Don-K... I'm right there with you. Tufts was my #1 so no Ivy League reject here... Maybe people are starting to recognize Tufts as that type of school itself. Honestly, I wouldnt even want to go to those schools...
Yeah, the Ivy league is a damn sports conference, and not even one which is fun to watch because of thier teams, its coincidence that these top schools are all part of the same league, but that doesn'tmean that not being in the same sports conference makes you a lesser school. Those schools aren't even verygood sport wise, Duke is got in basketball but the others?
So quit with this ivy league junk as they are good school without a doubt but by no way are they to be considered superior to "every" other university which isn'tin the league.
stanford is awesome at sports and a superior institution... yet it is also not part of the Ivy League. As said before the Ivy League is just a sports conference... there are many amazing schools outside it...
Can't resist my usual mantra... there are 16,000+ Harvard rejects every year - and only 1,200 Tufts students... do the math people, you can fill up a Tufts class 13 or 14 times over with Harvard rejects. Those people go somewhere - like Rice and Northwestern and Georgetown and Duke and JHU and gosh, even the small LACs like Amherst or Wellesley or Smith. Gee, we haven't even gotten into the Yale rejects either.
A fair amount of people also choose Tufts over Ivies, and some people rejected at Tufts and into lower tiers of the Ivies, like Penn and Cornell.
Um...THey are not necessarily lower ivies..cornell maybe..but penn is technincally (i kno u shundt just go by these) ranked 4th (after harvard princeton and yale) which is higher than columbia, dartmouth, and cornell....so i wouldnt exactly call it a lower ivy... (especially for business *wharton*)...but tufts hmm...i went there for their weekend thing..and so many people told me they regreted ever coming...
and as sad as it is...many people who were prospective students when I went to visit...admitted to only considering it if their ivy league choices fell through...but Im sure there are many students , as ther are with any campus, that ginuinely love the school, and wouldnt trade it for anything.
well then you're hanging out with a weirdass bunch because I've met multiple people who chose Tufts over Cornell, UPenn, and Dartmouth. and nobody talks about being bitter, it's been 2.5 months and I've had 2 short conversations about bitterness, that were dominated by my own ranting. The VAST majority of kids don't give a **** or did not apply to ivies or chose Tufts over non-HYP ivies.
Interesting how this thread has been revived recently. I posted/followed this thread five years ago when I was making my college decision. After my undergraduate career and two years working (I graduated in 3 years), I'm positioned better to answer the question. The answer is, No, Tufts is not "full" of Ivy league rejects. Don't really care what rankings say, admissions rates, rejection rates, or what colleges students at Tufts applied to/rejected from; from my perspective, when I was at Tufts and examining the student body, I did not get the impression that it's a school for Ivy rejects.
After being in the Boston area for about 5 years, the glamor and prestige of say Harvard (or even MIT, although its not an Ivy) really does dissipate and the schools become more "commonplace." People in the Boston area do not glorify Harvard students as much as everywhere else in the world; therefore, when you're at Tufts (or any Boston area college), you rarely ever get the feeling that Harvard (or other Ivies, in this case) is any better than or superior to your undergraduate college of choice.
In making a college selection, you have to examine your own needs and what the college's "product' is. As overly emphasized as it is already, all universities are different and dynamic, changing all the time, primarily by the student body that is accepted into it, as well as other factors. Over the past five years, I'd say the Tufts student body has become increasingly stronger in terms of quality of candidates, although I speak from interaction, not numbers.
This being said, I was also accepted into Carnegie Mellon and Cornell; I did not apply to any other Ivies. Therefore, I'm one of many Ivy league rejectors who choose Tufts over an Ivy League.
Every school with student body capabilities in the "1-32" range (range arbitrarily, and meaninglessly selected) will have a certain proportion of Ivy League rejects. Because many RD applicants apply to several colleges whose student body capabilities seem to mesh well with their own, and Ivy league schools constitute 25% of that grouping.
This includes the Ivy League schools themselves, who enroll numerous students who were rejected at other Ivy League schools, and also students who were rejected from Tufts.
I think it's funny that when this thread was started--in 2005--it was noted then that the subject had already been beaten to death. My take is that Tufts has a lot in common with some more selective schools, so quite a few students apply to those more selective schools as well as Tufts. Some of them end up at Tufts. In my estimation, that's a good thing, both for them and for Tufts.