Wellesley College

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University Overview

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a non-profit private liberal arts higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Wellesley (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Massachusetts. Officially accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Wellesley College (WC) is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 2,000-2,999 students) women only US higher education institution. Wellesley College (WC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 150 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. WC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym WC
Founded 1870
Motto Non Ministrari Sed Ministrare
Not to be ministered unto, but to minister
Colours Blue

University Location

Address 106 Central Street
02481-8203 Massachusetts
United States
Tel +1 (781) 283 1000
Fax +1 (781) 283 3639

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Not reported

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University Admissions

Gender Women Only
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is recommended
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is considered but not required
- Admission test scores are recommended
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is recommended
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 20-30%
Admission Office 106 Central Street
Wellesley 02481-8203
(781) 283 3694

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 2,000-2,999
Academic Staff 400-499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
2000 Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Size & Setting Four-year, small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not Classified (Exclusively Graduate Programs)

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Wellesley College's Library
Wellesley College's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 672,219 physical volumes, 33,895 physical media, 491,872 digital/electronic medium and 275 licensed digital/electronic databases. Wellesley College's library has 3 branches.
Housing Yes
Wellesley College provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 2,209 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • 568 Group
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Open Education Global

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