Admission & Financial Aid

Welcome to Wellesley!

For a quick overview of Wellesley, visit the Wellesley 100, which shares 100 marvelous things about Wellesley, set within a magical interactive online world; or the video playlist, a series of noble but incomplete attempts to capture the immensity of all that is Wellesley. Or read our student blogs.

After that, come on back. You can go a lot of places from here. Read about visiting, cost & financial aid, or just apply already! Gaze upon our quick facts, learn about our unique first-year experience, or contact us, which we would like very much. Start anywhere; bring snacks; travel well. 

What's new?

Wellesley College's statement on the admission process and reported disciplinary action.

In response to the recent student activism in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students around the country have planned peaceful protests against gun violence. Below you will find Wellesley College's statement on the admission process and reported disciplinary action.

"Wellesley College supports the rich tradition of women who are civically engaged and work to make a difference in the world. With respect to this tradition, the Board of Admission carefully considers the circumstances of any school suspension or discipline reported by an applicant or school. Students who report disciplinary actions for participation in peaceful protests related to issues of public concern will not be disadvantaged in the application process."

Wellesley's standardized testing requirement: SAT or the ACT with Writing; financial hardship

Wellesley has eliminated the SAT Subject Test requirement. Applicants who want to self-report SAT Subject Tests, AP scores, or IB exam results to demonstrate particular academic strengths can do so through the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
If you face financial challenges in meeting Wellesley's standardized testing requirements, please reach out to the Office of Admission for guidance in submitting your application. In some instances, the Office of Admission may be able to waive a standardized testing requirement due to financial hardship.

Common Application provides additional essay questions to choose from in 2017-18.

The Common App has revised some of its essay questions and added a choice of two more topics/prompts for the academic year 2017-18. The goal is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within these prompts.

Wellesley to accept Coalition Application

Wellesley is among the colleges and universities nationwide that now accepts the Coalition Application. It provides an additional option to the Common Application or the QuestBridge Application. 

"Best College Values"

Finance publisher Kiplinger named Wellesley in the top 10 "Best College Values, 2017." These 10 schools are the top-scoring schools in Kiplinger's combined ranking, which compares private universities, private liberal arts colleges, and public colleges nationwide. Their definition of best value includes a blend of academic quality and affordability.  Kiplinger also ranked Wellesley #6 in "colleges with lowest average graduating debt, 2017."