Wellesley College

Overview

On Wellesley’s scenic residential campus, just 12 miles west of Boston, students enjoy the best of both worlds: a great sense of community in a breathtakingly beautiful setting and easy access to Boston, an academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub and one of the largest college cities in the world. Ranked among the top liberal arts and sciences colleges, Wellesley has a deep tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world. In addition to 1,000+ classes and 54 majors, Wellesley offers pre-medical and pre-law advisory programs, and cross-registration with MIT and others. Wellesley professors are accessible and known for their outstanding commitment to teaching and academic career advising. Multiculturalism is a way of life within the College’s welcoming community, which includes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Due to its need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, generous financial aid, and low student-loan levels, Wellesley is also considered one of the most socio-economically diverse colleges in the nation. Classes are discussion based so students have the opportunity not only to learn from the professor, but also each other. Outside of class, students frequently engage in the 150 student organizations, including an array of cultural and faith-based clubs. With a rich history, an established reputation for academic excellence, and state-of-the-art resources, Wellesley provides its students with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful in today’s global environment.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discover Wellesley Weekend

Wellesley fully funds a travel grant for talented high school seniors from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to Discover Wellesley Weekend in the fall and to Spring Open Campus for admitted students in the spring. Visitors spend time with current students, attend classes, and get an insider’s view of campus and community. The priority deadline for the Fall Travel Grant is in the last week of June. The final deadline date occurs in mid-August. Learn more about Discover Wellesley Weekend

Scholarship & Financial Aid Financially Possible

Wellesley is able to use its substantial endowment to meet the financial needs of it students. Wellesley admits U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents based on their personal and academic merits alone, without any regard for their ability to pay. Once admitted, Wellesley guarantees to meet 100 percent of every student’s financial need. The College keeps packaged loan levels very low, even eliminating loans to students from families with incomes under $60,000. Financial aid packages are portable to the more than 160 approved study abroad programs, and funding is also available for research and service projects. Learn more about Financially Possible

Academic Advising & Support Mentors Abound

Wellesley offers a variety of learning support services, designed to help students reach their academic potential. Every student discusses her goals with an academic advisor and the class dean. Cultural advisors also work closely with both students and faculty. Individualized peer tutoring is available to all students at no extra cost. In addition, Wellesley Plus, a voluntary transition program for first year students, and the First Generation Network are programs designed to support and connect students that are the first in their families to attend college. Learn more about Mentors Abound

Student Diversity

  • 2,300
    Undergraduates
  • 0/100
    male/female
  • 14%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 23%
    Asian
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 11%
    Hispanic/Latino
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 39%
    White
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 13%
    International/nonresident

Student Success

  • 95%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 93%
    Six-year graduation
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 98%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 356
    Full-time faculty
  • 79
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 7:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Political Science, English, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Students' Association, Asian Student Union, Chinese Students Association, Club Filipina, Ethos (Women of African Descent), First Generation Network, Korean Students Association, Mezcla (Women of Latinx Descent), Native American Student Organization, Slater International Association, Spectrum (LGBTQA), Taiwanese Cultural Organization, United World Colleges, Association for South Asian Cultures

Affordability

Cost of Attendance

  • $48,510
    Tuition
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $292
    Required Fees
  • $15,114
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $54,332,344
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $44,218
    Average aid package
  • $21,455
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 20%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 58%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met

Admissions

Applicant Academics

  • 4,888
    # of applicants
  • 28%
    Admitted
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • 640—740
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 650—750
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional

Deadlines

  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • ED 1: 11/1, ED 2: 1/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date