Decision Plans


Wellesley offers four different plans and encourages you to apply when you’re most ready to present a strong application. 

 

Which decision plan works best for you? 

Decision Plan Application deadline
Early Decision (binding) November 1
Early Evaluation (nonbinding) January 1
Regular Decision January 15
Accelerated Admission January 15

Please note: You will need to indicate your admission decision plan on the Wellesley Supplement, on the Common Application, and on any other forms where requested.


Early Decision: November 1 Deadline 

Have you visited campus and fallen in love with Wellesley? If admitted, are you ready to commit to attending? If so, you may want to consider applying Early Decision.

The application deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Early Decision is November 1.  Early Decision is a binding plan for strong students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice. Early Decision applicants receive their admission decision and financial aid notification in mid December. Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for you to be considered under the Early Decision plan are in November of your senior year.

You only may apply Early Decision to one institution. If admitted through this plan:

  • You must withdraw all applications to other colleges.
  • Your name, as well as names of other admitted students who have signed Early Decision agreements with Wellesley, may be shared with other colleges.
  • You will need to send a check for the $300 enrollment fee by January 5.

On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Early Decision.


Early Evaluation: January 1 Deadline

Or perhaps you'd prefer an early evaluation (in February) of your chances of being admitted.

The application deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Early Evaluation is January 1. Supporting materials must be received by January 1. Wellesley's unique, nonbinding Early Evaluation plan provides students with an early indication of their chances for admission. At the end of February, the Board of Admission notifies candidates who apply under this plan that their chances are "likely," "possible," or "unlikely." Early Evaluation applicants receive their final admission decision and financial aid notification from the Board of Admission in April.

On the Wellesley Supplement, select the option marked Early Evaluation. Your choice of Early Evaluation will be noted in our process. On the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision. 


Regular Decision: January 15 Deadline 

Do you plan to apply to a broad range of schools coast to coast and take time to consider many options? Regular Decision gives you a bit more time to do so.

The application deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Regular Decision is January 15. Supporting materials must be received by January 15. Under the Regular Decision plan, you will receive your admission decision and financial aid notification concurrently in April. International students who are applying for financial aid must apply under the Regular Decision plan.

On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision.


Accelerated Admission: January 15 Deadline

Are you a high school junior?

You can apply for admission to Wellesley during your junior year in high school by applying under the Regular Decision Plan. You must complete your application by January 15 and demonstrate the academic and personal maturity necessary to compete with other Regular Decision candidates.

On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Early Admission.

Related

Early Decision FAQs

What if I'm not sure if I want to apply Early Decision? Answer

If you have a strong high school record and you're sure Wellesley is the college for you, then you may want to consider applying under our Early Decision option. However, don't make this decision lightly—entering into an Early Decision agreement is a serious commitment. If you are offered admission to Wellesley under the Early Decision plan, you are required to withdraw your applications from other colleges and universities. Keep in mind that you can apply Early Decision to only one institution, so choose carefully. Your financial aid eligibility and award will remain the same regardless of the admission plan under which you apply.


Will applying Early Decision improve my chances? Answer

It is true that a higher percentage of applicants who apply Early Decision are admitted, but that is not because there are different standards for those applicants. It's simply because Early Decision applicants tend to be a pool of highly qualified students who are certain that Wellesley is a good fit for them—and they are often right. If you are certain that Wellesley is the right choice for you, applying Early Decision will simply allow you to know where you are going to college earlier—around the time of your winter break.