th century. The priory was purchased in 1958 by Donald MacJannet and his wife Charlotte and used as a summer camp site for several years before the MacJannets gave the campus to Tufts in 1978. Each year the center hosts a number of summer study programs, and enrolled students live with local families. The Tufts Summit Program is for American high school students during the month of July. Tufts in Talloires
is a 6-week program for Tufts undergraduates that extends from the middle of May until the end of June. Additionally Tufts in Annecy is a 4-week program which provides French language learners a chance to practice and learn the language. The site is frequently the host of international conferences and summits, most notably the Talloires Declaration which united 22 universities toward a goal of sustainability.[57] The Talloires
campus has been ranked as one of the best branch campuses by the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators.[58] Organization and administration[edit]

Gifford House, residence of the President

College/school founding


Year founded

Arts and Sciences


Religion (defunct)


Fine Arts






Dental Medicine


Business (defunct)


Law and Diplomacy




Veterinary Medicine






and Public Service


Anderson Hall, the School of Engineering

Arnold Wing, the School of Medicine

Goddard Hall, the Fletcher School

Tufts University
Tufts University
is an independent, privately supported, nonsectarian institution of higher education. Its official corporate name is The Trustees of Tufts College. The university is governed by up to forty-one Trustees and no fewer than twenty-eight. The Trustees themselves are responsible for choosing their successors. In addition to the president the university appoints Charter Trustees (up to 30 members) who are elected by the board and Alumni Trustees (up to 10 members) who serve for up to five years. Generally Charter Trustees are elected by majority vote of the members. Alumni Trustees are elected by alumni. The Trustees appoint the President
and other senior administrative officers of the university, and review and confirm faculty appointments as required. They determine the university's mission and purpose, review and approve changes in academic programs, monitor the university's financial condition, establish investment and institutional policies, and authorize the budget. The officers of the corporation include the Chair of the Board, three Vice Chairs, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Provost, the President, who serves ex officio, and the Executive Vice President. The President
of Tufts University, who is elected by the Trustees is the chief executive officer of the university. Assisting the President in administering the university are the Provost, the Executive Vice President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, all of whom are appointed by the Trustees on the nomination of the President
and serve at their pleasure. As the 13th president Anthony Monaco
Anthony Monaco
was sworn on August 1, 2011. An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, Monaco was formerly a professor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research led to his landmark discovery of the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. He worked on the human genome project at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London and in the human genetics laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. Additionally he identified the first gene specifically involved in human speech and language.[59] Tufts is organized into ten schools. Each school has its own faculty, and is led by a dean appointed by the president and the provost with the consent of the Board of Trustees. The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering are the only schools that award both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The five schools offering undergraduate education are: Arts and Sciences, the liberal arts college offering both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree, the School of Engineering (also known as the Gordon Institute) offers the Bachelor of Science degree, the School of Special
Studies which awards the degree of bachelor of fine arts through the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The other two the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship
and Public Service and the Experimental College are non-degree granting. The Tisch College was founded in 2000 "to educate for active citizenship" with the help of a $10 million gift from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar
and his wife Pam. The school was renamed in 2006 after a $40 million gift from Jonathan Tisch. It has been called the "most ambitious attempt by any research university to make public service part of its core academic mission".[60] The college facilitates and supports a wide range of community service, civic engagement programs, research, and teaching initiatives across the university. The university runs on a semester based calendar with most undergraduate students finishing within four years, however, Tisch College provides an innovative 1+4 Bridge year program where students have the opportunity to take a community service based gap year before starting in Tufts. Current projects undertaken by Bridge Year Fellows involve serving as mentors and teachers to children, caring for rescued wild animals, contributing to renewable energy and sustainability projects. Current projects are based in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Spain.[61] Under the purview of the School of Arts and Sciences is the Experimental College, created in 1964 as a proving ground for innovative, experimental, and interdisciplinary curricula and courses. It offers the opportunity for students to take for-credit courses with non-academic practitioners in a variety of fields, and also from upper-level undergraduates who have a chance to design and teach their own courses. Another successful component of the Ex College is EPIIC, a year-long program begun in 1985 to immerse students in a global issue, which culminates in an annual symposium of scholars and experts from the field. The Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts
offers art programs with a major museum, the Museum of Fine Arts.[62] One of the key figures in the merger, Nancy Bauer became the dean of the museum school.[63] Graduate education is offered in eight of the schools. In addition to Arts and Sciences and Engineering Tufts offers graduate degrees in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest U.S. school for international relations and foreign affairs, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Friedman School of Nutrition, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, the university did provide master's degrees in religion through the Crane Theological School. The school was dissolved in 1968. Academics[edit] Admissions[edit]

