Wellesley College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Tower of Green Hall at Wellesley College
The Tower of Green Hall at Wellesley College ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Wellesley College Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 29 percent in 2016, Wellesley College is a highly selective liberal arts college that rejects far more students than it accepts each year. To apply, students will need to submit an application (the school accepts the Common Application) including scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, and a personal essay. 

Will You Get In?

Calculate Your Chances of Getting In with this free tool from Cappex

Admissions Data (2016):

Wellesley College Description:

Located in an affluent and beautiful town outside of Boston, Wellesley College provides women with one of the best educations available. Wellesley often finds itself listed among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country, and it often ranks #1 among top women's colleges. The school offers small classes taught exclusively by the full-time faculty, a beautiful campus with Gothic architecture and a lake, and academic exchange programs with Harvard and M.I.T. The college can boast of an 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio, an average class size below 20, and a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,482 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 2 percent male / 98 percent female
  • 95 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,802
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,114
  • Other Expenses: $1,250
  • Total Cost: $65,966

Wellesley Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 66 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57 percent
    • Loans: 32 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $43,340
    • Loans: $4, 632

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistic

Wellesley and the Common Application

Wellesley College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Admissions Information for Other Top Liberal Arts Colleges:

If You Like Wellesley College, You May Also Like These Schools: