And After Wellesley

Take in some of the frankly astonishing places women go from here.

To Graduate or Professional School

Eighty percent of our alumnae go to graduate or professional school within 10 years, often in fields (economics, computer science, physics) where women have been traditionally underrepresented, often at top-ranked programs with full funding.

In Pursuit of Seemingly Unreachable Goals

By winning major scholarships and fellowships—Fulbright, Truman, Watson, Rhodes, etc.—that support (to take a few recent examples) research on human trafficking in Moldova, biometric video surveillance, and a global shift toward environmental justice.

Into the Unknown

Temperamentally entrepreneurial, even trailblazing, our alumnae include the cofounder of Zipcar, the cofounder of City Year, the first woman to lead climbs to both Mount Everest and K2, the CEO of the Home for Little Wanderers, the executive director of Partners in Health, and the director emerita of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. That’s no accident. See a sampling of Wellesley's illustrious alumnae.

Into the Pages of History

So, for example: two secretaries of state; presidents of Duke, Mills, Vassar, and Trinity; a groundbreaking string theorist; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; a NASA astronaut; Korea’s first female ambassador; the secretary-general of the Third World Conference on Women; and the women who are in some way responsible for Nancy Drew, Miss Manners, the discovery of pheromones, and the idea—indeed the tangible proof—that a woman could be president of the United States. See recent Alumnae Achievement Award Winners and all Alumnae Achievement Award Winners.

Right Back at You

These people are a living presence on campus. They fund internships, they build buildings, they start genius projects like the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, they sit down with current students for a meal, a panel, a workshop. They share their lives, they open their homes, they offer guidance or a listening ear. When people talk about sisterhood, this is part of what they mean.

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Alum Career Survey

The chart at left shows results from a spring 2013 survey of Wellesley grads from 1968-2008.  MORE

Segments on the left represent a group of majors; segments on the right represent a group of careers into which alumnae may have moved. The nearly 1,500 alumnae who reported on the survey where they worked have individual arcs connecting their chosen majors (or each of their double majors) to their chosen career areas. The width of a major or career segment suggests its popularity. Click on a label to highlight a specific major or career and see how many alumnae traversed each path. To get back to the composite career paths, click on the "Show composite career paths" link.

 


 


80%

Eighty percent of Wellesley alumnae attend graduate or professional school within 10 years of graduating.



35%

By 30 years after graduation, 35 percent of Wellesley alums have achieved an executive or C-level position.