Bendetson Hall, on the Medford/Somerville campus, houses the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Undergraduate admissions[edit] Undergraduate admission to Tufts is characterized by the Carnegie Foundation as "more selective, lower transfer-in".[64] For the class of 2020, Tufts accepted 2,889 or 14.3% of 20,223 applicants.[65][66][67] The School of Arts and Sciences accepted 14.9% of applicants while the School of Engineering accepted 11.7%. The transfer acceptance rate was 5.6%.[68] According to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin, the admissions team still deemed 8,108 students, or 40 percent of the application pool, as potentially qualified for admission.[65] Coffin went on to detail that the number of spots for enrollment at the university can offer is at 1,325 up from 1,310 last year.[65] For the matriculating class of 2016, 91% of incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class (up one percent from the previous year).[69] For the class of 2021, the interquartile range of SAT
scores was 1420-1540 while for the ACT it was 31-34.[70] In 2006, Dean of Arts and Sciences Robert Sternberg added experimental criteria to the application process for undergraduates to test "creativity and other non-academic factors", including inviting applicants to submit YouTube
videos to supplement their application.[71] Calling it the "first major university to try such a departure from the norm", Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed
also notes that Tufts continues to consider the SAT
and other traditional criteria.[72][73] Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin announced on April 7, 2015 that Tufts would be accepting undocumented students with and without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA). Coffin said that undocumented students would no longer be considered international students, but rather domestic students. This was due to the activism of social justice group United for Immigrant Justice. The first cohort of undocumented students is in the class of 2019.[74] The university received 21,501 undergraduate applicants in 2018.[75]

Carmichael Hall on the Residence Quad

Graduate admissions[edit] The graduate schools each hold their own admission process. Students apply directly to the graduate program to which they are seeking acceptance, and so acceptance rates vary dramatically between programs. Rankings[edit]

University rankings


ARWU[76] 51-61

Forbes[77] 18

U.S. News & World Report[78] 29

Washington Monthly[79] 50


ARWU[80] 101–150

QS[81] 238

Times[82] 135

U.S. News & World Report[83] 173

In 2016, Forbes
ranked Tufts 12th among Research Universities, and ranked the undergraduate school 18th in its America's Top Colleges ranking, which includes military academies, national universities, and liberal arts colleges.[84] Additionally, Vault.com's 2013 rankings placed Tufts' undergraduate school 25th in the nation.[85] The 2014 Parchment student choice college rankings, which tracks enrollment decisions of 253,440 students who have been accepted to multiple schools in order to reveal their preference for their chosen school compared to the other schools that admitted the student, ranks Tufts as #17 nationally and #13 for national universities for student preference.[86] According to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 college rankings, Tufts ranks 29th in the nation, with high school guidance counselors ranking it tied for 22nd, and 173rd globally.[87] In 2015, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
placed Tufts tied for 127th in the world.[88] The university ranks in the No. 101-150 range in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities[89] and 252nd in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.[90] Additionally, for the class enrolling fall 2013, Forbes
placed Tufts among the top 20 in "The Top 100 Colleges Ranked By SAT
Scores".[91] Tufts' peer schools according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015 include Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Brown.[92] Foreign Policy ranked Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
4th in the world for International Relations in 2009.[93] U.S. News & World Report for 2017 ranks Tufts tied for 58th for engineering among schools that grant PhD degrees, and also ranks Tufts' Medical School and Research Institute tied for 52nd in primary care and tied for 49th in research, while the Sackler School ranks 68th in their rankings of Best Graduate Schools, Biological Sciences.[87] The Boston
School of Occupational Therapy, an entry-level masters program within the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts, ranks 6th in U.S. News & World Report's Best Occupational Therapy Programs.[87] Tufts' M.A. program in philosophy ranks 1st in the United States in terms of faculty quality.[94] Tufts was named by Newsweek
as one of the "25 New Ivies" in 2006.[95] In The Princeton Review's 2010–2011 "Best 363 Colleges", Tufts was ranked 14th for the happiest students and its study abroad program was ranked 3rd in the country.[96][97] According to the October 2010 rankings compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Tufts ranked 12th in the country (tied with both Harvard
and Johns Hopkins) with 17 Fulbright scholars.[98] Tufts also ranks 4th among medium-sized schools for the number of Teach for America
Teach for America
volunteers it produces.[99] Because of its continual growth as an institution, Tufts was ranked as the 5th "hottest school" of the decade from 2000–10.[100] Tufts was ranked the 450th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[101] Collaborations[edit] Students can pursue a five-year program with the New England Conservatory. The Cosmology department also offers joint seminars with MIT. Organized by Alan Guth
Alan Guth
and Alexander Vilenkin, the seminars are open to all students.[102] The Fletcher School also operates dual degree programs with Harvard
Law School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, UC Berkeley School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
among others.[103] Several academic consortiums allow for research collaboration between local schools. Examples exist with the Program on Negotiation,[104] the ROTC,[105] the Tufts- New England
New England
Medical Center,[106] the Center for European Studies,[107] and the School of Engineering.[108] Several exchange programs allow students to study at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the Sciences Po
Sciences Po
in Paris.[109] Cross registration exists for undergraduate students with schools in the Boston
Consortium. Fletcher and other graduate students may cross register with the graduate schools at Harvard
and MIT.[110][111]

