Mission and Gender Policy

In March 2015, our Board of Trustees voted to update our admission policy to provide clarity for transgender and non-binary students who would like to apply for admission. Our trustees and campus community engaged in a wide-ranging, respectful and thoughtful discussion about what it means to be a women’s college in an era of changing understanding of gender identity. It is clear that the concept of a women’s college, and the reasons for having one, are as relevant today as they were at our charter date in 1870. Wellesley’s mission—to provide an excellent education to women who will make a difference in the world—is only strengthened by broadening our understanding of what it means to be a woman and fostering an inclusive community of women who are prepared for a rigorous academic environment that challenges them to achieve.

Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman. Therefore, candidates assigned male at birth who identify as women are eligible to apply for admission. The College also accepts applications from those who were assigned female at birth, identify as non-binary, and who feel they belong in our community of women. Those assigned female at birth who identify as men are not eligible for consideration for admission.  

Our admission counselors can provide guidance to students with questions about our admission policy or about submitting their applications to Wellesley.

Read the March 2015 community announcement and other materials, including Frequently Asked Questions. Members of the Wellesley College community are also invited to learn more about the work of the President’s Advisory Committee on Gender and Wellesley.