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Wellesley College Admissions

If you want to apply to Wellesley College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 8 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Wellesley College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Wellesley College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 85%
Mean SAT Score 1431
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 68%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Wellesley College?

Wellesley College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wellesley College is 39%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 20%. Last year, Wellesley College admitted 253 of the 642 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Wellesley College Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Wellesley College is extremely difficult. Wellesley College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Wellesley College accepted 20% of all applicants, around 1,343 of the 6,581 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Wellesley College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Wellesley College waitlisted 2,252 students. Of those, 926 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important to Get In to Wellesley College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Wellesley College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Wellesley College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Wellesley College must submit the following items. Double check with Wellesley College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements first senior marking period grades and mid-year report
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wellesley College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Wellesley College 85% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Wellesley College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 34%

Wellesley College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Wellesley College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 68% of Wellesley College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Wellesley College?

To be competitive with other Wellesley College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1370 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wellesley College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1370, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wellesley College student is 1431.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wellesley College students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wellesley College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Wellesley College?

To be most competitive at Wellesley College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wellesley College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wellesley College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

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Transferring to Wellesley College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Wellesley College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Wellesley College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Wellesley College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wellesley College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Wellesley College.

Does Wellesley College accept transfer credits?

Wellesley College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Wellesley College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Wellesley College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wellesley College?

No, Wellesley College is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Wellesley College's acceptance rate?

Wellesley College's acceptance rate is 20%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wellesley College?

Wellesley College's early decision acceptance rate was 39% in 2021.

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Wellesley College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 8

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wellesley College is Jan 8.

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 32. 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

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1370 to 1510


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wellesley College students is 1431. 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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