Wellesley Admission Requirements

Wellesley, Massachusetts

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 20% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,296 out of 6,631 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 8 percent. Wellesley College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 47% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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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 670
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Wellesley College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1430

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 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1230. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Wellesley College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >30%
1425 to 1520 Avg + 20%-30%
1330 to 1425 Avg - 13%-20%
1235 to 1330 Reach 8%-13%
Less than 1235 Low <8%
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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 34
Average ACT Score 32

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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #9 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wellesley College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Wellesley College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >30%
32 to 34 Avg + 20%-30%
30 to 32 Avg - 13%-20%
28 to 30 Reach 8%-13%
Less than 28 Low <8%
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Wellesley GPA

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.86 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Wellesley College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,631 0 6,631
Accepted 1,296 0 1,296
Acceptance Rate 20% ? 20%
Enrolled 614 0 614
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 47% ? 47%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Wellesley College and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Olin College of Engineering

Needham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

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


Does Wellesley College prefer SAT or ACT?

66% of students submit their SAT scores to Wellesley. 48% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Wellesley College?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to Wellesley. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Wellesley College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1330 and 1520. 66% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Wellesley College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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