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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%

Wellesley College Admissions

Wellesley College is extremely difficult to get into. In 2022, Wellesley College accepted just 14% of all applicants. Out of 8,491 applications received in 2023, 1,152 students were offered admission.

Reach out to Wellesley College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Wellesley College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Wellesley College's admissions stats.

Wellesley College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 89%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
Waitlist Yes

Wellesley College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wellesley College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1
Early Decision II Yes January 1
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 1 8

Want to Apply 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 I applications are due by November 1

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wellesley College is 29%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 14%. Last year, Wellesley College admitted 259 of the 887 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Wellesley College Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Wellesley College?

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 2022, Wellesley College accepted 14% of all applicants, about 1,152 from 8,491 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Wellesley College

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Wellesley College

Wellesley College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Wellesley College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Wellesley College

Wondering what factors are considered by Wellesley College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Wellesley College for more information on admission factors.

Wellesley College Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wellesley College?

Wellesley College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At Wellesley College 89% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Wellesley College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Wellesley College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 40% of Wellesley College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wellesley College?

To be competitive with other Wellesley College applicants, you should aim to score between 1440 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wellesley College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1440, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wellesley College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wellesley College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

To be most competitive at Wellesley College, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wellesley College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wellesley College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wellesley College?

❌ No, Wellesley College is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Wellesley College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Wellesley College is 14%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wellesley College?

✅ Wellesley College's early decision acceptance rate was 29% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Wellesley College? Wellesley College is a selective institution. The Wellesley College acceptance rate is 14%. This means that the institution accepts 13 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1540


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Wellesley College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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