Academics

The liberal arts and sciences. A charge to be curious about everything, find connections everywhere, stay open to new possibilities, re-examine all you’ve been told, dismiss what insults your soul.*

In other words: Be more human. And use your humanity to be more.
*Hat tip to Walt Whitman for those last two.

Departments, Programs, Centers

Thoughtfully conceived curriculum (core distribution requirements across a range of fields), highly adaptable (you always choose courses that work for you), and just sort of amazing (more than 1,000 courses and 54+ majors). Designed for people who are not interested in limits. Academics | Academic Program | Degree Requirements | Course Catalog | International Study | Opportunities at Other Schools | First-Year Experience

Our Amazing Faculty

Learn more about Faculty | Faculty Profiles | Academic Advising and Support | Faculty  reading from their favorite books

A Sampling of Courses and Majors

Current students talk about their favorite courses. Also, read about a range of courses, their objectives, selective readings, and discussion topics in course sampling (courtesy of Wellesley magazine).

Academic Stats

In case you haven't seen enough statistics about Wellesley, we have a few more (below)!

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The Princeton Review's annual college guidebook recently ranked Wellesley's faculty as No. 1 in the country.  The Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students at 376 colleges.

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Professors teach two courses per semester, allowing them ample time to get to know you, meet you during office hours, and even attend your athletic, theatre, music, or dance events.

0 There are zero graduate students, so you don't have to compete with them to get your professors' attention. Yet, we have amazing research facilities that are comparable to many research-oriented universities.
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For three decades, Wellesley ranked first in the number of women graduates who go on to earn the Ph.D. in the male-dominated field of economics. Wellesley graduates also earn a disproportionate number of Fulbright awards.

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More than 400 Wellesley students do research, independent study, or senior thesis research across all disciplines each year.

300+

Each year Wellesley grants over 300 stipends of $3,500 each for summer internships, and sometimes a housing allowance as well. Wellesley's highly acclaimed Wellesley in Washington internship offers fantastic alumnae connections.

50%

Approximately 50 percent of the junior class study abroad all over the planet. Wintersession programs and US Study Programs are also available.

70+%

Of Wellesley students who applied to schools in the medical professions in recent years, over 70 percent were admitted.

 

More Liberal Arts Resources
The Value of a Liberal Arts Education Albright Institute for Global Affairs
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Tanner Conference
Academic Centers Ruhlman Conference 
Davis Museum and Cultural Center Wellesley Centers for Women