Wellesley College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$48,510

4.21% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$20,013

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

0.778%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

28.6%

4,854 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,482

94.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

91%

574 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 (94 degrees awarded), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (64 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (51 degrees).

In 2016, 737 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 (309 degrees), 2.22 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (139 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $48,510, which is $24,095 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wellesley College is $48,510, which is $24,095 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,013.

In 2016, 58% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,510

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Wellesley College was $48,510. The cost of tuition at Wellesley College is $24,095 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$20,013

2016 Value

9.6%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Wellesley College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,013. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Wellesley College grew by 9.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,277

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wellesley College was of $8,277 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 5.04% between 2015 and 2016. 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

33%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

58% of undergraduate students at Wellesley College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.33% with respect to 2015, when 60% 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.

0.778%

2015 Default Rate

2

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Wellesley College was 0.778%, which represents 2 out of the 257 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 4,854 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 5% annual growth. Out of those 4,854 applicants, 1,388 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 28.6% acceptance rate.

There were 2,482 students enrolled at Wellesley College in 2016, and 66% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wellesley College has an overall enrollment yield of 42.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

28.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

1,388

Accepted Out of 4,854

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wellesley College was 28.6% (1,388 admissions from 4,854 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 29.9%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 5%, while admissions grew by 0.58%.

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SAT Scores

66%

Submission Percentage

387

Scores Submitted

66% of enrolled first-time students at Wellesley College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wellesley College has a total enrollment of 2,482 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,347 students and the part-time enrollment is 135. This means that 94.6% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 35.9% White, 20.7% Asian, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.6% Two or More Races, 5.2% Black or African American, 0.0806% 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 (37.2%), followed by Asian Female (21.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wellesley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,482 students. The full-time enrollment at Wellesley College is 2,347 and the part-time enrollment is 135. This means that 94.6% of students enrolled at Wellesley College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2016 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 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), 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

    890

  2. Asian

    513

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    264

The enrolled student population at Wellesley College is 35.9% White, 20.7% Asian, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.6% Two or More Races, 5.2% Black or African American, 0.0806% 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 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% 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, 239 students (9.63%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 737 more women than men received degrees from Wellesley College. The majority of degree recipients at Wellesley College are white (309 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (139 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wellesley College is General Economics (94 degrees awarded), followed by Other Research & Experimental Psychology (64 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (51 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 (53 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 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 (321,381 people), Miscellaneous managers (270,920 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (187,727 people), Postsecondary teachers (143,163 people), and Chief executives & legislators (103,337 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (53 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (20 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 Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (53 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Elementary & secondary schools (339,156 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (296,239 people), Legal services (258,677 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (166,065 people), and Hospitals (145,839 people).

The most specialized majors at Wellesley College are Cultural & Gender Studies (53 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Social Sciences (182 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 94 degrees awarded

  2. 64 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wellesley College was General Economics with 94 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 0

  2. 737

In 2016, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (737).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Wellesley College in Neuroscience, which is 0 times less than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 94 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

82%

100% Completion Time

91%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 82% of students graduating from Wellesley College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 91% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 92% 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (92.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wellesley College is Female and Asian (92.9% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.22% 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

    309 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    139 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    72 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wellesley College is white (309 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (139 degrees).

4.75% of degree recipients (35 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    309 degrees awarded

  2. Asian Female

    139 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    72 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wellesley College is white female (309 degrees awarded). There were 2.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (139 degrees).

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Operations

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.88B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $53M (2.82%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Wellesley College had a total expenditure of $214M. Of that $214M, they spent $96.1M on salaries and $214M on benefits.

Wellesley College employs 112 Professors, 73 Associate professors, and 63 Lecturers. Most academics at Wellesley College are Female Professors (57), Male Professors(55), and Female Lecturers (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 516 employees, Service, with 234 employees, and Management with 23 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.88B

2015 Endowment

2.56%

growth from 2014

Wellesley College has an endowment valued at about $1.88B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Wellesley College grew 2.56% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.85B 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. $3.71M - Federal

  2. $152k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Wellesley College received $3.71M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $152k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$96.1M

Salary Expenditure

$214M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Wellesley College had a total expenditure of $214M. Of that $214M, they spent $96.1M on salaries and $214M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$96.1M

2015 Salaries

1.08%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Wellesley College paid a median of $96.1M in salaries, which represents 45% of their overall expenditure ($214M) and a 1.08% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.09% growth from 2013 and a 3.52% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$36.6M

Instructional Salaries

347

Number of Employees

In 2015, Wellesley College paid a total of $36.6M to 347 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

112 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

516 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wellesley College were Professor with 112 employees; Associate professor with 73 employees; and Associate professor with 63 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wellesley College were Office and Administrative Support with 516 employees; Service with 234 employees; and Management with 23 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Lecturer

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wellesley College was Female Professor with 57 employees, Male Professor with 55 employees, and Female Lecturer with 44 employees.

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

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