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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

Wellesley landed the #41 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Wellesley also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Wellesley College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wellesley?

Acceptance Rate

Wellesley College has a very low acceptance rate of 22%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Wellesley just in case you don't make the cut.

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 )

Learn more about Wellesley College admissions.

Wellesley College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Wellesley it is much better at 7 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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

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

Average Overall Diversity at Wellesley

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,519 undergraduates at Wellesley with 2,399 being full-time and 120 being part-time.

Wellesley Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

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

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 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.

Get more details about paying for Wellesley College.

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

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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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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