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Wellesley College Data & Information Overview

464 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
16% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Wellesley College Ranked?

#88 Best Colleges in Nation
#12 Best Colleges in MA
Women's Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Wellesley College was awarded 464 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is women's studies.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Wellesley as #88 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, Wellesley is ranked at #12.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Wellesley?

16% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 16%, Wellesley is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to Wellesley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 760. Math scores were between 690 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wellesley College  ( 710 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Wellesley College  ( 690 to 780 )
Wellesley received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Wellesley College  ( 31 to 34 )

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Wellesley College Faculty

8 to 1 Student to Faculty
80% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Wellesley, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wellesley College is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wellesley College

97% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Wellesley College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Wellesley for first-time, full-time students is 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Wellesley College.

Wellesley College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,238 Full-Time Undergraduates
50.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
100.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,280 undergraduates at Wellesley with 2,238 being full-time and 42 being part-time.

How Much Does Wellesley College Cost?

$23,908 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
$21,144 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Wellesley is $23,908. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wellesley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,674 $8,021 $10,792 $22,704 $48,540

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Wellesley, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wellesley, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $5,286 a year. That adds up to $21,144 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wellesley is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Wellesley Graduates Make?

$66,531 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Wellesley make about $66,531 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Wellesley graduates since it is 57% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Wellesley College make the most money.

Location of Wellesley College

Massachusetts State
2,238 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Wellesley College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Wellesley is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Wellesley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Phone: 781-283-1000

Wellesley College Majors

38 Majors With Completions
738 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 91 $70,781
Child Development & Psychology 62 $36,106
Computer Information Systems 44 $110,380
General Biology 42 $30,531
Political Science & Government 42 $37,693
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 36 $25,373
Ethnic Studies 31 $50,587
Mathematics 29 NA
Romance Languages 26 $37,002
Natural Resources Conservation 25 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Wellesley College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 1,968 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at Wellesley College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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