Academic Standards

Academic standards at Wellesley are high, and students take full responsibility for attending classes, submitting required work on time, and appearing for examinations.

If students have difficulties with course work, become ill, or have other problems that interfere with their academic work, they should consult with their class deans for assistance in making special arrangements for their studies. Tutoring and programs in study skills are offered through the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center.

To be of "diploma grade standing", that is, in good academic standing, students must maintain at least a C average in their last semester and as a cumulative average. Students must also have earned the appropriate number of units toward the degree, with the particular number determined by the number of semesters they have completed at Wellesley (students are considered to be in good standing if they have no fewer than one fewer unit than the number of units they would have earned by passing four one-unit courses in each of their Wellesley semesters). At the end of each semester, the Academic Review Board examines the records of those students who are not in good academic standing. The Board considers each student's case individually, and makes a response to each record. Responses may include noting the reasons for the student not being in good standing, placing the student on warning or on academic probation, placing the student on a conditional leave of absence, or requiring the student to withdraw from the College. The Board will recommend sources of help and may impose conditions for continuing at the College. The College tries to provide the appropriate support services to students in difficulty. Ordinarily, parents are notified when a student is placed on academic probation, placed on leave, or required to withdraw by the Academic Review Board. 



Contact Us

Office of the Dean of Students
Green Hall 344
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Linda Hilts
Executive Assistant
Tel: 781.283.2322