Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Get to know Wellesley College

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

2,360 undergraduate students

573 first-year students

Students hail from 46 U.S. states and territories and 27 countries


13% applicants admitted to the Class of 2027

24% of the Class of 2027 are the first in their family to attend college

SAT EBRW Middle 50% : 720-770

SAT M Middle 50% : 720-780

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35


1,000+ courses, 50+ majors, and 15 foreign languages 

Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1

Introduction to Wellesley College

Wellesley, one of the most diverse colleges in the United States, is a liberal arts women’s college located 12 miles outside of Boston. A Wellesley education is rooted in the founding radical idea that women’s education is a force for progress and change. Today, Wellesley continues to expand the understanding of what women can and will do.

Students can select from 1,000+ classes in over 50 departments, majors, and programs of study ranging from Architecture to Astronomy to Middle Eastern Studies to Neuroscience. First-year students enroll in writing seminars designed exclusively to help ease the transition from high school to college and to learn and discuss various subject areas in more depth. Wellesley’s first-semester shadow grading policy (meaning all courses are graded Pass/Fail!) provides first-year students the space and support to transition to a residential college experience and to explore new intellectual opportunities. 

Further explore your academic interests through Wellesley’s study abroad programs, or choose to supplement your education with internships and community service projects locally or abroad. More than 90% of seniors complete at least one internship; hundreds of research opportunities are available, often one-on-one with a professor. Outside of the classroom, Wellesley students take advantage of the 180+ existing student-run organizations and are encouraged to lead and create new organizations. Hundreds of events (on-campus concerts, trips into Boston and Cambridge, specialized lectures, and more!) held each school year help students find community and joy throughout their time at Wellesley.

Did you know that Flower Sunday is the oldest and longest-surviving Wellesley tradition? Held annually in September, Flower Sunday is a day of siblinghood and celebration, featuring a multicultural and multi-faith day of activity filled with song, music, and dance. Famous Wellesley alumnae include: Hillary Clinton ’69, 2016 Presidential Candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State; Callie Crossley '73 broadcast journalist and Academy Award-nominated producer for the documentary Eyes on the Prize; Liz Miranda ‘98, Massachusetts State Representative (D); Malinda Lo ‘96, author of National Book Award winner Last Night at the Telegraph Club; Vicky Tsai ‘00, Founder of Tatcha; Anna Rios ‘01, Head of Consumer Insights for Latin America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand for Amazon Studios; and Pamela Melroy '83, retired Air Force Officer and former NASA astronaut.

Wellesley Plus, a voluntary transition program for first year students, and the First Generation/Low Income Network, are programs designed to support and connect students that are the first in their families to attend college.

Wellesley’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs educates women for positions of leadership and fosters an innovative approach to problem solving.

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