Entrance to Tisch Library, the main library on campus

Tufts has offered study abroad programs with various universities for the past 40 years. Tufts has semester and year long programs with Pembroke College of the University of Oxford, University College London, Royal Holloway University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Paris, Sciences Po
Sciences Po
Paris, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, University of Tübingen, Zhejiang University, and University of Hong Kong.[16] Every year more than 500 undergraduate students study abroad, with most doing it during their junior and senior years.[112] Libraries and museums[edit]

Ginn Library at the Fletcher School

Completed in 1908, Tufts' first library building, Eaton Memorial Library (now Eaton Hall), was made possible with a donation from Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie's wife requested that the building be named after a Tufts graduate, Reverend Charles Eaton, who had presided over her wedding. The building received an extension in 1950 with the construction of the War Memorial Library in honor of the Tufts alumni who served in World War II. By 1965 the collection outgrew the building and was moved to a new library named Wessell Library. Additionally the demand for more square footage prompted the expansion of Wessell. In 1995, with the addition of 80,000 more square feet, the library was renamed Tisch Library.[113] Today the Tufts University
Tufts University
Library System contains over three million volumes. The main library, Tisch Library, holds about 2.7 million volumes, with other holdings dispersed at subject libraries including the Hirsh Health Sciences Library on the Boston
campus, the Edwin Ginn Library at the Fletcher School, and Webster Family Library at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
on the Grafton campus.[92] Students have access to the academic libraries of institutions in the Boston
Consortium. Tufts is also a member of SHARES, which allows students to have library access in participating members such as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Caltech, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, UPenn
and Yale.[114] Furthermore, students may apply for privileges to Harvard's Library System.[115] Tufts also runs the Perseus Project, a digital library project that assembles digital collections of humanities resources. In addition to the Barnum Museum of Natural History, Tufts had established a permanent art collection which includes a wide range of art from antiquity to the present. The Collection comprises 2,000 works from ancient Mediterranean and pre-Hispanic cultures to modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography. Notable highlights in the permanent collection include works by John Singer Sargent, Albrecht Dürer, Isamu Noguchi, Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Milton Resnick, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
among others. Exhibitions of the collection rotate annually in the Aidekman Arts Center.[116] Student life[edit] Main article: Student life at Tufts University

Demographics of student body - 2016[117][118]

