Application Instructions

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Application Instructions

A step-by-step guide

We’re here to help. These are the required and optional items needed for a Davis Program application.

While every Davis Scholar has a unique story, what they all share is an eagerness to engage in Wellesley’s vibrant academic community. Students who are successful in the Davis applicant pool typically have completed some recent coursework at a community college. Prior to graduation from Wellesley, the College requires that all students satisfy distribution requirements, including work in English and writing, mathematics, the sciences, social science, and foreign language. When reading an application, the Board of Admission must feel confident the application contains evidence that a potential Davis Scholar can be successful in these fields.

Bonus tip: The Board suggests that students complete math courses at least through pre-calculus prior to applying for admission. (Your traditional-age classmates will have typically completed calculus while in high school.)

Application instructions

1. The application

You can use the following applications to apply to a number of schools, including Wellesley.

Friendly reminder: It’s free to apply to Wellesley.

Common Application Coalition Application

Specify your decision plan.

Once you create a login with the Common Application or Coalition Application, indicate that you are a Transfer Student.

For the Common Application, search for and then select “Wellesley College.” Add “Davis Degree Program (for transfer students 24 years old and older)” and click “Continue.”

For the Coalition Application, click on “Build your list” on the Overview page. Search for Wellesley College and click “Start application” and under “I am applying as” select Transfer Student.

Use your legal name throughout.

Be sure to be consistent and use your legal name (as it appears on your passport or other legal documents) on all of your application materials. This may sound obvious, but it’s really important! If you go by another name, list that as your “preferred name” on the application and that’s the name we’ll use when we get in touch with you.


2. The essays

You’ll need to write a personal essay and a short, Wellesley-specific essay, and respond to a short answer question. See our application tips for advice on writing your essays.

The personal essay

For your personal essay, you may choose from the prompts below or write on a topic of your choice. The essay should be between 250 and 650 words.

Current Common Application and Coalition Application Essay Prompt

Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve in doing so. 

The Wellesley-specific essay

This required writing supplement asks you to respond to the following topic.

The Wellesley essay prompt

When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit The Wellesley 100 and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (Not-so-secret tip: The “why” matters to us.)

Supplemental question

Within the Common Application and Coalition Application, you will be directed to provide a short answer to the following prompt:

Provide a brief description of your educational path since leaving high school including any reasons for interruption.


3. Required credentials

We require your official transcripts, a college instructor’s evaluation, and a college report completed by your academic advisor or dean.

These can be submitted online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Once you have selected the school at which you were most recently enrolled school, you can list and save the names of your evaluators in the “School Forms” section. Instructions will be emailed to them with information on how to submit the forms online or offline in print.

Official final high school transcript

If you did not complete high school, please submit your official G.E.D. scores plus an official high school transcript for the years you were enrolled.

College transcript

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. The form for requesting this information should be sent to the registrar of the colleges you attended. Check with the school for procedures and fee information before requesting a transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the college. Student or online copies will not be accepted. Please arrange for the college(s) to send official copies directly to Wellesley's Board of Admission.

College report

Please provide a college report completed by your academic advisor or dean. This report tells us if you are in good standing at your current or most recent institution. The College Report form can be found in the Common Application or Coalition Application.

College instructor evaluation

Two evaluations/recommendations are required. Please send a Common Application or Coalition Application evaluation form to each person you intend on using to use as a reference. Recent academic evaluations are more useful to the Board of Admission. If you have been out of school for several years and are therefore unable to obtain academic evaluations, you may submit one from an employer or a supervisor in community activities where you have worked. Evaluations/recommendations from friends and relatives are discouraged.

Mid-term report

The mid-term report must be completed by any applicant who is currently enrolled in college courses. Please list the courses that you are taking in the current semester on this form and return it to our office immediately following the midpoint of the semester (March 20). The form gives us a sense of how you’re doing in your current coursework, so ideally it would be filled out closer to midterms. If you turn in a form with no grades, it will not be considered in your file.

Updated resume

Please submit an updated resume via the Common Application or Coalition Application.


4. Optional items

If relevant to your application, you may submit these optional credentials.

Standardized test scores

Davis Program applicants are not required to send us their scores, although you’re welcome to submit them if you’d like. Results must be released to Wellesley College from the testing agency. The College Board school code for Wellesley is 3957. The ACT school code for Wellesley is 1926.

Arts, music, or theatre supplement

If you have a special talent in the arts, you might want to submit an arts supplement.  

Our art, music, and theatre studies departments will accept electronic submissions of portfolios, recordings, or presentations. The appropriate department will review your material.

Wellesley College does not have a dance department and does not review creative writing materials. Please do NOT submit any dance and/or creative writing supplements as they will not be evaluated.

To submit an arts supplement:

  • You must submit your portfolios, recordings, or presentations electronically using SlideRoom.
  • Follow the guidelines and instructions as outlined by Wellesley’s art, music, and theatre studies departments.
  • Start a SlideRoom account at any time after September 1.
  • If you are using the Common Application, you must first submit your application to Wellesley before submitting the SlideRoom supplement. An error message will appear on SlideRoom if you try to submit your supplement before submitting your Common Application.
  • Wellesley does not accept the Common Application’s arts supplement form. Please do not mail any materials to the Office of Admission. Submissions sent by mail will not be reviewed or returned.


Interviews are not required for applicants, but they are strongly recommended. If you are interested, learn more about scheduling an interview.

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