Wellesley College


Mailing Address: 106 Central St. Wellesley, MA 02481

Rank on 2008 List: 41

Rank on 2006 List: 12

Matriculation Rates of African Americans: 87%

Average GPA: Don’t calculate

Total Enrollment: 2,200

African American Enrollment: 125

Number of Applications: 4,099

Acceptance Rate: School does not track

*Average SAT Scores: Reading: 660-750; Math: 640-730; Write: 660-730

Black Student Group(s): Wellesley African Students’ Association

Application Deadline(s): Jan. 15

Early Admissions Deadline(s): Nov. 1; Early Evaluation: Jan. 1

Acceptance Letters Sent Out: Early Decision: mid-December; Regular Decision — April 1

Financial Aid Options/Deadline(s): Deadlines Vary: Earliest is Nov. 1

Costs: Tuition: $36,640; Room & Board: $10,126; Fees: $688

Greek Organizations: NONE


Jennifer Desjarlais, Dean of Admissions

What are you looking for in a student?

Wellesley is looking for candidates with intellectual curiosity: the ability to think, to ask questions, and to grapple with the answers. We want to know what interests students and how they embrace new opportunities to learn. We determine this through a review of the choices students have made with their academic programs and the opportunities they pursue outside the classroom. We look for evidence of leadership, motivation, and commitment.

What unique, university-sponsored opportunities and services abound for students of color at Wellesley College?

The Cultural Advising Network works to create a more multiculturally inclusive environment. Representing our richly different cultural identities and heritages, the group stands together to examine campus climate and to model unity in addressing the needs and interests of a truly culturally diverse community. To further these goals, each member of the Cultural Advising Network serves as an advisor and advocate for her own cultural group. The Network also serves the college community in the following ways: Policy review and development; information regarding programs, resources, speakers, and diversity initiatives at other colleges and universities; programming; consultation to departments seeking to expand their policies and programs to become more culturally inclusive; proactive problem-solving; community response/crisis intervention. Above all, the Cultural Advising Network models a community standard of respecting, valuing and seeking to understand each other’s experiences and identities. The Network builds alliances for institutional advancement and renewal using these standards as our foundation.

ETHOS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary at Wellesley, serves as a support group for women of African descent by enhancing the cultural, political, social and academic experience of those women on this campus.

It shall also be to pool the resources of the black community, both on and off-campus, and through unity aid one another in fighting racism and sexism, and promoting cultural and political awareness.

WASA, or Wellesley African Students Association, exists to promote the exchange of knowledge about contemporary issues affecting Africans and Africans of the Diaspora. Its aims are achieved through such activities as monthly discussions, lectures, cultural celebrations, community service projects, written articles and participation in national conferences.

HARAMBEE HOUSE provides social, emotional,