Transfer Applicants

How to apply to Wellesley College
as a transfer student

To receive a Wellesley College degree, you must complete at least two years (16 units) of course work at the College. The Board of Admission expects to see at least two full semesters of course work completed at another college or university for transfers. Therefore, only incoming sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Please note that any transfer student that is 24 years or older must apply as a Davis scholar. 

  • To apply to Wellesley College as a transfer student you must use the Common Application. Go to: Be sure to identify yourself as a transfer applicant when you register.
  • 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.
  • The deadline for transfers to apply for fall entrance is March 1; the deadline for spring entrance is November 1. International students who are attending U.S. institutions and are seeking financial aid may only apply for fall entrance and must submit their admission application by January 15.

To apply, please follow the steps below:  (1) Complete and submit the Common Application and (2) Submit required credentials.

1. Complete and submit the Common Application:
Write one personal essay

Write one personal essay for all the schools to which you apply via the Common App.  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 and your reasons for transferring. 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. As a transfer applicant, you may choose between spring and fall entry. The application deadline for Fall 2014 entrance is March 1; the deadline for Spring entrance is November 1. (See above note and deadline regarding international students applying for financial aid.)

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.)


2. Submit the following required credentials:
1. High School Transcript

You will need to submit an official transcript from the high school from which you graduated. If you received a High School Certificate of Equivalency, official G.E.D. scores and a high school transcript for the years you attended are required.   Although we require your final high school transcript, we do not need the Secondary School Report.

2. College Transcript 

You will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. The form for requesting this information should be sent to the Registrar of the colleges you attended. You should check with the school for procedures and fee information before requesting a transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the college.

3.Registrar Report If you are currently enrolled at a college, please submit the Registrar Report.
4. College Instructor Evaluation

Two  evaluations/recommendations are required. Please send an evaluation form to each person you intend on using as a reference. Recent academic evaluations are preferred. If you have been out of school for several years and are therefore unable to obtain academic evaluations, you may submit one from an employer or supervisor in community activities where you have worked. Evaluations/recommendations from friends and relatives are discouraged. 

5. Mid-Term Report (only if you are currently taking courses) The Mid-Term Report must be completed by any applicant who is currently enrolled in courses. Please list the courses that you will be taking during the spring semester on this form and return it to our office by March 20.  The point of the form is for us to get a sense of how you are doing in your current coursework, so it helps to have it filled out closer to mid-terms. If you turn in a form with no grades, it will not be considered in your file.
6. Official SAT Reasoning or ACT Scores Results must be released to Wellesley College from the testing agency. SAT Subject Tests are not required of transfers, but may be sent as supplemental material. Contact the testing agency for info about dates, times, and examination centers. Applicants are responsible for requesting The College Board or ACT to send scores directly to Wellesley College. (The College Board school code for Wellesley is 3957. The ACT school code for Wellesley is 1926.) If you have applied previously to Wellesley, you do not need to resend your scores.  Please note: SAT or ACT scores are not required for applicants currently enrolled in community colleges.




"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