Wellesley College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college for women. Its 500-acre campus and arboretum is located in Wellesley, 12 miles west of Boston. It is committed to intellectual scholarship, research and innovative teaching in a context in which women can achieve and flourish. The college has a comprehensive curriculum, a top-notch, accessible faculty and a strong support network on campus as well as a very active and impressive alumnae network. Campus buildings encompass a variety of architectural styles ranging from Gothic to contemporary.

Website: www.wellesley.edu/

Private
2,508
Undergraduate
Students
(97.8%) 2,454 Women
(2.2%) 54 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
22% of 5,666 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
717 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
720 average
690-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,200
Tuition and Fees
$53,732
Room and Board
$16,468
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$49,612
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$18,370
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
309
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Wellesley Population
27,982
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.8% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
13.6% Hispanic/Latino
7.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
45.1% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students
12.2% from 84 countries
First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
78.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History   4
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required December 31
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
106 Central Street
City, State, Zip
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone
(781) 283-2270
Fax
(781) 283-3678
E-mail
admission@wellesley.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 28
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
First senior marking period grades and mid-year report required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
22% of 5,666 applicants were admitted
Women
22% of 5,666 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
614 (49%) of 1,251 admitted students enrolled
Women
614 (49%) of 1,251 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
35% of 714 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,032
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,153
Students Admitted From Wait List
36

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
717 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
60%
Score of 600 - 700
36%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
720 average
690-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
71%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
80%
Score of 24 - 29
20%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 81%
Top quarter: 96%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,200
Tuition and Fees
$53,732
Room and Board
$16,468
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
sfs@wellesley.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002224
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
427 (70.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
353 (82.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
353 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
353 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,612
Need-Based Gift
Received by 341 (96.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,433
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 313 (88.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,187
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,636 (68.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,412 (86.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,412 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,412 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,713
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,372 (97.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,375
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,289 (91.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,031
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$18,370
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Area and ethnic studies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, architecture, aeronautics and astronautics, urban studies and planning with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, international economics and finance with Brandeis University
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
309
Part-Time Faculty
50
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
80%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 79% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,902,859
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
468
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Wellesley Population
27,982
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
500 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, cooperative housing
Students in College Housing
98% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
2%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
Wellesley blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x      
Crew x      
Cross-Country Running x      
Fencing x      
Field Hockey x      
Golf x      
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x      
Softball x      
Squash x      
Swimming And Diving x      
Tennis x      
Track And Field x      
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball    
Crew    
Cross-Country Running    
Fencing    
Field Hockey    
Golf    
Lacrosse    
Soccer    
Softball    
Squash    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis    
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
archery, basketball, crew, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, student government, community service organizations, cultural clubs, societies, theater groups
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
No, women only
All Undergraduates
2,508
Women
2,454 (97.8%)
Men
54 (2.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,374
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.8% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
13.6% Hispanic/Latino
7.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
45.1% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students.
12.2% from 84 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
78.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
87.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
90.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Average Starting Salary
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1.1%
Engineering 1.98%
Law 2.2%
Theology 0.2%
Dentistry 0.2%
Arts and Sciences 7%
Medicine 4.4%
Veterinary Medicine 0.2%
Education 1.1%
Other 3.74%

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