10 Facts About Wellesley College


Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college located west of Boston in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States.

Massachusetts mass-ə-CHOO-sits; officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

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Founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, it is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges.

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Wellesley is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations.


The college is also known for allowing its students to cross-register at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis, Babson College and Olin College of Engineering.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, often cited as one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Olin College of Engineering is a private undergraduate engineering college in Needham, Massachusetts, adjacent to Babson College.


Wellesley athletes compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.

The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III.

Sports Division III is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States.


As of 2016, Wellesley was ranked the third best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and first on The Princeton Review Best Professors list.

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Also, Forbes magazine in 2015 ranked Wellesley 26th among all US colleges and universities.


As of 2017, Wellesley is the highest endowed women's college in the world, with an endowment of nearly $1.8 billion, and had a Fall 2017 first-year student acceptance rate of 21%.


The college's robust alumnae base has been widely viewed as the "most powerful women's network in the world," and its graduates are often recognized as among the most accomplished of any institution and most responsive to fellow alumnae.


Notable alumnae include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Soong Mei-ling, Cokie Roberts, and Diane Sawyer.

Soong Mei-ling or Soong May-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang, was a Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician and the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts, best known as Cokie Roberts, is an American journalist and author.

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