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Wellesley College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785

Once every ten years, the College undergoes re-accreditation. We are now engaged in a period of self-study, and Wellesley's next accreditation site visit will be on March 10–13, 2019.

Over the next two years, the accreditation process will provide an opportunity to engage our entire community to deeply reflect on where Wellesley stands in pursuit of its mission and how we will continue to prepare our students to make a difference in the world. We expect that the process will reflect our core values: our steadfast dedication to the liberal arts, and our tireless efforts to sustain a campus culture that appreciates and supports a diversity of ideas, experiences, and backgrounds.

Questions, comments, or suggestions for the accreditation team should be sent to

A copy of the documents describing the school’s accreditation, approval or licensing may be viewed below:

2015 NEASC Response

2014 Interim Report

2010 NEASC Response

2009 NEASC Evaluation

2009 Self Study