Applying to Tufts as a Transfer Applicant
About the Process
Transfer admission to Tufts is highly competitive. In the last few years, the acceptance rate for transfer students has been between ten and twenty percent. Although the process is highly selective, each complete application receives a comprehensive review by Tufts’ Transfer Admission Committee.
The transfer committee considers each applicant’s specific passions, goals, talents and interests, and the committee evaluates each applicant’s academic profile in the context of his or her personal history and reasons for wanting to transfer to Tufts. Tufts’ Transfer Admission Committee does not employ “admissions calculus” to render its decisions; GPA and standardized testing cut-offs do not exist. However, the most powerful transfer candidates tend be high achieving in their chosen fields of study.
How to Apply
Transfer candidates apply online using the Common Application, which includes the Tufts Writing Supplement.
A complete transfer application must be submitted by March 15th and must include the following nine (9) items. We strongly recommend including your social security number only where requested; please do not include on essays, recommendations, etc. Feel free to print out this page and use it as a checklist:
- The Common Application, which includes the Transfer Application, College Report, Academic Evaluation, and Tufts Writing Supplement. You can find these components on the Common Application website.
- All secondary school transcripts.
- SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores (SAT Subject Test scores are not required, but should be sent if available).
- Official college transcripts.
- Brief descriptions of college courses. Copy course catalog descriptions from your institution’s course catalog and paste into a Word document. Be sure to label this document with your full name and birth date, and mail or fax it to the Tufts Admissions Office. (Fax: 617-627-4079)
- A list of courses in progress (if not listed on the transcript) on Transfer College Report.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Required only for students for whom English is not the first language, or who attend a school where English is not the language of instruction).
- Transfer Mid-Term Report accessible via the Common Application - a spring mid-semester update from each of your current classes.
- Art Portfolio: Required only for BFA Applicants to the SMFA at Tufts and Combined Degree BFA/BA or BFA/BS applicants. Submit a 15-20-piece portfolio of recent work, which represents your strengths and interests, via SlideRoom.
- $75 application fee
Please Note: With the exception of REAL candidates, Tufts does not offer midyear or January admission. Sophomore and junior transfer candidates are considered only for fall enrollment.
Transfer Application Timeline
- March 15th: Transfer application due.
- April – May: Transfer applications reviewed and evaluated by the Transfer Admissions Committee.
- Mid-May: Transfer admissions decisions notification begins on a rolling basis on or about May 15th.