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Rank: 90

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MAwww.wellesley.edu
Wellesley is one of the Seven Sisters, the prestigious consortium of East Coast women's colleges once seen as the female equivalent of the predominantly male Ivy League. Today, as many women's colleges struggle to recruit students, Wellesley still attracts an impressive group of applicants. The average student scores a combined 1396 on the SATs, and less than a third who apply are offered admission. The graduation rate of 91% is 6% higher than expected for students with similar test scores and financial backgrounds, according to MONEY's calculations. The college has a student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, and professors teach only two courses per semester, allowing them time for one-on-one work with the school's 2,300 students. Wellesley is also comparatively diverse: 22% of students are Asian, 13% are Hispanic, and 13% are international. Wellesley prides itself on educating future leaders, and women hold all of the leadership roles on campus. The college reports that more than a quarter of alumnae hold an executive-level position by mid-career. Some of its most well-known alums: Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and Diane Sawyer. Among the school's some 150 student organizations are a set of co-ops, including a student-run pub called Punch's Alley.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$70,700
% of students who get any grants
58%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,500
Average price for low-income students
$8,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,688
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$0
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$8,900
Average salary within 3 years
$53,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
44%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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