Application Instructions

Transfer Admission Application:
Step-by-step instructions


Wellesley College is now accepting transfer applications for both Spring and Fall 2018.  If you have any questions about submitting a transfer application to Wellesley, please feel free to contact the Office of Admission by email at or by phone at 781-283-2270. For prospective non-traditional age (24 and over) students, please see the Davis Degree program.

1. Determine what category of transfer you are; note deadlines.

  • U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident applying from U.S. institutions:
    November 1 for Spring Entrance
  • International citizen applying from U.S. institution and who is not applying for financial aid:
    November 1 for Spring Entrance
  • International citizen applying from U.S. institutions and who is applying for financial aid: 
    March 1 for Fall Entrance
  • Any student applying from an institution outside the U.S., who is seeking financial aid will be
    considered as a first-year candidate. See first-year deadlines
  • Any student who is a mother, U.S. veteran, or over the age of 24. See Davis Degree Program.

2. Complete and submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application

  • Identify as a transfer
    When you register with the Common Application or the Coalition Application, indicate that you are applying as a Transfer Student. 
  • 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.
  • Indicate your decision plan
    Indicate your chosen decision plan for each school you apply to. As a transfer applicant, you may choose between spring and fall entry. The application deadline for Fall entrance is March 1; the deadline for Spring entrance is November 1. International applicants seeking financial aid may apply for fall entrance only.
  • 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 and your reasons for transferring. See Tips on writing your essay.
  • Answer college-specific questions
    Wellesley, for example, asks if any family members have a relationship to the College. 
  • Complete the Wellesley-specific essay 

    The required Wellesley “Writing Supplement Submission,” asks you to respond to the following in two well-developed paragraphs. Please reflect on your reasons for transferring to Wellesley.

    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.)

3. Submit required credentials

High School and College Transcripts, Evaluations, Test Scores 
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.  

1. High School Transcript
Submit an official final transcript from the high school from which you graduated. If you received a High School Certificate of Equivalency, official G.E.D. scores and/or a high school transcript for the years you attended; they are required. These will be considered in conjunction with your performance at the college level.  An official secondary school final transcript must be sent directly from the high school with school seal or stamp affixed. Although we require your final high school transcript, we do not need the Secondary School Report.

2. College Transcript 
Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. The form for requesting this information should be sent to the Registrar of the colleges you attended. You should check with the school for procedures and fee information before requesting a transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the college. Student or online copies not accepted. Please arrange for the college(s) to send official copies directly to Wellesley's Board of Admission.

3. College Report
Please provide a College Report completed by your academic advisor or dean. This report tells us if you are in good standing at your current or most recent institution.

4. College Instructor Evaluation
Two evaluations/recommendations are required. Please send a Common Application or Coalition evaluation form to each person you intend on using as a reference. Recent academic evaluations are more useful to the Board of Admission. If you have been out of school for several years and are therefore unable to obtain academic evaluations, you may submit one from an employer or supervisor in community activities where you have worked. Evaluations/recommendations from friends and relatives are discouraged. 

5. Mid-Term Report (only if you are currently taking courses)
The Mid-Term Report must be completed by any applicant who is currently enrolled in courses. Please list the courses that you are taking in the current semester on this form and return it to our office immediately following the mid-point of the semester (November 20 or March 20).  The point of the form is for us to get a sense of how you are doing in your current coursework, so it helps to have it filled out closer to mid-terms. If you turn in a form with no grades, it will not be considered in your file.

6. Official SAT or ACT Scores
Applicants are required to send us their scores if their current school required them. Community college students are not required to submit scores. There is no need to sit for an exam if you have not done so already as a traditional applicant.  Results must be released to Wellesley College from the testing agency. The College Board school code for Wellesley is 3957. The ACT school code for Wellesley is 1926.

If you applied to Wellesley within the last two years, you do not need to resend your scores.  

4. Provide optional credentials, if relevant.

  • 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 Common Application or Coalition 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 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 02481-8203

See Transfer FAQ

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