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#281 of 2,597 In North America
#250 of 2,496 In the United States
#16 of 88 In Massachusetts
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Gender
All female
Acceptance rate
16%
Average SAT
1470
Average ACT
33
Avg. cost to attend
$21,862 /y
Aid receiving
66%
Undergraduates
2,461
Male:Female Ratio
1:99
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Bachelor's degree

Wellesley College Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Wellesley College has an acceptance rate of 16% and is among the top 4% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 16% 16%
Applicants 7,663 7,663
Admissions 1,240 1,240
Freshmen enrolled full time 606 606

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
220 or 36%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1400
or below

75% of them
had 1540
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Wellesley College are 1400-1540 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
138 or 23%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 31
or below

75% of them
had 34
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Wellesley College are 31-34 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
Secondary school record Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
TOEFL Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 826 (34%)
Asian 524 (21%)
Hispanic 354 (14%)
Nonresident Alien 340 (14%)
Black or African American 189 (8%)
Two or more races 151 (6%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 72 (3%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 4 (0.2%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Wellesley College is $21,862 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$21,862/year
Average aid awarded
$55,483
Students receiving aid
66%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $5,206
$30-48K $5,759
$48-75K $10,758
$75-110K $28,001
$110K+ $51,814

Tuition and fees

Undergraduates
Tuition in-district $60,424
Tuition in-state $60,424
Tuition out-of-state $60,424
Fee in-district $328
Fee in-state $328
Fee out-of-state $328

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 2,211
Combined charge for room and board $18,288
Room charge $9,704
Meal charge $8,584

Wellesley College majors

Wellesley College has granted 579 bachelor's degrees across 50 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Wellesley College.

Major Bachelor
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 80
Computer and Information Sciences, General 42
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 39
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 36
Neuroscience 34
Political Science and Government, General 31
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 21
Environmental Studies 20
Mathematics, General 20
English Language and Literature, General 18
Anthropology, General 17
Chemistry, General 17
Sociology, General 16
Philosophy 13
Biochemistry 12
International Relations and Affairs 12
Creative Writing 11
Women's Studies 11
Architecture 9
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 9
History, General 9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 8
American & United States Studies & Civilization 7
Ancient Studies & Civilization 7
Film & Cinema & Media Studies 7
Physics, General 7
Astrophysics 6
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 6
African-American & Black Studies 5
Education, General 5
French Language and Literature 4
Geology & Earth Science, General 4
Mathematics and Computer Science 4
Music, General 4
Fine & Studio Arts, General 3
Chemical Physics 2
Chinese Language and Literature 2
Comparative Literature 2
Japanese Language and Literature 2
Korean Language and Literature 2
Latin American Studies 2
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2
Religion & Religious Studies 2
Spanish Language and Literature 2
Astronomy 1
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 1
East Asian Studies 1
German Studies 1
Russian Studies 1
Grand Total 579

Wellesley College has a graduation rate of 92%, which is among the 4% highest for universities in the US.

Total Women
Graduation rate 92% 92%
  • Full-time retention rate - 97%

Publications & Citations

Wellesley College has published 8,247 scientific papers with 182,719 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biology, Political Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Sociology, and Physics.

Publications
8,247
Citations
182,719

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
5,137 / 96,829
Biology
3,298 / 105,663
Political Science
3,084 / 53,206
Computer Science
2,868 / 76,363
Environmental Science
2,851 / 65,034
Law
2,680 / 50,442
Medicine
2,607 / 91,916
Philosophy
2,549 / 50,186
Sociology
2,455 / 53,755
Physics
2,321 / 52,001
Psychology
2,310 / 77,823
Engineering
2,293 / 50,555
Chemistry
2,102 / 68,823
History
1,966 / 25,641
Geography and Cartography
1,628 / 32,757
Genetics
1,469 / 55,487
Geology
1,368 / 35,750
Quantum and Particle physics
1,357 / 31,502
Economics
1,349 / 30,277
Business
1,325 / 29,953
Biochemistry
1,324 / 51,155
Art & Design
1,253 / 17,637
Mathematics
1,178 / 32,693
Linguistics
1,150 / 28,277
Archaeology
1,121 / 21,962
Ecology
1,055 / 28,771
Paleontology
1,012 / 28,332
Social Psychology
919 / 33,189
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
881 / 23,958
Neuroscience
851 / 32,410
Psychiatry
845 / 33,184
Organic Chemistry
809 / 19,607
Pathology
736 / 25,941
Statistics
732 / 24,129
Materials Science
630 / 15,268
Development Studies
626 / 14,201
Demography
610 / 19,745
Child Psychology
603 / 29,136
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
569 / 6,573
Astrophysics and Astronomy
567 / 12,040

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 90 678
1991 90 765
1992 89 771
1993 121 916
1994 112 1094
1995 99 1096
1996 129 1173
1997 106 1317
1998 127 1492
1999 113 1476
2000 114 1580
2001 170 1773
2002 153 2371
2003 175 2836
2004 185 3182
2005 129 4000
2006 160 4590
2007 201 5004
2008 174 5639
2009 247 6139
2010 202 6435
2011 198 7221
2012 263 7664
2013 277 8194
2014 268 8424
2015 321 8769
2016 252 8506
2017 293 8787
2018 230 9156
2019 282 10116
2020 306 11865
2021 342 13689
2022 264 12035
Academic rankings

Wellesley College alumni

  1. Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 76)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    1965-1969 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in political science
    Occupations
    podcasteruniversity teacherdiplomatlawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 67th United States secretary of state under president Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, as a United States senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and as the first lady of the United States as the wife of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the party's nominee for president in the 2016 presidential election, becoming the first woman to win a presidential nomination by a major U.S. political party. Clinton won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote, thereby losing the election to Donald Trump.

  2. Elisabeth Shue

    Elisabeth Shue
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm produceractorfilm actorsinger
    Biography

    Elisabeth Judson Shue is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Soapdish (1991), The Saint (1997), Hollow Man (2000), Piranha 3D (2010), Battle of the Sexes (2017), Death Wish (2018), Greyhound (2020), and Cobra Kai (2021). She was nominated for an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the film Leaving Las Vegas (1995).

  3. Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright
    Born in
    Czech Republic Flag Czech Republic
    Years
    1937-2022 (aged 85)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    opinion journalistuniversity teacherambassadordiplomatpolitical scientist
    Biography

    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright was an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the 64th United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Albright was the first woman to hold that post.

  4. Ali MacGraw

    Ali MacGraw
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    television actorautobiographeractorfilm actormodel
    Biography

    Elizabeth Alice MacGraw is an American actress and activist. She gained attention with her role in the film Goodbye, Columbus (1969), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She gained an international profile for her role in the film Love Story (1970), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In 1972, MacGraw was voted the top female box office star in the world and was honored with a hands and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after having been in just three films. Despite this, she would retain her leading woman status in only four films afterward. She went on to star in the popular action film The Getaway (1972). She played the female lead in Convoy (1978) and headlined the romantic sports drama Players (1979), the comedy Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), and appeared in the historical novel-based television miniseries The Winds of War (1983). In 1991, she published an autobiography, Moving Pictures.

All 100 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names WC
Founded 1870
Motto Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare
Not to be ministered unto, but to minister
Colors blue
Academic calendar Semesters
Total FTE staff 1,032
Carnegie classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

Location and contacts

Address 106 Central St
Wellesley, Massachusetts, 02481-8203
United States
City population 30,000
Phone 7812831000

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