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~Wellesley ranks high again on U.S. News' America's Best Colleges Survey~

For immediate release:
Sept. 24, 2002

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wellesley College fourth among national liberal-arts colleges. For the past 11 years, Wellesley has placed among the top five colleges in the annual listing.

"We are pleased that Wellesley College continues to receive national recognition for the high caliber of its liberal-arts education," said Andrea Levitt, associate dean of the college. "Although questions about the methodology used to establish these particular rankings have been raised, we believe that Wellesley's strengths as an institution in terms of students, faculty, staff and alumnae support are outstanding."

This year Wellesley follows Amherst, Swarthmore and Williams in the college rankings. Wellesley received kudos for its campus diversity, ranking fifth among liberal-arts colleges in that category. Under the "Great Schools at Great Prices" listing, Wellesley made the 17th spot. U.S. News uses a formula that relates academic quality to the net cost of attendance considering the average level of financial aid. In the category of "Highest Graduation Rate," Wellesley was ranked No. 8, with 90 percent.

Wellesley received high marks for its undergraduate research/creative projects, a category that included colleges and universities nationwide. Wellesley ranked 15th on this comprehensive list, which highlights faculty-mentored student work that results in an original scholarly paper or other product. The top three schools in this category were University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MIT and Stanford.

Other outstanding categories for Wellesley include its level of alumnae support, which at 53 percent earned the College the No. 8 "giving rank" in the nation. Another standout category is average freshman retention rate, for which Wellesley boasts a 95 percentage.

The latest edition of U.S. News' "America's Best Colleges" was published in the weekly magazine dated Sept. 23 and in an annual guide book. The information is also available on the web at

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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