Wellesley College Admission Report for Guidance Counselors

Tips (from an expert!) for writing effective college recommendations

Ann Velenchik, Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics, has also served as Director of Wellesley's Writing Program and a Board of Admission reader. She offers advice on how to make your letters of recommendation more useful contributions to your students' application dossiers. Counselors have given these rave reviews! Three ways to view these tips:
1. See Wellesley's Admission Report, page 1 (2 pages)
2. See Professor Velenchik's Powerpoint Writing Presentation (8 slides)

3. Watch her YouTube video: Writing Effective Letter Recommendations (1 hour)


Wellesley Fall 2015 Admission Report

View or print (pdf) the fall 2015 Admission Report for guidance counselors, featuring the topics listed below.  

Click on the additional links at the end of each topic for even more information. 

If you missed the 2014 Admission Report, you'll find highlights and a link below as well.

See the Admission Staff Directory, with states/regions that Wellesley admission counselors will visit this fall.


Wellesley welcomes the Class of 2019

Wellesley welcomed 596 members to the Class of 2019. The entering class represents countries as varied as Chile, Indonesia, and Zimbabwe; 44 states plus DC, Guam, and the Virgin Islands; 31 citizenships are represented. 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 2019 on page 2 of the Admission Report.


Class of 2019 Test Scores

Many students ask about the typical test scores for students admitted to Wellesley. As you know, test scores aren't everything, but we know this is a top question for prospective students. Mean test scores for applicants to the Class of 2019 are at left. These statistics are as of September 10, 2015.

See additional statistics: Class of 2019 Applicant Test Score Information: SAT, ACT and TOEFL


New professional development opportunities

Wellesley is offering a series of videos and webinars to provide guidance counselors with helpful insights from our side of the desk. If you would like to receive these professional development offerings for guidance and college counselors, as well as other relevant updates, please let us know.  Email Molly Morrow, Assistant Director of Admission/Guidance Counselor Programs at mmorrow@wellesley.edu.


New admission leadership at Wellesley

Read about Joy St. John (left), Wellesley's new Dean of Admission and Financial Aid (and former Director of Admission), and Grace S. Cheng (right), Director of Admission, who came to Wellesley from the Harvard College Admissions Office this summer. See page 1 of the Admission Report.


New! Meet us virtually

Beginning in October, Wellesley will offer several Virtual Information Sessions via WebEx. Topics will include the first-year experience, the classroom dynamic, faculty mentoring, research opportunities, internships, study abroad, and the admission and financial aid process. There will also be time for questions and answers. Learn more at: www.wellesley.edu/admission/visitus/virtual

Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator

Over 20,000 parent and students have used My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator, and feedback from over 600 guidance counselors was very positive. Many families learned that Wellesley was more affordable than they expected. See also Affordability and Cost,  Return on Investment, and four Sample Aid Awards and page 1 of the Admission Report.

Why a women's college?

Read compelling facts, statistics, and outcomes. Dispel some myths. And, of course, encourage your top female students to consider applying to a women's college—and to Wellesley in particular. See About Wellesley, the Wellesley Effect plus Leadership Stories, Wellesley in the World, and page 4 of the Admission Report.



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

Watch some new videos on our playlist

Hear the stories of four sets of current and past roommates:

Mina and Marianna: Let's stick together
Paige & Gabi (and Fabi): One plus one equals three
Maria & Samantha: The years after the Wellesley years
Sarah & Anne: We're not in Kansas (really!) anymore



International guidance counselor report

If you didn't get a chance to peruse our 2014 Admission Report, check out the following:

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.

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.  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 also Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing including students' reflections on their courses. 


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.



See the complete Admission Report 2014.