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Wellesley Admissions Information

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA (map)


Founded in 1893, Wellesley College is noted for providing women with an excellent education and challenging them to exceed their personal and academic potential. The school is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts–just a half hour outside of Boston–and focuses on liberal arts subject matter. Engaging its students in a small academic environment, Wellesley encourages its all-female student body to question, think critically, and challenge the viewpoints of themselves and their peers. Wellesley women are also urged to seek learning opportunities beyond the school’s physical campus by cross-registering at nearby MIT, Babson College, Brandeis University, and Olin College of Engineering. Since its founding, the College has fostered the minds of many accomplished women, while preparing them to make a difference in the world. Alumni include Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright, journalists Diane Sawyer and Cokie Roberts, and Academy Award nominated actress Ali MacGraw.

Wellesley encourages its students to be as active outside of the classroom as they are in. The school offers over 180 student organizations which, in addition to its proximity to Boston, make for countless cultural opportunities. Nearly all students choose to live on campus in one of the school’s 21 residence halls, fostering a tight-knit community feel. While Wellesley does not offer sororities, its clubs are often characterized by their social or academic goals; these groups often bring lecturers to campus and fund other academic experiences for their members. Among the most popular groups on campus are those singing a cappella music–four all-female and one coed with MIT–which have recorded with Ben Folds and been featured on television specials about the genre.



Basic Info

Main Address: 106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Phone Number: (781) 283-2270  
Website: www.wellesley.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Women only  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Club, and Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,296  
Percent out-of-state: 88%  
Percent international: 11.31%  
Female to Male ratio: 100:0  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 8:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC (Air Force, Army)
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Women's Housing
Cooperative Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Film society
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Radio station
Student newspaper
Choral groups
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #7 LGBT Friendly
  • Voted #11 Most Beautiful Campus
  • Voted #2 Professors Get High Marks
  • Voted #6 Best Classroom Experience
  • Voted #13 Most Accessible Professors

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 34%, Wellesley is considered to be among the more selective liberal arts colleges in the country. Because of its niche as an all-female school, in addition to its focus on liberal arts, Wellesley admissions officials indicate that beyond standardized test scores and GPA, applicants are encouraged to express their distinguishing qualities. In general, the school seeks academically outstanding, well-rounded, and ultimately unique students. Admissions officials have indicated that the most important factors for admission include the rigor of a student's secondary school record, academic GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, application essay, and a student's personal character.

Other important determinants for admission include the applicant's class rank, extracurricular activities, alumni relation, geographical residence, interview, racial and ethnic status, volunteer/work experience, level of the applicant's interest, and whether the student is a first generation college student. As one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country, it is important that an applicant emphasizes her academic record while also showcasing her accomplishments outside the classroom and personal attributes.

Admissions address: 106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone number: (781) 283-2270  
Fax number: (781) 283-3678  
Admissions Website: https://www.wellesley.edu/admission  
Email: admission@wellesley.edu  
Contact Person: Jennifer Desjarlais  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,156  
Percent of applicants admitted: 34%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: 01/15  
Early decision/action deadline: 11/01  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay(s)
2 academic teacher evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests or ACT with Writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3957  
ACT code: 1926  
Learn more about other Women's schools:
Bryn Mawr   Smith   Vassar   Mount Holyoke  

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