Wellesley College

Wellesley College

Wellesley College was chartered in 1870 as the Wellesley Female Seminary. It was given its present name on March 7, 1873. However, classes began to be offered only from the year 1875. It is now a private women's liberal arts institute located on more than 450 acres of land in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Wellesley College's recent enrollments have been more than 2,000 students every year. The college offers baccalaureates degrees in over 50 majors. One can choose from programs in the fields of art, architecture, classical studies, cinema and media studies, English, geosciences, peace and justice studies, religion, and women's studies, among others.

Wellesley College's sports teams participate in basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Students are also members of clubs and organizations such as the - la Mode, Alianza, Art Club, Blue Notes, Cafe Hoop, Glee Club, and Phi Sigma.

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Contacting Wellesley College

Wellesley College
106 Central St
Wellesley , MA 02481-8203
General Phone: (781) 283-1000

Wellesley College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts346American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, South Asian studies, Chinese studies, French studies, German studies, ...
Science71biology, biochemistry, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling49psychology, cognitive psychology
Fine Arts27fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy20philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Photography and Commercial Art16film studies, film and photography
Architecture and Planning11architecture
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies, environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Wellesley College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree60457

Wellesley College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wellesley College had a total enrollment of 2,380 students (2,537 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 42%
Black 6%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 26%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 43%
22-24 5%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York13%
(International Students)11%
New Jersey5%
New Hampshire2%
New Mexico1%
North Carolina1%
Rhode Island1%
Washington, DC1%

Wellesley College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Wellesley College Room and Board (2007)

Wellesley College offers campus housing for 2,187 of its 2,537 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Wellesley, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wellesley College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal640740
SAT Math630725
SAT Writing650740
ACT Composite2832

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wellesley College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,640
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,640
Room and board $ 11,336
Room charge $ 5,752
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,584
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,250

Financial Aid:
Wellesley College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 222400)

Wellesley College Faculty

Wellesley College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year53$149,67849$141,000
Associate professoracademic year24$97,77228$98,966
Assistant professoracademic year25$78,12748$74,974
Instructoracademic year1*0*
Lectureracademic year13$73,47726$84,399
No academic rankacademic year10$67,09426$65,668
All faculty totalacademic year126$110,335177$97,065

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wellesley College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Track New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

Wellesley College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Chinese Studies
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
French Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Psychology, General

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