Wellesley CollegeWellesley College is one of the few remaining women’s colleges in the country. But it also happens to consistently rank among the ten best liberal arts schools in the U.S. Founded in 1870, the college is is considered one of the original Seven Sisters Colleges (including Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Smith, Radcliffe, Bryn Mawr, and Barnard). With a student population of over 2,500, the campus is tight-knit and 97 percent of women decide to stay in college-affiliated housing their entire four years.

Wellesley campusThere are 50 majors available to undergraduates at Wellesley College. With more than 1,000 courses to choose from, students have a great selection of study options. The most popular majors include: social sciences; biological/life sciences; computer and information sciences; area, ethnic, and gender studies; and psychology. Students can also take part in cross-registration programs with MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Babson, and Brandeis. They can also participate in the Twelve College Exchange Program. Most class sizes remain small at Wellesley with 67 percent of classes having fewer than 20 students. Additionally, the student to faculty ratio is about seven to one. In fact, Wellesley faculty members are often ranked among the top professors in the country.

Wellesley College studentsWellesley College has more than 150 student organizations, ranging from social clubs to academic programs. There are no sororities, but women form strong bonds with the students that share their residence halls. The college has many well-respected student-run publications like “Counterpoint” (a monthly journal), “The Wellesley News” (the campus newspaper), and “The Wellesley Review” (a literary magazine). The popular student government board is called the Schneider Board of Governors (SBOG); they are responsible for planning successful events on campus. Wellesley also has 13 varsity sports teams, who compete in the NCAA Division III, the Eastern Conference Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

WellesleyEven after students finish their undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, they are supported by the broad network of alumni. There are nearly 35,000 active alumni members who help connect students with internships and job placements. When you add in some of the best professors in the country and an active social life, Wellesley has one of the strongest liberal arts educations in the nation. Women interested in challenging academics and opportunities to advance should look into everything Wellesley College has to offer.


Acceptance Rate

Wellesley acceptance rate

Class Standing

Wellesley top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Wellesley College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Wellesley ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (binding): Nov. 1

Early evaluation: Jan. 1

Regular decision: Jan. 15

Accelerated admission: Jan. 15 (junior year)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2019 (Class of 2023) applicants: 6,488
Enrolled: 614
Yield: 47.4%
Acceptance rate: 20%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 802
ED applicants admitted: 248
ED acceptance rate: 30.9%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,245
Admitted off the waitlist: 36
Waitlist acceptance rate: 2.9%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 271
Transfer applicants admitted: 44
Transfer acceptance rate: 16.2%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 83%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-740
SAT Math: 660-780

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-34
ACT English: 32-35
ACT Math: 27-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Applicants are presented the choice of submitting the SAT plus two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing.

Wellesley recommends the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT recommended

Wellesley College recommends the writing portion Writing portion recommended

Wellesley College recommends the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests recommended

Wellesley College employs a flexible testing admissions model whereby applicants are presented the choice of submitting the SAT plus two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing. (Applicants wishing to pursue quantitative subjects are strongly encouraged to take at least one quantitative SAT Subject Test.)

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Wellesley graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Wellesley College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 83.9%
5 years: 90.9%
6 years: 92.5%

Loan default rate: 0.7%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 8

Salary after attending: $60,800

R&D Expenditures: $10.33 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 11
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 1
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Wellesley College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Wellesley student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2019-2020): $72,825

Total estimated cost of attendance (2019-2020): $76,698

Net Cost
Average: $20,826

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $6,425
$30,001 to $48,000: $4,033
$48,001 to $75,000: $7,934
$75,001 to $110,000: $19,984
$110,001 and more: $41,765

Graduates with student debt: 52%

Average student debt at graduation: $16,122

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Wellesley undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Wellesley college student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

Women: 98%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 67%
20 to 39: 32%
40 to 99: 1%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 2,534 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 12%
Out of State: 72%
International: 15%
Unknown: 1%

Wellesley College student population

Wellesley College seal

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This page was last updated in November 2019.