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WellesleyPlus is a special program designed to enhance the excellent experience we offer all Wellesley students with additional opportunities for learning and growth in the first year. Each summer, students are invited to participate in this program during their first year at Wellesley. By choosing to be part of WellesleyPlus, you will join an academic program designed to assist with the transition to college, as you and your classmates learn to build on your academic strengths and identify areas for improvement. You will engage in projects designed to enhance your expertise in critical analysis, research, writing, and working with quantitative materials. WellesleyPlus also includes an advising component, designed to help you build strong relationships with the other participating students and faculty and peer advisors. And WellesleyPlus is an interactive program, designed to help you make strong connections with your new classmates and develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will contribute to success in college and beyond. Here you will find some basic information about the WellesleyPlus program and as well as some contact information for some of the people leading WellesleyPlus.
Is WellesleyPlus Right for You?
Each year, we invite about 10% of the entering class to consider participating in WellesleyPlus. The core group of our invitees are first generation college students; there is a large amount of research nationwide about first generation students which concludes that students in this group may benefit greatly from additional and intentional support and guidance in their first year in college. Our own experience with first generation students at Wellesley confirms this, and WellesleyPlus is designed with these needs in mind. In addition to first generation students, we invite other students who we believe from their application materials would benefit from the additional guidance in the first year that the program provides and who would benefit from the regular curricular and co-curricular engagement with the cohort of students in the program. Some of these students come from large high schools which may not have resources comparable to schools other students attended; others come from relatively isolated areas of the country, and they may benefit from the program's efforts to bring students into the Wellesley community smoothly. We also invite students who are part of the Questbridge program. In making our invitations, we do not consider SAT or other test scores, financial aid status, or racial or ethnic identity.
We see results: statistically, students who choose to participate in WellesleyPlus stay in college and succeed at Wellesley at higher rates than students who do not participate in this program.
If you are invited to consider this program, we hope you will think about your needs and what WellesleyPlus offers in deciding if it is right for you. In building this program, we are working with what we know about student needs in general, and each individual student's experience and goals are going to be variations on that general understanding. We know that this program is not for everyone, but it could be an important beginning at Wellesley for you, as it has for many students over the past few years.