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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 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 (Updated April 2022)

 
Wellesley College has temporarily suspended its standardized test requirement for a four-year period of review. Applicants to Wellesley for entry in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results with their applications.
 
Our holistic, committee-based application review process gives us the flexibility to evaluate each applicant’s full record within the context of their available resources. While standardized tests have long served as an external benchmark of college readiness, they are one factor among many that we can consider in the admission process.
 
Regardless of an applicant’s decision to submit test scores, the admission committee is particularly interested in an applicant’s demonstrated writing and quantitative skills as key predictors for success in Wellesley’s curriculum.

 

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