Students Say

This “rigorous” all-women’s school in Massachusetts is one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, boasting notable alumnae such as Madeline Albright, Nora Ephron, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since Wellesley is all about “supporting women who will run the world,” students are “very well taken care of here,” finding themselves part of “a great community that encourages and frees women to find their inner strength.” Coupled with “amazing financial aid,” and study abroad opportunities, the college “is a supportive, engaging, and downright fun community.”

Overview

Applicants
4,667
Acceptance Rate
30%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
60 - 740
SAT Math
640 - 740
ACT Composite
30 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

This “rigorous” all-women’s school in Massachusetts is one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, boasting notable alumnae such as Madeline Albright, Nora Ephron, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since Wellesley is all about “supporting women who will run the world,” students are “very well taken care of here,” finding themselves part of “a great community that encourages and frees women to find their inner strength.” Coupled with “amazing financial aid,” and study abroad opportunities, the college “is a supportive, engaging, and downright fun community.” The “vibrant,” “worldly, interesting” professors here are “top-of-the-line,” and “they know so much about their fields [that] an A paper is hard to come by.” Students embrace the fact that “they expect a lot from us”; such an atmosphere may not allow for slack classes, but “it does allow for an impressive amount of growth.” These “masters of their fields” offer “an immense amount of resources and time” to their students, and “class lectures combine the perfect balance of lecture and discussion to keep them engaging.” “If I am not in class, my professors will notice and care to make sure I am doing all right,” says one student. Faculty members are also very open to having students help with their research. “My name will be published alongside the professor for whom I worked in her next book!” says one. Alumnae stick together, and Wellesley’s support system and alumnae network “guarantee you a top spot in places you are interested in, or at least some guidance on how to get in there.” There are plenty of resources available to students from the administration (such as “tons of grants, academic/health advising”), as well as the ability to cross register with MIT, Babson, and Olin, giving students access to a “rich array of courses” and classmates.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
351
with Terminal Degree
328

204
Women
147
Men
85
Minority
19
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Hillary Rodham Clinton '69
Secretary of State; Frmr U.S. Senator of New York; Former Former First Lady

Madeleine Korbel Albright '59
Former Secretary of State; Former U.S. Ambassador

Diane Sawyer '67
Anchor, ABC World News Tonight

Nora Ephron '62
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Novelist

Pamela Melroy '83
Astronaut; NASA Space Shuttle Pilot and Commander

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera '91
CNBC Anchor and Reporter; 100 Most Influential Hispanics

Vivian Pinn '62
Director of Research on Women's Health, NIH

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
98
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,129

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,988

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,352

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$12,956

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,440

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,802
Required Fees
$276
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students are “very intense and motivated” at Wellesley, but at the same time remain “passionate, active, and intelligent women.” The term used on campus is “Wendy Wellesley,” which is someone “who is on top of all their class work plus some extra material, is concerned with the world, has extreme (almost impossible) ambition, and can interact with people in an extremely thoughtful and confident manner.” It can be “competitive” here, but “there is a strong belief in women’s rights, which comes with women’s college territory.” “Students are stressed constantly, but mainly because they stress themselves out,” says one woman of her “type-A, very hardworking, perfectionist” fellow students. Still, “students here really accept each other for all their quirks.” The common denominator among all Wellesley students is that “we all strive to do our best and have a greater vision for the world beyond Wellesley.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,323
Out of State
84%

International
14%
Foreign Countries Represented
93

Demographics

26.99%
Asian
6.49%
African-American
10.40%
Hispanic
47.08%
Caucasian
1.88%
Unknown
14.21%
International

97% female
3% male
84% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The town of Wellesley is “cute, but there’s nothing to do after 6:00 p.m.” No matter what kind of scene you’re into, most students “like to get off the Wellesley campus on the weekend, if not for partying then just for sanity.” Many Wellesley women “enjoy going to parties at local coed schools like MIT, Harvard, Babson, and Olin”; going into Boston to “escape the intensity of the campus” (there is a bus that runs, though not as frequently as some would like) is also a great way to relax, see a movie, or grab a bite. If students decide to stay on campus, “organizations are really great about throwing engaging events, bringing off-campus speakers, and creating a fun environment close to home.” Wellesley women love to “meet over food and discuss everything under the sun.” A typical activity/ discussion cycle runs as such: “class work, homework, midterms, politics, the future of the country, the environment, going to MIT to party, going to Harvard to party, music, social construction of gender, you name it.” People “actually do a lot of academic things” for fun here, mostly involving extracurricular clubs that explore their interests.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
97%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
30

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Blue)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT

Sustainability

Green Rating
63

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
18

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo, Apple, and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Board of Admission
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone
781-283-2270

Email
admission@wellesley.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wang Campus Center
Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Clapp Library and Knapp Media Center
Science Center
Lake Waban

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston Public Garden/Boston Commons
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall
Shopping and people watching on Newbury Street
Fall foliage, skiing, and hiking can be enjoyed in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont which are one to three hours away. Providence, RI is only a 45 minute train ride from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri & some Sat during academic year
8:30am-4:30am and 8:30am - 12:30pm
781-283-2270

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 9am&1pm Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@wellesley.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Mon-Thurs when classes are in session. Report to Admission Office by 4pm day of visit.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
AIRPORT: Boston Logan International Airport is approximately 15 miles from campus. Travel time to campus from the airport varies widely depending on traffic. Public transportation, taxis, and rental cars are available for the ride to campus. AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS: Take the Logan Express bus to Framingham (call 800-23-LOGAN for schedules) and then a taxi from Framingham to campus. SUBWAY: Take the free airport shuttle bus to the Airport MBTA stop. Take the inbound Blue Line 4 to Government Center. Go upstairs and change to the Green Line marked Riverside-D. Get off at Woodland (next-to-last stop). From Woodland take a taxi to campus. By public transportation, the trip from airport to campus takes approximately 2 hours. Have plenty of change since exact fares are required. TRAIN: Amtrak trains serve South Station in Boston. From there, take the subway Red Line to Park St. Change to the Green Line marked Riverside-D. Get off at Woodland and take a taxi to campus. BUS: If you travel by bus, take the Greyhound or Peter Pan bus to the Riverside Terminal at Route 128. From there, take a taxi to campus. TAXI: Veteran's Taxi 781-235-1600 Colonial Cab 508-653-5600 Wellesley Transportation 781-235-2200 Yellow Cab Newton 617-332-7700

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the west, take I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike (a toll road) to Exit 14 (Weston). Take I-95 South (also called Rte. 128) for a half mile to the Route 16 exit. Follow Route 16 West through the town of Wellesley for 4 miles to the college entrance, opposite the golf course. From the east, take I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike (a toll road) to Exit 16 (West Newton). Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point. From the north, take I-95 South (also called Rte. 128) to Exit 21B/22 for Route 16 West. Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point. From the south, take I-95 North (also called Rte. 128) to Exit 21B for Route 16 West. Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point.

Local Accommodations
Wellesley College Club Wellesley College Campus 781-283-2700 Babson Executive Conference Center One Woodland Hill Drive Babson Park, MA 02547 781-239-4000 Crowne Plaza 1360 Worcester Road (Route 9) (on top of Mass Pike Exit #13) Natick, MA 01760 508-653-8800 Residence Inn by Marriott 400 Staples Drive Framingham, MA 01702 508-370-0001 Hampton Inn 319 Speen Street Natick, MA 01760 508-653-5000
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Key Stats

4,667
Applicants
2,323
Size
30%
Acceptance Rate
1090
SAT Scores

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