#35, overall score 63.16/100

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 three 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. — Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wellesley College

One of the beautiful things about our school is the way the local Jewish community has embraced the students of Wellesley College. We have built a wonderful Jewish community based on the principle or welcoming all Jews looking to share and celebrate in our common heritage no matter their background. We attract a large and diverse group of people at Chabad, because we foster an environment that enables each individual to explore their own unique relationship with Judaism at their own pace. Students can expect as wide selection of programs and “Pom” a great vegetarian, kosher kitchen, supervised by Chabad. — Rabbi Moshe Bleich, director, Chabad Wellesley-Weston

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 7:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $48,802
  • Room & board costs: $15,114
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $41,440


  • Location: Wellesley, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,356
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 235
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 16% in-state/84% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Blue
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Whiptails

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.83/40

  • Score: 21.83/40
  • Hillel: Wellesley College Hillel
  • Chabad: Wellesley-Weston Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: Pomeroy Hall
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 31 (6 Orthodox, 11 Conservative, 14 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Nora Ephron
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country
  • Kosher food details: Wellesley has a kosher dining hall, to which all students have access, located in the Pomeroy residence hall. In addition, Wellesley has a kosher kitchen that is fully stocked at all times, located in Billings Hall as part of the Hillel student lounge. 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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