Tufts University's largest school, the School of Arts and Sciences, is committed to intellectual and artistic engagement through a liberal arts and sciences tradition that prepares all of our students for a lifetime of learning.

Along with its robust undergraduate programs, the School of Arts and Sciences also includes the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Through a broad and comprehensive curriculum, students choose from among more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and more than 60 graduate programs. Our liberal arts core is founded on dynamic learning, research, and creative partnerships between faculty and students who think deeply and shape ideas together. An emphasis on active learning leads Tufts students to become thoughtful and expert practitioners in their professions and leaders in their local and global communities.


1854: The School of Arts and Sciences was founded as Tufts College with seven students and four professors
1909: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was established
2016: The School of the Museum of Fine Arts was formally acquired by Tufts University and became part of the School of Arts and Sciences


The School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are located on the Medford/Somerville campus, just five miles outside of Boston, a vibrant city known for its historic sites and cultural resources. The Boston SMFA campus is located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. Students travel between the two campuses by Tufts Shuttles, public transportation, or taxi.


James M. Glaser is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
List of past deans of the school

Faculty - Fall 2021

  • Full time: 442
  • Part time: 283

University-wide Federal Sponsored Research: FY2021: $166.628M


  • 30 teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • 28 club sports and 10 intramural sports
  • 2019 Men’s Soccer won their fourth NCAA Championship in the past six seasons, becoming just the third program in NCAA Division III history to win four or more national championships
  • 2022 Tufts' Varsity Athletics program won the Learfield Directors’ Cup as the top athletic program in NCAA Division III
  • 2022 Tufts teams earned 13 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and won 5 NESCAC titles
  • 2022 Women's Track & Field athletes Jaidyn Appel and Lia Rotti won NCAA individual championships
  • 2022 Women's Swimming athlete Claire Brennan won the NCAA 200 freestyle title and was part of the 800 freestyle relay, which also won its NCAA race
  • 2022 Women's Tennis player Elle Christensen won the NCAA Singles Championship and joined with teammate Tilly Rigby to take the NCAA Doubles Crown
  • 2022 Men's Tennis head coach Karl Gregor and Women's Swimming head coach Adam Hoyt were named National Coach of the Year in their respective sports
  • 2022 Women's Lacrosse finished as the NCAA Championship runner-up
  • 2022 Men’s Lacrosse won the NESCAC Championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years
  • 59 Jumbos were selected as All-Americans in AY2021-2022
  • 2022 Tufts student-athletes achieved 561 NESCAC All-Academic Team honors (3.50 GPA+)


300+ Student Organizations and Honorary Societies

Areas of Study

Most Popular Majors: International Relations, Economics, Computer Science, Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Community Health, Quantitative Economics
Study Abroad: Tufts has study abroad programs in ten countries, as well as a campus in Talloires, France

Degrees Conferred - AY2021-22

School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts): 1,172 bachelor's degrees
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 303 master's-level degrees, 36 education specialist degrees, 74 doctoral degrees, 59 professional certificates