Widely acknowledged as the nation's best women's college and ranked as a top liberal arts and sciences college, Wellesley offers 56+ majors to 2,375 women from 50 states and over 80 countries. Wellesley offers a collaborative academic environment with a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1 and professors teaching 100% of classes. Student life unfolds on a beautiful 500 acre campus just 12 miles from Boston. With convenient access to Boston and Cambridge and historic partnerships with other colleges and universities, Wellesley students experience a world-class education in a global, diverse, and exciting setting. Applying to Wellesley is free, with need-blind admission for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents. The College meets 100% of every admitted student's calculated financial need.

Academic Programs

  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Education
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Applying to Wellesley is always free and students should select a decision plan that works well for them: Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision. Students will complete a personal essay and a Wellesley-specific essay. To complete the Wellesley specific essay, students should visit The Wellesley 100 and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize them and why. (Not-so-secret tip: The “why” matters to us.)


For transfer students, the Admission Committee expects to see two semesters of course work completed at another college or university. Transfer students may have attended accredited four- or two-year private or public U.S. institutions.

Additional Information

Wellesley is home to the most powerful women's network in the world. It’s global, it’s interconnected, and it’s, frankly, awe-inspiring. It’s tens of thousands of women who graduated from Wellesley and want to support the next generation of Wellesley women. You’ll see these women on campus. You’ll call them when you need an internship in Senegal or a place to stay in Seattle. You’ll ask them for advice or inspiration or a meal. And they’ll deliver.

Money shouldn’t be an obstacle to a world-class education. We meet one hundred percent of calculated financial need for all admitted students. That means we don’t consider your financial situation when we consider your application. We admit terrific people, and then we make sure Wellesley is possible for them.

Visit us

To connect with Wellesley,  first consider your in-person and virtual options. If you’re able to visit campus, we currently offer self-guided tours and information sessions. To achieve peak-ish Wellesley, we recommend that you attend both an information session and a self-guided campus tour. Each information session lasts about 50 minutes and covers topics including the first-year experience, classroom dynamics, research opportunities, internships, study abroad, the benefits of attending a women’s college, and the admission and financial aid process. Can’t make it to campus? Fret not! Join us for a Wellesley Webinar, Student-to-Student Chat, or other Virtual Event. Want to explore campus virtually? Take our virtual, 360-tour or check out our student-narrated photo tour.

Wellesley is a place for exploration and limitless growth. I chose Wellesley to give myself the opportunity to explore the breadth of a liberal arts education while sharing that space with equally eager, motivated, and inspiring peers. From the combination of small class sizes, to student organizations for everything your mind can imagine, to the picturesque campus, Wellesley felt like the perfect place for me to explore my curiosity.

Amy, Chemistry & German Studies Majors, Class of 2022
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Admissions office

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School location

106 Central Street, Weaver House, Office of Admission
Wellesley, MA 02481, United States of America

Phone number

(781) 283-2270


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