Voice

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VOICE

VOICE

To use your VOICE takes Vision of a future made better and Ownership of your place in the world; it takes a commitment to Inclusivity and a sense of Community; and it requires that you center Equity in all that you do, because, after all, everyone has a VOICE to be heard.
 
Join Wellesley College for VOICE—a virtual college access program for students from underrepresented backgrounds. During the event (September 18-19), you’ll discover:
 
💪 The power of using your VOICE (ft. President Paula Johnson)
🌍 How to center equity in the fight for change (ft. Wellesley faculty)
👩‍🎓 The rewards (and challenges!) of using your VOICE as a student leader (ft. current Wellesley students)
🏫 How to own your VOICE in the college admission and financial aid process (ft. Dean of Admission Jess Ricker)
 
 

✈️ P.S. Did we mention: If you are admitted to VOICE, apply to Wellesley College, and are later admitted, you'll be part of a select group of students who will receive a round-trip ticket to visit Wellesley College in Spring 2022*! 

*To preserve the safety and wellbeing of the Wellesley community, we continue to monitor the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Wellesley’s execution of the spring fly-in program is contingent on our ability to execute the program safely. Should the fly-in program be canceled due to COVID-19, students will be invited to attend virtual admitted student programming in its place. 

Application Instructions

Here's how to apply. (Hint: It's a breeze!)

1. Visit the application. Follow the instructions in order to complete and submit an application.

2. What you'll need to apply: 

REQUIRED: Your unofficial High School Transcript from grades 9 to 11. If you do not have an unofficial high school report for 11th, you may submit your most recent progress report in addition to your 9-10th transcript.

OPTIONAL: A Brief Personal Essay. In two well developed paragraphs (250-400 words), address the following question: ‘Generations of inspiring women have found their VOICE in the Wellesley community. What are two aspects of this community that have inspired you to consider Wellesley—and, most importantly, why do these aspects in particular inspire you?

(Hint: There are certainly more than 100 reasons to consider Wellesley, but choosing a few entries from The Wellesley 100 is a good place to start.)

3. Hit submit!

What You'll Do
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EnVision Your Voice: A Wellesley Alumnae Panel (Saturday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. EDT)

How do you envision using your VOICE? Join President Paula Johnson and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Joy St. John for a panel featuring Wellesley changemakers and alumnae of color who have all taken their voices from vision to action. Together, you’ll learn how they found the space to use their voices and, in doing so, affected change across their careers and communities. 

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Build CommUNITY: A Student-to-Student Chat (Saturday, September 18, 2:30 p.m. EDT)

Your community is your space to share your voice, be it bold or budding. Join leaders from Wellesley’s cultural organizations for an informal chat about how they’ve found their voice in community.

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Emphasize Equity: A Chat with Wellesley Faculty (Sunday, September 19, 2:00 p.m. EDT)

A hallmark of a Wellesley education is the ready and direct access to faculty members who will help you pursue and cultivate your voice. Join Wellesley faculty for an informal chat about the importance of centering equity in this pursuit and the power of using your voice to affect equitable change.

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Take Ownership: A Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarship (Sunday, September 19, 3:15 p.m. EDT)

If the terms CSS, FASFA, AGI, and EFC make you a little uneasy—welcome, you’re in the right place! In this session, we’ll dive into financial aid terminology and application basics, and walk you through how to use Wellesley’s MyinTuition calculator, a quick and easy tool to give you an estimate of what Wellesley may cost your family.

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Go Beyond Inclusion: A Primer on the College Admission Process (Sunday, September 19, 4:30 p.m. EDT)

Ever wondered what exactly goes on before, during, and after you hit the submit button on your application? You’re in luck! Dean of Admission, Jessica Ricker, along with members of Wellesley’s Diversity Team, will drop the curtain on the college admission process and take you behind the scenes with a guided case study.

Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the program?

September 18-19.

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Is VOICE a virtual program?

Yes. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, VOICE will be held virtually September 18-19. If admitted, you'll receive information on how to join each VOICE session upon registration. 

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Who is the program for?

VOICE is open to students who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds in higher education. We encourage applicants from underrepresented cultural backgrounds, first-generation students, and students from other underrepresented communities to apply.

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How do I apply for VOICE?

  1. Visit the application. Follow the instructions in order to complete and submit an application.

  2. Have the following documents available to upload before submitting your application:
    (a) (REQUIRED) Your unofficial High School Transcript from grades 9 to 11. If you do not have an unofficial high school report for 11th, you may submit your most recent progress report in addition to your 9-10th transcript.
    (b) (OPTIONALYour Brief Personal Essay: In two well developed paragraphs (250-400 words), address the following question: ‘Generations of inspiring women have found their VOICE in the Wellesley community. What are two aspects of this community that have inspired you to consider Wellesley—and, most importantly, why do these aspects in particular inspire you? (Hint: There are certainly more than 100 reasons to consider Wellesley, but choosing a few entries from The Wellesley 100 is a good place to start.)’

  3. Hit submit!

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Is there an application deadline?

The priority application deadline is July 28. The application will stay open on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

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When will I hear regarding my admission to the program?

We will inform students of their admission to Voice by email on an ongoing basis starting in early August.

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Is there a wait list?

No, there is no wait list.

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If I am unable to attend VOICE, what else can I do?

You can attend a webinar, take a virtual tour, or register for VOICE's sister program, AMPLIFY.

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Does being accepted to VOICE guarantee admission to Wellesley?

Being offered admission to VOICE does not assure admission to the College.