Tufts University Class of 2026 Admissions Statistics

It was a banner year in admissions for Tufts University (photo credit: Jellymuffin40).

Tufts University has now released admissions decisions to all applicants to its Class of 2026. The university reported a record applicant pool this year — with 34,880 applications. This marked a 12% jump from last year’s total tally (and a 50% spike over the course of just two years!). Of these applicants to the Class of 2026, a mere 9% overall earned admission to the Medford, Massachusetts-based institution. The admission rate marked the lowest admission rate in the university’s long history. So what a year it was in the Tufts admissions office. And just who earned admission?

As Laura Ferguson reports for Tufts Now in a piece entitled “An Early Look at the Undergraduate Class of 2026,” “Women make up 55% of the admitted class and men 42%. Four percent identify as non-binary, genderqueer, or preferred not to specify a gender identity…Some 56% of admitted students attend public and/or public charter high schools, with the remainder attending independent schools, religiously affiliated schools, or home schools. Admitted students represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. International students—foreign nationals who are not U.S. citizens—represent 11% percent of the class and 84 different citizenships…Of admitted U.S. students, just over 56% are students of color.”

Congratulations to all of the admits to the Tufts University Class of 2026. You earned admission in what turned out to be the most competitive year ever in the history of the university. And Tufts has been around since 1852. So that’s a mighty long time! Go Jumbos!


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  • Cyril MacGregor says:

    As Ivy Coach has aptly put it, these schools are not getting more competitive, merely getting better at getting more and more unqualified students to apply. All this record breaking in applications has amounted to mediocre schools suddenly looking impossible to get in, but then you read the names and realize, nah, it is still Northeastern or Boston U. Not Brown, Yale or Cornell.

  • Jonas Elam says:

    Cornell admitted only 4,908 students this cycle out of more than 71,000 students (I know this because the admissions office just stated they admitted 4,908 students and their rejection letters say more than 71,000 applied). So, that is an acceptance rate of 6.9%, probably the biggest plummet among the Ivies. Looks like Cornell is becoming very popular, so, in addition to 4,000 more applicants than previous years, the admissions office admitted far fewer students this year than previous ones. Looks like yield went way up and they do not want to over-admit.

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