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Tufts University

Tufts University is a private institution that was founded in1852.Ithas a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,194,its setting is suburban,and the campus size is 150 acres.It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.Tufts University’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Collegesis National Universities,28.Its tuition and fees are $44,666 (2012-13).

Tufts University is located in the Medford/Somerville area of Massachusetts, not far from downtown Boston. Tufts has additional campuses in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, where its health sciences program is located, and in the suburb of Grafton, home to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus in dorms, suites, or university-owned houses or apartments. Some student groups are the Scuba Club; the Beelzebubs, an all-male a capella group; and the Poker Society. About two-fifths of the student body participates in study abroad programs, and approximately 15 percent of students are affiliated with Greek life. Tufts’ official mascot, Jumbo the elephant, is the only school mascot listed in Webster’s Dictionary.

Tufts is comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Engineering, which serves both undergraduate and graduate students; and a number of graduate and professional schools. Included in its graduate programs are the highly ranked School of Medicine and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Dental Medicine and Fletcher School for international affairs are other notable graduate schools. Tufts’ permanent art collection features works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and John Singer Sargent. Notable alumni include eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Golden Globe-winning actor Peter Gallagher, and Guster guitarist and vocalist Adam Gardner. Both Gallagher and Gardner sang in the Beelzebubs.

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