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Wellesley College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1870
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,318
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $1,412,604,000
Admissions Address

106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203

Website

http://www.wellesley.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@wellesley.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Jennifer Desjarlais
Admissions office telephone: (781) 283-2270
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
https://www.applyweb.com/apply/wellesley/menu.html Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 2
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 4
History N/A 4
Academic electives N/A 0
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: December 30
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: December 30
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 36%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 55%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 35%
Total applicants: 3,974
Total acceptances: 1,434
Total freshman enrollment: 586
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 22%
Male applicants: 0
Male acceptances: 0
Male freshman enrollment: 0
 
Female applicants: 3,974
Female acceptances: 1,434
Female freshman enrollment: 586
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 87%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 737
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 395
Students enrolled from waiting list: 10

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 85%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 98%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 50%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 – 750
Math: 650 – 720
Combined: 1310 – 1470

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 55.0% 45.0%
600-699 41.0% 48.0%
500-599 4.0% 7.0%
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 26%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 29 – 31

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 62.0% N/A N/A
24-29 38.0% N/A N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 

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