First Year


First-Year Applicants: Application Overview

Application Deadlines:

Early Decision Round I: November 1
Early Evaluation Option: December 15
Early Decision Round II: January 1
Regular Decision: January 15

Important Links:

Step-by-Step Application Instructions

Decision Plans and Deadlines

Application Essays

Arts Supplement

Standardized Tests

FAQ: General Topics & Application Process

We hope you'll find it an enjoyable educational journey in its own right. We expect that your application and supporting credentials will convey to us your academic abilities and intellectual accomplishments, as well as your personal achievements and aspirations.

Apply for admission via the Common Application or Coalition Application

To apply to Wellesley, you must complete the Common Application or the Coalition Application.It’s free to do so. Wellesley does not have an application fee. See Step-by-Step Application Instructions. On the Common App, you will need to specify your decision plan. You may choose from among Wellesley's four options. Note the admission and financial aid deadlines for each decision plan: Early Decision Round I (binding): November 1; Early Evaluation (nonbinding): December 15; Early Decision Round II (binding): January 1; Regular Decision: January 15; Accelerated Admission (for juniors): January 15.

See Decision Plans and Deadlines to help determine which decision plan works best for you.

Apply for financial aid

Wellesley's admission process for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is need-blind. We admit students based on their skills, abilities, and promise—not on their financial situation. Wellesley meets 100% of calculated need for all admitted students.  If you plan to apply for financial aid, you must do so at the same time you apply for admission, complying with stated deadlines. See Decision Plans and Deadlines

Wellesley may be more affordable than you think. You may find that your actual cost of attending Wellesley is less than that of your state institution. It's easy to get an early estimate of your family's actual cost. See sample financial aid awards; read more about financial aidfinancial aid application instructions, and helpful hints.

See Financial Aid Application Process FAQs.

Register for standardized tests

Applicants must fulfill one of the following two testing options:
Option A: SAT or Option B: ACT. Applicants for whom English is a second language should refer to our English proficiency testing recommendations. See Standardized Tests for test dates and Wellesley's school codes. 

Write your application essay(s)

Help us discover who you are through your essays. Wellesley requires you to write a Common App essay plus a Wellesley-specific writing supplement. See Essays, including Common App essay topics (2018-19), the Wellesley-specific topic, and helpful tips.

Provide application materials

Wellesley requires the following application materials. Your college counselor and teachers can submit these through the Common Application: 1. Two Teacher Evaluations; 2. Secondary School Report Form; 3. Transcripts with recent grades; 4. Midyear Report. See Step-by-Step Application Instructions.

Optional: Schedule an interview

Schedule an interview to help us know you better. Learn more about interviews. Schedule an on-campus interview or request an off-campus interview with an alumna in your area.  The request form will be live in mid September.

Optional: Prospective varsity athletes

To complete a Recruiting Form, go to Athletics. Click on "Recruits" on the navigation bar at the top of the page. Choose "Prospective Student-Athletes" from the drop-down menu. Select the sport you are interested in and complete the "Recruiting Form."

Check your MyWellesley applicant portal regularly

Once you have submitted your application, please check your applicant portal for important updates and messages.

See FAQ: General Topics & Application Process
See FAQ: International
See FAQ: Transfers

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