The global leader in educating women.

A Wellesley education prepares students to realize their own highest ambitions and aspirations—and they do. Widely acknowledged to be one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and the top women’s college, we are unparalleled in educating pathbreaking women in every arena.

By the numbers

Our academic philosophy

We give you abundant space to explore where your interests take you, and a set of requirements that fulfills the powerful promise of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

discover the Depth and breadth where we provide the rigor and you bring the inspiration.

You will graduate with broad knowledge of the basic fields of human inquiry, mastery in your discipline, and the tools to make a difference in the real world.

Classes taught by faculty who know you

Our classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. They are drawn to our mission of women’s leadership, and their commitment to teaching is unmatched. Deep connection and involvement—and a typical class size of 17 to 20—leads to intellectual breakthroughs and the dynamic exchange of ideas that make learning come alive.

Research opportunities you won’t have anywhere else

Research opportunities at Wellesley are more like those at a major research university than a typical liberal arts college. Over your four years, you could work alongside faculty to conduct graduate-level research, co-author articles, and present at national conferences. Our faculty receive more research funding than their peers at other liberal arts colleges, and Wellesley students are key contributors to that research enterprise.

Develop your writing and public speaking skills

Wellesley offers two major cross-campus conferences, innovative writing seminars, and a public speaking initiative. Our unique programs help you develop your voice, build an exceptional portfolio of work, and refine skills needed for success in any discipline.

Engage with our academic centers

Our academic centers extend learning beyond the classroom and bring inspiring thought leaders, scholars, and artists across disciplines to campus to engage with students.

A globally connected education

The Wellesley experience takes you beyond the borders of our stunning campus. We partner with MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Babson College, and Brandeis University. Our students study abroad and intern in more than 40 countries. Global engagement is our way of being. It’s how we teach, learn, think, and connect.

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Academic advising

When it comes to your academic success, we’re there for you at every step of your journey. We will build up your strengths, help you overcome hurdles, and encourage you to grow and develop new learning strategies.

From day one of your first year, you will be guided and supported by an advisor who listens to your goals and helps you think through course selection, degree requirements, and how best to pursue your interests.

After you select your major and possible minor, you are assigned an academic advisor in your field who will remain with you through graduation. And of course, the faculty who teach you are actively involved in mentoring you, adding another layer of support—and motivating you to be your best.

In fact, there’s a team of people supporting you both academically and personally, led by our class deans—advisors and mentors who work closely with faculty and staff—through all four years.

Support and resources

We are committed to providing the support that you need to succeed.

  • Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center (PLTC)

    The PLTC offers peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, and study skills instruction whenever you need it.

  • Accessibility and Disability Resources (ADR)

    If you need specific learning accommodations for particular documented needs, the ADR office can help.

  • Office of Student Success (OSS)

    Students who are first-generation or who come from underrepresented or underserved groups are supported by the OSS.

  • Library and Technology Services (LTS)

    LTS assists the campus community by providing resources, services, and support to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

  • Office of the Registrar

    The Registrar’s Office manages course registration, maintains student academic records, and administers final exams, among other services critical to the academic program.

  • Academic calendar

    The College community can access the official calendar to keep informed about important dates during the academic year.