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Wellesley College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Wellesley College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Wellesley College Ranked?

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2021 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 50 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is romance languages.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Wellesley as #41 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Wellesley is also ranked #7 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

See all of the rankings for Wellesley College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wellesley?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 22%, 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 52% 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 690 and 760. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wellesley College  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Wellesley College  ( 670 to 770 )
Wellesley received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Wellesley College  ( 30 to 33 )

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Wellesley College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Wellesley, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 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 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wellesley College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Wellesley College has a freshmen retention rate of 95%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 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 86%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Wellesley

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,534 undergraduates at Wellesley with 2,391 being full-time and 143 being part-time.

Wellesley Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Wellesley scored 55.88 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  55.88 out of 100
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How Much Does Wellesley College Cost?

The overall average net price of Wellesley is $22,247. 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 +
$6,425 $4,033 $7,934 $19,984 $41,765

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Wellesley, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $5,536 a year. That adds up to $22,144 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wellesley is 2.3%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Wellesley with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $60,800 in their early years. That's great news for Wellesley students since it is 53% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Wellesley College make the most money.

Location of Wellesley College

Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Wellesley College is a private not-for-profit institution. Wellesley is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Wellesley College

Contact details for Wellesley are given below.

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

Wellesley College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 89 $67,800
Political Science & Government 67 $37,700
Child Development & Psychology 59 NA
Computer Information Systems 44 $88,600
General Biology 44 $32,000
Area Studies 43 $35,800
Romance Languages 38 $33,800
General English Literature 32 $33,400
Mathematics 30 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 28 NA

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

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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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