Plan your customized visit to Wellesley

Get to know the Wellesley community first hand through our campus visit activities. These visit opportunities will provide you with excellent insights to discover if Wellesley might be a good fit for you. Your options will vary depending upon the time of year and your year in school. FYI, if you're driving to campus, please use the GPS address of 727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 to reach the entrance closest to Admission. If your family plans to spend the night, see list of local hotels.

To plan your campus visit, simply follow these two easy steps:

  1. Review the list of campus visit activities (below). 

  2. On the registration form calendar, click on the day you want to visit, then view and select available activities. You will register for all of your chosen activities on this one form.

Campus Tours

Student-led tours of our (gorgeous) campus, available most weekdays, depart at 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. They provide an excellent way to see campus as well as to hear insights from our students. Tours last 60-75 minutes and cover a little over a mile, with some stairs and hills.

  • Tours depart promptly on the hour. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to park and check in. Given the size of our campus, it’s often impossible for latecomers to catch up with the tour, so please build in extra travel time. (Boston-area traffic can be notorious!)
     
  • In April, June, July, August, and October:
    The 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tours complement the info session that precedes them. Attend both for a complete experience. The 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tours are stand-alone tours best for people who can only visit campus for one hour.
     
  • In January, February, March, May, September, November, and December:
    All four daily tours are one-hour, stand-alone experiences. Info sessions are not offered during these months and the content from the info session is included in the tour.
     
  • For groups of 10 or more, see Special Groups.
     
  • Accessible tour routes: There are stairs and hills on the tour, so call 781-283-2270 in advance if you need an accessible tour route, or if you are bringing a stroller.
     
  • To guarantee your space: Register in advance online. We accommodate walk-ins to the best of our ability but always guarantee space to those who register. Remember to register your guests, too.

Register Now!

 

Information Sessions

Information sessions are offered twice daily—at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.—in April, June, July, August, and October. These ~50-minute sessions provide a chance for you to learn what makes Wellesley unique. Topics may include the first-year experience, classroom dynamics, faculty mentoring, research opportunities, internships, study abroad, benefits of attending a women's college, and the admission and financial aid process.

  • These are half of a two-hour visit experience. Residential life, social opportunities, etc. are all addressed on the tour that immediately follows the session (see Campus Tours above). For a complete experience, plan to attend the tour that immediately follows your session (two hours total).
     
  • Groups depart for the session room five minutes before the hour.  Sessions begin promptly on the hour. Plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to park and check in. We will accommodate visitors who are more than 15 minutes late to the best of our ability.
     
  • In months when we do not offer information sessions, tours include details normally presented in the information sessions.
     
  • Still have questions after your tour? Ask to speak with the "on-call" admission counselor. Please note that the counselor typically goes to lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
     
  • To guarantee your space: Register in advance online. We accommodate walk-ins to the best of our ability but always guarantee space to those who register. Remember to register your guests, too.

Register Now!

 

Interviews

Interviews aren’t required at Wellesley for first-year or transfer applicants, but are required for our non-traditional age applicants and post-baccalaureate candidates. A one-on-one meeting with someone who knows the community well is a great way to discover if Wellesley is the right place for you. We’ll talk about what excites you, what you’re most looking forward to in college, how you like to learn, what you do for fun, and how Wellesley might match your goals and interests. Leave your suit and resume at home, but bring your questions.

On-campus interviews are typically conducted by trained senior students; off-campus interviews are conducted by trained alumnae volunteers.

Wellesley is a little unique in that most candidates interview before they apply - keep in mind the interview deadline for your chosen decision plan.

  • On-campus interviews:
    For the best selection, book your interview at least two weeks in advance. High school seniors, spring transfer and postbaccalaureate candidates: available through mid-December; high school juniors, fall transfer candidates, Davis Degree candidates, fall postbaccalaureate candidates: available beginning April 1. Interviews are typically available Monday - Friday on the hour, from 9 am - 3 pm, and on select Saturday mornings during the academic year. 
    Register Now!
  • Off-campus interviews:
    Available to high school seniors, spring transfer, postbaccalaureate, and Davis Degree candidates starting in late September.  See off-campus interview information to request the appropriate off-campus interview for your decision plan. Complete the Off-Campus Alumnae Interview Request Form.

