Pre-College Residential Program at Wellesley

Registration Opens: January 5, 2016

Program Dates: June 26 - July 22, 2016


Looking for an exciting way to spend your summer and experience college life first-hand?  Wellesley College invites motivated high school juniors and seniors to join us this summer for a unique immersive college experience.  For four weeks, be a member of the Wellesley community, taking courses with college students while earning full college credit. Students will enjoy academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in a high school program.



Mission of Wellesley Pre-College Program

  • Provide high school students with the opportunity to experience college life in a supportive yet challenging setting.

  • Offer insight into residential life.

  • Enable students to take rigorous courses while enjoying Wellesley’s beautiful campus and making new friends from around the world.


Why Wellesley?


  • The Program consists of two college-level courses:

    • A Mandatory Writing Course, which helps students grow as writers and prepares them for college-level written coursework.  

    • A Level One Elective, which allows students to choose from a range of courses and to either explore new areas of interest or develop existing passions.

  • The Wellesley College campus is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces, including the shores of Lake Waban, which make for ideal places to study in the summer.

  • With scheduled trips into Boston and surrounding towns, students also enjoy an exciting social life and receive a working education of Massachusetts and all of its history.

Feedback from Previous Pre-College Students


  • Pre-Colelge students feel more prepared for college life after their challenging yet rewarding simulated college experience at Wellesley.

  • They also report having a better handle on time management, which is essential preparation for balancing demanding course loads in the future.


General Information           


Tuition, Fees and Payment Schedule: See “Tuition & Fees” section.


Financial Aid: Wellesley College does not offer financial aid to Pre-College students.


Housing and Meals:  Students are required to live on-campus during this program. Full service meal plan is included.


Identification Card: Students will be issued an ID card, also called a one-card, at orientation.  The one card is used to access campus facilities including residence halls, academic buildings, and the library.


International Students: International students who have a current student visa to study in the United States and an I-20 from their current institution, are eligible to apply.  Please note: At this time, Wellesley College does not issue the I-20.


Transferring Credit to Other Institutions: Visiting students in good standing will be issued official Wellesley College transcripts after Summer Session grades are posted. Since each educational institution has its own credit transfer policy, pre-college students should contact their own schools about transferring credits.

Students with Disabilities: Wellesley College is committed to making its educational programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. Students with a documented disability that requires accommodation should notify Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services in Clapp Library 316, at 781.283.2434 or jwice@wellesley.edu as soon as possible. All supporting documentation should be submitted no later than May 22, 2016.