How to Apply

Wellesley's application process is straightforward.

Below are the three “must have” items that we need from all first-year applicants. (See separate instructions for Transfer and Davis Degree applicants.) We also urge you to get to know the College better by visiting us or scheduling an interview.

Required for All First-Year Applicants:

1. Take Standardized Tests and Submit Scores.

First-year applicants must take the following tests and submit their scores to Wellesley College.      

Standardized Tests
All students: Wellesley requires that all first-year applicants to fulfill one of the following two testing options:
Option A: SAT Reasoning Test plus two SAT Subject Tests
Option B: ACT with Writing
Students for whom English is not their first language and who have been studying in English for less than five years: 

Wellesley strongly recommends that these students also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

  • All tests must be completed by the stated application deadline for your decision plan.
  • Please request that the official score reports be sent to Wellesley. You may either list Wellesley on the test registration form or ask your guidance counselor for an additional Report Request Form.
For More Testing Information
SAT Testing Go to the College Board website.  Wellesley’s SAT school code
number is 3957.
ACT testing

Go to the ACT website.

Wellesley’s ACT school code
number is 1926.
TOEFL Go to the TOEFL website.  


2. Complete and Submit the Common Application

You must use the Common Application to apply to Wellesley College. Go to: It’s free to apply to Wellesley through the Common App. Wellesley does not have an application fee, as we want everyone, regardless of ability to pay, to feel they can apply.

You may use the Common Application to apply to multiple schools. To do so, you will need to submit a separate application to each school individually. It’s easy to do.  Please note that schools will refer to you by the name you list as your "preferred name" on the Common Application.

On the Common App, complete the following:
Write one personal essay

Write one personal essay for all the schools to which you apply via the Common App. (See section on Application Essay.) This essay is important, as it provides you with an excellent opportunity for reflection and for communicating to colleges what they should know about you. As you will have only one major essay to write, we hope it will represent your best efforts. 

Indicate your decision plan

Indicate your chosen decision plan for each school you apply to. Wellesley's decision plans include: Early Decision (binding): deadline November 1; *Early Evaluation (nonbinding): deadline January 1; Regular Decision: January 15.

*On the Common App, specify Regular Decision. You will then be asked if you want the Early Evaluation Option, whereby Wellesley will provide you with an early indication of your changes for admission. See Decision Plans.

Answer college-specific questions Answer any college-specific questions and complete any additional college-specific supplements.  
Complete the Wellesley-specific essay

The required Wellesley “Writing Supplement,” asks you to respond to the following in two well-developed paragraphs.

When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley.  We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit the Wellesley 100 ( and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (p.s. “Why” matters to us.)

Take a deep breath! You’re nearly done. Just be sure you have submitted required (and possibly optional) credentials (see below).

3. Submit Required Credentials

The deadlines for submitting credentials vary, depending upon the decision plan you choose. Communicate deadlines with your guidance counselors and the teachers who will be writing your recommendations. 

Required Credentials
Teacher Evaluations Wellesley requires two academic teacher evaluations. Carefully consider which teachers to ask. Are there two who have gotten to know you personally, have seen you improve, or can comment on your learning style? Be sure to give your chosen teachers adequate time to write your letter of recommendation. (An hour before the winter break may give them hives.)
Secondary School Report
Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Common App Secondary School Report form (with most recent grades) and to include an official transcript and school profile.
First-Quarter or First-Trimester Grades: Candidates for Early Decision and Early Evaluation will need to submit these grades.
Midyear Report:  Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Common Application Midyear Report form as soon as midyear grades are available for your final year in high school Submitting Credentials Online. On the online Common App, once you have selected your high school, you can list and save the names of your counselor and two teachers in the “School Forms” section. The Common App will email them with instructions on how to submit school forms (for free) online or offline in print.


Optional Credentials
Early Decision Agreement  If you are applying Early Decision, please be sure to complete the Early Decision Agreement with your application.
Arts Supplement
If you have a special talent in the arts, you might want to submit an Arts Supplement.  Our Art Department, Music Department, and Theatre Studies Department will accept electronic submissions of portfolios, recordings, or presentations. The appropriate department will review your material. Wellesley College does not have a Dance Department and does not review Creative Writing materials. Please do NOT submit any dance and/or creative writing supplements as they will not be evaluated.
(1)  Please carefully follow Instructions and Guidelines as outlined by the Wellesley College Art, Music, and Theatre Studies Departments. You must submit your portfolios, recordings, or presentations electronically using SlideRoom. Please review the detailed submission instructions on the SlideRoom website.
(2) Please note: Wellesley does NOT accept the Common Application Arts Supplement Form. Also, please do NOT mail any materials to the Admission Office. Submissions sent by mail will not be reviewed.
We recommend that you submit supplemental materials two weeks before the application deadline.
Athletic Supplement If you are an athlete or are interested in competing in Wellesley College varsity athletics (Division III), we invite you to complete the Recruiting Form for an individual sport on the Wellesley College Varsity Athletics website. Click on an individual sport and then on "Recruiting Form" on the right-hand side of the menu.
  Send an athletic resumé to the head coach of your sport at:

Varsity Head Coach of (your sport)
Wellesley College
Keohane Sports Center
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203




"Wellesley is interested in candidates who are intellectually curious, who think critically, who ask questions, and who grapple with
the answers.”

—Jennifer C. Desjarlais, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


More Questions?

For more information for international students, transfer students, testing, or other topics, see the list of all FAQ. We also answer a lot of FAQ about financial aid. You can always contact the Admission Office at 781.283.2270 or email