Application Instructions

First-Year Admission Application:
Step-by-step instructions

  1. Complete and submit your applicationthe Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge National College Match Application
  2. Submit required high school credentials
  3. Take standardized tests and submit scores
  4. Provide optional credentials, if relevant

Step 1. Complete and submit your application.

You may use  the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge National College Match Application. to apply to multiple schools. To do so, you will need to submit a separate application to each school individually. It’s easy to do. It’s free to apply to Wellesley. We do not have an application fee, as we want everyone, regardless of ability to pay, to feel they can apply.

  • Use your legal name throughout
    Schools will refer to you by the name you list as your "preferred name" on your application. Be sure to be consistent and use your legal name (as it appears on your passport or other legal documents) on all of your application materials. (This may sound obvious, but it's really important!)
  • Specify your decision plan
    Indicate your chosen decision plan for each school you apply to. Wellesley's decision plans include: 

    Early Decision Round I (binding): deadline November 1. 

    Early Decision Round II (binding): deadline January 1. 

    Regular Decision with Early Evaluation Option (nonbinding): deadline December 15. On your application, select the option marked Regular Decision. After selecting Regular Decision, you will be prompted by the question, "As a Regular Decision applicant do you wish to receive an Early Evaluation from the Board of Admission and notification of the probability of your admission as 'likely,' 'possible,' or 'unlikely' in late February?" Select "Yes" as your response. Your choice of Early Evaluation will be noted in our process. 

    Regular Decision: January 15.

    For more information, or to help decide which plan is best for you, see Decision Plans and Deadlines.

  • Write one personal essay 
    Write one personal essay for all the schools to which you apply. This essay is important, as it provides you with an excellent opportunity for reflection and for communicating to colleges what they should know about you. As you will have only one major essay to write, we hope it will represent your best efforts. (See Essay topics and tips.)
  • Complete the Wellesley- specific essay
    The required Wellesley “Writing Supplement,” asks you to respond to the following in two well-developed paragraphs.

    When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley.  We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit the Wellesley 100 ( and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (p.s. “Why” matters to us.)

  • Answer college-specific questions
    Answer any college-specific questions and complete any additional college-specific supplements.  Wellesley, for example, asks if any family members have a relationship to the College.

Step 2. Submit required high school credentials

Pay attention to deadlines for submitting credentials
These deadlines vary, depending on upon your decision plan. Communicate deadlines with your guidance counselors and the teachers who will be writing your recommendations. 

We will alert you if credentials are missing. It's your responsibility to follow up on the status of missing credentials and to check with the Admission Office to see if they have been received. Once we have received your application, you will be able to check the status of your credentials through your Wellesley Applicant Portal.

  • Teacher Evaluations
    Wellesley requires two academic teacher evaluations. Carefully consider which teachers to ask. Are there two who have gotten to know you personally, have seen you improve, or can comment on your learning style? Be sure to give your chosen teachers adequate time to write your letter of recommendation. (An hour before the winter break may give them hives.)
  • Secondary School Report
    Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Common App Secondary School Report form (with most recent grades) and to include an official transcript and school profile.

If your school requires you to sign a release for your transcript, make sure the release covers first quarter grades, midyear grades, and final transcripts so these credentials are not delayed.

First-Quarter or First-Trimester Grades: Candidates for Early Decision and Early Evaluation will need to submit these grades.

Midyear Report:  Ask your secondary school counselor to complete the Midyear Report form as soon as midyear grades are available for your final year in high school.

  • How to submit credentials online  
    On the online Common App, once you have selected your high school, you can list and save the names of your counselor and two teachers in the “School Forms” section. The Common App will email them with instructions on how to submit school forms (for free) online or offline in print.

Step 3. Take Standardized tests and submit scores.

  • What tests to take
    Wellesley requires that applicants take the ACT with Writing or the SAT.
    Some candidates may wish to provide additional testing to demonstrate particular academic strengths. Applicants who want to self-report SAT Subject Tests, AP scores, or IB exam results should use the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application or QuestBridge National College Match application to do so.
  • Score choice
    For frequently asked questions about standardized testing, see FAQ.
  • When to take tests
    Wellesley should receive your standardized test scores before the application deadline for your decision plan. See Standardized Tests for registration deadlines and test dates.

    Early Decision Round I:  November 1 deadline. You may take SAT or ACT tests no later than October of your senior year; however we recommend that you take them before the end of your junior year.

    Early Decision Round II:  January 1 deadline. You may take SAT or ACT tests no later than December of your senior year.

    Regular Decision with Early Evaluation Option: December 15 deadline. Complete SAT or ACT tests in October or November, definitely no later than December of your senior year. 

    Regular Decision: January 15 deadline. Complete SAT or ACT tests no later than the December test date of your senior year.

Step 4. Provide optional credentials, if relevant.

  • Early Decision Agreement
    If you are applying Early Decision Round I or Round II, please be sure to complete the Early Decision Agreement with your application. Before submitting your application, you will need to list your parent's email on the recommender page to ensure they sign their portion of the Early Decision agreement.
  • Arts Supplement
    If you have a special talent in the arts, you might want to submit an Arts Supplement.  Our Art Department, Music Department, and Theatre Studies Department will accept electronic submissions of portfolios, recordings, or presentations. The appropriate department will review your material. Wellesley College does not have a Dance Department and does not review Creative Writing materials. Please do NOT submit any dance and/or creative writing supplements as they will not be evaluated.

    (1)  Please carefully follow Guidelines and Instructions as outlined by the Wellesley College Art, Music, and Theatre Studies Departments. You must submit your portfolios, recordings, or presentations electronically using SlideRoom. Please review the detailed submission instructions on the SlideRoom website.

    (2) Please note: Wellesley does NOT accept the Common Application Arts Supplement Form. Also, please do NOT mail any materials to the Admission Office. Submissions sent by mail will not be reviewed or returned.

    (3) You may start a Slideroom account at any time after September 1 if you are using the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the Questbridge Application.

    • Note: If you are using the Common Application you must first submit your Common Application to Wellesley before submitting their SlideRoom supplement. An error message will appear on SlideRoom if you try to submit your supplement before submitting your Common Application.
  • Athletic Supplement
    If you are an athlete or are interested in competing in Wellesley College varsity athletics (Division III), we invite you to complete the Recruiting Form for an individual sport. First, join our mailing list. Then 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."

    Send an athletic resumé to the head coach of your sport at:

    Varsity Head Coach of (your sport)
    Wellesley College
    Keohane Sports Center
    106 Central Street
    Wellesley, MA 02481-820

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