A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    D+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A
Wellesley College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481

Wellesley College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
SAT Range
1290-1490
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Wellesley College

Cost

Net Price
$22,138/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,950/ year
  • $30-48k
    $1,950/ year
  • $49-75k
    $5,400/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,500/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,600/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,344Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Overachiever
    92%
  • Hard working
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
72%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Fierce, elegant, strong
    42%
  • Intense
    33%
  • Rigorous, inspiring
    25%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
63%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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Wellesley College Reviews

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Wellesley is the best thing to ever happen to me. I feel unbelievably blessed to have been placed in this picture-perfect setting with passionate faculty, brilliant and kind students, a convenient location, incredible facilities, and caring staff. No college is perfect, but Wellesley tends to acknowledge its imperfections and actively works to resolve them. I've never felt more supported, appreciated, or stimulated intellectually. Wellesley is for you if you're an overachiever, if you value being part of a historic legacy, and if you care about what you do. Wellesley is not for you if all you care about is partying(though it's still available), social status, greek life, or slacking off. I love my community-- Wellesley feels like home.
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I love the community and the support at Wellesley. From the moment I set foot on Campus, I felt to natural to be in this community. I am currently a freshman but I think Wellesley is growing to be my home. Food is amazing and since we have five dining halls, we can choose to go anywhere. The campus is stunning and is such a safe place to walk around even at like 2 in the morning. The professors are all passionate and willing to give the most in every class. The work load is not small but manageable. They are setting us up for success!
While world-class faculty can be found at any top institution, the expectations of the professors and the self-imposed high standard of achievement among students makes Wellesley intensely and exceptionally challenging. Thus, it's easy think of Wellesley as Hell(esley), but there is a reason why students affectionately refer to their home as Swellesley. Students take pride in how difficult their school is: they don't want an easy degree sending them into a demanding world. Often alumnae credit the academic challenges they faced at Wellesley as fundamental preparation for the challenges they faced in their often accomplished careers. Wellesley's motto is sed ministrare non ministrari, not to be ministered unto but to minister to. Wellesley is not where girls become women, but where women become leaders. Certainly, there is no room for slackers at the top college, but there is also no limit on the achievement of the ambitious, intelligent, and lauded women who continue to attend.