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Wellesley College Admission Report: Fall 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:  Statistics: Class of 2021  |  Standardized Test Updates |  Coalition Application  

MUCH MORE: Early Decision II  |  Coalition Application  |  MyinTuition use surges!  |  Expansion—arts & music  |  New Multicultural spaces  |  Low loans/low debt  | Career Education  |  Inclusive excellence  |  Summer programs

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Statistics: Wellesley College Class of 2021 

Statistics updated 10.3.2017

5,703 Applicants
1,251 Admitted (22%)
605 Enrolling (48%)
43 States represented + District of Columbia & Puerto Rico
35 Nations of citizenship
49% Students of color, including biracial/multiracial

magnifying glass iconDEMOGRAPHICS
Race/Ethnicity: African American/Black:  7%
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander:  22%
Latina/Hispanic:  13%
Native American:  <1%
Two or more races:  7%
Other/Not reported:  1%
White/Caucasian:  36%
International Citizens:  13%
Students who come from a home where at least one language other than English is spoken:  44%

Neither parent has a four-year college degree. Percent of entering class: 17%

Percent of entering class receiving financial aid award containing grant aid: 56% 

Public and Charter:  58%
Independent:  33%
Religious:  8%
Homeschools:  <1%

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing:  718
SAT Math: 716
ACT Composite: 31

(Of the 30% who were ranked) Top Ten Percent: 80% 

Alumnae relatives include mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, or sisters.
Percent of entering class: 15%

New England:  20%
Pacific & Mountain:  21%
South:  17%
Mid-Atlantic: 15%
Central:  11%
International & Americans Abroad:  15%

by location of high school; 43 states + District of Columbia & Puerto Rico.
Top states represented: California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Texas

35 nations of citizenship represented by non-U.S. citizens.
Top countries of citizenship represented: China, India, South Korea, Canada


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Highlights and News

Standardized Testing Updates

SAT II Subject Tests not required
Wellesley has eliminated the SAT Subject Test requirement. Applicants who want to self-report SAT Subject Tests, AP scores, or IB exam results to demonstrate particular academic strengths can do so through the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. More on standardized test requirements.

Support for students facing financial challenges
If your students face financial challenges in meeting Wellesley’s standardized testing requirements, they should reach out to the Office of Admission for guidance in submitting their application. In some instances, the Office of Admission may be able to waive a standardized testing requirement due to financial hardship.

Wellesley offers Early Decision II

Wellesley introduced Early Decision II last year. This plan is basically the same as ED I, other than the deadlines. ED II (binding) gives students more time in the fall to decide that Wellesley is their first choice and that, if admitted, they will commit to attending. The application deadline is January 1; students receive their final decision and financial aid notification in late February. Decision plans.

Wellesley now accepts the Coalition Application

Wellesley is among the colleges and universities nationwide that now accepts the Coalition Application for Access, Affordability, and Success. It provides an additional option to the Common Application or the QuestBridge Application. Wellesley will consider all three applications equally in the review process. 

Use of MyinTuition surges!

Wellesley's Quick College Cost EstimatorMyinTuition, Wellesley College’s fast, user-friendly (six easy questions!) tool for estimating costs for a student to attend a four-year college, is helping to boost applications from low-income students according to a recent news report by WGBH. Wellesley launched MyinTuition in 2013; since then 14 additional schools have adopted it, with more to come. New users have obtained 30,000 estimates with the tool, and the numbers are growing. The inventor of MyinTuition, Wellesley Economics Professor Phillip Levine, attributes the surge in usage to its fulfillment of a need for information on college costs that has been sorely lacking.

"Parents want clarity in determining what it will cost to send their kids to college. This is serving a huge need. If you are the parent of a high school student, the most important question is, 'How much?'" —Phillip Levine, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics

Go to (including an animated 90-second video on how to use it) or (to access all schools who have adopted it).

Expansion of creative arts and music space provide numerous opportunities 


Wellesley’s financial strength and strong endowment enable the College to maintain and continuously improve our stunningly beautiful campus and provide both new and renovated space when needed.

 Class of 2021 students will be among the first to enjoy the newly renovated and expanded Pendleton West, which features a new Center for Creative Arts and Music Arts Pavilion. The renewed spaces will incorporate new studio spaces and performance and rehearsal halls, offering expanded possibilities for engaging with the arts—accommodating emerging and traditional media. Coupled with the Davis Museum, Wellesley offers unique and immeasurable resources in the arts.

Multicultural spaces foster collaboration and promote intercultural dialogue

Wellesley is committed to building a living and learning environment in which each student can thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally. This year marked the opening of Acorns House, a gathering space for students of Latinx and Asian descent and their advisors. The network of multicultural spaces on campus enables students to collaborate with and draw strength from those with whom they share a common identity while, at the same time, promoting intercultural dialogue and connection. 

In addition to Acorns House, Harambee House provides social, emotional, and academic support for students of African descent, as well as enlightening cultural activities, and Slater International Center, which serves as a gathering spot for international students, also hosts cultural celebrations.

Wellesley recognized for low loan levels, low student debt

Wellesley is committed to keeping debt levels low. For Wellesley students who graduated in 2015, the average student debt for all four years was $12,500. Approximately 49% of 2015 graduates borrowed. By contrast, TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success) reported a national average of $31,100 for the Class of 2015, with roughly 70% of students borrowing. Other sources report a higher national average. In any case, Wellesley compares very favorably.

Wellesley's new Career Education Model

career ed logoWellesley's new Career Education model for the liberal arts is designed to prepare and inspire every Wellesley student to craft a lifetime of opportunity and reach her full potential. Through an individually tailored, holistic approach to career education, Wellesley students develop strategies to pursue their goals in any field, and receive continued support through all stages of their lives and all stages of the career development process. 

The Wellesley career education model illuminates the strengths of the liberal arts education and encourages active participation of the full College ecosystem in order to support every Wellesley woman from the moment she arrives on-campus through her alumnae years. 

Connections and communities form the heart of our model. Our students proactively engage in the process of exploring the intersection between self and society, engaging and testing their curiosities, and forming meaningful connections within career communities that cover a broad array of industries and career fields. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently spotlighted Wellesley’s Career Education as a model approach to “reinventing the career center.”

Striving for inclusive excellence at Wellesley

At Wellesley, diversity and inclusion are a way of life—an opportunity to explore, learn, grow, and connect. We ask that you encourage your promising high school girls to browse through the lively (two-minute) videos on our playlist —a continuing series of noble but incomplete attempts to capture the immensity of all that is Wellesley—to see many examples of how Wellesley addresses the vision and practice of inclusive excellence. As the Association of American Colleges and Universities states, addressing “diversity, inclusion, and equity is critical to the wellbeing of democratic culture.” See the playlist at

Wellesley expands summer programs

one_wellesley_summer_logoWellesley’s popular four-week pre-college residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors provides students an opportunity to become members of the Wellesley community, take college courses and earn college credit. Participants take a required writing course and one elective course. This past summer, based on the success of the four-week program, Wellesley introduced a one-week residential workshop for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Both programs give attendees a chance to study with Wellesley faculty, experience life on campus, and explore the Boston area. For some young women, these programs have been life changing—providing them with a better sense of their own potential and how they might contribute to their communities in the future. Visit