Davis Degree FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:
Davis Degree Candidates

1. Who may apply for the Davis Degree Program?
2. What are the similarities and differences between Davis Scholars and traditional-age students?
3. Is there housing for Davis Scholars?
4. Are Davis Scholars eligible for financial aid?
5. How might I prepare to apply?
6. What are the deadlines? When will I be notified of my decision?
7. How do I apply? Do I use the Common Application?
8. Is an interview required?
9. Will Wellesley grant credit for courses I’ve taken elsewhere?
10. Can I apply to Wellesley as a transfer if I have already earned a bachelor's degree?


 

1. Who may apply for the Davis Degree Program?
U.S. veterans, mothers, and any woman who was unable to complete her bachelor’s degree during the traditional 18-24-year-old period of her life may apply for the Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program.

2. What are the similarities and differences between Davis Scholars and traditional-age students?
Davis Scholars take the same classes as the traditional-age students, have the same degree requirements for graduation, and graduate with the same Wellesley degree.  Unlike the traditional-age students, Davis Scholars have the option of taking classes part-time, which grants them the flexibility to design an academic schedule that accommodates other demands on their time such as work and family responsibilities. They can even chose to live in on-campus housing.  Davis Scholars also have their very own Dean who will guide them through the curriculum at the College, along with their major advisors.

3. Is there housing for Davis Scholars?
While the College does not offer family housing, students who choose to live on campus may choose between nine-month and twelve-month housing options. You must be full time in order to qualify for on-campus housing. The Continuing Education (CE) House provides a place for all Davis Scholars, especially commuters, to gather as a community, study, and hang out. 

4. Are Davis Scholars eligible for financial aid?
Student Financial Services uses the same formula for Davis Scholars as they use for traditional-age students. Students benefit from Wellesley’s very strong financial position with an endowment of over $1.8 billion for just 2,300 students. Wellesley is widely recognized as one of the top 10 colleges in the country for students graduating with the least amount of debt. Loans are eliminated for students with the greatest need. It is not all that uncommon for students to find that the cost of attending Wellesley is less than the cost to attend their in-state institutions. We recognize that a Davis Scholar’s financial position is often unique and after you read more about financial aid at Wellesley, we encourage you to contact Student Financial Services at sfs@wellesley.edu if you have specific questions about your financial situation and the kind of aid that might be available to you.

While every Davis Scholar’s story is unique, what they all share is an eagerness to engage in Wellesley’s vibrant academic community. Students who are successful in the Davis applicant pool typically have completed some recent coursework at a community college. Prior to graduation from Wellesley, the College requires that all students satisfy distribution requirements, including work in English and writing, mathematics, the sciences, social science, and foreign language. When reading an application, the Board of Admission must feel confident the application contains evidence that a potential Davis Scholar can be successful in these fields. Read Advice from the Dean for more information about preparing to successfully transfer credit to Wellesley.

Bonus tip: The Board suggests that students complete at least through pre-calculus prior to applying for admission. (Your traditional-age classmates will have typically completed calculus while in high school.) 

6. What are the deadlines? When will I be notified of my decision?
The following deadlines are for fall entrance. (We do not admit Davis Scholars for spring entrance.) We must receive your application and all supporting credentials by these deadlines. We will notify you of your admission and financial aid decision in late May.

·       Interview request deadline for all Davis applicants:  February 15
·       Application deadline for US citizens, permanent residents, and all international students: March 1.

7. How do I apply? Do I use the Common Application?
To apply to Wellesley as a Davis Degree candidate, you must complete and submit the online Common Application for Transfer Candidates. It's free to do so. Please be sure to identify yourself as a transfer applicant when you register for your Common App account.  Step-by-step application instructions for Davis Degree applicants.

8. Is an interview required?
All Davis Degree Program applicants are required to sit for an interview. The deadline to request an interview is February 15. Please contact us early, because spots fill up quickly. Schedule an on-campus interview. To request an off-campus interview with an alumna in your region, please complete the Off-Campus Interview Request Form—available in September. 

9. Will Wellesley grant credit for courses I've taken elsewhere?
Wellesley does not automatically grant credit for courses taken at other colleges. Each candidate’s record is evaluated according to Wellesley’s degree requirements and the accreditation of the institutions under consideration. Credit is only given for those courses which are comparable to courses offered in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum at Wellesley. Credit is not given to courses taken online. A tentative evaluation concerning the transferal of credits will be made by the registrar at the time of the offer of admission. For more information, see Transfer Credit Guidelines.

10. Can I apply to Wellesley as a transfer if I have already earned a bachelor's degree?

No, Wellesley does not permit people to earn a second degree from the College. If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, regardless of the institution where you earned it, you are not allowed to apply to Wellesley for a second degree. 

See Transfer Credit Guidelines

See Transfer Advice from the Dean

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