Wellesley College Admission Report
for Guidance Counselors 

Wellesley Fall 2014 Admission Report

View or print (pdf) the fall 2014 Admission Report for guidance counselors, featuring the topics listed below.  Also, click on the additional links at the end of each topic for even more information.





Wellesley welcomes the Class of 2018

Wellesley welcomed 593 members to the Class of 2018. The entering class represents 33 nations of high school, including places as varied as Bulgaria, Kuwait, and Zimbabwe, as well as 44 states. They bring wide-ranging and eclectic interests, a multitude of academic and extracurricular talents, and a diversity of perspectives.

See also Admission Statistics as well as complete statistics for the Class of 2018 on page 2 of the Admission Report.


Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator

Last year Wellesley introduced My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator.  Over 20,000 students and parents used it, and feedback from over 600 guidance counselors was very positive. Many families learned that Wellesley was more affordable than they expected. See also Wellesley is Affordable and four Sample Aid Awards.  See page 1 and 3 of the Admission Report.


Wellesley College admission counselors share practical tips for sophomores and juniors beginning their college search

Timely topics include:
When thinking about cost, be bold! 
02. Ask yourself questions
03. Be yourself when you apply to colleges. 
04. Make the most of a college visit.

See page 3 and 4 of the Admission Report.

For much more, see the pdf of the complete (new) publication, The College Planner.


Wellesley’s first-year experience offers unique opportunities with a focus on intellectual exploration and engagement. 

To recognize the significance of the first-year student's transition to college, Wellesley proudly introduced a shadow-grading policy that will further enable first-year students to make a strong start in their intellectual journey at the College. Shadow grading means that, for first-semester students, letter grades will not be recorded on their transcript and will not ever be released outside the College. Their work will be graded, and these grades will be shared with the students and advisers. See page 1 of the Admission Report.  Read more about shadow grading and the transformative first-year experience on our website.


Students “write for the real world” in Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing

Wellesley’s new series of Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing enable seniors (and some juniors) to learn how to integrate what they have learned in their major and to “translate” and communicate complex arguments and professional jargon to a broad audience. It’s different from the academic writing done in most courses and is central to success in life beyond college. See page 1 of the Admission Report. See also Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing including students' reflections on their courses. 


In addition, as the fall semester begins, we invite you to visit our video playlist, including the following 

Watch our favorite fall video: first-years arrive at Wellesley

See First Day—The start of something big. We also invite you to watch other videos on our playlist and encourage your students to learn about life as a Wellesley student.