Wellesley College

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA, USA

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college for women in eastern Massachusetts as well as a member of the Seven Sisters Colleges and Three-College Alliance. Wellesley confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 departmental and interdepartmental majors. In addition to classroom space, the Wellesley campus is home to research centers such as the Albright Institute and Wellesley Centers for Women. For recreation, Wellesley provides access to a private lake, golf club, and hiking paths on campus.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Women’s College

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted.November 1January 5
Fall Regular DecisionJanuary 8May 1
OtherJanuary 1February 26

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Submitting ACT
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 34
Average SAT Composite: 1452


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
Academic Calendar


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Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
20-39 Students
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies

Aid & Grants

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Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

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Student Gender
Student Organizations
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
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On Campus Women's Center
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Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman


Divisional Sports Nickname
School Colors
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
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Campus emergency phones
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
New York
San Francisco
Los Angeles
6 mos. after graduation
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

Wellesley is, in a word, intense. The students are passionate and frequently rally around their favored causes, and they bring the same fervor to their studies along with their many extracurriculars. Between the high quality education, the student body's drive and passion, and the huge alumnae network, a Wellesley graduate has a big chance at success in life.
Kiana from Worcester, MA
Wellesley College is a women's liberal arts college which is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and has passionate students and dedicated professors coming together to create a campus bursting with intellectual stimulation. Students have immensely diverse interests, which cultivates a rich extracurricular environment, with everything from Pre-law Associations to Astronomy Clubs and Quidditch Teams. All of Wellesley College works towards supporting one another in their academic and personal endeavors, and the enthusiasm and compassion of students, professors, and residential life, all come together to make Wellesley College a wonderful place to call home.
Wellesley First-Year
Wellesley is a well-rounded, diverse, open school: the students are pushed to work their hardest, achieve their goals and be amongst the best of the best. Wellesley prepares each of its students to be a leader, one who is able to work successfully and efficiently with others as well as direct projects herself. Courses are rigorous and sometimes stressful, but the result of a Wellesley education cannot be amounted in letter grades; here, values and practices necessary for success are learned inside and outside of the classroom.
Anonymous from Miami, FL
Attending Wellesley was the best decision I have ever made. It is an empowering and inspiring place. It has provided me with opportunities I would have never imagined.
Meagan from Wellesley, MA
An incredible space where you will be pushed academically, intellectually, and physically to be a better student. An incredible diverse student base where you become friends with people from diverse backgrounds. It is unique and incredible.
Emmet from San Franciso, CA
Wellesley is a great, but relatively unknown women's college. The college will take care of you, but there are many things that require you to be from a certain level of society. It's secluded a little, but that can be a good thing and it is so easy to get off campus.
Mina from Ontario, CA
Wellesley is a motivated, driven woman's place to take risks, challenge herself, and learn unique tools for success. The professors are dynamite, the resources are incredible, and the campus is New England paradise. Then on the weekend, feel free to blow off some steam with friends in Boston and Cambridge!
Mackenzie from San Francisco, CA