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IPEDS ID: 168218
OPE ID: 00222400
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Wellesley College
106 Central St, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481-8203
General information:  (781) 283-1000
Website:  www.wellesley.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,508 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  7 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
11%
Other Characteristics
Single-sex: Women
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty32767
Instructional32767
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$45,078$46,836$48,802$51,1484.8%
Books and supplies$800$800$800$8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,960$14,504$15,114$15,8364.8%
Other$1,250$1,250$1,250$1,2500.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$1,800$2,050$2,050$2,0500.0%
Other$1,250$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,050$3,050$3,050$3,0500.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$61,088$63,390$65,966$69,0344.7%
Off Campus$48,928$50,686$52,652$54,9984.5%
Off Campus with Family$48,928$50,686$52,652$54,9984.5%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid139066%————
Grant or scholarship aid33857%$15,472,791$45,777
Federal grants11419%$617,659$5,418
Pell grants11419%$508,206$4,458
Other federal grants569%$109,453$1,955
State/local government grant or scholarships142%$16,250$1,161
Institutional grants or scholarships33757%$14,838,882$44,032
Student loan aid20234%$908,342$4,497
Federal student loans15025%$349,451$2,330
Other student loans7813%$558,891$7,165
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,45559%$62,463,500$42,930
Pell grants44618%$1,974,321$4,427
Federal student loans67727%$3,028,860$4,474
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$22,138$20,013$20,189
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$9,349$8,357$8,204
$30,001 – $48,000$13,887$9,228$9,948
$48,001 – $75,000$18,007$12,581$12,150
$75,001 – $110,000$24,801$23,218$22,080
$110,001 and more$41,054$42,274$43,484
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)2,508
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment37
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Student Gender:
Male: 2%
Female: 98%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 22%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 37%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 13%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 10%
Out-of-state: 73%
Foreign countries: 16%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants5,66605,666
Percent admitted22%-22%
Percent admitted who enrolled48%-48%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT31552%
ACT37061%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing690760
SAT Math670770
ACT Composite3033
ACT English3235
ACT Math2733
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 95%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 89%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 95%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 81%
6-year: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Female: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 88%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 87%
White: 89%
Two or more races: 90%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 95%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 95%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 93%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture7
Category total7
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies3
American/United States Studies/Civilization8
East Asian Studies2
French Studies2
German Studies1
Italian Studies3
Latin American Studies4
Near and Middle Eastern Studies4
Russian Studies0
South Asian Studies0
Women's Studies18
Category total45
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry19
Biology/Biological Sciences, General52
Neuroscience31
Category total102
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General33
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other15
Category total48
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing3
English Language and Literature, General21
Category total24
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature8
Comparative Literature4
French Language and Literature8
Japanese Language and Literature2
Russian Language and Literature1
Spanish Language and Literature4
Category total27
History
History, General8
Category total8
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General11
Category total11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization15
Medieval and Renaissance Studies0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other2
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution3
Category total20
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies10
Category total10
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0
Philosophy11
Religion/Religious Studies3
Category total14
Physical Sciences
Astronomy0
Astrophysics4
Chemistry, General18
Geology/Earth Science, General5
Physics, General9
Category total36
Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics16
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other29
Category total45
Social Sciences
Anthropology9
Economics, General88
International Relations and Affairs11
Political Science and Government, General19
Sociology12
Category total139
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation19
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1
Film/Cinema/Video Studies10
Fine/Studio Arts, General3
Music, General5
Category total38
Grand total574
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 6
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $22,012
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Commission of Higher Education12/1/1929 -  Accredited
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape6611
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary411
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape412
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary411
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate0.8%1.7%2.5%
Number in default247
Number in repayment227227273
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)