QuestBridge Students: Introduction and application overview

Wellesley is proud to be a QuestBridge partner. This nonprofit organization links bright, motivated, low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges.

If you are a QuestBridge student, we thank you for your interest in Wellesley and congratulate you on being recognized for your outstanding academic and personal accomplishments by the QuestBridge program. We know that the process of researching and applying to colleges is exciting but also challenging at times. We want you to know that we're here to provide answers to your questions and to assist you in your process. Above all, we want you to be successful!

Why Wellesley? (Watch our 60-second video)

As one of the most diverse colleges in the United States, Wellesley is widely known for its role in promoting leadership models of women and commitment to academic excellence. Wellesley's beautiful campus and exceptional resources enable the College to attract the most talented students from communities across the country and around the world and top professors who are passionate about teaching.

The Wellesley website can help you explore the many different facets of the college. To learn about internship opportunities, visit the Center for Work and Service. If you're interested in studying abroad, see the Office of International Studies.  Curious about how many languages we offer? Check out our academic areas.  Maybe you just want to know what our students think of Wellesley (and how they have fun!). The Wellesley 100video playlist, and our student blogs give you a glimpse into the community here. 

Visit us!

Intrigued? One of the best ways to get a feel for this exceptional educational community for women is by visiting our beautiful campus, located 12 miles from Boston. Learn more about visiting Wellesley.  If you're unable to schedule a visit and would like to connect with a current Wellesley student or alumnae in your area, please feel free to contact Natasha Robinson, Assistant Director of Admission, at or by phone at 781.283.2285.

Apply for admission

For complete application requirements, please visit the Wellesley QuestBridge site. All candidates post-Match process must submit the following: 

  • The Common Application including any Wellesley-specific questions and writing supplement. The application fee is waived for all QuestBridge candidates who apply to Wellesley online through the 
  • Request that QuestBridge forward your application to Wellesley College. See instructions for forwarding your application.
  • Either the SAT Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT with Writing Test. You must send official copies of your test scores and take tests by December of your senior year. 
  • Official copies of your high school transcripts. Please note that Wellesley requires all students to submit midyear or first and second trimester grades as well.
  • Two academic teacher recommendations and one guidance counselor recommendation.

For additional information, see our *Financial Aid Checklist for QuestBridge students.

*Please note: In fall 2015, this checklist and deadlines will be updated for students applying for fall 2016 entry. 

Apply for financial aid

  • Mail or fax a copy of your parents’ 2014 federal income tax returns and W2s. You do not need to send the Wellesley College Entering Student Financial Aid Application at this time.
  • Complete and electronically submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE to the College Board. Wellesley’s school code is 3957.
  • If your parents are divorced, separated, or never married, your noncustodial parent should complete the Noncustodial Parent Profile
  • In January, electronically submit the federal FAFSA at Wellesley’s school code is 002224.

Information about financial aid for QuestBridge Match Applicants. Also, see Student Financial Services at Wellesley: Tel: 781.283.2360; Fax: 781.283.3946; Email:

See QuestBridge FAQ