Class Visits

Many professors are eager to open their classes to high school juniors and seniors, transfer candidates, and Davis candidates. Classes at Wellesley are very small; seats for visitors are extremely limited, so reserve your seat early. Class visits are held Monday through Friday, starting in October and ending one week before the end of the semester. Registration closes one business day prior to class, so reserve your seat online before you come to campus. There's no limit to the number of classes you may visit. 

  • Class times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday classes start at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m. On Wednesday, classes start at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. Classes typically last 70 minutes.
  • A class visit ticket is required: Please register online and pick up your class visit ticket
    in the Admission Office on the day of your visit.
  • Arrive a few minutes early: Our campus is large and you will need time to find your way to your classroom. Walking from the Admission Office may take 10-15 minutes. Plan to arrive at your class a few minutes early so you can introduce yourself to the professor before class begins. Professors love to know who is in their class. 
  • Class visit expectations:  Current students and their professors take this class time together seriously. Please remember that you are a guest. Silence and put away your electronic devices, and do not plan to leave the classroom until the end of class. 

Register Now! Note: Class Visits begin in October.

Lunch with a Current Student

We invite prospective applicants to have lunch with a Wellesley student in a residence hall dining room. It's a fun and effective way to learn more about Wellesley from someone immersed in the community. And lunch is on us!

  • Fall lunch visits are open to high school seniors, transfer candidates, and Davis candidates Monday - Friday, from October to early December. Spring lunch visits are open to high school juniors and seniors, transfers, and Davis candidates. Lunch visits always begin at 12:30 p.m. and last about 50 minutes.
     
  • Spaces fill quickly, so register early! The lunch ambassadors can view your academic and extracurricular interests when they sign up so the earlier you register, the more likely it is that your lunch ambassador will share some of your interests. We require at least two business days’ notice. We typically begin taking appointments for the fall in early August, and for the spring in early December.

Register Now! Note: Lunch Visits begin in October.

Overnight stay with a current student

To experience Wellesley’s fun and engaging residential life, we invite high school seniors to spend the night in a residence hall. A Wellesley student volunteer will be your host. The Admission Office covers the cost of your dinner and breakfast.

The earlier you register, the more likely it is we can find someone who shares your interests. 

  • You must be a high school senior or transfer or Davis Degree candidate to stay overnight in the fall. To stay over in April, you must be an accepted first-year student, or a "likely" Early Evaluation candidate.
     
  • Overnight student volunteers are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during the academic year, from October through late November, and in April. We do not offer overnight stays on weekends, or during breaks or exam times. 

Register here  Note: Overnights begin in October.

Special Group Visits

For counselors who would like to bring a group of students to campus during our normal business hours, we may be able to offer special tours and information sessions. Schedule your group visit. Groups of 10 or more visitors require a reservation for all visit options.

Registration Tips

We look forward to welcoming you to campus. Walk-ins are most welcome! Everyone can participate in available campus tours and information sessions. Additional visit options (lunch visits, class visits, on-campus interviews, and/or overnight visits) vary, depending on your year in high school. Please follow these registration guidelines:

On-line registration: Register in advance for a campus visit. 
If you register on site: Arrive at least 15 minutes before your first activity, and pay close attention to parking and arrival instructions
Required registration: You must register in advance for interviews, overnight visits, lunch visits, and class visits. We'll send you a confirmation email with detailed information.
Recommended registration: Register for information sessions (April, June, July, August, October) and tours (year round, with a few tiny exceptions); it will speed your check-in once on campus and guarantee you a spot. We can sometimes, but not always, accommodate walk-ins.
Other visitors: Visitors (including parents and guidance counselors) who are not prospective applicants should not register. Please call ahead to check availability, or if you are two or fewer you may walk in.
Group visits: Groups of 10 or more require a special reservation. Please see Special group visits.
Disability services: If you require any accommodations for your visit, please call us at 781-283-2270 and ask to speak with our Disability Services Liaison. We kindly ask for three days advance notice whenever possible.

 

Questions after your tour or info session? Talk with an admission counselor.

Each day, an “on-call” admission counselor is available to answer admission and financial aid questions in the lobby or speak with you by phone. The counselor typically goes to lunch from noon – 1 p.m., and also might not be available if she is conducting the information session. At all other times, she’ll gladly help you as soon as she can. We also have student volunteers in our lobby who are eager to answer questions about their experience at Wellesley. We try to have volunteers available throughout the day.