Wellesley College

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Wellesley College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Wellesley, MA, a predominately suburban area. Wellesley College has an enrollment of about two thousand students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1360 (25th percentile) - 1530 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 31 (25th percentile) - 34 (75th percentile) on the ACT is typical among applicants accepted to Wellesley College. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Wellesley College average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 3.96 for accepted students. The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 20 percent of students who applied are accepted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wellesley.edu.

Overall Wellesley College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Wellesley College was reported as 21.6% in Fall 2020 with over 6,400 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 31 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Wellesley College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Wellesley College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Wellesley College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 28.6%
  • 2017-2018: 22.1%
  • 2018-2019: 19.5%
  • 2019-2020: 21.6%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 20.4%

How Does Wellesley College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Wellesley College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

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Babson College26.4%
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering15.7%
Regis College79.3%
Lasell College83.7%
Pine Manor College45.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Wellesley College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading680 - 750
Math680 - 780
Total Score1360 - 1530
ACT®Score Range
English33 - 35
Math28 - 33
Composite Score31 - 34
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