Application Instructions

Davis Degree Program Application:
Step-by-step instructions

The Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program is for U.S. veterans, mothers, and women over the age of 24 who have not completed their bachelor’s degree. All newly-enrolled Davis Scholars begin as one cohort in the fall semester only.  

 1. Know your admission and financial aid deadlines!

Application and interview requests

  • Interview Request Deadline for all Davis Applicants: February 15
  • Application Deadline for US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and all International Students: March 1
  • Financial Aid Deadlines (CSS Profile, FAFSA, and Income Documentation: See Student Financial Services deadline chart

2. Schedule an interview (required).

On- or off-campus interview

All Davis Degree Program applicants are required to sit for an interview. The deadline to request an interview is March 1. Please contact us early, because spots fill up quickly. Candidates may only sit for one interview. The Board of Admission gives equal weight to on- and off-campus interviews. Choose whichever option is most convenient for you.

  • Schedule an on-campus interview
  • Request an off-campus interview* with an alumna
    *Note: It is too late in the admission cycle to request an an off-campus interview with an alumna. Please check back in September.

3. Complete and submit the Common Application or Coalition Application for transfers.

Follow these instructions:

Go to the Common Application or the Coalition Application, create a log-in, indicate that you are a Transfer Student

  1. Once you have logged in, click on the “College Search” tab, search for and then select “Wellesley College,” then click "Add."
  2. In the specific questions for Wellesley College, indicate that you are a “Davis Degree Fall” applicant. Note: the only term available is for fall entry.
  3. Prepare the essay that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve (250-650 words). See tips on writing your essay.
  4. Prepare the essay specific to Wellesley College. Visit the Wellesley 100 for inspiration!
  5. Use the "Academic Interruption" section to describe how you've spent your time since leaving high school.

4. Submit required credentials through the Common Application or Coalition Application website.

Required credentials:

  • 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.
  • Official College Transcript: Please include transcripts from all the colleges you have attended.
  • College Instructor Evaluation: Recent academic evaluations are more helpful to the Board because they offer information about your academic experience. If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to obtain academic evaluations, you may submit one from an employer or a volunteer activity supervisor.
  • College Report: If you are currently enrolled at a college, this form indicates your standing at the school.
  • Mid-Term Report (due March 20): If you are currently enrolled at a college, list the courses you will be taking during the spring semester. Speak with your professors and ask them to give us a sense (via this form) of your progress in their class at the mid-term point. Mid-Term reports submitted without grades will not satisfy this requirement.
  • Updated Resume: Please submit via the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Not required: 

  • An application fee. It's free to apply!
  • The Secondary School Report from the Common Application or Coalition Application.
  • Standardized test scores, but you are still welcome to send them.


Questions about the application process?

Please contact the Common Application or Coalition Application’s help desk via email if you have functional problems with the Common Application. They typically respond within 24-48 hours.

If you have questions that don’t involve working with the Common Application or Coalition Application, please email the Admission Office at

See: Davis Degree FAQ

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