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Dates & Deadlines

Choose a decision plan.

Before you apply to Wellesley, you’ll need to choose from one of the following decision plans. Your decision plan will determine when your application materials are due. Press onward for more details—but not before pausing to gaze at these key dates for each decision plan:

Key Dates
  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision with Early Evaluation Regular Decision
Application due November 1 January 1 December 15 January 15
Financial aid deadline* November 1 January 1 February 15 February 15
Notification Mid-December Mid-February Late February Late March
Reply/deposit due Early January  Late February May 1 May 1

*International financial aid deadlines differ. Please see the deadlines for International financial aid applicants.

Decision plan details
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Early Decision Round I

Have you fallen in love with Wellesley? If admitted, are you ready to commit to attending? Well then. Get ready to meet Early Decision.

Early Decision I (ED I) is a binding plan for students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice. The difference between ED I and Early Decision II (ED II) is that the deadlines for ED II are slightly later.

You are allowed to apply to only one school under either Early Decision option.

If you are offered admission to Wellesley under one of our Early Decision plans and submit your enrollment confirmation, you are required to withdraw your applications from other colleges and universities. Also, you will need to submit the $300 enrollment fee in early January.

Application instructions

Select the option marked “Early Decision I.” Pretty easy, right?

Early Decision I deadlines

  • Interview (recommended): Request by November 1
  • Standardized tests: We recommend that you complete your testing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in late October or early November of your senior year.
  • Application: November 1
  • Wellesley-specific writing supplement: November 3
  • Financial aid application: November 1
  • Admission decision and financial aid notification: Mid-December
  • Candidate’s reply date and enrollment deposit due: Early January
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Early Decision Round II

Early Decision II (ED II) is basically the same as ED I, except the deadlines are slightly later.

It is a binding plan for students who decide that Wellesley is their first choice.

If you are offered admission to Wellesley under ED II and submit your enrollment confirmation, you are required to withdraw your applications from other colleges and universities. Also, you will need to submit the $300 enrollment fee by February.

You are only allowed to apply to one school under the Early Decision option.

Application instructions

Select the option marked “Early Decision II.” Done!

Early Decision II deadlines

  • Interview (recommended): Request by January 1
  • Standardized tests: We recommend that you complete your testing by the end of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in early December of your senior year.
  • Application: January 1
  • Financial aid application: January 1
  • Admission decision and financial aid notification: Mid-February
  • Candidate’s reply date and enrollment deposit due: Late February
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Regular Decision with Early Evaluation option

This a unique option for Regular Decision candidates. At the end of February, the Board of Admission will give Early Evaluation notifications (“likely, “possible,” or “unlikely”) to candidates who select this option. Applicants will then receive their final admission decision in late March.

Application instructions

Select the option marked “Regular Decision.” Next, you will be prompted by this question:

“As a Regular Decision applicant, do you wish to receive an Early Evaluation from the Board of Admission and notification of the probability of your admission as ‘likely,’ ‘possible,’ or ‘unlikely’ in late February?”

Select “Yes” as your response.

Regular Decision with Early Evaluation option deadlines

  • Interview (recommended): Request by December 15
  • Standardized tests: We recommend that you complete your testing in October or November of your senior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in early December of your senior year.
  • Application: December 15
  • Wellesley-specific writing supplement: December 17
  • Financial aid application: February 15
  • Early Evaluation notification from Wellesley: Late February
  • Admission decision and financial aid notification: Late March
  • Candidate’s reply date and enrollment deposit due: May 1
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Regular Decision

Do you plan to apply to a broad range of schools and take time to consider many options?

Regular Decision is used by the majority of applicants and will give you the most time to complete your application.

The drawback to applying under the Regular Decision option is that it can take a while to hear back from colleges (sometimes as late as early April). Waiting to hear from that one last school will limit the amount of time a student has to make a final decision about which college to attend.

Application instructions

Select the option marked “Regular Decision.” Pretty easy, right?

Regular Decision deadlines

  • Interview (recommended): Request by January 15
  • Standardized tests: We recommend that you complete your testing in October or November of your senior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in early December of your senior year.
  • Application: January 15
  • Wellesley-specific writing supplement: January 17
  • Financial aid application: February 15
  • Admission decision and financial aid notification: Late March
  • Candidate’s reply date and enrollment deposit due: May 1
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Accelerated Admission (juniors only)

Are you a junior who has completed your high school coursework? Can you demonstrate the academic and personal maturity necessary to compete with Regular Decision candidates?

The Accelerated Admission decision plan is for high school juniors who fulfill their high school requirements and graduate at the end of their junior year (third year of high school). Strong candidates will have gone above and beyond high school graduation requirements and will have transcripts that look very similar to those of students who have spent four years in high school.

Early Admission candidates will be reviewed under the Regular Decision plan.

Application instructions

Select the option marked “Early Admission (Juniors).”  

Regular Decision deadlines

  • Interview (required): Request by January 15
  • Standardized tests: We recommend that you complete your testing in October or November of your junior year. The last possible test dates for SAT or ACT are in early December of your junior year.
  • Application: January 15
  • Wellesley-specific writing supplement: January 17
  • Financial aid application: February 15
  • Admission decision and financial aid notification: Late March
  • Candidate’s reply date and enrollment deposit due: May 1
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