Tufts University Welcomes Class of 2018 at Matriculation Day

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Most Selective Class in Tufts’ History Boasts Unconventional Talent

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Katie Cinnamond Benoit

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. –Tufts University welcomes the class of 2018 and the 1,352 first year students selected from Tufts’ most competitive admissions pool ever, with an acceptance rate of 17 percent.

Among the students matriculating are a New York inventor with scoliosis who patented an implant allowing the spine to grow straight, which one at the 2014 Intel International Science Fair; a pop music star from Thailand; a hot sauce entrepreneur from Delaware; Greece's three-time national champion in the 400m hurdles; a filmmaker who won an award at the Cannes Film Festival; and the jump rope national champion from Colorado.

WHEN:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ceremony: 1:30 p.m.; students and parents on campus all day.

WHO:

Incoming students and parents, Tufts faculty and staff; Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco, Provost David Harris and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin will deliver remarks.

WHERE:

Tufts University, main academic quad (between Bendetson and Ballou Halls) Medford/Somerville campus.

PARKING:

Parking will be available in the Cousens lot on College Avenue or Fletcher Field between Mugar Hall and Professors Row. For directions and maps go to: http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/.

FAST FACTS ON THE CLASS OF 2018:

  • Tufts’ first-year students were drawn from 19,074 applicants, the largest pool in Tufts’ history;
  • The acceptance rate of 17 percent makes this the most selective undergraduate admissions cycle on record for Tufts;

  • Yield on Tufts’ offers of admissions rose to a record 41 percent, the sixth consecutive increase in that critical admissions index;

  • The entering class includes 157 students-12 percent- who are among the first generation of their families to attend college, the largest in Tufts’ history;

  • The undergraduates come from 49 American states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as well as 41 other nations. The class includes 22 citizens of the People’s Republic of China, the largest group of any nation outside the U.S.;

  • Nearly 42 percent of the incoming class received financial aid and 39 percent have a Tufts grant; the $19.2 million awarded to the incoming class represents the largest financial aid budget in the university’s history; 176 are Pell Grant recipients

  • Students of color represent 30 percent of students from the U.S.;

  • Sixty-five are National Merit Scholars and 69 are high school valedictorians.

VISUALS:

Students will be moving into residence halls throughout the day. Parents, students and faculty will attend a picnic lunch on the president’s lawn before the matriculation ceremony. Faculty will wear full cap and gown regalia during the ceremony.

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Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

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