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Tufts strives to build and maintain a strong, diverse student body. Diversity is one of the core values of Tufts, and the institution makes every effort to foster a community that embraces and celebrates difference, in order to better prepare graduates for leadership in an increasingly diverse world. This page contains data concerning the undergraduate student body composition in terms of gender, race/ethnicity and the proportion of students receiving Pell Grants. More information regarding student diversity may be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website, the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering homepages, or at the Office of Equal Opportunity. Information about university-wide diversity can be found here.


Undergraduate Students by Gender1

The following tables contain historical information concerning the percentages of full-time male and female undergraduate students enrolled at Tufts as of the fall of the year shown.

Entering (first-year) Students

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Female 52% 50% 50% 50% 50%
Male 48% 50% 50% 50% 50%

Degree-seeking Arts & Sciences students

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Female 55% 54% 54% 54% 53%
Male 45% 46% 46% 46% 47%

Degree-seeking SMFA students

2016/2017
Female 73%
Male 27%

*Tufts acquired the SMFA on July 1, 2016. Figures include students seeking BFAs or Studio Art Diplomas; BA/BFA students are included in Arts & Sciences.

Degree-seeking Engineering students

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Female 29% 31% 32% 30% 32%
Male 71% 69% 68% 70% 68%

All Undergraduate students*

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Female 51% 51% 51% 50% 50%
Male 49% 49% 49% 50% 50%

*Including non-degree-seeking and cross-registered undergraduates. Non-degree-seeking undergraduates are enrolled in courses, but are not enrolled in a degree program. Cross-registered undergraduates are students from another institution who are enrolled in courses at Tufts.

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Undergraduate students by race/ethnicity2

The following tables contain information concerning the self-identified race/ethnicity of full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Tufts during Fall 2015. The definitions for the racial/ethnic categories follow the Final Guidance on Maintaining, Collecting, and Reporting Racial and Ethnic Data to the U.S. Department of Education, 10/19/07, Federal Register, Volume 72, Number 202, pp. 59266-59279.

Degree-seeking Arts & Sciences students

N %
Asian 534 12%
Black or African American 204 5%
Hispanic 290 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 2463 56%
Two or more races 214 5%
Non-resident alien 414 9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 244 6%
Total 4363 100%

Degree-seeking SMFA students*

N %
Asian 9 4%
Black or African American 8 4%
Hispanic 27 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 95 44%
Two or more races 9 4%
Non-resident alien 34 16%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 35 16%
Total 217 100%

*Figures include students seeking BFAs or Studio Art Diplomas; BA/BFA students are included in Arts & Sciences.

Degree-seeking Engineering students

N %
Asian 106 12%
Black or African American 19 2%
Hispanic 44 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 526 60%
Two or more races 31 4%
Non-resident alien 115 13%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 38 4%
Total 879  100%

All Undergraduate students*

N %
Asian 652 12%
Black or African American 231 4%
Hispanic 365 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 3090 56%
Two or more races 256 5%
Non-resident alien 570 10%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 344 6%
Total 5508 100%

*Including non-degree-seeking, cross-registered undergraduates, and diploma-seeking undergraduates. Non-degree-seeking undergraduates are enrolled in courses, but are not enrolled in a degree program. Cross-registered undergraduates are degree-seeking students from another institution who are enrolled in courses at Tufts. Diploma students are enrolled in a studio arts diploma program at the SMFA.

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Federal Pell Grant recipients3

The following tables contain historical information concerning the number and proportion of Tufts undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015
# undergrads receiving Pell Grants 696 628 595 592 620
% of all undergraduates 13% 12% 11% 12% 12%
Average Pell Grant $4,157 $4,133 $4,242 $4,377 $4,363

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Significantly more information about student body composition can be found in the Students section of the Tufts University Fact Book.

1. Source: 2016 Fall Enrollment File 
2. Source: 2016 Fall Enrollment File
3. Source: IPEDS Student Financial Aid (SFA) survey. See College Navigator for more information.