Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who may apply?
- How do I apply?
- What are the admission application deadlines?
- What credentials are required?
- What if I applied before?
- Are test scores required?
- Is an interview required?
- Are the financial aid policies the same for transfer students as for first-years?
- How do I apply for financial aid?
- Can I apply to transfer if I am enrolled in a college or university outside the U.S.?
- Am I eligible for admission and aid if I am neither a U.S. Citizen nor a permanent resident?
- Can I apply to Wellesley as a transfer if I have already earned a bachelor's degree?
- Will my credits transfer?
- Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?
- Can I still study abroad or other special programs?
1. Who may apply?
Students who will have completed at least two full-time semesters, but no more than four full-time semesters at an accredited two- or four-year private or public institution at the time of enrollment in the United States may apply. Students in the first semester of their first year at any college or university are not eligible for admission. Since the College requires that students complete at least four semesters of coursework at Wellesley in order to earn a degree, rising seniors are also ineligible for transfer admission.
2. How do I apply?
Wellesley College accepts the online Common Application. Please identify yourself as a transfer applicant when registering. It's free to apply.
Students applying for fall entry must apply by March 1; the College notifies these students of their decisions in late May. The deadlines for admission applications and financial aid applications are the same.
- The Common Application for Transfers.
- Official college transcript(s) from each college you attended sent directly from that college to Wellesley College. Screen shots are not acceptable.
- Official secondary school final transcript sent directly from the school to Wellesley College.
- Two (2) instructor evaluations from instructors who are familiar with your work in core academic classes. Letters from instructors in your stated area of interest are particularly helpful. Letters from advisors will be accepted as supplementary recommendations only.
- College Report completed by your academic advisor or dean.
- Mid-Term Report
5. What if I applied before?
If you applied to Wellesley in an earlier year or semester either as a first-year or transfer candidate, you will need to submit your application again. However, if you submitted official test scores within the last two years, as part of an earlier application, we may still have them in our database.
6. Are test scores required?
Applicants are required to send us their scores if their current school required them. Community college students are not required to submit scores. There is no need to sit for an exam if you have not done so already as a traditional applicant. Results must be released to Wellesley College from the testing agency. The College Board school code for Wellesley is 3957. The ACT school code for Wellesley is 1926.
If you applied to Wellesley within the last two years, you do not need to resend your scores.
7. Is an interview required?
We highly recommend that transfer applicants sit for an interview, but do not require it. Read more about on-campus and off-campus interviews before scheduling an interview. Students interested in an on-campus interview can register and schedule an appointment online. Students interested in an off-campus interview should complete the off-campus interview request form, which will be available in September.
8. Are the financial aid policies the same for transfer students as they are for first-years?
Yes. Wellesley’s admission process is need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and the College guarantees to meet 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated financial need. For more information about financial aid at Wellesley, please visit: www.wellesley.edu/SFS.
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the deadlines for financial aid applications are the same as the admission application deadlines. Students must submit the FAFSA, College Profile, and financial aid transcript from their most recent college. Please visit www.wellesley.edu/SFS for more information.
10. Can I apply to transfer if I am enrolled in a college or university outside the U.S.?
No, you may not apply as a transfer student. Wellesley admits transfer students from U.S. colleges and universities only. Any student who wishes to apply to Wellesley College from an institution outside of the United States must apply as a first-year student and submit her application by the first-year application deadline, January 15. See first-year students.
11. Am I eligible for admission and financial aid if I am a transfer applicant and neither a U.S. Citizen nor a permanent resident?
As financial aid for international students is limited, admission to Wellesley for international students is need-sensitive and competition is extraordinarily keen. International students who are currently enrolled in colleges or universities within the United States and who would require financial assistance if they were to transfer to Wellesley must apply by March 1 for admission to the fall semester, beginning in September. You may not apply for admission to the spring semester. International students who are currently enrolled in colleges or universities within the United States who do not require financial assistance may apply under any available decision plan.
12. 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.
13. Will my credits transfer?
The Wellesley College Registrar provides an evaluation of each admitted student’s transfer credits for inclusion in her admit packet. Credit is only given for those courses that are comparable to courses offered at Wellesley. Due to the volume of transfer applications, the Registrar is not able to provide an estimate of transferable credits prior to the mailing of decision letters. See Transfer Credit Guidelines.
14. Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?
Yes, housing is guaranteed for all Wellesley students. Students are not required to live in College housing, but nearly 98 percent of the student body chooses to do so.
Incoming junior transfer students must spend a minimum of four semesters at Wellesley in order to obtain a Wellesley degree, so it is not possible to fit the above options into their schedule.
However, all transfer students may participate in Wintersession programs, some of which take place abroad. They may take advantage of the many internships Wellesley offers during the academic year, Wintersession, and summer. Most transfer students are also eligible to take courses through our cross-registration programs at MIT, Brandeis, Babson, and Olin. Note: One exception is that transfers who bring in 16 credits cannot cross-register.
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