The admissions process is individualized and designed to focus on the intellectual strengths of applicants while understanding the richness and breadth of backgrounds. Primary emphasis is placed on evaluating candidates within the context of their national academic system. Close attention is paid to the secondary school record, standardized testing, recommendations, and any information providing insight into the work of the student. The admissions office is familiar with evaluating credentials from many different educational systems, such as the GCSE and GCE A-levels, the French Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, and the Abitur, among others.
Although we ask applicants to complete standardized tests for a U.S. secondary system, these tests are interpreted in the context of one's international background. Similarly, the admissions office is aware of the varying levels of extracurricular opportunities available for many international students.
Students for whom English is not the primary language, or not the language of instruction in their secondary school, should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the options listed above. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test is recommended. The Tufts code for TOEFL submission is 3901. We also accept the IELTS, with a minimum of 7 recommended and the PTE, with a recommended minimum score of 68.
In addition, students have the option to submit results from the Duolingo English Test (DET). Duolingo provides students the opportunity to assess their English language ability through an adaptive exam and mock interview using an iOS or Android mobile device or Google Chrome web browser. Please note that the DET can be sent alongside the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, but may not replace one of these tests.
Each year, we anticipate that a fairly small and highly qualified group of international students will be offered financial aid. Because Tufts relies on federally-subsidized funds for which international students do not qualify, the university must draw on limited institutional resources (primarily grants) when aiding international students. While competition for international student financial aid is strong, the university is committed to maintaining and expanding its global campus community.
The university awards financial aid only on the basis of demonstrated need. We do not offer any academic merit aid. If you expect that you will need financial aid at Tufts, you must apply for it when you apply for admission.
International students applying for financial aid must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form. The PROFILE application, accessible on the College Board website, can be completed and submitted online.
If submission of the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE would cause significant financial hardship for your family, please complete the International Student Aid Application.
Please visit the Financial Aid Office for application details and other information.
Special Programs and Resources
The Davis United World Scholars Program
The Davis United World College Scholars program, generously funded by the Shelby Davis family, entitles graduates of United World College Schools (UWC) to receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000 per year toward the costs of undergraduate study at Tufts. UWC graduates with additional need may apply to Tufts for need-based financial aid. Both the Davis United World College Scholars grant and all Tufts financial aid grants are multi-year awards (up to four years) and are renewable if the student maintains good academic standing.
A combination of web and on-site advising centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA is a useful resource to address broader questions regarding higher education in this country.