Undergraduate Postgraduate

Asian/Pacific Islander 11.9% 13.8%

Black/African-American 4.2% 3.8%

Hispanic 6.6% 5.8%

American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.0% 0.1%

Two or more races 4.6% 3.4%

White 56.6% 53.5%

Non-residents 10.2% 15.2%

Unknown 5.8% 4.4%

Student body[edit] According to the Princeton Review the undergraduate student body is ethnically and socioeconomically diverse.[119] The Advocate
The Advocate
ranks Tufts as one of the top 20 gay-friendly campuses.[120] Of those accepted for admission to the undergraduate Class of 2019, 27 percent are Asian, Hispanic, African-American, or two or more races. There were 145 international students and 6 undocumented or DACA students[121] Of domestic students admitted, some 31 percent self-identified as one or more races other than Caucasian, including Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. International students make up 15 percent of the undergraduate student population. Students come from all 50 states and represent 71 countries.[122] The top 10 countries represented are China, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Turkey, Singapore, Canada, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.[123] Student government[edit] There are three forms of student government at Tufts University: the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, the TCU Judiciary and the CSL (Committee on Student Life). The Senate is chaired by the student body president and led by a six-person executive board consisting of Vice President, Treasurer, Historian, Parliamentarian, and Diversity and Community Affairs Officer.[124] Publications and broadcasting[edit] The Tufts Daily
The Tufts Daily
is the daily student newspaper, and the Tufts Observer, established in 1895, is the school's biweekly magazine and the oldest publication on campus. The Zamboni is Tufts' monthly humor and satire magazine. The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review
has named Tufts' college newspaper as one of the best in the country, currently ranking it No. 10.[119] Tufts has a television station (TUTV) which has produced and broadcast films, news, soap operas, and comedy sketch pieces. TUTV has also gone to release web series such as "Jules and Monty". The station went operational in April 1977, from Curtis Hall and consists of 40 student volunteers. Curtis Hall is also home to Tufts' own radio station WMFO, which streams locally on 91.5 FM. The station first aired in 1970 and is funded by the university. Activism[edit]

Student protest for fossil fuel divestment

In 1969, Tufts was the center for Civil Rights activism due to the controversy surrounding the construction of Lewis Hall. Students staged a work strike to protest racist hiring policies practiced by the construction company Tufts had commissioned to build the residence hall. In addition to writing letters, students sat in Ballou and East Halls, and collaborated with black workers. These demonstrations eventually attracted support from major metropolitan areas in the Northeast. In 1970, Tufts adopted new hiring policies which were subsequently adopted by other universities. It led to the creation of training programs for minority employees on campus, in addition to the foundation of the Africana Center.[125] Greek life[edit] There are 13 total Greek life organizations at Tufts. About 25% of the student body is involved in Greek life.[126] The six national fraternities with chapters at Tufts are Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Theta Chi, Theta Delta Chi, Zeta Beta Tau, and Zeta Psi. In addition, there are four sororities: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Kappa Alpha Theta. There is also one co-ed fraternity, ATO of Massachusetts, and a local fraternity, Pi Rho Omega. Athletics[edit] Main article: Tufts Jumbos Tufts competes in the New England
New England
Small College Athletic Conference—the NESCAC—in NCAA Division III. Their mascot is Jumbo, which is the only college mascot to appear in Webster's Dictionary. The mascot comes from P. T. Barnum's circus, as Barnum was one of the original trustees of Tufts College. According to legend, Jumbo
the Elephant heroically jumped in front of a train, sacrificing himself to save a younger elephant from dying. Jumbo's stuffed skin was donated to the school, and was displayed until a 1975 fire destroyed the body, except for the tail, which had been removed for conservation work. Now, a statue of the elephant is a prominent landmark on the quad, near Barnum Hall, the Biology building. Recently, Tufts has become one of the top athletic schools in Division III. The school has consistently ranked in the top ten of the Learfield Director's Cup, which ranks the top Division I, II, and III athletic programs in the country by awarding points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. In 2015-16, Tufts ranked 4th in the country, and in 2014-15 Tufts ranked 9th. Tufts men's lacrosse team won the school's first ever NCAA team championship in 2010, beating Salisbury State University
Salisbury State University
in the championship game. They lost in 2011 to Salisbury in the championship.[127] In 2012, the women's field hockey team won their first national championship, beating Montclair State University
Montclair State University
2–1 in the finals. Coach Tina McDavitt won DIII National Coach of the Year in 2012, as well.[128] The field hockey team had previously been national runners-up in 2008.[129] The women's softball team won three consecutive NCAA Division III National Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.[130] The men's lacrosse team won their second NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III
National Championship in 2014 and their third Championship in 2015, beating Lynchburg.[131] On December 6, 2014, the men's soccer team won its first-ever DIII National Championship, defeating Wheaton College 4-2. The Jumbos repeated this feat two years later, winning the DIII National Championship in 2016 by defeating Calvin College
Calvin College
1-0.[132] The men's and women's squash teams have been historically successful, ranking within the top 30 teams in the nation.[133] Performed at most football games, "Tuftonia's Day", the Tufts fight song, was written in 1912 by Elliot W. Hayes. It can also be heard at Tufts' numerous a capella concerts and at homecoming.[134]

