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
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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%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1310-1500
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$20,013/ year
National
$15,523
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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,347Undergrads
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 13 responses
Report
  • Overachiever
    85%
  • Hard working
    15%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Fierce, elegant, strong
    38%
  • Intense
    31%
  • Rigorous, inspiring
    31%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
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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I love being a student at Wellesley! I have made so many friends and connections, both with professors and my peers. I always feel like I can I be myself, and have seen myself grow into a passionate, confident, intelligent, self-assured woman. I have been guided in my challenges, and cheered on in my successes. The community is incredibly supportive and invested in each other.
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Wellesley is an amazing place and as an alum I experience the benefits of having attended every day. Being part of an alumnae/i network that is always available and willing to help us a huge advantage. Not to mention my first two jobs after college had a Wellesley connection. Academically, Wellesley is very difficult and practices grade deflation wherein class averages are supposed to come out to a B+ at the highest. This can make it competitive with your classmates, but it also pushes you to do some really great work. Additionally they have a largest endowment and award need based financial aid generously. I would absolutely recommend Wellesley to anyone.
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.