We hope to see you on campus!
Everyone says it, and everyone is right: You don't know a place until you've been there yourself. On our 500-acre campus, we have a lake, a science center with its own exoskeleton (and cafe), an art museum (and cafe), a solar array next to some of the region's finest playing fields, a Tudor-style replica of Shakespeare's birth house. There's a lovely town right down the street and a world-class cosmopolis (Boston and Cambridge) 12 miles (40 minutes) away.
Including walking maps from the Wellesley Commuter Rail Station, pedestrian entrances, parking, important sites
Prospective applicants need to register their visit date, either in advance or on site. To register in advance, complete this form: tinyurl.com/WCvisitreg You’ll get a confirmation email with parking/arrival tips and a color-coded map. If you plan to register on site, plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first activity, and pay close attention to the parking and arrival instructions below. Don’t worry, walk-ins are most welcome!
Visitors who are not prospective applicants should not register. All visitors are accommodated for tours and information sessions (when offered – see Admission Calendar).
Groups of 10 or more require a special reservation. Please see Special group visits.
Traffic is sometimes heavy in the Wellesley area and our roads can be a little confusing! Plan a little more time than you think you’ll need, and give yourself lots of extra time if you’ll arrive on campus before 9:00 a.m. or depart after 3:00 p.m.
General Visitor parking is on the west end of campus and is a 15-minute walk from Admission, so we recommend that you park in Dower Lot which is across the street from Admission and has dedicated Admission Visitor spaces. Note: if you have a disability plate or placard for your car and require an accessible parking space, there are two signed spaces immediately in front of our office.
GPS instructions for parking
|Wellesley College has two driving entrances plus a pedestrian entrance. If you put “Wellesley College” or the College’s mailing address in your GPS, you might end up at the pedestrian entrance.|
|East Entrance (driving)||To reach the driving entrance closest to Admission, use the address of the Wellesley College Club, which is at the corner of the East Entrance:
727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.
|Then just follow the signs to Admission Parking, which is the first parking lot (Dower Lot) on the right once you enter the campus from the east.|
|West Entrance (driving)||The West Entrance is at the traffic light in between 106 and 320 Central Street. (This doesn't have an actual street address so not all GPS devices will recognize it.) Take your first right into the Parking Garage and follow signs to the Visitor Parking level.|
|Pedestrian Entrance||If you enter “Wellesley College” or the College’s mailing address 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482, in your GPS, you might end up at the pedestrian entrance.|
|Summer 2015 parking update|
Dower Lot will be partially under construction this summer. During this time, Admission visitors may park in any available spot in Dower Lot, even those not reserved for Admission. Once you park, walk out the Dower Lot driveway and turn right along the signed temporary Admission walkway. If there are detours, a campus police officer will direct you.
The Office of Admission is across the road from Dower Lot, up on the hill. Walk up the concrete steps to Weaver House which is a large gray wooden house. Our Visitor Welcome area is up on the second floor!
For walking instructions from public transportation, or for suggestions for reaching campus from the airport or train/bus station in Boston, please see the Directions links at the top of this page.
Student-guided campus tours are available to all visitors* on a walk-in basis. Prospective applicants need to register their visit date, either in advance or on site, but anyone can choose any tour that they like. Groups gather 5 minutes early and depart for their first stop on the hour, so arrive at least 10 minutes early if you pre-registered, and at least 15 minutes early if you need to register on site. Our campus is over 500 acres, so it’s not always possible for us to catch you up if you miss the departure.
Information sessions are offered in April, June, July, August, and October. During these months, the tour that immediately follows the information session is designed to be the second part of a two-hour visit experience. Academic information, as well as admission and financial aid information, is all covered in the information session. The tours at 10:00 and 2:00 present information different from the information session and focus on residential life, the campus community, social opportunities, and the student experience. If you are unable to visit for two full hours, we recommend that you take the last tour of the morning or the last tour of the afternoon, which present highlights from both the information session and tour in a condensed, one-hour experience.
In all other months —January, February, March, May, September, November, and December, each of our four daily campus tours presents information session content and tour content in a once-hour experience.
*For groups of 10 or more, see Special Groups below.
|Tours last 60-75 minutes and cover a little over a mile. There are stairs and hills on our tour; please call in advance if you need an accessible tour route.|
|Most weekdays tours depart at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. See the Admission Calendar for tour availability on a particular date.|
|In April, June, July, August, and October, the 10:00 and 2:00 tours are the second half of the information session, and we recommend you attend both for a complete experience. The 11:00 and 3:00 tours during these months are stand-alone experiences for those who can only visit campus for one hour.|
|In non-information session months, all four daily tours are one-hour, stand-alone experiences.|
Offered in April, June, July, August, and October, information sessions are a chance for you to learn what makes Wellesley unique. An admission counselor or admission intern will discuss topics such as the first-year experience, the classroom dynamic, faculty mentoring, research opportunities, internships, study abroad, and the admission and financial aid process. These sessions are designed as the first half of a two-hour visit experience – residential life, social opportunities, etc. are all addressed on the tour that immediately follows the session.
