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Fall 2019 Wellesley College Admission Report

Want to know more about the Class of 2023 and read what's new in the Office of Admission? Check out our Fall 2019 Wellesley College Admission Report.


Class of 2023 Profile

All of the stats and facts for the class of 2023 at your fingertips!


Writing Effective College Recommendations

Ann Velenchik, Wellesley College Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics, offers advice from the perspective of a Board of Admission reader on how to make your letter of recommendation a more useful contribution to your students’ application dossiers.

Why Wellesley? 7 Compelling Reasons

Are there more than seven? There are. And yet we all lead busy lives and love lists and seven is a magic number.


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2019 report highlights and news

Updates for Applicants

Elimination of ACT writing requirement 
In the fall of 2018, Wellesley College removed its requirement that ACT test takers submit the optional ACT writing exam.  
Acceptance of self-reported standardized scores 
Additionally, students may now self-report ACT and/or SAT scores. Once an application has been submitted, students can log into their applicant portal and fill out the Self-Reported Score Form. Upon enrollment, the Office of Admission will reach out to any student who has not already sent official score results from the College Board or ACT (or via her school counselor) and require the student to submit official scores.
Both of these changes best support the College’s goals of academic excellence, access, and diversity. 
Support for students facing financial challenges
If your students face financial challenges in meeting Wellesley’s standardized testing requirements, they should reach out to the Office of Admission for guidance in submitting their application. In some instances, the Office of Admission may be able to waive a standardized testing requirement due to financial hardship.

School counselor updates

Increased use of 
Wellesley College Office of Admission will broaden its use of this fall, a free tool for school counselors, independent counselors, and community-based organizations. helps to schedule visits with college representatives, maintain awareness of where students reside in the admissions process, and conveniently and securely submit materials directly to institutions. The easy-to-use cloud-based tool requires no software download and is available at no cost. Visit for more information or email with questions.
Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Counselor  Fly-in Program
In June of 2020, the Babson/Olin/Wellesley Three College Collaboration will host a fly-in opportunity for domestic school counselors. Please email to express your interest in this free program and we will send you a save-the-date.

Identifying non-cognitive factors that support student success

New to the 2018-2019 admission cycle, the Wellesley College Board of Admission began incorporating a more formal identification of candidates’ non-cognitive attributes in the application review process. The conversation surrounding holistic admission practices has increasingly centered on ways that admission professionals can evaluate a student’s preparation for college outside of standardized testing and academic performance. As a result, some institutions have begun exploring research pertaining to the assessment of non-cognitive factors to determine a student’s likelihood for success in postsecondary education. 
At Wellesley, the Board of Admission studied literature including Measuring Non-cognitive Variables, William Sedlacek; Who Gets In?, Rebecca Zwick; and College Admissions for the 21st Century, Robert Sternberg. This literature, in concert with studies* about how personal characteristics influence achievement and health, now complements our conversations about an applicant’s individual strengths and traits that she could contribute to the campus community.
The eight non-cognitive factors listed in the Class Profile (Page 2), illustrate some of the most prominent traits demonstrated by members of the Class of 2023. 
* Titles of the studies recommended by researchers at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education are available upon request.

STARS Gold Rating for sustainability

Wellesley College recently earned a gold rating for its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) through its Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, or STARS. The program uses self-reported information to measure how well colleges and universities perform in five areas of sustainability: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership.
With over 800 participants in 30 countries, STARS provides higher education institutions the opportunity to assess and publicly report their sustainability progress using transparent criteria and consistent, high standards.
“Wellesley has always been committed to being a force for good in the world,” said Wellesley College President Paula A. Johnson. “There is no more powerful expression of this than building a sustainable future. We are thrilled to receive the STARS Gold Rating and pledge to keep moving forward.” 

Expansion of MyinTuition

MyinTuition, Wellesley College’s fast and user-friendly tool for estimating the cost for a student to attend a four-year college, continues to expand this fall to new institution types. The tool provided about 400,000 estimates last year alone, making it a valuable resource to parents and families during the college search process. The expansion of the tool in September will result in over 60 institutions using the tool to offer fast and easy estimates. A wide array of institutions and types of financial aid sources, including public institutions and those offering merit aid, are represented.  
“I’m thrilled that MyinTuition has been well-received among the higher education community, said Wellesley College professor of Economics and MyinTuition founder, Phillip Levine. “Admissions directors have told me that it is the best value for the money in terms of all the things they do trying to recruit low- and middle-income students.”

Thinking about difference differently

This article, by Catherine O’Neill Grace, originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Wellesley magazine.
“Inclusive excellence” might sound like a catchphrase. But not at Wellesley College. Here, the words have become a touchstone at Academic Council meetings of the faculty, in discussions among the Board of Trustees, around the table in the Alumnae Association offices, in the Science Center, and in res and dining halls. Inclusive Excellence is even the title of a mural by artist and faculty member David Teng Olsen on the third floor of Green Hall.
What do those two words mean for Wellesley?
President Paula Johnson says, “The way I like to frame it is that true excellence really requires equity, inclusion, and intellectual openness at all levels of learning and in all aspects of our community, from our academic program to our students’ experience of campus life. When you are focused on difference, you must take it as what it can give, as opposed to what members of the community don’t have.”
Johnson says that the community’s dedication to inclusion is not new, but it feels different now than it did when she joined the College in 2016. “There have been individuals committed for a long time, particularly in the faculty and the administrative leadership,” she says. “But this is a moment in which the mindset has changed. It’s a moment of viewing this whole initiative around inclusive excellence from a place of strength and a place of positivity, about what our diversity can bring to our community when fully realized.
“Right now there’s an engagement that is unprecedented,” she says. “This is the moment that we have to seize, because there’s a tremendous convergence of interest and passion and leadership and funding to do the work. A significant number of faculty are embracing this work in a very powerful way. And that’s really what it takes.”
The full story can be found on the Wellesley magazine website: