First-Year Applicants: Application Overview
> Early Decision Round I: November 1
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*
To apply to Wellesley, you must complete the Common 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 Decision Round II (binding): January 1; Early Evaluation (nonbinding): December 15; 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.
*We will also be accepting the Coalition Application beginning in the summer of 2017.
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 demonstrated 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 aid, financial aid application instructions, and helpful hints.
If you're applying to Wellesley (or any other college) for entry in fall 2017, note there are some important and (positive!) changes to FAFSA and the financial aid process. See Financial Aid Application Process FAQs.
Register for standardized tests
Applicants must fulfill one of the following two testing options:
Option A: SAT and two *Subject Tests or Option B: ACT with Writing. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). See Standardized Tests for test dates and Wellesley's school codes. Please note the College Board launched a redesign of SAT tests in March 2016. During the transition from the old to the new SATs, Wellesley College will accept current as well as redesigned SAT scores. Read more about the redesigned SAT tests in our FAQ section (under Standardized Tests) and on the College Board website. The redesigned SAT includes Evidence-Based Reading and Writing plus Math. Wellesley does not require the optional Essay. Students should also take two SAT Subject Tests. See the FAQ on the 2016 SAT Redesign.
*SAT Subject Test Waiver if cost presents hardship
Students who submit the SAT are required to also submit two SAT Subject Tests. However, students may request a waiver of the Subject Test requirement if the cost of taking the Subject Tests represents a financial hardship or if other circumstances would make taking the Subject Tests a hardship for an applicant. Please contact the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-283-2270 if you wish to request a Subject Test waiver. Note: Students who submit the ACT with Writing are not required, or expected, to submit SAT Subject Tests.
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 (2016-17), 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 "Recruit Me" 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 MyWellesley applicant portal for important updates and messages.