The School of Medicine at Tufts University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Applicants who apply via the national application service (AMCAS) are requested to complete a school-specific secondary application. All applicants who complete a secondary application are considered for a personal interview based on the qualifications presented on their application. The Admissions Committee meets monthly and admits selected applicants on a rolling basis. 

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Thomas M. Slavin
Application fee $105
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 15 (Begins)
August 16 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
Oldest MCAT considered 2008
Average MCAT scores 10.9 MCAT composite score
11.4 biological
11.0 physical sciences
10.4 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry
physics

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​N/​A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.0:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 1,615
Part-time faculty 3,090
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 105
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 75
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,510
Part-time faculty in clinical program 3,015

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $107.6
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 327
Principal investigators (PIs) 183
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 238

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Baystate Medical Center Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Lahey Clinic Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Maine Medical Center Tufts Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Boston MA, a leader in curricular innovation, provides a vibrant, student-centered community for educating physicians to enter any field of medicine. TUSM balances science with the art of medicine, and humanistic professional attitudes needed to competently face the rapid changes in the 21st century.

Medical School Ranking

#44 Best Research
#38 Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score 49
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.5
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $107.6
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $66.60

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 65
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.5
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 45.3% – High

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
MCAT composite score 10.9
Acceptance rate 8.1% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.0:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 800

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 800
In-state students 27.9%
Minority students 31.0%
Underrepresented minority students 11.4%
International students 0.3%
Non-traditional students 64.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Tara Olsen
Financial aid phone (617) 636-6574

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $53,902
Required fees $676
Room and board $14,170
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $202,845

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 82%
Students receiving loans 76%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 38%
Students receiving work study 10%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 81.4%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology internal medicine – pediatrics
dermatology obstetrics and gynecology
emergency medicine orthopaedic surgery
family practice pediatrics
internal medicine surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 45.3% – High
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 33.5%