Wellesley College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,728
4.34% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$19,805
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.53%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
21.6%
6,395 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,519
95.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
92.5%
541 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 (89 degrees awarded), General Political Science & Government (67 degrees), and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (50 degrees).

In 2019, 754 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 (292 degrees), 1.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (164 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $55,728, which is $28,448 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $55,728, which is $28,448 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,805.

In 2019, 58% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 24% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,728
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Wellesley College was $55,728. The cost of tuition at Wellesley College is $28,448 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$19,805
2019 Value
4.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Wellesley College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,805. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Wellesley College grew by 4.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,259
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wellesley College was of $9,259 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 3.53% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
24%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

58% of undergraduate students at Wellesley College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 5.45% with respect to 2018, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.53%
2017 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Wellesley College was 1.53%, which represents 4 out of the 261 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 6,395 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 3.56% annual decline. Out of those 6,395 applicants, 1,379 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 21.6% acceptance rate.

There were 2,519 students enrolled at Wellesley College in 2019, and 72% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wellesley College has an overall enrollment yield of 44.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

21.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
1,379
Accepted Out of 6,395

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wellesley College was 21.6% (1,379 admissions from 6,395 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 19.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −3.56%, while admissions grew by 6.4%.

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SAT Scores

72%
Submission Percentage
442
Scores Submitted

72% of enrolled first-time students at Wellesley College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wellesley College has a total enrollment of 2,519 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,399 students and the part-time enrollment is 120. This means that 95.2% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34.8% White, 22% Asian, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 6.83% Two or More Races, 6.35% Black or African American, 0.0794% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wellesley College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.3%), followed by Asian Female (23%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,519 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,399 and the part-time enrollment is 120. This means that 95.2% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2019 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 97%. 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
    877
  2. Asian
    554
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    314

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College is 34.8% White, 22% Asian, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 6.83% Two or More Races, 6.35% Black or African American, 0.0794% 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 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% 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, 110 students (4.37%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 754 more women than men received degrees from Wellesley College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wellesley College is white (292 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (164 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wellesley College is General Economics (89 degrees awarded), followed by General Political Science & Government (67 degrees) and Other Research & Experimental Psychology (50 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 (59 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (53 degrees), and Social Sciences (194 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 (351,457 people), Other managers (282,918 people), Postsecondary teachers (215,330 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (142,438 people), and Chief executives & legislators (132,124 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (59 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (53 degrees), Social Sciences (194 degrees), Physical Sciences (49 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Dentists, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (59 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (53 degrees), Social Sciences (194 degrees), Physical Sciences (49 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 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 (415,672 people), Elementary & secondary schools (394,197 people), Legal services (270,610 people), Computer Systems Design (220,366 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (183,983 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (59 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (53 degrees), Social Sciences (194 degrees), Physical Sciences (49 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Wellesley College.
Most Common
  1. 89 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 67 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 50 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wellesley College was General Economics with 89 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
754
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (754).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College in Environmental Studies, which is 0 times less than the 18 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 89 degrees were awarded to women at Wellesley College in General Economics, which is NaNy times more than the 0 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

81%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 81% of students graduating from Wellesley College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% 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 (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wellesley College is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 4.44% of graduates (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    292 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    164 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    93 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wellesley College is white (292 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (164 degrees).

0.398% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    292 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    164 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    93 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wellesley College is white female (292 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (164 degrees).

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Operations

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.17B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $138M (6.36%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Wellesley College had a total salary expenditure of $236M. Wellesley College employs 95 Professors, 73 Associate professors, and 70 Lecturers. Most academics at Wellesley College are Female Lecturers (52), Male Professors(48), and Female Professors (47).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College are: Service, with 233 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 94 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 91 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$2.17B
2019 Endowment
3.24%
growth from 2018

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at about $2.17B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Wellesley College grew 3.24% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.13B 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. $4.25M - Federal
  2. $60k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Wellesley College received $4.25M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $60k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$105M
2019 Salaries
11.8%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Wellesley College paid a median of $105M in salaries, which represents 44.7% of their overall expenditure ($236M) and a 11.8% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.55% decline from 2017 and a 6.9% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$36.6M
Instructional Salaries
328
Number of Employees

In 2019, Wellesley College paid a total of $36.6M to 328 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
95 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
233 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wellesley College were Professor with 95 employees; Associate professor with 73 employees; and Associate professor with 70 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College were Service with 233 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 94 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 91 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wellesley College was Female Lecturer with 52 employees, Male Professor with 48 employees, and Female Professor with 47 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Wellesley College.

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