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Important Changes for First-Year Applicants

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, the Office of Admission has made important application-related changes that you can read about in the blue shaded box below. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admission should you have any questions. 

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If a severe weather or a community crisis delays your application, ability to sit for standardized tests, or your school's ability to send required materials, don't panic! Simply let the Admission Office know when we might expect your application materials. Please send us an email at applicant@wellesley.edu from the same email address you are using for your application.

 

Important updates for First-Year Applicants

Suspension of Standardized Testing Requirement for 2021-22 (Updated February 2021)

 
Wellesley has extended the one year suspension of its standardized testing requirement for first-year applicants given the fact that many high school students are still unable to sit for standardized tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that submission of SAT or ACT scores will be optional for first-year applicants applying to the College for entry in the fall of 2021 and 2022. If an applicant wishes to have their standardized test scores considered as one component of their application, we will consider those scores in a nuanced and contextual way alongside all other application credentials. If applicants choose not to submit standardized test scores, we will evaluate their application in a nuanced and contextual way without scores. Our holistic, committee-based application review process gives us the flexibility to evaluate each applicant’s academic and extracurricular accomplishments within individual context. Standardized Testing FAQs.

 

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