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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 2024 has an average SAT score of 1430. The graduation rate of about 93% is 8% higher than expected for students at similar colleges, according to Money's calculations. The college has a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, and professors teach only two courses per semester, allowing them time for one-on-one work with the school's 2,350 students. Wellesley 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 180 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Wellesley College is offering a mix of virtual and in-person learning on an adjusted term schedule. Students on campus are all being housed in single rooms; campus facilities are only available to those living on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,800
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,800
Average price for low-income students
$6,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
20%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1430/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,390
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$10,600
Average salary within 5 years
$52,700
% earning more than $28,000
85%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
rolling

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Wellesley College is offering a mix of virtual and in-person learning on an adjusted term schedule. Students on campus are all being housed in single rooms; campus facilities are only available to those living on campus.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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