Wellesley, Massachusetts

Wellesley Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Wellesley College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Wellesley College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Wellesley and can I get accepted? The school has a 22% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,251 out of 5,666 applicants were admitted making Wellesley a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Wellesley College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 48% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Wellesley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Wellesley College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for Wellesley College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1490

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Wellesley College?

Wellesley College typically requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1490 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Wellesley College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >32%
1485 to 1550 Avg + 22%-32%
1420 to 1485 Avg - 14%-22%
1355 to 1420 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 1355 Low <9%
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Wellesley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Wellesley College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Wellesley College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Wellesley?

Admission data indicates that Wellesley regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wellesley College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Wellesley College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >36%
31 to 33 Avg + 22%-36%
30 to 31 Avg - 17%-22%
29 to 30 Reach 12%-17%
Less than 29 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Wellesley College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Wellesley College was 3.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Wellesley is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

78% of Wellesley College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Wellesley College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 78%
Top 25% of class 0%
Top 50% of class 0%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Wellesley College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,666 0 5,666
Accepted 1,251 0 1,251
Acceptance Rate 22% ? 22%
Enrolled 605 0 605
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 48% ? 48%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 83 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Wellesley before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Wellesley College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Wellesley College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Wellesley College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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