Wellesley College Summer Session 2016


Please See Calendar for Registration Dates

Calendar Segments

Start Dates

End Date

Session I

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Session II

Monday, June 27, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

6-week courses

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Note:  Classes will not be held on Monday, July 4th.   The Campus is closed that day.  Faculty may arrange for a make-up.

Payment Deadlines (Tuition and Housing)

  • Session I and also 6-week courses - Monday, May 9, 2016

  • Session II - Monday, June 6, 2016

Housing Check-In Dates

  • Session I - Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • Session II - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Students remaining in their dorm rooms during the week of Commencement (until May 27th) will be responsible for paying a "board charge" for meal service.  This is required as meals are provided during that week for graduating seniors. 

Deadlines for Financial Assistance (for Wellesley College Students Only):

Financial Assistance Application deadline Thursday, March 31, 2016.  

Notification of Financial Assistance Awards to students by Friday, April 8, 2016.

Final decisions by students regarding use of Financial Assistance Awards must be sent to cfrazer@wellesley.edu  by Friday, April 15, 2016.

GETTING STARTED: Important Information

What you should know if…

…you are a Wellesley College student

  • Once you have been admitted to a course, you will receive a grade unless you formally withdraw from the course before it ends, or alternately opt for the Credit/Non grading system.  All withdrawals must be done in writing to the Registrar's Office  registrar@wellesley.edu  by the deadlines.  If you plan to drop all of your Summer Session classes, this cannot be done through Banner.  You must do so at the Registrar's office or you will be charged for the course(s).
  • Wellesley College students must ensure that any balance from a previous term is also paid in full by the summer payment deadline.
  • Limited financial assistance is available to Wellesley College students only, and is based on financial need.  Applications for financial assistance are due by Thursday, March 31, 2016, No Late Exceptions.

…you are a High School Student

  • To apply, you must be a junior or senior in good academic standing currently attending a high school in the United States.
  • You will be taking classes with college students and will be held to the same high academic standards.
  • High school students are not permitted to live on Campus.
  • International High School Students are not permitted to attend Wellesley College Summer Session. 

…you are an International College Student

  • If you are currently studying at another U.S. college or university and have an F-1 or J-1 status, you may apply to the summer session.  At this time, we are not able to provide immigration support for international students not already studying in the United States. 

Application Procedures

View the Application Tab for full details about the application procedures and how to apply:  www.wellesley.edu/summer/applications

Helpful Hints:

  • For Non-Wellesley College students:  Applicants are notified by email as soon as they have been registered into a course, usually within two to three weeks after the application is received.
  • International students should allow adequate time for the processing of student visas and the receipt of payments.
  • Please make sure that your application is complete.  Most applications require registration fees and supporting documentation such as a transcript or recommendations.  Applications will not be considered until they are complete, and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is received by the Wellesley College Summer Session Office.


Academic Policies


As a student in the Wellesley College Summer Session, you will experience the same quality of instruction that Wellesley undergraduates receive during the academic year.  Our courses are approved for regular college credit.  One Wellesley College Course Unit is the equivalent of four semester hours (4 Course Credits at Other Institutions).

Students who wish to transfer Wellesley College Summer Session credit to other colleges and universities are advised to consult in advance with the appropriate academic authorities at their home institutions.

Tuition and Fees*

  • Application Fee (non-refundable) $50
  • Tuition:  1.0  Unit Course $2,375;  1.5 Unit Course $2,975
  • Cancelation Fee $100 (non-refundable if course is dropped and another is not selected)
  • Field Course 1.0 Unit Course $TBD (not Including Airfare)
  • Housing $150 a week
  • Optional Meal Plan (no Weekend Food Service) Contact:  WellesleyFresh.com for  the Student Summer Meal Options.  

*All tuition and fees, including room charges must be paid by their deadlines.  Residential program fees includes room and student activities (optional meal plans available for an additional charge).

For specific course tuition costs, please refer to the individual course descriptions on our web site: www.wellesley.edu/summer

The Honor Code

The Wellesley College honor system is central to our mission as a liberal arts college. It is a system of mutual trust and respect upon which we base our community. Honor is the foundation of teaching, learning, and community life at Wellesley, and all students, including all students enrolled in Wellesley College Summer Session courses, share responsibility for preserving this foundation.  By enrolling, all summer students promise "to act with honesty, integrity and respect" in all aspects of their experience at Wellesley, including adhering to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity.  Please note that charges of violating the Honor Code will be pursued using the procedures posted at http://www.wellesley.edu/studentlife/aboutus/honor .  

PLEASE NOTE:  Courses are subject to change.


E-bill is Wellesley College’s official method for sending student account statements. E-bill is a snapshot of the student account from the date the ebill is generated.  You may view your charges at anytime on your MyWellesley Account.

