Resources for school counselors
Want to know more about the recently admitted Wellesley Class; stay up-to-date with all the latest Office of Admissions news; and find out why Wellesley might be the right fit? Explore all the resources we have for counselors.
Updates for Applicants
Wellesley removes ACT writing requirement
Wellesley has eliminated its requirement that ACT test takers submit the optional ACT Writing exam. In addition, the Office of Admission made the administrative decision to allow applicants to self report testing, contingent on submitting corresponding and official test results upon enrollment.
We believe both of these changes will best support the College’s goals of academic excellence, access, and diversity. The new standardized testing requirement and applicant instructions, which are available on our website, are as follows:
Wellesley requires first-year applicants to submit test results for the SAT or the ACT.
Applicants may self-report test results for the SAT or ACT and for any other tests that candidates wish to provide to demonstrate academic strengths (AP, A-level, ACT Writing, IB, SAT Subject Tests, SAT Essay, etc.). Please note that required SAT or ACT scores will be verified for all enrolling students and discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place at Wellesley.
Applicants who want to self-report required standardized test scores may do so on the Self-Reported Score Form within their Wellesley Applicant Portal. Upon enrollment, the Office of Admission will reach out to any student who has not already sent official score results from the College Board or ACT (or via her school counselor) and require the student to submit official test scores within 10-15 business days.
Support for students facing financial challenges
If your students face financial challenges in meeting Wellesley’s standardized testing requirements, they should reach out to the Office of Admission for guidance in submitting their application. In some instances, the Office of Admission may be able to waive a standardized testing requirement due to financial hardship.
MyinTuition data analyzed
MyinTuition, Wellesley College’s fast and user-friendly tool for estimating costs for a student to attend a four-year college, is continuing to gain traction since launching in 2013. Since its inception, over 30 schools have started using MyinTuition, garnering coverage from New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Leonhardt. The June article, Top Colleges are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich), analyzes data from the calculator and provides a snapshot of what college really costs. The findings are encouraging for families from many socioeconomic backgrounds.
New admission leadership: Jessica Ricker, Director of Admission
The College is excited to welcome Jessica Ricker, the new Director of Admission, who began her role at Wellesley in August. Previously Jessica was the Director of Admission Information & Systems at Connecticut College where she successfully progressed in leadership roles over her 18 year career. At Connecticut College, Jessica was involved with recruitment, admission, enrollment strategy, predictive modeling, budget planning and policy development, and she led the College’s implementation and development of the standard-bearer in admission information systems, Slate.
Jessica holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Connecticut College. Her master’s thesis in psychology involved the study of qualitative and quantitative predictors and measures for success in a liberal arts college environment.
Jessica is a registered yoga instructor and will be moving to the area with her husband and two young children.
A “Village of Sciences” for the next generation of Wellesley women
Full renovation plans have been announced in collaboration with the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill LLP for the area of Wellesley campus affectionately known as Science Hill. Science Hill, comprised of the Science Center, Global Flora greenhouses, and Observatory, is currently under construction to create an inviting, sustainable hub of integrated, flexible instruction and research. Among the updates are a new observatory telescope, highly-sustainable teaching and research greenhouses, studio teaching and lab spaces, a maker space, a horticulture and ecology lab, and much more. The new building complex, to be completed by Fall of 2021, will draw students from around campus and across disciplines to Science Hill. The goal of the project is to create a space that enhances the College’s pedagogy and becomes the gold standard of environments for teaching in STEM.
Wellesley Pre-College Programs continue to grow
This summer Wellesley welcomed a diverse group of 236 rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to participate in Pre-College Residential Programs. Students chose either the four-week Immersive Program that included a college-credit writing course and elective course or a one-week Exploratory Workshop in subjects including the humanities, STEM, and sports education. Both programs gave attendees a chance to become members of the Wellesley community, learn in women’s college environment, study with Wellesley faculty, experience residential life on campus, and explore the Boston area. According to some attendees, the programs have been life changing—providing them with a better sense of their potential and how they might become leaders in their own communities. Visit wellesley.edu/summer for more information.
Impressive outcomes from Career Education
Wellesley’s new Career Education model for the liberal arts is designed to prepare and inspire every Wellesley student to craft a lifetime of opportunity and reach her full potential. Through an individually tailored, holistic approach to career education, Wellesley students develop strategies to pursue their goals in any field, and receive continued support through all stages of their lives and all stages of the career development process.
The Wellesley career education model illuminates the strengths of the liberal arts education and encourages active participation of the full College ecosystem in order to support every Wellesley woman from the moment she arrives on-campus through her alumnae years.
Connections and communities form the heart of the model. Students proactively engage in the process of exploring the intersection between self and society, engaging and testing their curiosities, and forming meaningful connections within career communities that cover a broad array of industries and career fields.
86% of recent graduates participated in at least one internship while at Wellesley
96% of last year’s class were employed, accepted to graduate school, participating in a service/volunteer program, or serving in the military within 6 months of graduation
270+ Career Education events held on campus last year
37,000+ job, internship, fellowship, and volunteer opportunities posted
Top employers include: Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, Fulbright, MIT, Google, Teach for America, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Stanford University, NIH, Analysis Group, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Inclusive excellence at Wellesley
Wellesley faculty from a variety of departments recently participated in a retreat planned by the College’s Inclusive Excellence Working Group. The retreat built upon recent town hall discussions where students shared their suggestions for ways the College could better support underrepresented students. In a range of workshops, faculty reviewed inclusive pedagogy and considered research-based strategies from Wellesley and other institutions.
The College’s work is based on the “ ... conviction that excellence requires equity and inclusion in every aspect of life at Wellesley, and that academic and personal success is animated by students feeling empowered, valued, and challenged,” said President Paula A. Johnson, in her opening remarks. To improve the education and experience of a diverse student population, she said, she fully supports the faculty’s search for “new and effective ways to promote the success of all of our students—and at the same time maintain the most rigorous standards for a liberal arts education.”
Video: Writing College Recommendations
See our informative video: Writing College Recommendations. Ann Velenchik, Dean of Academic Affairs, offers advice on writing effective letters of recommendation and examples from the perspective of a Board of Admission reader on the kinds of letters that make useful contributions to the application dossier.