Wellesley 2016 Admission Report for Guidance Counselors

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New! Early Decision II: January 1 deadline 

SAT Subject Test waiver - if cost hardship

Class of 2020: Facts and Stats


New FAFSA deadlineCoalition Application update | New Wellesley president! | Diversity & Inclusion |  Professional development | Virtual info sessions | Reasons to study the liberal arts | Admission staff


1. New! Early Decision II: January 1 Application Deadline

Wellesley is pleased to offer a new decision plan this fall: Early Decision Round II, a binding plan for strong students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice. The application deadline for ED II is January 1, which gives students more time to decide that Wellesley is their first choice, and that, if admitted, they will commit to attending. ED II applicants should complete standardized testing (SAT and two Subject Tests or ACT with Writing) in their junior year. The last possible test dates are in December of senior year; the financial aid application priority date is January 15; ED II admission decision and financial aid notification will be in late February.

Early Evaluation deadline moves to December 15.  
Due to the increasing number of applicants who select the Regular Decision with Early Evaluation option, the Office of Admission is moving the Early Evaluation deadline two weeks earlier, to December 15, to provide more time for the application review process. See deadlines.

2. Wellesley offers SAT Subject Test waiver if cost presents hardship

Students who submit the SAT are required to also submit two SAT Subject Tests. However, students may request a waiver of the Subject Test requirement if the cost of taking the Subject Tests represents a financial hardship or if other circumstances make taking these tests a hardship. Contact Wellesley Admission at admission@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-2270 if you wish to request a Subject Test waiver. Note: Students who submit the ACT with Writing are not required, or expected, to submit SAT Subject Tests.

3. Wellesley Class of 2020: Facts and Stats

Wellesley welcomed 590 members to the Class of 2020. The entering class represents 44 states plus the District of Columbia and 37 nations of citizenships; 49% are students of color, including biracial and multiracial; 43% of students come from a home where at least one language other than English is spoken. Students in the Class of 2020 bring a wide-ranging and eclectic interests, a multitude of academic and extracurricular talents, and a diversity of perspectives. See Class of 2020 admission Statistics including test score information.

4. FAFSA deadline change helpful to families

This year families can begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier in the academic year—October 1, rather than January 1. This change more closely aligns the financial aid application process with the admission application process. To accommodate this earlier filing schedule, the FAFSA will collect financial data from two years prior to the academic year for which the aid is intended, rather than the previous year. For example, students applying for entry in fall 2017 will provide financial data for 2015; if they’re applying for entry in fall 2018, they will provide financial data for 2016, etc. Wellesley financial aid deadlines will not change. 

5. Wellesley to accept Coalition Application in summer 2017 

Wellesley is among the diverse coalition of US colleges and universities to participate in the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. These institutions are coming together with the goal of improving the college admission application process for all students. In summer 2017, Wellesley will begin accepting the Coalition Application. It will not replace the Common Application or the QuestBridge Application; it will simply provide applicants with an additional option. Wellesley will consider all three applications equally in the review process. 

6. Wellesley welcomes its 14th president: Paula A. Johnson 

“My life has been devoted to women, to their health, to their education, and to their development, and really that is what calls me to Wellesley,” says Dr. Paula A. Johnson, who became the College’s 14th president on July 1. She is the first African American to serve as president of Wellesley. An internationally renowned physician, researcher, and public health expert, Dr. Johnson most recently served as chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she founded and was executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. She brings a deep appreciation for Wellesley and liberal arts education for women, as well as high aspirations for what the College can achieve. Among issues she will address at Wellesley are physical and mental health and wellness and issues of diversity and equity.

7. Be inspired by difference! Wellesley's commitment to diversity and inclusion

“A diversity of viewpoints and life experiences produces better outcomes not only in the classroom, but also well into adulthood,” says Joy St. John, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Wellesley students come from all over the globe; they practice many religions, speak many languages, celebrate many traditions. Diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Wellesley—an opportunity to explore, learn, grow, and connect. The College is recognized for its longstanding commitment of recruiting and enrolling a diverse group of students. Once here, Wellesley encourages students to try on new ideas, try out new courses of action, and interact authentically with others whose beliefs or choices challenge their own.  The Office of Admission has partnered with numerous organizations and offers travel grants to a limited number of qualified students to fly to Wellesley’s campus for two overnight programs each year. See the Office of Admission's Diversity Initiatives and Diversity and Inclusion in the Wellesley College community.

8. Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator

Encourage your students (US citizens and Permanent Residents) and their families to use My inTuition to see how affordable Wellesley could be. The cost might be less than that of their state university! Try My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator yourself and see how easy this tool is. It asks just six financial questions (no W-2s needed). Then encourage your top female students to try it and find out how Wellesley might be their most affordable higher-education option. To make it even easier, watch the 90-second animated video on how to use My inTuition.  See also Affordability and Cost,  Return on Investment, and four Sample Aid Awards.

9. Professional development opportunities

Wellesley is offering a series of videos and webinars to provide guidance counselors with helpful insights from our side of the desk. If you would like to receive these professional development offerings for guidance and college counselors, as well as other relevant updates, please let us know.  Email Molly Morrow, Assistant Director of Admission/Guidance Counselor Programs at mmorrow@wellesley.edu.


10. Tell your students: Virtual Information Sessions

Students can attend Virtual Information Sessions at Wellesley via WebEx. Topics may include the first-year experience, academics and research opportunities, internships, study abroad, and the admission and financial aid process. There will also be time for questions and answers. 



11. Compelling reasons to study the liberal arts

The liberal arts, long respected as the foundation of a fully rounded undergraduate education, remain essential to the 21st-century world. See a range of perspectives on the value of the humanities and a liberal arts education at Wellesley:

New Book: Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College
by Lee Cuba, Professor of Sociology, Wellesley; Nancy Jennings, Associate Professor of Education, Bowdoin; Suzanne Lovett, Associate Professor of Psychology, Bowdoin; Joseph Swingle, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Wellesley; published by Harvard University Press. 

Wellesley professor Lee Cuba, a researcher and coauthor of this insightful book, builds a compelling case that a liberal arts education offers students a complex, valuable process of self-creating, one that begins in college but continues far beyond graduation. From their first day at college, students make decisions that shape every aspect of their academic and social lives. Some embrace decision-making as an opportunity for growth; others seek to minimize challenges and avoid risk. The above authors followed 200+ students for over five years at seven New England liberal arts colleges: Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury, Smith, Trinity (CT), and Wellesley. This book uncovers what drives undergraduates to become engaged with their education, and it explores how students make decisions about academics, social life, and more. It will be a valuable resource for educational professionals who work with and advise high school students, as well as parents and students themselves. Available on Amazon.com

Studying the Humanities at Wellesley
"Humanities coursework at Wellesley nourishes the intellect. It opens a trove of ideas and artistic excellence, offering not only knowledge, but wisdom." —Tom Hodge, Professor & Chair, Russian Department
“Because Humanities disciplines emphasize human creativity, imagination, morality, and rich cultural complexity,” Professor Hodge continues, “they equip us to step outside of ourselves. We re-examine our past, present, and future from illuminating, provocative standpoints. Integrating and celebrating our differences through humanistic study makes us better poets, better chemists, better economists, better voters. The symbiosis that unites the humanities, science, and social science is what makes a liberal arts education precious.” The Humanities webpage is an excellent place to start exploring Wellesley’s vast academic offerings (including 1,000 plus courses), as well as faculty, alumnae, “delights” in the humanities, and much more. 

Liberal arts become real-world skills

Wellesley backs its commitment to students’ lifelong success by continuously making connections between students’ studies and highly valued real-world skills. Full engagement in the life of the College—and in the work she is doing there—is demanded of every student, and the sense of purposeful involvement, personal commitment, and ongoing responsibility that accrue from this translate precisely into qualities sought “on the outside,” regardless of setting. Mastery of a broad range of intellectual and cultural content lends crucial perspective to any decision-making. Wellesley cultivates an avid curiosity and the willingness to interrogate closely, argue cogently, and judge fairly; as well as an awareness that allows the drawing of ethical lines clearly, cleanly, and publicly. See the value of the liberal arts at Wellesley 

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Wellesley Admission and Financial Aid Deadlines 2016-17
Application Plan Last Possible
Test Date
Financial Aid
Early Decision I Nov. Nov. 1 November 15 mid December
Regular Decision with
Early Evaluation Option
Dec. Dec. 15 January 15 late February evaluation;
March final decision
Early Decision II Dec. Jan. 1 January 15 late February
Regular Decision Jan. Jan. 15 February 15 late March