Tufts University is a private university located in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. The school is frequently identified with internationalism and its study abroad program and is home to the world-renowned Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The school ranks an impressive 27 on the Best Colleges 2006 list by U.S. News & World Report. Today, Tufts University is widely regarded as being one of the top universities in the United States and is considered a Little Ivy. In 2006, the university accepted roughly 23% of over 15,300 applications to its undergraduate class of 2010.
Tufts is a school on the rise and is very selective. Students who used to be admitted to Tufts 30 years ago are now commonly rejected, prompting them to create the false "Tufts Syndrome." Many Tufts students were accepted to other prestigious colleges, but came to Tufts because after visiting they realized it was a better school that had more to offer than just rankings.
Tufts student: I turned down (insert name of prestigious school here) for Tufts.
Prestigious School student: Why?
Tufts student: Because Tufts offers a nurturing environment, accomplished teachers, friendly students, a beautiful campus, and a world-class education without the pompousness and needless-competitiveness of your school.
Prestigious School student: Oops. Your right, I'm not happy here. What was I thinking?
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