Tufts Students are Diverse in More Ways Than One
The energy of the Tufts community is due in no small part to its vibrant mix of people. Jumbos come from a range of backgrounds and bring diverse talents, opinions, interests, and experiences to the table. We know that, as you are deciding which college community to join, it's important to know that you'll be able to find students who share your experience and worldview—along with students who will expose you to different perspectives. Below, read about just a few types of diversity that we value and promote on campus.
Tufts students come from most of the fifty states and nearly seventy countries – from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys, from Long Island to the Rio Grande Valley, from Brazil to Bahrain.
About 10 percent of Tufts students come from overseas, bringing with them a different culture and often a different language. The International Center serves as an academic and social resource for international students, working to raise intercultural awareness, increase knowledge of immigration laws affecting the Tufts international community, and advocate a campus climate that respects cultural differences.
Tufts students are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. The University Chaplaincy provides interfaith services and programs, serving as an umbrella for spiritual life at Tufts. Every week on campus, there are some 30 different opportunities to gather for meditation, prayer, scripture study, worship, community service, and more. Off campus, the Medford/Somerville area is home to an incredibly diverse and active multireligious life.
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Tufts students are racially and ethnically diverse. Each year, over 30 percent of domestic students identify as students of color. Student-run clubs and organizations on campus include the African Student Organization, the Arab Students Association, Association of Latin American Students, Caribbean Club, Chinese Students Association, Emerging Black Leaders, Filipino Cultural Society, the Hellenic Society, Hindu Students Council, Japanese Culture Club – and many more.
Since 1852, Tufts has been committed to the vision of its founders to educate all people, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Today, about 40 percent of Tufts students are financial aid recipients, and more than ten percent receive Pell grants. More than ten percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college. Tufts meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students.
Sexuality and Gender Diversity
The Women's Center, part of our Group of Six, is a space open to all students interested in topics and issues broadly related to the experience of women and gender. Tufts' LGBT Center supports the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, and alumni in an intentional and welcoming environment. Tufts boasts a number of LGBT student groups (like the Queer Student Association) and an LGBTQ-themed housing unit (Rainbow House). Along with the LGBT Center, these groups sponsor speakers, movie nights, and other social and educational events for LGBTQ students and allies.
The heart of our diverse community is a student body with different ideas, opinions, and perspectives. In the classroom, Tufts students are engineers and artists, scientists and writers. Outside the classroom, Tufts students are Democrats, Republicans, socialists, athletes, photographers, ROTC cadets, journalists, volunteers, dancers and a cappella singers. All have an intellectual curiosity and passion for ideas that drives discussion inside and outside the classroom
It's important to feel supported on any campus you attend. We invite you to explore our many centers and resources in our interactive Diversity Map:
Wondering what kinds of events are held on the Tufts campus to celebrate diversity? View some of this month's events in the Identities Calendar below!
Interested in learning more? The new Diversity and Inclusion page allows you to explore events, programs, centers and other resources, including an interactive diversity dashboard that provides unprecedented information about the composition and achievement of our community.