First Year Applicants

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First Year Applicants

The application: an overview

Hi! Thanks for being here. We hope this is the start of something great.

A quick orientation:

Before you begin your application, choose a decision plan. Your decision plan will determine when your application materials are due.

Use our application instructions to keep track of your application process.

Frequently asked questions are over here.

Consider an interview, which is recommended but not required. You can sign up for an off-campus or virtual interview.

If you need us, please reach out. We’re here to help. Onward, friends!

Important Updates for First-Year Applicants

Suspension of Standardized Testing Requirement

Wellesley has temporarily suspended its requirement that first-year applicants submit SAT or ACT scores given the fact that many high school students are unable to sit for standardized tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means testing will be optional for first-year applicants applying to the College for entry in the fall of 2021. 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. For more information on the Test Optional Policy, please read our Standardized Testing FAQs.

Suspension of Regular Decision with Early Evaluation

We are suspending the Regular Decision with Early Evaluation option for first-year applicants to the College for entry in the fall of 2021, in light of the aforementioned change to our standardized testing requirement and an understanding that many secondary schools have changed coursework and grading for their students. We believe this will allow us to provide a more in-depth, equitable, and consistent application review process to all Regular Decision applicants, enabling us to review all Regular Decision applications synchronously and over a longer period of time.

 

Change of Regular Decision Deadline to January 8

Since the Office of Admission will require more time to consider all Regular Decision applications, we have changed the Regular Decision deadline to January 8 (previously January 15) so that we can continue to thoughtfully review all Regular Decision applications and release admission decisions in a timely manner.

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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 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.