Tufts University Makes a Concerted Effort to Recruit Students From Africa

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, recently released data on the students it accepted for the Class of 2016. It is clear from the data that Tufts is committed to becoming a global university as students were admitted from more than 80 countries around the world.

Of particular interest to readers of JBHE is the fact that Tufts received applications from students in 19 African nations. Twenty-one African students were accepted for admission in the Class of 2016. They were from 13 different African nations. Six students from Ghana were admitted to Tufts.

Lee A. Coffin, director of undergraduate admissions at Tufts, told JBHE, “Tufts has been developing Africa as a new recruitment region for the past three years and we are excited about the growth we are starting to see. We undertook the effort because Tufts emphasizes ‘globalism’ but Africa was largely missing from our undergraduate student body.”

Dean Coffin reports that admissions officials from Tufts have made regular visits to Africa and the university has established relationships with several schools on the continent. For example, Tufts operates a study abroad program in Ghana.


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