Transfer Applicants: Application Overview
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|If you're 24 or older:|
|. . . or a mother or veteran, see the Davis Degree Program for non-traditional age students|
Each year Wellesley accepts a small number of transfer students for entrance in September or January. In order to receive a Wellesley College degree, a student must complete at least two years (16 units) of coursework at the College. Transfer students are integrated into an existing class and enjoy the same opportunities and privileges available to their classmates—including financial aid and guaranteed housing.
Who may apply?
Incoming sophomores and juniors: 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 to the Davis Degree Program.
- From accredited private or public U.S. institutions: Transfer students may have attended accredited four- or two-year private or public U.S. institutions. Note: 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.
- From international colleges or universities: Wellesley admits transfer students from U.S. colleges and universities only. Any student who wishes to apply from an international college or university must apply as a first-year student, not as a transfer student. See first-year students and financial aid for international students.
If you are applying from an international institution, you can request a credit evaluation of your previously completed university courses following admission and arrival on campus in the fall. Some of your earlier academic work may be applied toward the fulfillment of Wellesley's requirements. Credit will be granted only for those courses determined by the College's registrar to be comparable to courses in Wellesley's curriculum. In order to gain credit for previous coursework, you must first successfully complete one year of study at Wellesley. See Transfer Credit Guidelines.
Financial aid for transfers
Financial aid is available to transfer students. Wellesley is need blind for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents and meets 100% of every admitted student's demonstrated need. If you plan to apply for financial aid, you must do so at the same time you apply for admission. See financial aid.
Application deadlines & notification
The deadline to apply for fall entrance is March 1; the deadline to apply for January entrance is November 1. We must receive your application and all supporting credentials by these deadlines. You will be notified of your admission and financial aid decision for fall entry in late May and for spring entry in mid December.
Apply via the Common Application
Complete and submit the online Common Application for Transfer Candidates. It's free to apply. Please be sure to identify yourself as a transfer applicant when you register. See step-by-step Transfer Application Instructions.
Help us discover who you are through your essays. The Common App 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. We also require you to write a Wellesley-specific essay. See Common App essay topics, Wellesley essay topic, tips.
Wellesley requires the following application materials.
1. High school credentials
2. Official SAT Reasoning or ACT scores (not required for applicants currently enrolled in community colleges)
3. Official college transcript(s) from each college attended.
4. Two Instructor Evaluations.
5. College Report completed by your academic advisor or dean.
6. Mid-Term Report
See Instructions for transfer applicants.
Interviews—either at Wellesley or with an alumna in your area—are recommended but not required. For an on-campus interview, see the Admission Calendar and note there is limited availability, so please schedule early. To request an off-campus interview with an alumna in your region, please complete the Off-Campus Interview Request Form. (This form is now closed, since it is past the February 15 deadline.) Please note the deadline for requesting an interview is two weeks before the admission deadline.
Credit evaluation guidelines
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.
For students attending U.S. institutions: A tentative evaluation concerning the transferal of credits will be made by the registrar at the time of the offer of admission. See Transfer Credit Guidelines.
Since much of student life at the College revolves around the residence halls, most students choose to live on campus. However, any student who wishes to live off campus may do so.