Academics

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Seriously, academics here is the best hands down. I have yet to decide what I want to major in, but there is not rush or hurry to. Wellesley really gave me the opportunity to explore before I need to settle down. I am majoring in a STEM major, and I really think that, despite the fact that W is a liberal arts school, the science department here is very close knit and student oriented. I think that is what is so unique about the STEM department on campus. In many other colleges and universities, my friends always complain how professors care more about their research and getting grants that they really don't put a lot of effort in their undergraduate studies. I feel like every professor I have worked with, genuinely care that we learn and that we are there number one priority on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are seriously the best. Every single one of my professors I have had so far were willing to help me understand topics that were confusing to me. The class sizes are super small, so it really forces you to not skip class and also pay attention in class as well. Classes here are more interactive, and I really like that aspect because students become more involved and have more say.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the best liberal arts educations you can get in the country

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is a lot and the academic environment can be very stressful. Professors are very attentive and helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are always super helpful. Sometimes it's hard to balance all the work you're given but you definitely learn a lot no matter what.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 13th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 13th
    Smartest Professors
  • 269th
    Most Available Classes
  • 286th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Wellesley professors are willing to field hysterical 11th-hour phone calls, spend hours in their offices meeting with a parade of students, and mentor their students on intensive projects. Quality and style vary inter- and intra-departmentally, but on the whole, Wellesley professors are excellent, and students are appreciative. 

Professors invariably prove to be very dynamic in office hours, and a more extensive relationship is almost always there for the taking. Few students go through their Wellesley careers without forming some kind of close relationship with a professor or dean. Though some students might sometimes wish Wellesley had a few more big-name professors (it's tough being near Harvard and MIT with their celebrity profs), accessibility and dedication are more important. If you ask around and do your research, you can ensure some serious and—believe it or not—exciting learning.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
316
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
123
Total FT Faculty
316
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$106,671
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
51
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 students: 31%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Writing program
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • By the lake
  • Dorm living rooms
  • The Hoop
  • One of the libraries
  • Wang Campus Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't give in to the pressure of doing recruiting or internships if you don't want to-not everyone is made for investment banking or building houses in third-world countries.
  • Don't kill yourself over your studies or grades. Do your work, but don't despair if you don't get it done.
  • Don't take on too many activities right away-make sure you can handle the normal workload.
  • Enjoy yourself!
  • Everything really will be all right, but you're going to have to adjust your idea of what "all right" is.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Get off campus when you can-make off-campus friends, be part of some other scene or community.
  • Get to know your professors.
Did You Know?
  • Wellesley has a series of distribution requirements for students to fulfill before graduation. Students choose which courses they desire to take in the mandated categories, including math, science, social studies, and literature.
  • Wellesley is an undergraduate institution, and professors teach all classes (though lab instructors conduct some labs).
  • Wellesley has produced more female directors of Fortune 500 companies than any other college in the country.
  • Among those who took the first Massachusetts Teachers Test, 100 percent of Wellesley graduates passed. Wellesley is the only undergraduate institution to achieve this.
  • According to Wellesley's Web site, women who graduate from all-female colleges are more than twice as likely as their counterparts in coed institutions to end up in a top-level position, in either a community organization or in the workplace.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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