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School of Arts and Sciences

About Tufts School of Arts and Sciences

Tufts University's largest school, the School of Arts and Sciences, is committed to intellectual and artistic engagement through a liberal arts 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 2020

  • Full time: 432
  • Part time: 250

University-wide Federal Sponsored Research: FY2020: $148.32M


  • 30 teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • 25 club sports and 10 intramural sports
  • 2018-2019 Tufts varsity athletics program finished seventh in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings, the eighth consecutive top 10 finish
  • 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
  • 2021 Women's Lacrosse finished as the NCAA Championship runner-up
  • 2021 Graduate Boris Sorkin finished as the NCAA Singles Championship runner up
  • 2021 Men’s Lacrosse won the NESCAC Championship for the 10th time in the last 11 years
  • 2021 Softball won its 12th NESCAC Championship and made the program's seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament "Elite 8"
  • 2021 Women's Tennis head coach Kate Bayard was named ITA National Coach of the Year.

300+ Student Organizations and Honorary Societies

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

Degrees Conferred - 2020
School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts): 1,177 bachelor's degrees
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 307 master's-level degrees, 20 education specialist degrees, 53 doctoral degrees, 55 professional certificates

Ballou Hall

Academic Year 2020-2021

Undergraduate Enrollment

  • Students: 4,962
  • Male: 44%; Female: 56%


  • Students of color: 34.1%
  • States Represented: 50
  • Foreign citizens: 10.5%

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Applications: 18,550
  • Acceptance Rate: 17%
  • Mean SAT Math: 736
  • Mean SAT Critical Reading: 714
  • Mean ACT: 33

Financial Aid
Tufts undergraduate students received more than $341,978,364 in university aid and other scholarships.