Dean of First-Year Students
The Office of the Dean of First-Year Students serves the academic and personal needs of all our first-year students, helping them prepare for their arrival at Wellesley, planning and implementing our extensive orientation programming, and providing advice and counsel throughout the entire first year.
Students are invited to meet us in our offices on the second floor of the Schneider Center. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can call us at 781.283.2327. Our mailing address is Office of the Dean of First-Year Students, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, 225 Schneider Center, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Please be sure to consult the extensive materials posted for our entering students at www.wellesley.edu/esp/entering. There is great advice there for how to make the most of your first year at Wellesley.
Lori Tenser serves as Dean of the First-Year Class each year. As Class Dean, Dean Tenser provides guidance and support to first-year students as they make the transition into the college environment. Students meet individually and in groups with Dean Tenser throughout the academic year, to plan their course schedules, discuss options, interests and challenges, and begin to identify their academic goals. The First-Year Dean’s Office also is responsible for New Student Orientation and the First-Year Mentor Program. Dean Tenser holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in education from Boston College, having completed a research project on the experiences of gap-year students transitioning into college.
Ruth Samia, Administrator of the First-Year Office, came to Wellesley in 1976 and joined the Class Deans Office in 1979. She holds an A.S. from Fisher Jr. College and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Ms. Samia can help you if you need assistance scheduling an appointment with Dean Tenser or if you have specific questions about being a first-year student at Wellesley. She also works to support the work of the Orientation staff and the First-Year Mentors.