Considerations & Critera



In selecting candidates for admission, the Board considers a number of factors, including:

  • Secondary school transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (two from teachers and one from a guidance counselor)
  • Admissions test scores (SAT I and two SAT II's, or the ACT with Writing)
  • Essay
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Extracurricular Activities/Volunteer Work/Work Experience
  • Personal Characteristics/Personal Qualities
  • Leadership
  • Class Rank
  • Special or Unusual Talent
  • Alumnae Relation
  • Staff or Alumnae Interview
  • Recommended distribution of courses taken in High School:
    • 4 units of English
    • 4 units of Mathematics
    • 3 units of Science (2 of Lab Science)
    • 4 units of Foreign Language
    • 4 units of Social Studies/History
Note: Wellesley College does NOT have an "open" admission policy (a policy whereby the school will accept any student who applies).