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Wellesley College

106 Central St, Wellesley, MA

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Wellesley College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Wellesley, MA, which is a predominately suburban area. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled yearly at Wellesley College.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Most students accepted to Wellesley College earn an SAT score between 1950 - 2240, or an ACT composite score between 29 - 32. An estimated 30 percent of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 42 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $45,000 per year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is about $7,000. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who are eligible as grants and loans.

The Wellesley College "Blue" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA.

Students may take a look at the school's http://www.wellesley.edu to see additional information.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students Wellesley College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Wellesley College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading650 - 740
SAT ® Math640 - 750
SAT ® Writing660 - 750
SAT ® Total Score1950 - 2240

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English0 - 0
ACT ® Math0 - 0
ACT ® Composite Score29 - 32

Acceptance Rate Table

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Wellesley College.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,362 (31%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled574 (42%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Wellesley College is around 2,500 students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $42,000-$50,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Per unit charges are around $1,400 for part time students
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid67%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships60%$35,600
Receiving Student Loans34%$3,259

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Wellesley College may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 92%, Wellesley College is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years86%
Graduating in 5 Years4%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Social Sciences


  • Psychology (B)
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics (B)

English Language and Literature

Biological and Biomedical Sciences


Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • Comparative Literature (B)
  • Russian Language and Literature (B)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (B)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History (B)
  • Film, Video and Photographic Arts (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B)
  • Film Studies (B)
  • Drama

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B)
  • East Asian Studies (B)
  • United States Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B)
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies (B)
  • Russian Studies (B)
  • South Asian Studies (B)
  • African-American Studies (B)
  • French Studies
  • Italian Studies

Physical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (B)
  • Ancient Civilization Studies (B)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (B)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B)

Natural Resources and Conservation


Mathematics and Statistics

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

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