From the School

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.


From The School

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Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 750
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 750

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 770

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 33

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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From The School

Majors and Degrees Offered

Majors More than 50, including more than 20 that are interdepartmental. (You can also design your own.)

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender 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 and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature US)
  • Children's and Adolescent Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Literature (GB)
  • General Literature
  • Literature
  • Literature
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • African 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
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • 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
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Urdu Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

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

  • History

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

  • 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
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Classical and Ancient Studies
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Science
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance 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
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

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

  • Psychology

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

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

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

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.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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.” The 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.”


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Comprehensive Fee 2016-2017: $63,916

Financial Aid

Four profound thoughts to consider before you whisk yourself away to our Student Financial Services pages. 1. We care about you, not your money. Our admission process is need-blind. In other words, we don’t consider your financial situation when we consider your application. We admit terrific people, and then we make sure Wellesley is possible for them. Learn more about financial aid on the Student Financial Services site. 2. Our cost is not necessarily your cost. We charge a specific amount for tuition, room, and board. Yet most of our students pay far less than that amount. Why? Because we meet 100 percent of our students’ demonstrated need. Our students pay only what they can afford—nothing more. (Get an early indication of how true this is by using Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator.) 3. Our strength is your strength. Our financial aid budget is more than $54 million; it’s dedicated exclusively to students with need. Our average annual scholarship aid award—money that does not need to be repaid—is more than $35,000. Our no-loan and reduced-loan programs mean that our graduates leave Wellesley with some of the lowest debt (in many cases none at all) of any students in the country. 4. “Value” is tangible and intangible. Our scholarships, our funded internships, our programs supporting research and study abroad and innovative projects on campus and in communities around the world have a tangible value. Our libraries, our scientific equipment, our playing fields, our art museum, our collaborative relationships with MIT and other fine colleges and universities... you could put a number on that. But it all adds up to something more. And it may not even mean as much as the example (and the active involvement) of our alumnae, tens of thousands of extraordinarily accomplished, fiercely loyal women who are living proof of the value of a Wellesley education. Please note: Some (but not all!) of the above applies only to domestic students. Please visit our pages for prospective international students to find out more about financial aid.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
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
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

If Wellesley does look like Hogwarts, it's in part because life on our 500 acres is nothing short of magical. Clubs and student organizations (called "orgs") plan hundreds of events each semester, creating a community that thinks, plays, eats, and laughs together at every hour of the day. Org events and traditions are part (but not all) of the 50 Things to Do Before You Graduate, because the distribution requirements aren't the only checklist that counts. Feel overwhelmed by the overabundance of awesome already? Don't worry. The Office of Student Involvement is here to plan and support student activities on campus. And when you're looking for a cultural, intellectual, artistic, athletic or spiritual home (or all of the above), find your way to one of our extraordinary Student Centers.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



98% female
2% male
84% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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."


From The School


On Wellesley's lush 500-acre campus, students enjoy the best of both worlds: first rate instruction in a breath-taking setting and easy access to Boston, just 12 miles away.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Everything that is named Many, many things at Wellesley—buildings, scholarships, rooms, centers, labs, professorial positions—are named for the alumnae who gave money to support them. This is important. Many, many things in this world have been named for men; indeed, you could be forgiven for believing that men basically named (or built) the world. You don’t have to believe that anymore.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Boston and Cambridge The Green Monster! Inscrutable dialects! Entire city blocks where people talk freely of Habermas and nanostructures! Buskers! Nightclubs! Food from many lands! Well-curated used-clothing shops! Foreign-language bookstores! 250,000 students! The past! The future! And all of it is but 12 miles (about 35 minutes) away

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

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 offcampus 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.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Office of Disability Services

Jim Wice

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Extended test time


Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Blue)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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



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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Lenovo, Apple, and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Admission Office

Board of Admission
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481



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

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available


Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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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