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Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Wellesley College overview
Location Wellesley, Massachusetts
Online wellesley.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Wellesley College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Wellesley College, a private women's liberal arts college, is situated in the suburban town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, just west of Boston. Founded in 1870, Wellesley is renowned for its rigorous academic environment, picturesque campus with a blend of Gothic and modernist architecture, and a legacy of empowering women leaders. The college emphasizes an interdisciplinary curriculum and is known for strengths in fields such as political science, economics, and environmental studies. Seeking to enroll a diverse and highly accomplished student body, Wellesley is known for a highly selective admissions process. On-campus living is a significant aspect of student life, with the majority of students residing in residential halls throughout their tenure. While the institution is not predominantly known for its athletics, Wellesley College competes in NCAA Division III as the Blue in a number of sports.

In the most recent statistical year 8,491 prospective students applied, and 1,152 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 585 enrolled in the school.  2,363 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 84 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,584 plus fees of $336. Wellesley is ranked 17 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












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Admission Standards

Wellesley College overview
SAT 1430/1550
ACT 33/35
Estimated GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

Wellesley College overview
Applications Due Jan 8, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wellesley College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$336
Room and Board $19,080
Budget for Other Expenses$1,250
Total One Year Cost$83,050

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$68,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

92% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wellesley College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 28%
Biology 9%
Ethnic Studies 9%
Foreign Languages 9%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168218 IPEDS survey data for Wellesley College.

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