Wellesley College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$61,584
1.92% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$21,362
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.417%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
13.6%
8,491 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,447
96.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
90.2%
532 Graduates

About

Wellesley College is a higher education institution located in Norfolk County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Wellesley College were Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (92 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (57 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (42 degrees).

In 2021, 739 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wellesley College. 100% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 0% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (264 degrees), 1.71 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (154 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $61,584, which is $33,254 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $61,584, which is $33,254 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,362.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending Wellesley College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 18% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$61,584
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Wellesley College was $61,584. The cost of tuition at Wellesley College is $33,254 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$21,362
2022 Value
2.29%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Wellesley College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,362. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Wellesley College grew by 2.29%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,169
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wellesley College was of $10,169 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 2.6% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
18%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Wellesley College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 6.15% with respect to 2021, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.417%
2019 Default Rate
1
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Wellesley College was 0.417%, which represents 1 out of the 240 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Wellesley College received 8,491 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 10.8% annual growth. Out of those 8,491 applicants, 1,152 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 13.6% acceptance rate.

There were 2,447 students enrolled at Wellesley College in 2022. 38% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wellesley College has an overall enrollment yield of 50.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

13.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,152
Accepted Out of 8,491

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wellesley College was 13.6% (1,152 admissions from 8,491 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 16.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 10.8%, while admissions declined by −7.1%..

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SAT Scores

38%
Submission Percentage (2022)
224
Scores Submitted (2022)

38% of enrolled first-time students at Wellesley College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wellesley College had a total enrollment of 2,447 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,363 students and the part-time enrollment is 84. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32.2% White, 22.4% Asian, 14.6% Hispanic or Latino, 7.44% Black or African American, 7.03% Two or More Races, 0.204% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.123% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Wellesley College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.2%), followed by Asian Female (22.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (15.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wellesley College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,447 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,363 and the part-time enrollment is 84. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Wellesley College was 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Wellesley College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    788 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    549 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    357 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College is 32.2% White, 22.4% Asian, 14.6% Hispanic or Latino, 7.44% Black or African American, 7.03% Two or More Races, 0.204% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.123% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 38 students (1.55%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2021, 739 more women than men received degrees from Wellesley College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wellesley College is white (264 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (154 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wellesley College is Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (92 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (57 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (42 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Wellesley College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Physical Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), and Social Sciences (182 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (432,177 people), Other managers (340,978 people), Postsecondary teachers (269,407 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (245,515 people), and Secondary school teachers (156,409 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College in 2022 are Physical Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Physical Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Elementary & secondary schools (597,428 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (532,811 people), Legal services (346,828 people), Computer Systems Design (282,261 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (230,467 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Physical Sciences (55 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Wellesley College.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wellesley College was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 92 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2021
739
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2021

In 2021, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (739).

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 92 degrees were awarded to women at Wellesley College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics. There were no male recipients with the same degree.

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Time to Complete

86%
100% Completion Time
94%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 86% of students graduating from Wellesley College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 94% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 94% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (91.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Wellesley College is Female and Asian (91.5% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    264 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    154 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    102 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wellesley College is white (264 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (154 degrees).

0.274% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    264 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    154 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    102 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wellesley College is white female (264 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (154 degrees).

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Operations

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.85B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−10.6%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Wellesley College had a total salary expenditure of 248M. Wellesley College employs 102 Professors, 76 Associate professors and 75 Lecturers. Most academics at Wellesley College are Female Lecturer (54), Male Professor (52), and Female Associate professor (51).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College are: Service, with 205 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 79 employees, and Management with 78 employees.

Endowment

$2.85B
2022 Endowment
12%
decline from 2021

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at about $2.85B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Wellesley College declined 12% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.8B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$107M
2022 Salaries
2.46%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Wellesley College paid a median of $107M in salaries, which represents 43.3% of their overall expenditure ($248M) and a 2.46% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$38.9M
Instructional Salaries
328
Number of Employees

In 2022, Wellesley College paid a total of $38.9M to 328 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
102 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
205 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wellesley College were Professor with 102 employees, Associate professor with 76 employees, and Lecturer with 75 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College were Service with 205 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 79 employees, and Management with 78 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wellesley College was Female Lecturer with 54 employees, Male Professor with 52 employees, and Female Associate professor with 51 employees.

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