Decision Plans and Deadlines

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. You may apply to Wellesley through the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge National College Match Application

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
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. 

Accelerated Admission (Early Admission - juniors only)
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?

Early Decision, Round 1

Deadline November 1

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.  

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 your application, select the option marked Early Decision Round I. 

Note: ED I applicants who receive a "defer" decision: If you apply as an Early Decision I candidate and the Board of Admission votes to defer your application, you will then be considered for review in the Regular Decision round. You cannot be considered for review in the Early Decision II round or Early Evaluation.

Application Deadlines for Early Decision Round I:

  • Interview request: By November 1
  • Testing: Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT or the ACT with Writing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in early November.
  • Application (electronic submission or postmark)November 1
  • Financial Aid Application: See financial aid deadlines
  • Secondary School Credentials (School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations): November 10
  • Senior Grades: 1st Quarter/1st Trimester/1st Marking Period: November 20
  • Midyear Report: We know these will not be ready when you submit your application; February 14
  • Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification: Mid December
  • Candidate's Reply Date/Enrollment Deposit Due: January 5
  • Final Transcripts - enrolling students: June 30

Early Decision, Round II

Deadline January 1

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. 

Your Commitment:  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 2.

Application Instructions: On your application, select the option marked Early Decision Round II.

Application Deadlines for Early Decision Round II:

  • Interview request: By January 1
  • Testing: Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT or the ACT with Writing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in December of your senior year.
  • Application (electronic submission or postmark)January 1
  • Financial Aid Application: See financial aid deadlines
  • Secondary School Credentials (School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations): January 9
  • Senior Grades: 1st Quarter/1st Trimester/1st Marking Period: January 9
  • Midyear Report: We know these will not be ready when you submit your application; February 14
  • Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification: Mid February
  • Candidate's Reply Date/Enrollment Deposit Due: February 26
  • Final Transcripts - enrolling students: June 30

Regular Decision with an Early Evaluation Option

Deadline December 15

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 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. 

Application Deadlines for Regular Decision with an Early Evaluation Option:

  • Interview request: By December 15
  • Testing: Wellesley prefers that you complete the SAT or the ACT with Writing in October or November of your senior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in December of your senior year.
  • Application (electronic submission or postmark)December 15
  • Financial Aid Application: See financial aid deadlines
  • Secondary School Credentials (School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations): January 4
  • Senior Grades: 1st Quarter/1st Trimester/1st Marking Period: January 4
  • Midyear Report: We know these will not be ready when you submit your application; February 14
  • Preliminary Evaluation from Wellesley: Late February
  • Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification: Late March
  • Candidate's Reply Date/Enrollment Deposit Due: May 1
  • Final Transcripts - enrolling students: June 30

Regular Decision

Deadline January 15

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 Instructions: On the Wellesley Supplement and the Common Application, select the option marked Regular Decision.

Application Deadlines for Regular Decision:

  • Interview request: By January15
  • Testing: Wellesley prefers that you complete the appropriate SAT or the ACT with Writing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in January of your senior year.
  • Application (electronic submission or postmark)January 15
  • Financial Aid Application: See financial aid deadlines
  • Secondary School Credentials (School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations): January 30
  • Midyear Report: We know these will not be ready when you submit your application; February 14
  • Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification: Late March
  • Candidate's Reply Date/Enrollment Deposit Due: May 1
  • Final Transcripts - enrolling students: June 30

Accelerated Admission

Deadline January 15 

Description: (Listed as "Early Admission - juniors only" on the Common App.) The Accelerated Admission or "Early Admission - juniors only" decision plan is for high school juniors who fulfill their high school requirements and graduate at the end of their junior year (third year of high school). You apply 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 Instructions: On the Wellesley Supplement and your application, select the option marked Regular Decision.

Application Deadlines for Regular Decision:

  • Interview request: By January15
  • Testing: You will need to submit standardized tests you have taken as a sophomore or junior.
  • Application (electronic submission or postmark)January 15
  • Financial Aid Application: See financial aid deadlines
  • Secondary School Credentials (School Report, Secondary School Transcripts with most recent grades and Teacher Evaluations): January 30
  • Midyear Report: We know these will not be ready when you submit your application; February 14
  • Admission Decision and Financial Aid Notification: Late March
  • Candidate's Reply Date/Enrollment Deposit Due: May 1
  • Final Transcripts for enrolling students: June 30

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