Tufts Sydrome went out with disco...It is just an excuse that rears its head every time there are certain rejections. Look at any schools, there are the same results of people with exceptional scores getting rejected. I know some who applied ED to Tufts with super super high scores and grades and he was rejected...Again, that was an ED decision....Tufts Syndrome is the same old song and dance for rejections. It is a fiction. As stated above, time to put it to rest....
Congratulations to all those accepted (from a '15 student):
I've seen a lot of talk about "Tufts Syndrome," and this cannot be more false. Any person visiting this website should be made aware of the truth. Tufts has a holistic application process, and you are MUCH more than just a number. They didn't accept you because they simply didn't think you'd fight well here or think this wasn't the place for you. Tufts absolutely does not discriminate against those with high scores. Trust me. I can name (of course, I won't) many, many of my classmates with STELLAR statistics that are here. Many of them chose Tufts over Ivy League institutions. Tufts IS a great school. In fact, with the work I've seen at fellow colleges in the Boston area and Ivy League schools, we are, at the very least, on par with them education-wise. In fact, I find some of the exam materials over at MIT to be easy compared to some of the stuff here. Tufts is an excellent school, and this negative light is unfounded.
This has even been explained by a Tufts admissions officer himself: A Conversation with Tufts Admissions - YouTube
Do not use "Tufts Syndrome" as a crutch because you were not accepted. Just because you have good numbers doesn't mean you're the perfect applicant for the school, and it's just that: You fit in somewhere perfectly, and admissions must have a reason to feel it's not here. If you have these good numbers of which you speak, you are sure to get in somewhere wonderful regardless.
Anyway, to those who were accepted, I say: CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve it!
To those who, sadly, are waitlisted or rejected, I'm sure you have plenty of great decisions out there either now or in the future! This won't break you.
Rejected It really really sucks because Tufts was one of my top choices and I actually thought I'd fit in there more than some other schools I've been accepted to! Just goes to show how random decisions are!
But anyway, to those who have been rejected or waitlisted, keep your chin up! There's a place out there that fits you perfectly, and maybe the Tufts admission officers thought you were better elsewhere. Either way, you guys are going places! ^^
And congratulations to those who have been accepted! Tufts is an amazing school and I'm sure you guys will love it
I wrote this for a blog last year, and every time we release decisions it's hard to reconcile very different emotions I feel watching decisions go out and reading the CC forums (as well as FB and Twitter). Though I know none of this will made a disappointing decision any better, it might help illuminate the challenge of such a low acceptance rate.
This was Tufts' most selective year, and seemingly as a result I feel strongly about every student from my territory admitted. But, to be honest, the increased selectivity was a struggle for me and many other admissions officers. We loved no fewer students, more actually, and yet that affection was tempered by the realities of the admissions process and the amount of space that exists at Tufts. There are students who will be, or have been (depending on when you read this), denied who I loved more than some of our admits, students that I passionately fought for and believe would make amazing additions to Tufts and yet will not receive happy news. I understand why those decisions stand, and may even agree with those reasons, but that doesn't change my feelings about those people.
And if you were one of those students, you will never know how important your application was to me, and I will likely never be able to tell you.
I struggle with that because my own disappointment feels trivial in comparison to the disappoint that a student might feel seeing our decision, but I share this because one of the clichés that you hear if you receive disheartening news is that these decisions are not referenda on your worth as a person: just because it's a cliché doesn't mean it's not true. I find a measure of solace knowing that those students' awesomeness exists independent of decisions at Tufts.