Tufts University (MA)

Tufts University (MA)

Common Application 

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Early Decision II: Jan. 1, 2017    
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from     the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance,     no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:  

l   Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (Required length is 50-100 words)

l   There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the            person you are today. (Required length is 200-250 words)

l   Answer one of the following questions. Think outside the box: take a risk and go somewhere unexpected. Be serious if the moment calls for it but feel comfortable being playful if        that suits you, too. (Your response must be between 200 - 250 words.)

1.         Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—the first elected female head of state in Africa and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize—has lived a life of achievement. “If your        dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough," she once said. As you apply to college, what are your dreams?

2.         What makes you happy?

3.         Science and society are filled with rules, theories and laws such as the First Amendment, PV=nRT, Occam’s Razor, and The Law of Diminishing Returns. In baseball, three        strikes and you’re out. A green light on a roadway means “go.” Pick any law and explain its significance to you.

4.        It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.

5.         Nelson Mandela believed that "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the           significance of the life we lead." Describe a way in which you have made or hope to make a difference.

6.        Celebrate the role of sports in your life.

Documents Required: 
  • $70 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Official score of TOEFL or IELTS
  • Secondary School Report 
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • 1 academic Teacher Evaluation 

Other Information: 

Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               Tufts University
               Bendetson Hall
               Medford, MA 02155 

Phone: 617-627-3170 (Admissions Office)
Fax: 617-627-3860 
Application Info: http://admissions.tufts.edu/?pid=184

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3901
ACT Code: 1922