Who needs to submit the TOEFL or IELTS?
All non-native English speakers must submit the TOEFL or the IELTS, unless a student has been in a primarily English medium school for three or more years.
What are the minimum scores on the TOEFL and IELTS?
Tufts requires a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS. The Tufts code for TOEFL submission is 3901.
Does Tufts have a quota for international students in general, or from a specific country?
Tufts does not limit the number of students admitted from any cohort. Typically, we enroll a freshman class that is 15% international. The availability of financial aid does limit our ability to admit students in need of scholarships. See more about financial aid at the bottom of this page.
What does Tufts think about the International Baccalaureate?
We do not have a preference for one curriculum over another. Tufts is aware that the IB curriculum, and the full diploma program in particular, is a very rigorous course of study that prepares students well for university level work. Completion of the full diploma is recognized by the admissions committee, and can be rewarded with pre-matriculation credit upon enrollment at Tufts.
What is the minimum SAT/ACT score?
Tufts does not have a minimum or “cut-off” for standardized testing. All testing is evaluated in the context of an individual student’s academic, cultural, and personal background.
Am I allowed to receive help on my application?
Many students will seek assistance in preparing for standardized testing, writing essays, and filling out application forms. While applicants are welcome to seek help from teachers, parents and other advisors, Tufts takes the veracity and integrity of applications very seriously. Students must submit work that is theirs alone, alongside credentials that are fully accurate. The admissions committee works hard to ensure we are admitting students who represent themselves honestly, and will deny any applicant that shows evidence of fraud.
What academic credentials are required from my school?
Tufts requires four years of internal academic results with each application. We expect to see three years of grades, along with any available marks from the current year. We also ask for the official results from any national exams taken so far, and predicted marks (when available) for pending exams.
Who should fill out the “Secondary School Report” on the Common Application?
This form must be completed by a school official who has full access to a student’s academic and personal record. This person is often a college counselor, guidance counselor, principal, head of school or head teacher. This form and the accompanying transcript must be sent to the Admissions Office directly by a school official.
What if my teachers are not familiar with writing recommendations for American colleges?
All students must submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher. The admissions committee is aware that some teachers are not accustomed to writing such letters, and will use that understanding when evaluating instructor feedback.
How will my predicted results on a national exam or the IB be used?
Predicted exam results are used in conjunction with previous internal and external marks to evaluate a student’s academic ability. Offers of admission are contingent upon successful completion of the established curriculum with results that are in line with past and predicted performance. Students with significant drops in their final academic marks risk academic probation or expulsion.
What do I do if my teachers do not speak English, or if my transcript is in another language?
All credentials must arrive in English. Letters of recommendation and transcripts CANNOT be translated by the student or any members of their family. Acceptable translators include English teachers or other school officials, professional translators, or a local EducationUSA office. Students do not need to utilize credential evaluation companies of any sort.
Are interviews available for international students?
Tufts interviews are conducted by alumni all over the world. If you indicate on the Common Application an interest in interviewing, we will make every effort to match you with a local alum for an in-person meeting. In some cases, Skype interviews are also used. We cannot guarantee that an interview will be available. Not interviewing does not hinder a student’s application.
Do you accept interviews from Initialview or Vericant?
Yes, Tufts will be happy to receive your interview from either of these providers. You need not interview with a Tufts alum if you are taking advantage of either of these services.
Can I take the TOEFL (or other tests) after the Tufts application deadline has passed?
Although we strongly recommend that all required standardized testing be completed before the January 1 application deadline, we understand that this is not always possible. You may take standardized testing in January but make sure the scores are sent directly to Tufts.
The SAT and ACT tests are not available in my country. Will this affect my application?
If you are residing in a country that does not offer our required standardized testing, please contact Jennifer Simons, the Director of International Recruitment, for further information.
Can I submit photocopies of my secondary school transcript(s)?
No. The Tufts Admissions Office requires original copies of all secondary school transcripts.
Do A-levels or IB's exempt me from sending yearly transcripts?
No, unless you are at a school that doesn't have periodic grades or marking periods.
How do I know if my application materials have been received?
You may check on the status of your application on your application status page.
I do not plan to apply for Financial Aid. How and when will I be asked to document my financial resources?
Enrolling students are required to document their financial resources when applying for their student visa.
What support is offered to international students on campus?
In addition to general career, counseling, health and other resources available on campus, international students have access to the International Center. This center provides assistance in visa processing, work authorization, and cultural acclimation. Special programs such as Thanksgiving programming, winter housing, and pairing with a local host are offered each year.
Do I need to complete the six-semester foreign language requirement at Tufts?
Students who are already fluent in a language other than English do not need to fulfill the language requirement in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Can international students study abroad?
Yes, international students are permitted to study abroad. Students may not return to their home country for study abroad except in rare circumstances.
Can international students have jobs, internships, or get involved in research?
Yes, international students are eligible for paid on-campus employment, and have access to research opportunities (paid and unpaid) on campus. Unpaid research or internship opportunities off-campus are available, and can be counted for academic credit. Tufts has resources to financially support students who take on unpaid positions over the summer break.
If I am already a university student in my home country, may I transfer to Tufts?
If you have completed the equivalent of two or more semesters at a university in your home country, you may apply as a transfer student. However, please note that financial aid is extremely limited for international transfer applicants. For information about the transfer admissions process, please visit the Transfer Applicants section of this website.
I'm a U.S. citizen living abroad. Am I considered an international student?
We read applications based on where you currently attend school, rather than by your citizenship status. Your application will be read with others from the school you attend. There is no difference in how we read applications for international and domestic students.
I have been living and studying in the U.S. for several years. Am I still considered an international applicant?
Yes, unless you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (and hold a green card). If you are applying for financial aid, you should submit the documents required of international applicants. Please notify our office if your status changes (for example, you become a citizen or receive a green card) while you are in the application process.
Can my results on national exams be used for advanced standing or numerical credit at Tufts?
Yes, Tufts students may request credit based on their achievement on the International Baccalaureate, A Levels, the French Bac, the German Abitur and other exams. Pre-major advisors are available to guide enrolled students through this process.
What scholarships are offered at Tufts?
All financial aid at Tufts is need based. Tufts meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Funding is available for non-U.S. students seeking aid, but the annual budget is limited. The admissions process for international students seeking financial aid (particularly significant amounts of funding) is therefore quite competitive.
Can I apply Early Decision and be considered for financial aid as an international student?
Yes, you may apply to Tufts Early Decision as an international aid applicant and your financial aid package will be identical to the one you would have received during the Regular Decision process. However, remember that if you are accepted to Tufts under the Early Decision plan, it is a binding commitment and you will not be able to apply to other schools Regular Decision.
Can I apply for financial aid after I arrive on campus?
No. International students are only eligible to receive financial aid if funding is requested during the initial application process. Any student who expects to need assistance in affording a Tufts education should submit the necessary paperwork prior to admission.
What forms are required to apply for financial aid?
Applicants seeking financial aid must submit the CSS Profile which is filled out and sent online through the College Board. Students for whom the CSS Profile would present a significant financial hardship may submit the International Student Aid Application. All forms must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid according to their deadlines.