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Wellesley College

Wellesley College 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. Decades later, the Massachusetts-based Wellesley still attracts an impressive group of applicants: The class of 2023 has an average SAT score of 1438. The graduation rate of about 89% is 6% higher than expected for students at similar colleges, according to MONEY's calculations. The college has a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, and professors teach only two courses per semester, allowing them time for one-on-one work with the school's 2,350 students. Wellesley is also diverse: 22% of students are Asian, 11% are Hispanic, and 15% are international. Wellesley prides itself on educating future leaders, and students don't have to look far for examples, since women make up the bulk of senior leadership on campus. Some of its most well-known alums include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, author Nora Ephron, and broadcast journalist Diane Sawyer. Among the school's 150 student organizations are a set of co-ops, including a student-run pub called Punch's Alley, which recently hosted a Lizzo listening party and viewing of Beyonce's Homecoming.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,100
% of students who get any grants
59%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
22%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1450/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,375
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$10,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,600
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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