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School of the Month: Tufts University

October 23, 2013 / Posted by in Blog

Tufts University is a private research university with its main campus located in Medford and Somerville. Tufts also has campuses in Boston, Grafton, and Talloires, France. The main campus, located outside of Davis Square—a short T ride away from Boston—is home to about 5,000 undergraduate students who attend the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. The most popular majors at Tufts are International Relations, Economics, Biology, and Political Science. The popularity of the IR major hints at Tufts’ international focus and is a reason why a large number of students decide to study abroad.

Tufts is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Tufts has had success in sports such as lacrosse and squash; recently its softball team won the NCAA Division 3 championship. The school’s official mascot, Jumbo the elephant, is the only school mascot listed in Webster’s Dictionary. In addition to varsity athletics, Tufts has a wide range of intramural sports and club teams.

Tufts prides itself in having a diverse and active student body with a wide range of clubs and student-led organizations. In the Tufts social scene, Greek life does not dominate—only about 15% of students participate. However, the fraternities and sororities that do exist are quite active on campus. The undergraduate acceptance rate for 2013 was 18.7%.

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