Wellesley College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$50,840

4.8% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$20,189

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.31%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

22.1%

5,666 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

2,508

94.7% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

88.8%

509 Graduates

About

Wellesley College is a higher education institution located in Norfolk County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wellesley College were General Economics (103 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (55 degrees), and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (37 degrees).

In 2017, 717 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 majority of degree recipients were white (297 degrees), 1.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (175 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $50,840, which is $25,646 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $50,840, which is $25,646 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,189.

In 2017, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 27% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,840

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Wellesley College was $50,840. The cost of tuition at Wellesley College is $25,646 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$20,189

2017 Value

0.879%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Wellesley College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,189. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Wellesley College grew by 0.879%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,582

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wellesley College was of $8,582 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 3.68% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

27%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Wellesley College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.72% with respect to 2016, when 58% 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.

2.31%

2016 Default Rate

5

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Wellesley College was 2.31%, which represents 5 out of the 216 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Wellesley College received 5,666 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 16.7% annual growth. Out of those 5,666 applicants, 1,251 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 22.1% acceptance rate.

There were 2,508 students enrolled at Wellesley College in 2017, and 52% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wellesley College has an overall enrollment yield of 48.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

22.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,251

Accepted Out of 5,666

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wellesley College was 22.1% (1,251 admissions from 5,666 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 28.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 16.7%, while admissions declined by -9.87%.

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SAT Scores

52%

Submission Percentage

315

Scores Submitted

52% of enrolled first-time students at Wellesley College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wellesley College has a total enrollment of 2,508 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,374 students and the part-time enrollment is 134. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37.4% White, 22.1% Asian, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.94% Two or More Races, 5.86% Black or African American, 0.159% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wellesley College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38.9%), followed by Asian Female (23.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,508 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,374 and the part-time enrollment is 134. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2017 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 (73%), Wellesley College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    937

  2. Asian

    555

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    284

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College is 37.4% White, 22.1% Asian, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.94% Two or More Races, 5.86% Black or African American, 0.159% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 105 students (4.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 717 more women than men received degrees from Wellesley College. The majority of degree recipients at Wellesley College are white (297 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (175 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wellesley College is General Economics (103 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (55 degrees) and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (37 degrees).

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 Cultural & Gender Studies (65 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees).

Workforce

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 (347,160 people), Other managers (265,453 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (204,292 people), Postsecondary teachers (200,142 people), and Chief executives & legislators (114,443 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (65 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Social Sciences (173 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (65 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Social Sciences (173 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (407,719 people), Elementary & secondary schools (389,907 people), Legal services (281,248 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (197,493 people), and Computer Systems Design (192,513 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (65 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (55 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (16 degrees), Social Sciences (173 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 103 degrees awarded

  2. 55 degrees awarded

  3. 37 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wellesley College was General Economics with 103 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 0

  2. 717

In 2017, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (717).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College in Near & Middle Eastern Studies, which is 0 times less than the 8 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 103 degrees were awarded to women at Wellesley College in General Economics, which is N/A times more than the 0 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

86%

100% Completion Time

93%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 86% of students graduating from Wellesley College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 93% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (90.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wellesley College is Female and Black or African American (90.3% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.38% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    297 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    175 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wellesley College is white (297 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (175 degrees).

0.558% of degree recipients (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    297 degrees awarded

  2. Asian Female

    175 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wellesley College is white female (297 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (175 degrees).

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Operations

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.93B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $231M (12%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Wellesley College had a total salary expenditure of $229M. Wellesley College employs 105 Professors, 74 Lecturers, and 67 Associate professors. Most academics at Wellesley College are Male Professors (55), Female Lecturers(54), and Female Professors (50).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College are: Service, with 229 employees, Management, with 93 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 90 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.93B

2017 Endowment

8.2%

growth from 2016

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at about $1.93B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Wellesley College grew 8.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.89B 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $4.24M - Federal

  2. $164k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Wellesley College received $4.24M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $164k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$95.7M

2017 Salaries

6.9%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Wellesley College paid a median of $95.7M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($229M) and a 6.9% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.99% growth from 2015 and a 1.08% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$36.4M

Instructional Salaries

327

Number of Employees

In 2017, Wellesley College paid a total of $36.4M to 327 employees working as instructors, which represents 38% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

105 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

229 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wellesley College were Professor with 105 employees; Lecturer with 74 employees; and Lecturer with 67 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College were Service with 229 employees; Management with 93 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 90 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Lecturer

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wellesley College was Male Professor with 55 employees, Female Lecturer with 54 employees, and Female Professor with 50 employees.

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