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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 Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Students (first-time first year students)

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
Female 51% 50% 52% 56% 54%
Male 49% 50% 48% 44% 46%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A <1% 1% 1%

All Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Arts & Sciences students*

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
Female 54% 54% 54% 54% 55%
Male 46% 46% 46% 46% 45%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A <1% <1% <1%

*Tufts acquired the SMFA on July 1, 2016. Starting in 2016/17 figures include students seeking BFAs. BA/BFA dual-degree students are included in all years.

All Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Engineering students

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
Female 30% 32% 35% 40% 44%
Male 70% 68% 65% 60% 56%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A <1% <1% <1%

All Bachelor’s Undergraduate Degree-seeking students

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
Female 50% 50% 51% 52% 53%
Male 50% 50% 49% 48% 47%
Genderqueer/non-binary/other N/A N/A <1% <1% <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 2019. 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.

Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Arts & Sciences students*

N %
American Indian or Alaska Native 2 <1%
Asian 703 15%
Black or African American 216 4%
Hispanic 359 7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 <1%
White, non-Hispanic 2,590 53%
Two or more races 264 5%
Non-resident alien 503 10%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 207 4%
Total 4,845 100%

*Arts & Sciences figures include students seeking BFAs and BA/BFA dual degrees.

Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Engineering students

N %
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 <1%
Asian 138 14%
Black or African American 38 4%
Hispanic 72 7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1 <1%
White, non-Hispanic 509 52%
Two or more races 56 6%
Non-resident alien 117 12%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 48 5%
Total 980 100%

All Bachelor’s Degree-seeking Undergraduate students

N %
American Indian or Alaska Native 3 <1%
Asian 841 14%
Black or African American 254 4%
Hispanic 431 7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2 <1%
White, non-Hispanic 3,099 53%
Two or more races 320 5%
Non-resident alien 620 11%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 255 4%
Total 5,825 100%

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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.

2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
# undergrads receiving Pell Grants 620 608 660 664 687
% of all undergraduates 12% 11% 12% 12% 12%
Average Pell Grant $4,363 $4,380 $4,458 $4,729 $4,762

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