Wellesley College

106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 283-2270
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Wellesley College is a private institution located in Wellesley, Mass., just 12 miles west of Boston. The college was founded in 1870, and its liberal arts college for women is one of the original Seven Sisters Colleges that included Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Smith, Radcliffe (now part of Harvard), Bryn Mawr, and Barnard. The school is has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,411 students. Wellesley has a cross-registration program with MIT, and allows students to spend a semester in another college in the Northeast as part of the Twelve College Exchange Program. The school was ranked 6th among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report in 2012.

Programs Offered

Wellesley offers more than 1,000 courses in 52 majors. The most popular majors at Wellesley College include social sciences, biology and biomedical science, foreign languages, ethnic and cultural studies, and psychology. Included among the bachelor’s degree offerings are several foreign language programs, economics, music, physics, and women’s and gender studies. The school also features a called the Davis Scholars program for women over the age of 24 who were unable to begin or finish a bachelor’s degree in a traditional setting.


Wellesley College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The school has been accredited by the organizations since 1929.


First-year applicants to Wellesley College must complete a school supplement and the Common Application no later than Jan. 15 for the following fall semester, or by Nov. 1 for early decision. Along with a completed common application and Wellesley supplement, applicants must also complete a personal essay and submit two written evaluations from different high school teachers. Applicants must also submit their SAT or ACT test scores by December 30. Prospective students should keep in mind that the school is highly selective, and has an acceptance rate of only 33.8%, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Prospective transfer students must have completed enough credits at their previous college or university to enter Wellesley as a sophomore or higher. Transfer applicants must also complete the school supplement first, and then fill out a transfer application through the Common Application website. Lastly, transfer applicants must submit all college or university transcripts, high school transcripts, and their SAT or ACT scores.

Non-traditional students hoping to enter Wellesley through the Davis Scholars program must complete the same application step as a transfer student and submit all items before March 1 for the following fall semester. Students hoping to enter the Davis Scholars program must also complete an interview with a Wellesley faculty member or alumnus before the application deadline.

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