Stratton Hall, a downhill residence hall

Housing and dining[edit]

West Hall, an uphill residence hall

Seven out of ten undergraduates live on campus. Students can choose from 40 residences from small special interest houses, to traditional dorms, to shared apartments. There are 25 residence halls. Similar to residential colleges, students would frequently organize discussions and bring in guest speakers and plan several activities together. Upperclassmen have the option of living in special interest housing which are 15 houses reflecting a specific cultural or academic interest. Each house offers organizes several activities and events not limited to residents. Shared apartments are usually the most popular in the university with apartments like Sophia Gordon Hall (SoGo) a primary gathering place for juniors and seniors. The high density residential neighborhood around the university provides additional housing for students who opt to live off campus.[135] The university has two main dining centers, Dewick-MacPhie serving downhill students, and Carmichael serving uphill students. Each dining hall has a different menu and atmosphere. Both offer a European-style servery with multiple stations.[clarification needed] The Princeton Review has listed Tufts in its "Best Campus Food" category since 2005, ranking it as high as second.[136][137][138] The menus for these dining halls can be found at Tufts Recipes. In addition to the two main dining centers, there are a variety of smaller cafes, including a Kosher Deli and Hodgdon Food-To-Go which offers students a place to grab a quick bite to go.[139] Traditions[edit]

The Tufts cannon, repainted almost nightly during the academic year, is here painted in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

