International First-Year Student Application:
You may use the Common Application and the Coalition Application to apply to multiple schools. 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.
Please carefully review the deadlines for all required credentials on Decision Plans and Deadlines.
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Step 1. Complete and submit your application.
- 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:
- Write one personal essay
Write one personal essay to 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.
- 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 the following 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.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Wellesley requires three letters of recommendation: one from the head of your school or your guidance counselor and two from academic instructors. At least one recommendation must include an evaluation of your proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. These letters should be sent directly to the Board of Admission at Wellesley.
- Official Transcript
An official transcript is a certified record of the courses you have completed and the marks you received at each marking period in all schools attended during the previous four years. We need both the transcript in the original language as well as a translated version. If the school system uses a coded transcript, an explanation of the code and the marking system should be included. If you cannot obtain a transcript, a certified record of the courses you took, along with a progress report, must be submitted instead.
- Diploma or Examination Certificates
All applicants must submit certified photocopies of all academic diplomas and Government Examination certificates. These include GCSE ("O" level) and "A" level certificates, and appropriate documents from your home country (e.g., Indian S.S.C., Indian H.S.C., Kenyan Certificate of Education, Hong Kong Certificate of Education, Malaysian SRP, International Baccalaureate SPM, STEM, etc.). Examination certificates cannot be substituted for the required official transcript (see above) or for the required standardized tests (see below). All academic records and examination certificates must have an official seal or certification.
- Standardized Tests
Every applicant to Wellesley must take the standardized examinations except applicants from countries where the SAT or ACT is not administered. It is strongly recommended that international students whose native language is not English take one of our approved English proficiency exams (see below).
For frequently asked questions about standardized testing, see FAQ.
The Wellesley code number for the ACT is 1926; the code number for the SAT is 3957. Registration forms and information describing the SAT tests may be obtained by going directly to the College Board website. If you have questions, you may contact the College Board at 866.630.9305. International callers, dial 212.520.8570.
English Proficiency Exams: If English is not your native language and you have been studying in an English-based curriculum for less than five years, we strongly recommend that you take one of the following English proficiency tests:
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.
3. Optional Credentials, if relevant
A personal interview is not a required part of Wellesley's application process for most first-year applicants; however, we do strongly recommend it.
On-Campus Interview: Dates and times are typically Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and some Saturdays in the fall and spring. Learn more about interviews. Schedule an on-campus interview.
Off-Campus Interview: If you cannot easily visit the campus, we will try to arrange for an interview with an alumna interviewer near your hometown. Learn more about interviews. You may request an off-campus interview beginning in early September.
- 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 on the Common Application 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 Instructions and Guidelines 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.
(3) Applicants must submit their application to Wellesley before submitting their SlideRoom supplement. An error message will pop up 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)
Keohane Sports Center
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-820
Questions about the application process?
Please contact the Common 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, please email the Admission Office at email@example.com.