|Students who got into TU say:|
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| | It's a top-level university, and the people who apply to Tufts tend to apply to Harvard and other Ivys as well. Top grades and top test scores are the norm, and all they will do is qualify you for the next round, which is extracurriculars. Here everyone had a A average and top AP scores, so you need to set yourself apart with what else you to. You need to demonstrate leadership as well- leadership is a huge buzzword here. It can't just be a laundry-list of clubs you belong to. I was top of my class, did well on SATs, did your typical involvement stuff (NHS, Swim Team, etc.) To get in, simply keep your grades up and show some leadership in high school. My SAT scores were not exceptional, but they were enough to merit applying to a top tier school. I think that my High school grades (4.0/Valedictorian) helped immensely. These days you have to be some sort of superstar to get into Tufts...but that doesn't necessarily mean having a 4.5 GPA and 2400 (or whatever the new top score is) on the SAT. While good grades and test scores are important, Tufts likes to emphasize its diversity, and the spirit of entrepreneurship and community service among its students. So if you help out in your neighborhood (more than cleaning up the river once a year) or started a company or club, make sure to emphasize that. Above all, remember that admissions officers read thousands of applications, so make sure your essay stands out (without seeming too weird or insincere). Just make sure your application reflects who you are, and that before you fill it out, you've had opportunities to learn about yourself.