Wellesley College class of 2025 waitlist thread

So I wanted to create this thread for people waitlisted at Wellesley College. How many people do you think are waitlisted and how many will get off?

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Year. 2017. 2018 2019 2020 2021
App. 5666. 6631. 6395. 6580. 7920
Attm. 1251. 1296. 1379. 1343. (1267+ WL)
Enroll. 605. 614. 612. 580. (557 +WL )

Yield 48%. 47%. 44%. 43%. 44%est

If W wants to have enrollment of 614, then W needs to get 57 more from the wait list. And if the yield rate from the wait list is also at around 44%, then 129 may get off the wait list.

And last year, “1,000 people choose to stay on the wait list.” (Source: W)

All these are just rough estimates of course.

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So it’s a good thing right. According to your estimates, around 50-100 people will get off. Is there anything that we can do to increase our chances?

Probably just write a letter of continued interest and update them about what you’ve been doing.

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Does anyone have an update on the portal -Fin aid checklist? Just wondering if the date of CSS profile has been changed for those who remained on the waitlist.

Yes. My css profile shows 21 April. Does it change for you too?


Anyone with any Wellesley waitlist activity?

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not that i’m aware of

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Because of the pandemic and test-optional application, W yield rate this year MAY BE lower than normal, that would be “good news” for people on WL.
I also guessing W will try to bring the enrollment up to make up the lost revenues. Also good news for WL.
Good luck to all.

Has anyone heard of any early data on the yield of admitted, test-optional applicants? To me, this is the biggest wildcard of the admissions year.

they say almost 50% of admitted applicants at wellesley were test optional! is that good news or bad for us waitlisted?

The “experts” on college admission consulting blogs have suggested that schools will continue to prefer applicants with strong test scores. The suggestion is that those not reporting had “below standard” scores (for elite institutions) and that the colleges would not take a chance unless the rest of their application was especially strong. Fifty percent for Wellesley stands out on the especially high side amongst schools that have reported this data. Not many colleges have reported this information and the inference is that it is because those “test-optional” schools admitted a low percentage of test optional students.

What does this mean for the waitlist? If other selective colleges didn’t admit these same test-optional students, then Wellesley’s yield should be higher. This means fewer wait list openings. What is unknown are the demographics of the test-optional students. New England and California had more restricted lock-downs than the South and Midwest. Generally where discretion was permitted, urban school districts cancelled tests, suburban and rural districts did not. How did that break down amongst income, race, nationality, first-gen, Questbridge, etc.? All to me have a different yield projections. I tend to think test-optional bumps yield up in a year where increased applications bump it down with a net effect that keeps it study.