So, you’re thinking about applying to Wellesley College, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 29%, admission to Wellesley College is pretty competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1500, or an ACT score of around 31.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Wellesley admission statistics.
Wellesley Admissions Statistics
Wellesley’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 29%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 4,854 applicants, Wellesley admitted about 1,388. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.98, the average ACT score was 31, and the average SAT score was 1460.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile score was 33.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1370. The 75th percentile score was 1530.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Wellesley is pretty competitive. Even if Wellesley is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Wellesley’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Wellesley Application Requirements
To apply to Wellesley, you’ll need to fill out either the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge National College Match Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit two essays (one personal, one Wellesley-specific), submit two teacher evaluations, submit a Secondary School Report, and submit the Early Decision Agreement (only if applying for Early Decision). Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 15th for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge National College Match Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Submit two essays (one personal, one Wellesley-specific)
- Submit a Secondary School Report
- Submit the Early Decision Agreement (only if applying for Early Decision)
- Submit two teacher evaluations
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 15th for Regular Decision.
Have you been admitted to Wellesley? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Wellesley Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Wellesley, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- 100% female
- 11% of students are international
Wellesley has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 11%
- Underrepresented minority: 4.5%
- Two or more races: 6.7%
- White: 45%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Wellesley offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Wellesley Tuition Figures
At $65,966, Wellesley’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $45,178.
Here’s a fuller look at Wellesley tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $65,974
- Average financial aid package: $45,178
- The average student debt of a Wellesley graduate is $13,415
Now, what is life like at Wellesley? Let’s take a look.
Wellesley College is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, west of Boston.
Much of the architectural style of Wellesley is based on the original designs and master plan by noted architects Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Arthur Shurcliff, and Ralph Adams Cram.
Remember, you’re going to Wellesley for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Wellesley has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- African Studies
- Biological Sciences
- Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
- Digital Communication and Media
- Environmental Studies
- French Studies
- German Studies
- International Relations and Affairs
- Japanese Language and Literature
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Political Science and Government
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Wellesley.
Student Life at Wellesley
Wellesley has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Wellesley’s student activities:
- Community Action Network (CAN)
- Cafe Hoop
- El Table
- Punch's Alley
- Dead Serious
- Wellesley College Dancers
- Blue Jazz
- The Blue Notes
- Active Minds of Wellesley
- The Blue Cancer Society
- The Shakespeare Society
- Classics Club
Are you an athlete? Wellesley’s got plenty of options for you.
Wellesley offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Wellesley’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Wellesley degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Wellesley has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- BlackRock co-founder Susan Wagner
- Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase
- Landscape architect Anita Berrizbeitia
- US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
- US Senator, Secretary of State, and First Lady Hillary Clinton
- Journalist Diane Sawyer
- Author Judith Krantz
- Film director Nora Ephron
- Actress Ali MacGraw
- Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Wellesley is pretty competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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