Postbaccalaureate

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The Postbaccalaureate Program at Wellesley

For students with a bachelor's degree seeking further undergraduate studies for a specific purpose

The Postbaccalaureate Study Program is a non-degree, non-certificate program, open to men and women. Most postbaccalaureate students take courses at Wellesley to prepare for medical or graduate school, or to make a career change. Whatever their interests and future plans, postbaccalaureate students choose Wellesley because the College offers an outstanding balance of academic rigor and support especially suited to their needs.

Wellesley’s stimulating intellectual community and strong curriculum provide an outstanding arena to prepare for graduate study in almost any discipline. Small classes and labs and an excellent teaching faculty make Wellesley the perfect environment to brush up on knowledge and skills and to meet entrance requirements.

Who may apply?

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, but seek further undergraduate studies for a specific purpose, the Postbaccalaureate Study Program at Wellesley is designed for you.

Please note: 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. Women and men may apply.

Application requirements

Admission to the Postbaccalaureate Study Program at Wellesley is selective and competitive. You must have completed a four-year bachelor's degree to be eligible to apply. In evaluating prospective postbaccalaureate candidates, the Board of Admission looks for evidence of intellectual ability and initiative to meet the challenges of Wellesley course work. Your previous academic performance at the college level is the most important criterion. Work and volunteer activities are also considered in evaluating your candidacy.  An interview with a Wellesley College admission counselor is required for all postbaccalaureate candidates.

Cost and fees

Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible for financial assistance from Wellesley College. The cost of tuition for postbaccalaureate study is prorated by the number of courses taken. A complete schedule of costs and fees can be found here on the Student Financial Services website.

Application and interview deadlines and notification

Fall entry: The application deadline for fall entrance is March 1. You must request an interview by February 15. Wellesley will notify of your decision in mid April.

Spring entry: The application deadline is November 1. You must request an interview by October 31. Wellesley will notify of your decision in mid December.

An interview with an admission counselor is required for all postbaccalaureate candidates. Please call the Admission Office at 781-283-2270 to arrange an on-campus interview. 

How to apply

Read the Application Instructions, then download and print an Admission Application Form. If you are currently enrolled in classes, please ask current instructors to complete the Mid-Term Report Form. Please send a Letter of Recommendation Form to each person you have listed as a reference on the application. Academic references are the most helpful for the Board of Admission. Two recommendations are required. Please have each recommender send his or her completed form directly to Wellesley.

Complete the Admission Application Form and mail it with a $50 check made out to Wellesley College, Board of Admission, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203.

See Required Application Elements below. 

Important links

Postbaccalaureate Application and Forms
Application Instructions 
Admission Application Form
Mid-Term Report Form
Letter of Recommendation Form

Similarities to and differences from traditional-age students

Postbaccalaureate students attend daytime classes alongside traditional-age undergraduates, and whether they choose to study on a part- or full-time basis, they have access to the full support of Wellesley’s Continuing Education network and to all the facilities and services of Wellesley College—from the sports center to the computer labs.

While the College supports postbaccalaureate students in nearly the same ways that it supports the traditional-age students, there are some differences to note. For example, priority for class enrollment is given first to traditional upper-class students and then to entering students each semester; due to our small class sizes, the College cannot guarantee registration for any specific course to postbaccalaureate students. Postbaccalaureate students include both men and women. There is no campus housing for postbaccalaureate students.

Overall academic advising

The Dean of Continuing Education will serve as the postbaccalaureate students’ overall academic advisor throughout their studies. Faculty in the individual departments will guide students as they plan their specific academic program. The Health Professions Advisor will assist students who are enrolling in premedical studies.

Premedical studies and advising

Premedical study at Wellesley prepares students for graduate work in medicine, dental medicine, and veterinary medicine in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competition. Students who enter the program come from many different backgrounds—from science-related careers to law, education, and business. Many are recent college graduates who majored in a nonscientific field and now want to pursue a medical career. The program includes a core of courses that are required by most medical schools: one year each of biological sciences, with lab; inorganic chemistry, with lab; organic chemistry, with lab; physics, with lab; one semester to one year of calculus; and one year of English. Students who have completed some of the required courses before coming to Wellesley need not take the full premedical curriculum. They may select courses that meet their individual needs.
 
The Health Professions Advisor is available to assist postbaccalaureate students thinking of medical, dental, or veterinarian school. Those who complete at least four of the required premed courses at Wellesley may seek the formal support of the Health Professions Advisory Committee throughout the medical school application process. An advisor from the Committee helps with medical school applications, writes a composite letter of recommendation on behalf of the Committee, provides practice for medical school interviews, and offers individualized advice. Postbaccalaureate students from Wellesley attend many of the best health professional schools in the country. 

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at admission@wellesley.edu.

Required Application Elements

Please make sure that the name you list on your application is also clearly listed on any supporting materials that you send.

  • Application: Please complete as early as possible before the deadline dates.
     
  • Application fee: There is a $50 applicataion fee for postbaccalaureate candidates. It should b mailed to the Board of Admission.
     
  • Two letters of recommendation: Recent academic evaluations are more helpful to the Board. If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to obtain academic evaluations, you may submit one from an employer or a volunteer activity supervisor. See Letter of Recommendation Form.
     
  • Official college transcript. Please include transcripts from all the colleges you have attended or at which you are currently enrolled.
     
  • Interview: Interview with a Wellesley Admission Representative. To request an on-campus interview, call 781-283-2270. 

In addition, for pre-med applicants

  • Official high school transcript: If you did not complete high school, please submit your official G.E.D. scores plus an official high school transcript for the years you were enrolled.
     
  • Standardized test scores: SAT I or ACT scores
For international students: 
  • ​TOEFL: If English is not your first language, you must submit TOEFL scores as part of your application. A high level of fluency in all areas of the English language—reading, writing, and speaking—is required of all applicants, since Wellesley does not offer courses in intensive English or in English as a Second Language (ESL). All foreign credentials must be translated into English and certified as accurate translations.