MEDFORD, MA -- Madison Residents, Maya Sze and Madeline Yost have joined more than 1,600 undergraduate students from around the world as they begin their academic careers at Tufts University, located in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts.

The incoming undergraduates continue to reflect Tufts selective admissions trend, with only 3,404, or 15%, of 22,766 applicants admitted.

The Class of 2023 is one with many distinctions. For the first time in the history of the university, women enrolled in the School of Engineering make up more than 50 percent of the class. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts also set new enrollment records with seventy students pursuing the B.F.A. program, plus another forty-eight in the five-year SMFA at Tufts combined degree program.

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In his remarks at matriculation, President Anthony P. Monaco assured students that they were "ready for the challenge" of Tufts.

"We see scholars motivated to learn and explore," said Monaco. "We see artists and musicians on fire with creativity. We see entrepreneurs brimming with new ideas. We see leaders who turn challenges into opportunities. We see the qualities that bring life into this campus and light into this world. That's why you're here, and that's why we chose you."

Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States.