Harvard University vs. Tufts University Overview

You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to Harvard University or Tufts University ?”

What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between Harvard University andTufts University. This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between Harvard University and Tufts University. The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    Harvard University Tufts University
    In-state Tuition $45,278 $50,604
    Net Price $17,882.0 $29,565.0
    Average Financial Aid $48,524 $37,030
    Total Undergraduates 7333 5236
    Average SAT Scores 1400 - 1600 1370 - 1520
    Acceptance Rate 6 16
    Location Massachusetts Hall N/A
    City Name Cambridge Medford

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, Harvard University is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between Cambridge and Medford. Harvard University is in a New England and Tufts University is in a New England - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is Harvard University or Tufts University Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then Harvard University is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that Harvard University is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, Tufts University is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    How do Harvard University dorms compare to housing options at Tufts University?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. Harvard University charges for on-campus living, while Tufts University charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does Harvard University social life compare to Tufts University?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how Harvard University social life differs from Tufts University.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    Harvard University, % Tufts University, %
    White 43.99 58.17
    Hispanic 10.23 6.23
    Black 6.44 3.86
    Foreign 11.07 9.24
    Others 28.3 22.5

    How different is the Harvard University campus compared to Tufts University campus?

    The Harvard University campus is located in Cambridge, MA and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000). The Tufts University campus is located in Medford, MA and is characterized as Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    Harvard University provides $48,524 whereas Tufts University provides an average of $37,030.

    How does Harvard University academics compare to Tufts University?

    When analyzing academics between Harvard University and Tufts University we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors Harvard University Tufts University
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences N/A N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 16 1
    Architecture and related services N/A 8
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 24 35
    Communication journalism and related programs N/A N/A
    Computer and information sciences and support services 131 136
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 78 160
    Education N/A N/A
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields N/A N/A

    Which is better: Harvard University or Tufts University?

    What are your chances at Harvard University?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Harvard University or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between Harvard University and Tufts University. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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