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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA 4-Year Private

About Wellesley College

Wellesley’s community is a remarkable blend of treasured tradition and contemporary creativity; 2,375 students enjoy the best of both worlds here: first-rate instruction in a breathtaking setting, plus easy access to Boston and Cambridge—academic, medical, cultural, and historic hub of the Northeast. Wellesley values diversity, and multiculturalism is a way of life. The community draws students from 83 countries and all 50 states; 50% identify as students of color; 16% are international; and 17% are first-generation college students. Wellesley College is a transformative force in the lives of women around the globe. Ranked among the top U.S. liberal arts colleges, Wellesley has a long-time tradition of educating women who make a difference in the world; every resource of the College is devoted to undergraduate women. Living and learning on a campus full of self-directed, intellectually curious women helps students develop the skills needed to succeed.

Wellesley College is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Wellesley, MA, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College currently enrolls around 2,280 students a year, including 2,280 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,285,397,000. The school spends $31,394 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Wellesley College

Acceptance rate: 20%

Mean ACT score: 32

Mean SAT score: 1431

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 8

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Wellesley College Acceptance Rate

Wellesley College is a extremely difficult school to get accepted to. Wellesley College accepts around 20 percent of applicants each year.

The mean composite SAT score is 1431. The mean ACT scores is 32.

In 2021, 2,252 applicants were waitlisted and 52 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Wellesley College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 592 students who started at Wellesley College as first-time freshman, 506 graduate within four years.

Around 94 percent of students who started at Wellesley College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 70 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $65,631 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $21,314 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Wellesley College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Wellesley College a good school for YOU?

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College Info

Wellesley College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wellesley College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wellesley College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wellesley College ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wellesley College is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Wellesley College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wellesley College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1510


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1370 to 1510


1370 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wellesley College students is 1440. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wellesley College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1370 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1370 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wellesley College.

Wellesley College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wellesley College is like? There are approximately 2,519 students enrolled at Wellesley College. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 14% percent are from MA and 86% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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