Prospective applicants need to register their visit date, either in advance or on site, but anyone can choose any information session that they like. Groups depart for session room five minutes before the hour so that the presentation can begin on time, so so arrive at least 10 minutes early if you pre-registered, and at least 15 minutes early if you need to register on site.
In months when we do not offer information sessions, all campus tours include the details normally presented in the information sessions. Still have questions after your tour? Ask to speak with the on-call admission counselor (see above).
*Groups of 10 or more require advance registration, see Special Groups below.
|Information session schedule|
|Information sessions are held twice daily in April, June, July, August, and October – one morning presentation at 9:00, and one afternoon presentation at 1:00. For a complete experience, plan to attend the tour that immediately follows your session (two hours total).|
|Information sessions last approximately 40 minutes; visitors who are more than 15 minutes late are accommodated to the best of our ability.|
|See the Admission Calendar for info session availability on a particular date.|
Most professors open their classes to high school juniors and seniors. To reserve your seat, come to the Admission Office to view that day’s offerings as each day is different. (The class schedule on the Registrar's page does not note exams, field trips, or canceled class meetings, as well as professors who are unable to accommodate visitors.)
Prospective applicants need to register their visit date, either in advance or on site, but can then choose any class time – and there’s no limit to the number you visit! Be sure to arrive at the Admission Office at least 30 minutes before the start of your class period, as seat reservations close 20 minutes before the start of class. See the Admission Calendar for exact days and class times.
|Class visit schedule|
|Class visits are held Monday through Friday, starting about three weeks into the semester and ending one week before the end of the semester.|
|Classes typically last 70 minutes and visitors must remain for the entire class.|
|Classes start at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. (Note: on Wednesday afternoons, classes instead start at 2:15 and 3:35.)|
|Please see the Admission Calendar for availability and a list of times that have the greatest selection.|
Interviews aren’t required at Wellesley for first-year applicants, but we think that 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 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||To schedule an on-campus interview, call the Admission Office at 781.283.2270. For the best selection, book your interview at least two weeks in advance. See Admission Calendar for details.|
|High school seniors: available through mid-December|
|High school juniors: available beginning April 1|
|Off-campus interviews||Available to high school seniors starting in late September and need to be requested at least two weeks before the application deadline. See Interview information.|
|To request an off-campus interview with an alumna interviewer near your hometown, complete the off-campus interview request form. The off-campus interview request form is live beginning Labor Day.|
We invite prospective applicants to have lunch in a residence hall dining room with a current Wellesley student and enjoy informal conversation with her. It's a fun and effective way to learn more about Wellesley from someone immersed in the community – and we’ll pay!
|Lunch visit schedule|
|Lunch visits run weekdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. They typically begin three weeks into the semester and end a week before the end of the semester.|
|Fall lunch visits are open to high school seniors, Monday - Friday from late September to early December.|
|Spring lunch visits are open to high school juniors and seniors.|
|An appointment is required and spaces fill quickly, so call early! We require at least two business days’ notice. Students should call the Admission Office at 781.283.2270 to schedule. We typically begin taking appointments for the fall in early August, and for the spring in early December.|
To thoroughly experience Wellesley’s fun and engaging residential life, we invite high school seniors to spend the night in a campus residence hall hosted by a Wellesley student volunteer. Your dinner in the evening, as well as your breakfast in the morning, will be paid by Admission.
|Overnight stay schedule|
|You’ll need to make an appointment in advance, and the earlier you book your appointment, the more likely it is we can find someone who shares your interests. We recommend calling at least two weeks in advance, but we can book an overnight with as little as two full business days’ notice.|
|You’ll need to be a high school senior to stay overnight in the fall. To stay over in April, you’ll need to be an accepted student or have an Early Evaluation “likely” notice.|
|Overnight student volunteers are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during the academic year, from late September through late November, and in April. We do not offer overnight stays on weekends, or during breaks or exam times. Visit the Admission Calendar for exact availability.|
For counselors who would like to bring a group of students from their school or program during our normal operating hours, we may be able to offer special tours and information sessions. Please complete the Special Group Visit Request Form at least three weeks before your requested visit date and we'll follow up to see how we can best accommodate your group. Should you require immediate assistance, please call the Admission Office at 781.283.2270. Please note: Groups of 10 or more visitors require a reservation for all visit options.
Have an admission or financial aid question not addressed on your campus tour? Each day, an “on-call” counselor is available to answer questions in the lobby or speak with you by phone. The counselor typically goes to lunch from noon – 1:00 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.