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Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Wellesley College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
20%
Admission Difficulty for Wellesley College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Wellesley and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Wellesley is 20%.  It ranks #9 in Massachusetts and #54 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Wellesley is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,343 out of 6,581 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent (SAT 1350/1520 ACT 31/34). Wellesley College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.86. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Wellesley application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Wellesley College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 66% of students submitted SAT scores and 48% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Wellesley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1350-1520
Applicants Submitting SAT 
66%
SAT Scores for Wellesley College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 670
SAT Composite 25th 1350
SAT Scores for Wellesley College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Wellesley College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 8 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1350 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 1260. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. Wellesley ranks #7 in Massachusetts and #38 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >32%
1435 to 1520 Avg + 20%-32%
1350 to 1435 Avg - 12%-20%
1265 to 1350 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1265 Low <6%
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Wellesley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
48%
ACT Scores for Wellesley College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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 #10 in Massachusetts and #44 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wellesley College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >37%
32 to 34 Avg + 20%-37%
31 to 32 Avg - 14%-20%
30 to 31 Reach 10%-14%
Less than 30 Low <10%
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Wellesley GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.86*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Wellesley College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Wellesley. 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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*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.

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High School Class Rank

85% 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 85%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Wellesley College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,581 0 6,581
Accepted 1,343 0 1,343
Acceptance Rate 20% ? 20%
Enrolled 580 0 580
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 43% ? 43%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
105

Applicants have 105 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Wellesley College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

Wellesley College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.

FAQs

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 1350 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 31 and 34. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.