Wellesley College: Narrative Description

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106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: (781)283-1000
Admissions: (781)283-2257
Fax: (781)283-3678
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wellesley.edu/


Independent, 4-year, women only. Awards bachelor's degrees (double bachelor's degree with Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Founded 1870. Setting: 500-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $12.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $22,427 per student. Total enrollment: 2,289. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 3,944 applied, 38% were admitted. 75% from top 10% of their high school class, 95% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 2,181 students. Part-time: 108 students. Students come from 52 states and territories, 79 other countries, 84% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 6% black, 27% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 3% 25 or older, 97% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; area/ethnic studies; foreign language/literature; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Brandeis University, Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, members of the Twelve College Exchange Program, Spelman College, Mills College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,998 includes full-time tuition ($29,176), mandatory fees ($620), and college room and board ($9202). College room only: $4662. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, radio station, cultural clubs, Rugby Club, theater groups. Major annual events: Spring Weekend, Fall Gala, Junior Show. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: women-only housing available. Margaret Clapp Library plus 3 others with 765,530 books, 488,721 microform titles, 4,945 serials, 22,777 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.6 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located in a suburb of Boston 15 miles from the heart of the city. Railroad and bus transportation is available. Community services, and cultural and recreational facilities are found in adjacent Boston.

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