November 1st is right around the corner and we get it - we know it is both exciting and scary and overwhelming all at once! At this point, the Class of 2027 has officially joined our campus and we are so happy they are here! Also at this point, our admissions staff is wrapping up recruitment travel. In this new recruitment era, our recruitment has fully shifted to a hybrid model where we are so pleased to have met you both in person and/or via Zoom! However, questions on our end remain: How many applications are coming our way? Will we receive more applications than last year? The truth is that, similar to you, the prospect of what is coming is also exciting and we can’t help but think of what is to come.
We understand that some of you may be asking yourselves, “should I apply Early Decision I?” at this time. Or maybe you are wondering if you should apply in the Early Decision II round. Either way, a good place to start is to familiarize yourself with the statements below.
1) “I have explored Tufts and feel like I belong there. I connected with the collaborative and inclusive community and the rigorous academic offerings.”
One of the most important aspects of this statement is understanding that there is a greater community at Tufts that extends beyond your academic day-to-day. Asking yourself whether or not you see yourself thriving and enjoying Tufts both inside and outside the classroom is a must. If you think about it, you will spend a lot of time outside the classroom - so ask yourself if this is a good fit for you both socially and academically.
2) “My reason for applying isn’t to be strategic, but rather because Tufts really is my number one choice!”
As you know, we take Early Decision very seriously at Tufts. That is why we always say that if you love Tufts (and we hope you do!) and you apply ED, we understand that it is an important decision you have made. We try our best to make clear decisions instead of relying solely on deferring students because we know that it is hard to wait for an answer until April. We don’t mean to scare you off with what I just wrote. Instead, I want to emphasize how seriously we take ED and how much of a commitment we have about being as thoughtful as possible in this process.
There is a chance the two statements above still do not resonate with you completely, so you might still consider Regular Decision (RD) instead. This is great and there is nothing wrong with RD - afterall, you would have the opportunity to weigh your options. It is also very common to not have a number one choice by November (I certainly didn’t) or even by January. Although our team would love for you to choose Tufts, it is far more important that you make the right decision that is best for you. And of course, the best judge of that will always be (and only be) you.
I wish you the best of luck with your decision and I look forward to reading your application whenever the time is right for you to apply.