Wellesley College

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Located in the quaint city of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, is Wellesley College, a liberal arts school that offers superb higher education programs exclusively for women who want to become future leaders that will make a difference in the world. That’s right, Wellesley College is an all women’s college – so if you’re a guy you may want to continue your college search on another page.

At Wellesley College it’s all about participation and involvement. In addition to a rigorous academic program, all of the students are encouraged—even expected—to be involved in student government, theater, team sports, religious activities and/or special interest clubs. So don’t apply to Wellesley if you’re expecting to sit in a corner studying all day by yourself; it isn’t going to happen.

Wellesley College has a little bit to offer everyone (that is of course if you’re a woman.) For those interested in a subdued college setting you couldn’t ask for a better place to attend school than Wellesley Hills. For those looking for more excitement and entertainment the bustling city of Boston, Massachusetts is right around the corner.

As a liberal arts school Wellesley College offers courses and programs in liberal arts concentrations such as Art, Astronomy, Philosophy, Education, History, Literature, Foreign Language, Linguistics and Religion. However, the college also offers programs in mathematics, premedical studies and natural sciences. Students looking to enroll in any of these programs should take similar courses in high school in preparation. In addition, students enrolling in language courses should have taken previous high school level courses in the language they’re interested in pursuing.

As much of the underlying focus of its programs is to instill leadership skills and qualities in its students, Wellesley College provides an excellent launching pad for a variety of career and graduate education opportunities for its students.

Wellesley College is well-known and well-connected in the local community and business world. The college helps its students find internships, summer jobs and volunteer opportunities in the outside world.

Admissions officers consider ACT/SAT scores, previous leadership responsibilities, class rank, involvement in extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and a personal essay in their evaluation of potential students.

Admission Office
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
(781) 283-2270
Fax: (781) 283-3678

Contact: Jennifer Desjarlais
Dean of Admission
Main Address
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
(781) 283-1000


Total undergrads: 2,344
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 596
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,212

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $34,994 $36,640 $38,062 $39,666 +4.21%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,826 $11,336 $11,786 $12,284 +4.23%
Other $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $3,410 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 0.00%
Other $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,870 $50,026 $51,898 $54,000 +4.05%
In-state Off Campus $40,454 $40,490 $41,912 $43,516 +3.83%
In-state with Family $35,794 $37,440 $38,862 $40,466 +4.13%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 394 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 376 63% $11,549,343 $30,716
• Federal grants 89 15% $506,127 $5,687
• Pell grants 89 15% $330,177 $3,710
• Other federal grants 82 14% $175,950 $2,146
State/local government grant or scholarships 182 31% $607,214 $3,336
Institutional grants or scholarships 333 56% $10,436,002 $31,339
Student loan aid 191 32% $1,015,419 $5,316
• Federal student loans 136 23% $614,011 $4,515
• Other student loans 85 14% $401,408 $4,722

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 707
Architecture and Related Services 13
Architecture 13
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 60
African-American/Black Studies 4
American/United States Studies/Civilization 11
East Asian Studies 11
French Studies 1
German Studies 2
Italian Studies 4
Latin American Studies 5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 4
Russian Studies 3
South Asian Studies 4
Women’s Studies 11
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 83
Biochemistry 13
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 33
Neuroscience 37
Computing and Information Sciences 9
Computer and Information Sciences 9
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 51
English Language and Literature 51
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 82
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 1
Chinese Language and Literature 3
Comparative Literature 2
French Language and Literature 42
German Language and Literature 1
Japanese Language and Literature 8
Latin Language and Literature 2
Russian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 20
History 17
History 17
Mathematics and Statistics 20
Mathematics 20
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 28
Ancient Studies/Civilization 7
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 16
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Environmental Studies 12
Physical Sciences 27
Astronomy 3
Astrophysics 1
Atomic/Molecular Physics 1
Chemistry 11
Geology and Earth Science 6
Physics 5
Psychology 58
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 9
Psychology 49
Social Sciences 193
Anthropology 8
Economics 85
International Relations and Affairs 22
Political Science and Government 58
Sociology 18
Urban Studies/Affairs 2
Visual and Performing Arts 54
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 22
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 6
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 8
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 6
Fine/Studio Arts 6
Music 6

Above data represents first majors only.

(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 31%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 94%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
College-preparatory program: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Formal demonstration of competencies: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Recommended

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 4,439
Percent Admitted: 31%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 42%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 640 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 29 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

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Undergraduate Student Residence

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Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

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Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music History/Literature B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Japanese B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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