Reaffirmation of Mission and Announcing Gender Policy

Wellesley College is, and always has been, a women’s college that provides an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Wellesley’s founders recognized that the education of women confers powerful benefits on society, as well as on individuals. Since 1875, Wellesley has been educating fearless and inspiring pioneers who demonstrate the power of women’s leadership. This work is important, never more so than today.

Wellesley College will continue to educate, support, and inspire new generations of women. Every aspect of Wellesley's educational program is, and will continue to be, designed and implemented to serve women, and to prepare them well to thrive in a complex world.

Steadfast in our commitment to the College’s mission of educating women, Wellesley will admit women who are prepared for a rigorous academic environment that challenges them to achieve at their highest potential. Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman.

Wellesley will use language reflective of its identity as a women’s college, i.e., female pronouns and other gendered language, in all institutional communications.

Wellesley provides individualized support to every student as a valued part of the College’s culture. Once accepted to Wellesley, every student receives the full support and mentorship of College faculty, staff, and administrators through graduation.

See our frequently asked questions about the College’s mission and gender policy.;