  • Summer Session I E-bill statements will be sent in early May. Wellesley College must receive payment by May 11.
  • Summer Session II E-bill statements will be sent in early June. Wellesley College must receive payment by June 8.
  • E-bill statements will be sent any month in which there is an outstanding balance on the student account.
  • Students who register after the E-bill has been sent may view their account detail via MyWellesley and may find payment options at http://www.wellesley.edu/admission/finaid/accounts/paymentoptions.
  • You may visit E-bill to make and confirm payments, view statements and add shared users. Current students may view their account detail on line 24 hours a day through MyWellesley.
  • Unpaid accounts are subject to late payment fees.


Campus Life and Housing

Summer at Wellesley

Summer is an excellent time for exploring new topics and new places, and Wellesley Summer Session provides a wonderful opportunity to do both.  The Wellesley campus is secure, the town of Wellesley  welcoming, and students in our program are well cared for.  Wellesley College has its own highly professional police force as well as security services.

Medical Services

In case of medical needs, students have access to Doctors Express Urgent Care www.DoctorsExpress.com only 3 miles away and Newton-Wellesley Hospital is also nearby.


Housing is available to college students enrolled in the Wellesley College Summer Session at a cost of $150/per week.  The priority date for summer session housing ends Monday, March 28th, so please keep this in mind if you are considering housing.  Summer Session students are housed in a designated residence hall with professional staff.  Residential life will include social, cultural, and recreational activities.  Housing Applications for Summer Session begins February 29, 2016 and students should apply as early as possible

Campus housing is available during your registered sessions from Sunday, May 29th through noon on Saturday, July 25th.  Students who wish to register for housing should visit the summer housing web site, click here to do so.   If you have questions regarding summer housing, please call the Summer Housing at 781-283-2681.

Residential Life

Students who choose to live on campus during the summer have an opportunity to experience the residential life unique to Wellesley College.  The residential halls foster a sense of community for their members and serve as a focal point for both informal and planned activities. Students in residence have access to the summer facilities and campus activities.

Wellesley Summer Session also offers organized outings.  In the past they have included visits to area museums and summer theater performances, trip to the movies, a day at the beach, hiking, and excursions to Boston.

Meal Card Points

Weekday (Monday-Friday) meal options are available to both resident and non-resident students through Wellesley Fresh.  Wellesley College is pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to utilize the Wang Campus Center and the The Leaky Beaker at the Science Center which offers dining facilities, coffee bars and a convenience store.  Dining services will be closed on the weekends, Monday Nights and on the 4th of July.  There are limited cooking facilities in the dormitories available for student use. More information on dining services can be found by contacting WellesleyFresh.com.

Transportation & Parking

Wellesley is fortunate to be located within walking distance of the commuter rail station in Wellesley Square.  Zip Cars are also available on campus. Free on-campus parking will be available to Summer Session students.  Students who are bringing a vehicle to campus for the first time will need to go to Campus Police to register their vehicle during their orientation, see below.  There is no fee for parking.

Grades & Academic Credit


Summer Session courses are taken on a letter grade basis (A-D,F), unless students fill out a credit/non form with the Registrars office, see Calendar for deadlines.

  • Session I - Monday, June 6th is the last day to declare a course CR/NON/  and the last day to drop a course with out a WDR appearing on transcript for Session I
  • Session II - Tuesday, July 5th is the last day to declare a course CR/NON/  and the last day to drop a course with out a WDR appearing on transcript for Session II.
  • Grades will be available online approximately 3 weeks after the end of classes. Students may view their grades by logging into My Wellesley and grades are available on Banner Self Service.

Wellesley College Summer Session transcripts will be available upon request from the Wellesley College Registrars Office, registrar@wellesley.edu.  Please call 781-283-2307 for assistance.

Academic Credit

Wellesley College Summer Session courses carry full academic course credit.  The four-week summer term is more intensive than the academic year semester schedule, but in terms of course material covered, course assignments, class time and laboratory time, the Summer Session courses are equivalent to Wellesley College courses offered during the regular year.  Because the term is intensive in nature, it is not advisable for students who are uncomfortable covering large amounts of material in a short amount of time to sign up for Summer Session. For those who wish to transfer credits from Wellesley, please consult in advance with the Registrar of your college or university.

Wellesley College courses are approved for regular college credit.  One Wellesley College Course Unit (1.0) is the equivalent of four semester hours (4 Course Credits at Other Institutions).

Pre-College Students

To apply, you must be a junior or senior in high school.   Wellesley College summer courses are college credit classes that you will be taking with college students and will be held to the same high academic standards.  There currently is not a housing plan for high school students so you must be within commuting distance to Wellesley.  You will have access and privileges to the college sports center, library and common/dining areas.

Orientation for Non-Wellesley College Students

There will be orientations available to all new students before each session.  During the orientation you will be given a tour of the campus and receive your parking pass and college ID.

  • Session I Orientation - Wednesday, May 25th, 10:00 am
  • Session II Orientation - Wednesday, June 22nd, 10:00 am

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