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Ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the United States, Wellesley College has a long-time tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world. Living and learning on a campus full of self-directed, intellectually curious women helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in all professional fields, including those traditionally dominated by men. Every resource of the College is devoted to undergraduate women. Smart, motivated women choose Wellesley because it offers one of the best liberal arts learning environments. They graduate uniquely prepared to make meaningful personal and professional contributions to the "real world" and to be major leaders in it. On Wellesley's lush 500-acre campus, 2,300 student enjoy the best of both worlds: first-rate instruction in a breath-taking setting and easy access to Boston and Cambridge academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub of the Northeast.

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Overview

Applicants
6,631
Acceptance Rate
20%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

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

Character / Personal Qualities

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
347
with Terminal Degree
313

221
Women
126
Men
82
Minority
13
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • German Studies.
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
  • Italian Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Russian Studies.
  • South Asian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • American Literature (United States).
  • Children's and Adolescent Literature.
  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth).
  • General Literature.
  • Literature, Other.
  • Literature.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Hebrew Language and Literature.
  • Hindi Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Korean Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other.
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services.
  • Linguistics.
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.
  • Urdu Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • European History.
  • History, General.
  • History, Other.
  • History.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Art.
  • Music.
  • Theatre/Theater.
  • Writing.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biopsychology.
  • Classical and Ancient Studies.
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology.
  • Cognitive Science.
  • Human Computer Interaction.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
  • Science, Technology and Society.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics.
  • Astronomy.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Chemistry.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.
  • Physics.
  • Planetary Astronomy and Science.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Physical and Biological Anthropology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Political Science and Government.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music, General.
  • Music.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Students Say

For more than 150 years, Wellesley College has given ambitious young women an education in the liberal arts with a global perspective by offering more than fifty majors and hundreds of funded internships around the world. The school’s financial support allows “students to pursue internships and research [opportunities] that they would otherwise not take because they are unpaid.” The school stresses leadership, service, and the idea of Wellesley students contributing to the world both now and after graduation. To enhance that education even further, enrollees are able to cross-register (or even dual degree) with other nearby colleges. Students are “pushed to explore different departments through the distribution requirements, providing them with a liberal arts education that shapes their personhood and education.” And each department is “provided with ample resources and handpicked professors” who “truly value building relationships with their students.” It’s not uncommon for faculty “to take their class out to a restaurant, or even invite students to their home for a meal.” The First-Year Experience at Wellesley further helps ease students into college, including mentor groups, a required writing class, and First-Year Seminars where new students “have the chance to dive deep into a specific topic without feeling the pressure of having [senior students] dominate the conversation.”

Academic opportunities extend beyond the classroom: The school’s reputation and alumnae network “open so many doors for you in the future,” and students can “take part from the moment [they] accept the enrollment offer, and for as long afterwards as [they] wish.” Wellesley works to create an environment “where students can naturally progress through leadership positions on campus, whether that be through research, residential life, or student-run organizations.” There are also “vast opportunities [for] study abroad programs in so many locations.”

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

Notable Faculty

Vladimir Nabokov
Emeritus, Russian

Frank L. Bidart
Andrew W. Mellon Prof. in the Humanities, English

Karl Case
Emeritus, Economics

Alan Schechter
Emeritus, Political Science

Susan Reverby
Marion Butler McLean Professor in the Hi, History/Women's and Gender Studies

Prominent Alumni


Hillary Rodham Clinton '69
US Presidential Nominee, Frmr U.S. Senator of New York; Secretary of State

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$56,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$103,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$58,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$108,100

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
34%


Students Say

The typical Wellesley woman is often described as “career oriented” by her peers, and fortunately “Wellesley has an amazing alumni network and a career service center that helps students gain access to all sorts of job, internship, and community service opportunities.” Wellesley Career Education offers ample resources, including career advising, help with finding jobs and internships, and tools for students seeking to continue their education in graduate school. True to its name, the center also offers guidance for women looking for service opportunities within existing organizations on and off-campus, and even offers funding for students looking to start their own initiatives. The support doesn't end after students graduate: “Wellesley's alumnae network is one of the strongest I found in my college research, and Wellesley's career placement services will assist alumnae no matter how much time has passed since they graduated.”

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$52,881

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$50,752

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,416

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,122

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$47,355

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$53,408
Required Fees
$324
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$0

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,468
Comprehensive Fee
$70,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,534
Foreign Countries Represented
88

Demographics

98% female
2% male
86% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Students Say

Among this “study-focused group of diverse people who hail from many countries and backgrounds,” students “can be who [they] want and explore different identities.” Thanks to that aspect of the student body, everyone is “exposed to countless cultures and viewpoints.” These “intellectual, driven, [and] inclusive scholars” are “uplifting and kind to each other both in class and outside of class,” and part of the campus culture “is the ‘Why not?’ attitude that we all share.” “Everyone at Wellesley is nonjudgmental,” says a student, and there’s a “large feminist culture and LGBT population” on campus. Another student sums up the campus environment, saying Wellesley makes a huge effort “to cultivate and facilitate a strong support network for all.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Students Say

While the average Wellesley “workload is not for the faint of heart,” students find balance “with extracurricular activities, social life, and self-care.” One student explains, “Even when classes are stressful, there is a beautiful campus that sparks happiness at random moments.” That joy is apparent because most everyone here is passionate about their extracurriculars, and “each organization at Wellesley is full of members who intensely love what they do.” Outside of clubs or organizations, tons of students engage in “the weekly Thursday pub night” on campus, and Wellesley “usually has some cultural shows or lectures going on in the afternoon” which are well-attended. When they need a change of scenery, people often head to “neighboring universities to have fun on weekends” and “there is a bus that provides easy transportation” into Boston; many also “take advantage of [the] proximity to other east coast cities and states and take weekend trips.” One student sums up the campus life at Wellesley: “Going to a party is just as acceptable as staying in and watching a movie or playing board games,” and the school is “very much a choose your own adventure” environment.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Office of Disability Services

Director
Jim Wice

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

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 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Sustainability

93/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo, Apple, and Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admission Office

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: Yes
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
http://wellesleyblue.com/information/recruiting

Advance Notice
2 weeks

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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