Wellesley College

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#19, overall score 71.5/100

Fun Fact:

The winner of the annual hooprolling race gets thrown into Lake Waban — a tradition that started in 1939 when it was discovered that the race winner was actually a male Harvard student in disguise.

Why should Jewish students attend Wellesley? Wellesley offers a transformational educational experience for women who want to make a difference in the world. The College values and nurtures vibrant Jewish life on campus, and it works to cultivate Jewish community and connections among students, faculty and staff. The program is staffed with two professional staff dedicated to Jewish life. Wellesley is equally invested in helping non-Jewish students respect, learn about, and come to appreciate the Jewish faith. At Wellesley, students have unique opportunities to grow in leadership positions, both within the Jewish community and beyond. Through Wellesley’s Jewish studies program, students also have the opportunity to reflect, learn, and think about on Jewish identity both in and out of the classroom. — Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank, Hillel director, Wellesley College


  • Location: Wellesley, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,347
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 225
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 13% in-state / 87% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Wellesley News
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Blue
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Whiptails

COST & AID Score: 11.67/15

  • Score: 11.67/15
  • Tuition: $51,148
  • Room & board costs: $15,836
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $47,355
  • Average loan debt: $18,370
  • Starting median salary: $53,800
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 22%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1360-1530
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 5
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10.67/11

  • Score: 10.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 4.83/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 5.92/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 17.17/34

  • Score: 17.17/34
  • Hillel: Wellesley College Hillel
  • Chabad: Wellesley Weston Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: Pomeroy Hall
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 12
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 31 (6 Orthodox, 11 Conservative, 14 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Nora Ephron
  • Most unique/noteworthy Jewish event: Hillel has started the annual tradition of holding a large Purim party at the college pub, complete with a cotton candy machine.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Students have access to vegetarian kosher food in dining halls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hot kosher meals that include meat are available on Friday evenings for Shabbat, and kosher lunch meat is available during the week.

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