Wellesley College

106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Tel: (781)283-1000
Private not-for-profit | 2,471 students
Wellesley College, with its rich history and established reputation for academic excellence, provides undergraduates with a comprehensive liberal arts education in a small college environment. By the time you graduate, you will have acquired the skills you need to succeed and make a difference in the world. Wellesley is one of the most academically challenging colleges in the country and is widely acknowledged as the college that best provides an education for women.

School Overview:

Wellesley College
CountyNorfolk County, MA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
357 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,471 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,330 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
141 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted30%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)650-740450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)640-740460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)650-750440-570
ACT Composite (25-75%)29-3220-25

School Notes:

  • Excellent academic facilities support learning at Wellesley. Students have access to virtually all the collections on campus through a computerized library system totaling over 1.5 million items. The holdings include more than 200 electronic databases; 11,000 electronic journals; 22,000 electronic books; 7,000 films on VHS and DVD; and 7,000 music CDs. Among the special holdings are a world-renowned Browning Collection, a Book Arts Collection, and a Rare Book Collection. Interlibrary loans through the Boston Library Consortium augment the College‚Äôs own holdings.
  • One of the first liberal arts colleges to establish a separate computer science department and computer science major, Wellesley remains at the forefront of technological development.
  • Approximately 1,000 courses are offered. Nine of the 32 units required for graduation are drawn from eight substantive and skill-based categories. Students are required to take a writing course and to fulfill a quantitative reasoning requirement. Consistent with the College's commitment to cultural diversity, students must complete at least one course with a multicultural focus.
  • Life at Wellesley provides a balanced environment and an education for women. A Wellesley education is designed to provide you, as an intellectually adventurous woman, with numerous opportunities on campus and beyond. Wellesley offers more than 160 clubs, organizations, and activities for your involvement. The College is easily accessible to Boston, a great city in which to meet other college students and to experience theatre, art, sports, and entertainment.
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wellesley 4th among liberal arts colleges in the country for seven out of the last nine years.
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