Wellesley's Decision Plans: Which plan is best for you? 

At Wellesley you may choose from among the following four decision plans. Click on each plan for a full description, then decide which one is best for you.

Wellesley's decision plans

Wellesley's Decision Plans
Early Decision
Round I
Have you visited campus and fallen in love with Wellesley? If admitted, are you ready to commit to attending? If so, you might consider Early Decision (binding).
Early Decision
Round II
New! It's basically the same as ED I, other than the deadlines. ED II (binding) gives you more time in the fall to decide that Wellesley is your first choice and that, if admitted, you will commit to attending. 
Regular Decision with Early Evaluation Option Or perhaps you'd prefer an early evaluation (likely, possible, or unlikely) in February of your likelihood of being admitted. 
Regular Decision Do you plan to apply to a broad range of schools and take time to consider many options? Regular Decision gives you a bit more time to do so.
Accelerated Admission Have you completed in three years the coursework that students typically complete in four? Can you demonstrate the academic and personal maturity necessary to compete with Regular Decision candidates?

Deadlines for each decision plan

Application steps Early Decision Round I Early Decision Round II Regular Decision
with Early Evaluation Option
Regular Decision
Interview request deadline November 1 January 1 December 15 January 15
Last possible test date for SAT,
SAT Subject Tests
, or ACT
November December December

January

Common Application November 1 January 1 December 15 January 15
Secondary School Credentials
(School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations)
November 1 January 13 January 13 January 15
Senior Grades: 1st Quarter/1st Trimester/
1st Marking Period
November 20 January 13 January 13 n/a
Midyear Report (We know these will not be ready when you submit your application) See your applicant portal See your applicant portal See your applicant portal See your applicant portal
Preliminary Evaluation from Wellesley n/a n/a Late February (not applicable)
Notification from Wellesley of
Final Admission and Financial Aid Decision
Mid December Late February Late March Late March
Candidate's Reply Date/
Enrollment Deposit Due
January 5 March 7 May 1 May 1
Wellesley's Financial Aid
Application Deadline*
See financial aid deadlines See financial aid deadlines See financial aid deadlines See financial aid deadlines
Final Transcripts - enrolling students June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30

Description of each decision plan

Early Decision, Round I
Description Early Decision Round I (ED I) is a binding plan for strong students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice. ED I applicants receive their admission decision and financial aid notification in mid December. 
Application Deadline The admission deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Early Decision I is November 1.  See financial aid deadlines.
Testing Deadlines 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 I plan are in November of your senior year.
Your Commitment You only may apply Early Decision Round I to one institution. If admitted through this plan:
1. You must withdraw all applications to other colleges.
2. Your name, as well as names of other admitted students who have signed Early Decision agreements with Wellesley, may be shared with other colleges.
3. You will need to submit a check for the $300 enrollment fee by January 5.
Application Instructions  On the Common Application, select the option marked Early Decision Round I.
 
Early Decision, Round II
Description Early Decision Round II (ED II) is a binding plan for strong students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice. ED II applicants receive their admission decision and financial aid notification in late February. 
Application Deadline The admission deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for ED II is January 1.  See financial aid deadlines.
Testing Deadlines 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 ED II plan are in December of your senior year.
Your Commitment You only may apply Early Decision II to one institution. If admitted through this plan:
1. You must withdraw all applications to other colleges.
2. Your name, as well as names of other admitted students who have signed Early Decision agreements with Wellesley, may be shared with other colleges.
3. You will need to submit a check for the $300 enrollment fee by March 7, 2017.
Application Instructions  On the Common Application, select the option marked Early Decision Round II.
 
Regular Decision with an Early Evaluation option
Description Wellesley's unique nonbinding Early Evaluation option for Regular Decision candidates provides students with an early indication of their chances for admission. At the end of February, the Board of Admission provides Early Evaluation notifications to Regular Decision candidates who select the option. Applicants are notified that their chances are "likely," "possible," or "unlikely." Applicants receive their final admission decision and financial aid notification from the Board of Admission in late March.
Application Deadline The admission application deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Regular Decision applicants who select the Early Evaluation option is December 15.  See financial aid deadlines.
Testing Deadlines Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing in October or November of your senior year, and no later than December.
Application Instructions  On the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision. After selecting Regular Decision, you will be prompted by the question, "As a Regular Decision applicant do you wish to receive an Early Evaluation from the Board of Admission and notification of the probability of your admission as 'likely,' 'possible,' or 'unlikely' in late February?" Select "Yes" as your response. Your choice of Early Evaluation will be noted in our process. 

 

Regular Decision
Description Regular Decision gives you the most time to complete your application. Under this plan, you will receive your admission decision and financial aid notification concurrently in late March. 
Application Deadline The admission application deadline (electronic submission or postmark) for Regular Decision is January 15.  See financial aid deadlines.
Testing Deadlines Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing no later than January of your senior year.
Application Instructions  On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision.
 

 

Accelerated Admission
Description

You can apply for admission to Wellesley during your junior year (third year) in high school by applying under the Regular Decision plan. You must demonstrate the academic and personal maturity necessary to compete with other Regular Decision candidates. Strong accelerated candidates will have gone above and beyond high school graduation requirements; they will have transcripts that look very similar to students who have spent the full four years in high school. 

Application Deadline The admission and financial aid application deadline for Regular Decision is January 15. Under the Regular Decision plan, you will receive your admission decision and financial aid notification concurrently in late March. 
Testing Deadlines You will need to submit standardized tests you have taken as a sophomore or junior.
Application Instructions  On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision.