How to Apply
Wellesley's application process is straightforward.
Below are the four “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 Applicants:
1. Take Standardized Tests and Submit Scores.
Wellesley requires that first-year applicants take the SAT Reasoning and two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing. 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 information about SAT testing, go to the College Board website.
- Wellesley’s SAT school code number is 3957.
- For more information about ACT testing, go to the ACT website.
Wellesley’s ACT school code number is 1926.
- We also strongly recommend that students for whom English is not their first language and who have been studying in English for less than five years take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Please let us know the date you took or will take the exam. All exams must be completed by the stated application deadline for your decision plan.
2. Complete and Submit the Wellesley College Supplement
The Wellesley Supplement is brief. It asks that you indicate your decision plan and provide brief biographical and school contact information. It also poses one question, giving you the opportunity to tell us more about your reasons for choosing Wellesley and why we might be a good fit for you. We ask that you respond to this question in two well-developed paragraphs:
"When choosing a college, you are choosing an intellectual community and a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. To this end, the Board of Admission is interested in knowing your reasons for applying to Wellesley College, and how Wellesley will help you to realize your personal and academic goals.”
We encourage you to apply online; the application fee is waived if you do. We want everyone, regardless of ability to pay, to feel they can apply. When applying electronically, you will need to complete the Wellesley Supplement before you submit the Common Application. Students who submit a paper application should include a $50 application fee, payable to Wellesley College, drawn on a U.S. bank. An applicant requesting a fee waiver should enclose documentation from her guidance counselor.
Complete the Wellesley Supplement at www.commonapp.org.
3. Complete and Submit the Common Application
You may use the Common Application to apply to multiple schools. Submit a separate application to each school individually and indicate your chosen decision plan for each school. It’s easy to do.
Keep in mind that colleges will refer to you by the name you list as your "preferred name" on the Common Application.
You will need to write one personal essay for all the schools to which you apply via the Common App. (See section on 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 essay to write, we hope it will represent your best efforts.
Complete the Common Application at www.commonapp.org. Take a deep breath! You’re nearly done. Perhaps you’ll find time to relax a bit (check Facebook, go for a run, or catch an episode of The Office).
4. 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.
|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.|
|Early Decision Agreement Form||If you are applying Early Decision, please be sure to complete the Early Decision Agreement Form with your application.|
|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. Please do NOT submit any dance supplements as they will not be evaluated.|
|(1) Please carefully follow instructions and guidelines as outlined in the Arts Supplement from 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.|
|Send an athletic resumé to the head coach of your sport at:
Varsity Head Coach of (your sport)
|Complete the Athletic Supplement on the Common Application, which you may download from the Download Forms section on the Common Application site.|