Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 2,482
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 13%
Student to faculty ratio 7:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,205 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Wellesley College is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 4,854 applications and only 1,388 students were granted admission. Wellesley College is at the #27 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 50% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 66% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1310 to 1500
ACT30 to 33
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Wellesley College's tuition was $48,510 for all students regardless of residency (81.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 66% of Wellesley College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 20% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,481 (which is 1.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Wellesley College in 2016-2017, was 127, which is 21% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $3,419 (which is 42% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Wellesley College has enrolled a total of 2,482 students (2,347 students full-time and 135 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,482 students, 9 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 2% men and 98% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 36%

Asian: 21%

Non-resident alien: 12%

Hispanic: 11%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%

Two or more races: 6%

Black/African American: 5%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Wellesley College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Social Sciences 15% 68
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 14% 64
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 9% 40
Mathematics And Statistics 5% 24
English Language And Literature/letters 4% 20
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 18
Psychology 3% 16
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 3% 14
History 3% 14
Natural Resources And Conservation 2% 10

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Wellesley College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Wellesley College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $39,700. Last year, out of the total 360 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 313 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 383 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 341 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $39,700 $60,100
Employment Rate 87% 89%
Total Graduates 360 383

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Wellesley College.

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2.2 mile away
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4.1 mile away
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4.8 mile away
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5.3 mile away
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