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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

2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Female 50% 50% 50% 50% 52%
Male 50% 50% 50% 50% 48%

Degree-seeking Arts & Sciences students*

2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Female 54% 54% 54% 53% 53%
Male 46% 46% 46% 47% 46%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A N/A N/A <1%

*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

2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Female 31% 32% 30% 32% 44%
Male 69% 68% 70% 68% 56%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A N/A N/A <1%

All Undergraduate Degree-seeking students

2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Female 51% 51% 50% 50% 52%
Male 49% 49% 50% 50% 48%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A N/A N/A <1%

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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 2017. 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 542 12%
Black or African American 205 5%
Hispanic 326 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 2,601 56%
Two or more races 240 5%
Non-resident alien 446 10%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 256 6%
Total 4,616 100%

*SMFA BFA students and five-year BFA+BA/BS students are included in Arts & Sciences.

Degree-seeking Engineering students

N %
Asian 112 13%
Black or African American 17 2%
Hispanic 47 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 501 58%
Two or more races 31 4%
Non-resident alien 111 13%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 42 5%
Total 861  100%

All Degree-seeking Undergraduate students

N %
Asian 654 12%
Black or African American 222 4%
Hispanic 373 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0%
White, non-Hispanic 3,102 57%
Two or more races 271 5%
Non-resident alien 557 10%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 298 5%
Total 5,477 100%

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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.

2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
# undergrads receiving Pell Grants 595 592 620 608 660
% of all undergraduates 11% 12% 12% 11% 12%
Average Pell Grant $4,242 $4,377 $4,363 $4,380 $4,458

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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.