About two-thirds of students who apply to Wellesley College get rejected. Those students who do get into this elite women's college tend to have grades and test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into Wellesley had averages of A- or higher, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2000, and ACT composite scores above 28. Good numbers, however, aren't all that is needed to get accepted. If you look at the red on the graph (rejected students), you'll see that some students with high grades and test scores were rejected.
Wellesley College, like all of the country's top liberal arts colleges, has holistic admissions, so successful applicants need to have strengths that go beyond empirical data. Competitive applications should have a winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities. Also, a challenging high school curriculum is at least as important as high grades. As a few of the data points above illustrate, strengths in some of these areas can help make up for grades and test scores that are a little less than ideal.
To learn more about Wellesley College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Wellesley College Admissions Profile
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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