Wellesley College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 20%. Founded in 1870, and one of the original Seven Sisters Colleges, Wellesley College is located in a beautiful town outside of Boston. Wellesley offers small classes taught exclusively by full-time faculty, and academic exchange programs with Harvard and M.I.T. The college boasts of a 7-to-1 student/faculty ratio, an average class size below 20, and a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Wellesley College admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Wellesley College had an acceptance rate of 20%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 20 were admitted, making Wellesley's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,631
Percent Admitted 20%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 47%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Wellesley College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 66% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 670 740
Math 660 780
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Wellesley's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Wellesley College scored between 670 and 740, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 740. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 660 and 780, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 780. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1520 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Wellesley.

Requirements

Wellesley does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Wellesley participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Wellesley College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 48% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 32 35
Math 27 33
Composite 30 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Wellesley's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Wellesley received a composite ACT score between 30 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 30.

Requirements

Wellesley College participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Wellesley does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Wellesley College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. According to 2018 admissions statistics, 32% of admitted students provided class rank, and of those, 83% reported being in the top ten percent of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Wellesley College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Wellesley College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Wellesley College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Wellesley College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Wellesley also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and Wellesley-specific essay, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just those who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Wellesley recommends optional interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Wellesley's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who were accepted to Wellesley had averages of A- or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1300, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. Good numbers, however, aren't all that is needed to get accepted. If you look at the red on the graph (rejected students), you'll see that some students with high grades and test scores were rejected from Wellesley.

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