Medford, MA
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2 College Student

Diversity: Essentially everyone is a rich white kid, and people from different ethnicities don't interact with other ethnicites

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are people with lots of different backgrounds and experience on campus, it's really nice. There are a lot of Jews though....

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many different people on campus its amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very LGBTQ friendly. Some socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, but little integration.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is pretty diverse - lots of both domestic minorities and international students, and a very visible LGBT community. I'd say as far as tolerance of other groups goes, Tufts is way up there, and you'd probably be shamed or at least silently frowned upon if you weren't.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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On matriculation day, students may see a lot of different looking faces, but they may never have actually interacted with them during the year. This is one of the most unfortunate situations at Tufts, and increasing the admissions numbers is only going to help so much. As happens at many schools, students at Tufts tend to hang out with others in their own ethnic/social groups, so there is a notable amount of self-segregation. These groups get along quite well, but by and large, don’t have much interaction.

Despite the social scene, however, Tufts does have students from every walk of life. Well over a quarter of the student body is composed of minorities, and cultural groups on campus are very active. These groups are many, and range from the Pan-African Alliance, the Asian American Club, the South Asian Club, the Association of Latin American Students, and the Caribbean Club. Tufts students hail from all over America, as well as the world. If you’re open to meeting new people and learning from them, there are plenty of opportunities for a diverse and unique experience at Tufts.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 18%
25+: 33%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 10%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
In past years, there were a few hate crimes each semester on campus, but those numbers have been dwindling in recent years. Except for a few isolated incidents every once in a while, the campus is very tolerant, and most students are very supportive of the gay community. This community is very active—celebrating everything from Coming Out Day to Month. There is also a special living unit called the Rainbow House, where coed rooming is allowed. Every year, Tufts sponsors the Safe Colleges Conference for student movements all over the country, complete with a drag show.
Political Activity
Tufts is a very politically-charged campus. Though most students would probably consider themselves centrist or leaning to the left, the front pages of the campus newspaper are often covered with loud, public battles between a sect of radical liberals and a sect of reactionary conservatives.
Economic Status
Tufts students come from all economic levels, but since Tufts’ endowment is somewhat miniscule for its tier, there are many students who are not receiving any financial aid. Thus, there is a huge population of very wealthy kids, many of them international students. There is also a huge population of students receiving financial aid. Students don’t really discuss their differing economic status; they focus more on academics, though, many students say that they are simply surprised by the amount of money some of their classmates can have.
Most Common Religions
There are a number of active religious communities on campus. Students are involved in a few different Christian organizations, and there is a large and active Jewish community. The Islamic community on campus is growing, and there are also a number of Eastern religions represented on campus (Hindi, Buddhist, and Bahai).
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are so many minority, cultural, and ethnic clubs on campus that they have their own Cultural Coordinating Committee (CCC) to coordinate activities. There is some debate in the student government whether these groups deserve special representation or not. The Carribean Club, a South Asian literary magazine, and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) are very active on campus. The groups work in recruiting minority students to campus, mentoring programs in the community, and promotions of all different kinds of cultural activities on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 50% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 71% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 21% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 76% Very accepting.
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