QuestBridge Applicants

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QuestBridge Applicants

The application: an overview

Wellesley is proud to be a QuestBridge partner school. This nonprofit organization links bright, motivated, low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges.

If you are a QuestBridge student, we are thrilled you are considering Wellesley and congratulate you on being recognized for your outstanding academic and personal accomplishments by the QuestBridge program. Applying to college can be challenging, confusing, and stressful, but we’re here to help! Above all, we want you to be successful.

Wellesley does consider international, undocumented, and/or DACA students for the QuestBridge Match Program. See this video to learn more about QuestBridge National College Match.

Important updates for First-Year Applicants

Suspension of Standardized Testing Requirement (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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Financial aid and QuestBridge

Wellesley has a need-blind financial aid policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and we meet 100 percent of calculated need. For international, undocumented, or DACA students, please note that while we meet 100 percent of calculated need for all admitted students, we are only able to fund a limited number each year.

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I didn’t match with Wellesley but I’m still very interested. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you’re not selected with the National College Match with Wellesley College, you will have additional options for applying to Wellesley through one of our decision plans. In order to complete your application, please explore our application instructions for QuestBridge applicants.

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QuestBridge Scholars Network at Wellesley

The QSN chapter at Wellesley aims to promote issues of access to education and leadership for students drawn from underrepresented segments of society and to provide members with services offered by the national QuestBridge Scholars Network, including but not limited to leadership opportunities, professional development resources, internships, and fellowships.

Our chapter provides a space for low-income students to join together to share their joys and work through their obstacles, as well as get suggestions for finding jobs, academic preparation, career planning, and more.

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Important Changes for First-Year Applicants

Please note that the Office of Admission has made important 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.