The liberal arts and sciences. A charge to be curious about everything, find connections everywhere, stay open to new possibilities, re-examine all you’ve been told, dismiss what insults your soul.*

In other words: Be more human. And use your humanity to be more. *Hat tip to Walt Whitman for those last two.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Long-respected as the foundation of a fully rounded undergraduate education, the liberal arts remain essential to the 21st century world. Read about the value of a liberal arts education and explore the following campus resources:

Liberal Arts Resources at Wellesley  
Explore Wellesley's 10 Academic Centers Albright Institute for Global Affairs Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Ruhlman Conference  Tanner Conference
Wellesley Centers for Women

Departments, Programs, Centers

Thoughtfully conceived curriculum (core distribution requirements across a range of fields), highly adaptable (you always choose courses that work for you), and just sort of amazing (more than 1,000 courses and 54+ majors). Designed for people who are not interested in limits. Academics | Academic Program | Degree Requirements | Course Catalog | International Study | Opportunities at Other Schools | First-Year Experience

Our Amazing Faculty

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A Sampling of Courses and Majors

Current students talk about their favorite courses

Academic Stats

In case you haven't seen enough statistics about Wellesley, we have a few more (below)!

More Statistics


The Princeton Review's annual college guidebook recently ranked Wellesley's faculty as No. 1 in the country.  The Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students at 376 colleges.


Professors teach two courses per semester, allowing them ample time to get to know you, meet you during office hours, and even attend your athletic, theatre, music, or dance events.

0 There are zero graduate students, so you don't have to compete with them to get your professors' attention. Yet, we have amazing research facilities that are comparable to many research-oriented universities.

For three decades, Wellesley ranked first in the number of women graduates who go on to earn the Ph.D. in the male-dominated field of economics. Wellesley graduates also earn a disproportionate number of Fulbright awards.


More than 400 Wellesley students do research, independent study, or senior thesis research across all disciplines each year.


Each year Wellesley grants over 300 stipends of $3,500 each for summer internships, and sometimes a housing allowance as well. Wellesley's highly acclaimed Wellesley in Washington internship offers fantastic alumnae connections.


Approximately 50 percent of the junior class study abroad all over the planet. Wintersession programs and US Study Programs are also available.


Of Wellesley students who applied to schools in the medical professions in recent years, over 70 percent were admitted.