Graduates

Definitions

Graduation Rate
The percentage of students admitted to Wellesley College as traditional first-year students who graduate from Wellesley after 4, 5, or 6 years of study. Students who withdrew to transfer to another institution are counted as withdraws.
Unit
The value of a typical unit (course) at Wellesley is 4 credit hours. Some laboratory courses and other courses with a large amount of both classroom and preparation time are 1.25 units and earn 5 credit hours. A few courses are half courses, at 0.5 units, and earn 2 credit hours.
Total Units Required for Degree
32 units
Interdepartmental
Program/Major
A program or major as defined by the Wellesley College catalog; usually a program/major with more than one department. Includes structured individual majors.
Individual Major
A student-designed major not represented in one of the departmental and interdepartmental majors offered.
Honors in the Major
The usual route to honors, offered by all departments and programs, is available to students with a GPA of at least 3.5 in all work in the major field above the 100-level. Students complete a Senior Thesis Research Course (360) followed by Senior Thesis (370). A few departments / programs offer alternate routes to honors, all of which include an examination or research paper.
Honors GPA
The average grade on all institutional courses taken after the student's first year
Cum laude Students who at graduation have an Honors GPA of 3.60 or higher
Magna cum laude Students who at graduation have an Honors GPA of 3.75 or higher
Summa cum laude Students who at graduation have an Honors GPA of 3.90 or higher
Normal Course Load
Wellesley students take an average of 3 - 5 units per semester for which they receive from 12 - 20 credit hours, more if a course has a required lab. (See Unit definition.)