A Cappella[edit] Tufts also has a thriving a cappella scene, including the Beelzebubs, known for their performances on NBC's The Sing-Off
The Sing-Off
and Glee, where the group arranged several of the songs performed by the fictional a cappella group, The Warblers. Other notable groups include the Amalgamates, known also for their performances all over the United States, and the Jackson Jills, Tufts' oldest female group. Naked Quad Run[edit] Every winter just prior to final exams, students would run naked laps on the Academic Quad as a way to relieve the stress of finals, much akin to similar traditions such as the Primal Scream at Harvard. Due to increasing scrutiny from the administration and injuries incurred by slipping on the icy roads, the tradition was banned in 2011 by then- President
Lawrence Bacow,[140] much to students' dismay.[141] [142][143] A protest run took place the following year, with some students donning nude colored leotards and others taking the opposite tack calling their event the "Excessively Overdressed Quad Stroll".[144] Starting in 2016, the tradition was revitalized for spring finals week and has since become an annual tradition once more. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of Tufts University
Tufts University
people Tufts alumni in the government sector include Admiral James Stavridis, current dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University
Tufts University
and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
(M.A.L.D. 1983, Ph.D.
1984); Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (M.A.L.D 1990), President
of Ethiopia
since 2013; Kostas Karamanlis (M.A. 1982, Ph.D.
1984), former Prime Minister of Greece; Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor
(M.A. 1976, M.A.L.D. 1977, Ph.D.
1979), former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Indian Minister; Daniel Patrick Moynihan (B.A. 1948, M.A. 1949, Ph.D.
1961), former-US Senator from New York and US Ambassador to the United Nations; Scott Brown (B.A. 1981), former-US Senator from Massachusetts; Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson
(B.A. 1970), former-Governor of New Mexico, US Secretary of Energy and US Ambassador to the United Nations; Thomas R. Pickering
Thomas R. Pickering
(M.A. 1954), diplomat; Joseph Dunford
Joseph Dunford
(M.A. 1992), Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Peter DeFazio
Peter DeFazio
(B.A. 1969), Democratic United States Representative from Oregon. Graduates who have found success in business include Pierre Omidyar (B.S. 1988), eBay founder; Laura Lang
Laura Lang
(B.A. 1977), CEO of Time Inc; Jamie Dimon
Jamie Dimon
(B.A. 1978), CEO of JPMorgan Chase; John Bello (B.A. 1968), SoBe Beverages founder; Jeff Kindler
Jeff Kindler
(B.A. 1977), former CEO of Pfizer; Jonathan Tisch
Jonathan Tisch
(B.A. 1976), CEO of Loews Hotels; Ellen J. Kullman (B.A. 1978), CEO of DuPont; and Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci
(B.A. 1976), Cofounder of SkyBridge Capital and Former Director of Communications for the Trump Administration. In media, alumni include David Faber (B.A. 1985), anchor at CNBC; Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira
(B.A. 1975), journalist and TV personality; Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (B.A. 1974), publisher of The New York Times; and Peter Roth (B.A. 1972), CEO of Warner Bros. Television, Josh Gates; [tv host, producer, explorer, and writer]In the arts, alumni include William Hurt
William Hurt
(B.A. 1972), Academy Award-winning actor; Hank Azaria (B.A. 1988), actor and voice actor; Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher
(B.A. 1977), actor; Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
(B.A. 1987), singer-songwriter; Darin Strauss (B.A. 1992), National Book Critics Circle
National Book Critics Circle
Award-winning author; Ruben Bolling (real name Ken Fisher) (B.A. 1984), cartoonist and writer; and Gregory Maguire ( Ph.D.
1990), novelist. Other alumni include Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan
(M.A. 2011), Olympic medalist and World Champion figure skater from the United States; Frederick Hauck (B.A. 1962), spacecraft commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery; Rear Admiral Leo Otis Colbert
Leo Otis Colbert
(B.S. 1907), the third Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey; and Thelma C. Swain (B.A. 1931), Maine
philanthropist. Notable drop-outs include actress Jessica Biel, actor Rainn Wilson, American Apparel
American Apparel
founder Dov Charney, and country music singer songwriter Darrell Scott. The fictional character Elaine Benes from Seinfeld
claims that she attended Tufts, calling it her "safety school," a common Tufts stereotype in the 1990s. Current and former Tufts faculty include former American Psychological Association president Robert Sternberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Martin J. Sherwin, preeminent philosopher Daniel Dennett, Nobel Laureate Allan M. Cormack (1924–1998), Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson, Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, regular featured columnist in Foreign Policy Magazine, Daniel W. Drezner, radio host Lonnie Carton, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and author Lee Edelman.

Notable Tufts University
Tufts University
alumni include:

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay (BS, 1988)

Vannevar Bush, inventor and science administrator, founder of Raytheon (BS, 1913; MS, 1913)

Tracy Chapman, Grammy Award-winning artist (BA, 1986)

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase
(BA, 1978)

Norbert Wiener, mathematician, originator of cybernetics (BA, 1909)

Jeff Kindler, healthcare executive and former CEO of Pfizer
(BA, 1977)

Michelle Kwan, American figure skater and two time Olympic medalist (MA, 2011)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator from New York (BS, 1948; MA, 1949; PhD, 1961)

Meredith Vieira, American journalist, talk show and game show host (BA, 1975)

Victor McKusick, geneticist, known as the father of medical genetics (COL, 1943)

Joi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur, Director of MIT Media Lab
MIT Media Lab
(COL, 1985)

Gordon Wood, historian, Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
winning author (BA, 1955)

Juan Manuel Santos, President
of Colombia and recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize (MA, 1981)

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., Publisher of The New York Times
The New York Times
(BA, 1974)

Peter Gallagher, American actor, musician, and writer (BA,1977)

Hank Azaria, American actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer (BA, 1985)

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Further reading[edit]

Sol Gittleman: An Entrepreneurial University: The Transformation of Tufts, 1976-2002, Tufts University
Tufts University
Press, 2002, ISBN 1584654163 Diversity, Resiliency, Legacy: The Lives of Adult Students at Tufts University, ed. by Jean Hebert and Tina Marie Johnson, Tufts University Press, 2008, ISBN 0595500463

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