“Wellesley is more than a college. We are a force for progress and change in the world and a community that deeply believes that educating and empowering women everywhere leads to better futures for all.” –President Paula Johnson

We come to Wellesley eager to learn, and we leave prepared to make our difference in the world—as active citizens, trailblazing professionals across all sectors, and leaders on the local and world stages.

By the numbers

  • 13 We choose from 13 languages and learn to read, write, and converse in a new tongue.

  • 45% Almost half of us spend one or two semesters studying abroad.

  • 100% Every one of us is or will be proficient in a language other than English.

We are a community of global citizens, representing more than 80 countries and speaking more than 30 languages, and nearly 20% of us will be the first generation in our families to graduate from college.

Together with our faculty, we find ways to bring the world into the curriculum and apply what we learn here to tackling challenges beyond the classroom. We are home to the Albright Institute, where we learn to become global leaders, the Wellesley Centers for Women, the largest academic women- and gender-focused research and action organization in the U.S., and the Hillary Rodham Clinton Center, where we empower the next generation of civic leaders and citizens

In the video: Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69, former U.S. secretary of state, and Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson; Pamela Melroy ’83, NASA deputy administrator; Ophelia Dahl DS ’94, co-founder of Partners In Health; Massachusetts State Senator Liz Miranda ’02; Michele Sison ’81, former U.S. ambassador to Haiti; Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ’99; Stacie Goddard, professor of political science, and Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

get to know The Wagner Centers for Wellesley in the World

  • Madeleine Albright ’59 chats with a group of Albright Fellows.

    Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute

    The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs teaches students to navigate global challenges by combining the insights of practitioners and academics. Students engage with multidisciplinary perspectives, take part in intensive training, and complete a rigorous practicum experience.

  • Linda Charmaraman speaks as part of a panel presented by the National Association of Attorneys General.

    Wellesley Centers for Women

    The largest academic, women- and gender-focused research-and-action organization in the U.S., WCW is home to expert scholars who advance gender equality, social justice, and human well-being through research, theory, and action programs. With a legacy of groundbreaking work, WCW offers a number of student employment and research opportunities.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton Center

    Hillary Rodham Clinton Center

    The Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Citizenship, Leadership, and Democracy is dedicated to preparing the next generation of civic leaders. Through a year-long program, the Center offers all sophomores opportunities to connect with civic innovators and scholars, both on campus and off and helps students develop the skills to become the citizens and emerging leaders and make their difference for the world and for democracy.