Tufts University

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Tufts University, one of our country’s highest ranked schools is a private research university located in the town of Medford/Somerville, just north of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Known for its personalized approach to education the school attracts an extremely diverse, creative and intelligent student body. Tufts is spread across 150 acres, home to just under 5,200 undergraduate students who enjoy the ideal combination of a beautiful suburban campus with all the attractions of downtown Boston a few miles away. The town of Somerville, once nicknamed “Slummerville” has undergone a transformation in the last decade attracting hip restaurants, coffeehouses and bars.

Visitor Information: Tour Tufts

Stay: The Hyatt Place Boston (in Medford) is the closest option to campus, just one mile from Tufts. In nearby Cambridge, check in to the Charles Hotel or the Hotel Marlowe, both with views overlooking the Charles River.

Coffee: Students love Tamper, just behind campus on Boston Avenue in Medford, stating it has the best coffee, tea and OJ. Nine Espresso Bar and Diesel Café are also popular, both in nearby Somerville’s Davis Square, which students say serves as a student ‘hub’ near campus.

Breakfast:  One student visits Tamper regularly “because what girl doesn’t need their avocado toast/quinoa bowl fix in the morning.” (Tamper is also a great choice for lunchtime!) Danish Pastry House is another popular spot in Medford. In Somerville, Bagelsaurus is a must. One student raves: “they have absolutely the BEST bagels with all sorts of toppings. They are open from early in the am until they run out of bagels. It’s the only time you’ll see college kids out and about at 8:30 am--waiting in line, even on a Sunday morning!” 3 Little Figs is a neighborhood café with gourmet coffee, delicious homemade pastries and sweet and savory toasts.

Lunch: Over in Davis Square good choices include Blue Shirt Café, Diesel Café or Boston Burger Company, serving creative burgers with “attitude.” Anna’s Taqueria is quick and no frills with delicious tacos and burritos. Over in Cambridge, check out the best places to eat on our Harvard itinerary



Casual: In the last few years, Somerville has experienced a dramatic restaurant renaissance, now home to some of Boston’s most inventive restaurants. Foundry on Elm is a trendy, bustling bistro in a cool industrial space. Highland Kitchen serves Southern inspired comfort fare with live music and theme evenings such as Fried Chicken and Tiki Mondays. Sarma serves a modern Mediterranean menu of small plates. Spoke is a neighborhood gem for small plates and excellent wine and cocktails. And there’s more— indulge in schnitzels and schnapps at Bronwyn or for wood fired fare with an international twist head to La Brasa.


A Step Up: Everyone's favorite local Italian for pizzas, pastas and excellent salads is Posto in Somerville. Students book Alden and Harlow in Cambridge when their parents come to town, showing off one of Boston’s best tables. 

Late Night Snack: On any given night you’ll find Tuft students at Helen’s Pizza or Angelina’s Pizza. JP Licks is the place to satisfy your sweet tooth with signature homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt.

Local Attractions: If you’re visiting on a Saturday the Union Square Farmers Market features the best of Massachusetts’s products from over 30 vendors. Harvard Square is always fun to visit bustling with tourists and locals. Follow Brattle Street, just off the square and walk along Tory Row, where Loyalists to the Crown had mansions during the Revolutionary War. Tour the most famous, Longfellow House, home to the poet Henry Wadsworth and former headquarters for George Washington during the siege of Boston. Boston has plenty of worthy attractions if you have more time. Walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail from Boston Commons to Bunker Hill. Visit Quincy Market, Top of the Hub, Newbury Street, Boston Commons, and the New England Aquarium. A short drive from downtown the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is a must for history buffs. Baseball fans can tour one of America’s most famous stadiums, Fenway Park, home to the Green Monster.


What’s so amazing about Tufts is the diversity of the student body. You’ll never walk past a group of homogenous looking people. We are all similar; we all go to the same school, But at the same time we are all so different, and that’s something that’s really special.
— Livvy
At Tufts you pave your own path, while expanding your horizons on life from fellow students—some who share your point of view and others with vastly different beliefs, interests, and priorities. These last few years at Tufts has opened my eyes in a way that no other place has before.
— Alice
I have learned so much at Tufts—and much of it outside the classroom. Walking around campus, talking to new people, listening to what other students have to say and having the access to Boston in our backyard.
— J.P.





Jumbo the Elephant

School Colors

Blue & Brown

Acceptance Rate

14% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








New England
New England

Admissions Office

Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155‎,

(p) (617) 627-3170
(f) (617) 627-3860

Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

William Hurt
Rainn Wilson
Dom DeLuise
Tracy Chapman

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