Plan your customized visit to Wellesley.
Get to know the Wellesley community first hand through our campus visit activities. These visit opportunities will provide you with excellent insights to discover if Wellesley might be a good fit for you. Your options will vary depending upon the time of year and your year in school. FYI, if you're driving to campus, please use the GPS address of 727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 to reach the entrance closest to Admission. If your family plans to spend the night, see list of local hotels.
To plan your campus visit, follow these three easy steps:
Review descriptions of campus visit activities below.
Take a look at our static month-by-month calendar to get an overview of what we're offering. Use this to pick the date(s) you'd like to visit and the activities you hope to schedule.
Use our registration system to view available times and to reserve spaces for you and any guests. Make sure you receive a confirmation email, and review the parking instructions and arrival tips so you arrive on time.
Student-led tours of our (gorgeous) campus are available most weekdays and some Saturday mornings. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer tours, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time. Walk-ins are accommodated to the best of our ability. Tours last about 70 minutes and cover a little over a mile, with some stairs and hills.
- Tours are usually offered on a set schedule. On weekdays when we offer tours, they're usually offered at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Saturdays and Open House events have a different tour schedule. Exact availability is noted in our online registration system. Not all tours are offered all days, so be sure to register to guarantee your spot. Self-guided tours are available any time; pick up a walking tour map outside our office.
- Tours depart promptly on the hour. Arrive 20-30 minutes early to park and check in. During peak times (school vacation weeks, as well as all of March, April, July, August, and October) you may have to park in overflow parking which is a 15-minute walk from our office. Groups gather 10 minutes before the hour and depart on the hour. Given the size of our campus, it’s often impossible for latecomers to catch up with the tour, so please build in extra travel time. (Boston-area traffic can be notorious!)
- In April, June, July, August, and October:
Tour and information sessions each cover different topics: information sessions focus more on academics and admission, while tours focus more on residential life. We urge you to attend both for a complete visit experience. Please use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time.
- In January, February, March, May, September, November, and December:
All tours (when offered) are 60-70 minutes and are stand-alone experiences. Info sessions are not offered during these months and the content from the info session is included in the tour.
- During Break and Final Exam periods, student-led tours are unavailable. See our monthly Visit Calendar to see if we offer information sessions or tours on the day of your visit.
- For groups of 10 or more, see Special Groups. Groups require a separate reservation.
- Accessible tour routes: There are stairs and hills on the tour, so call 781-283-2270 in advance if you need an accessible tour route, or if you are bringing a stroller. We kindly ask for as much advance notice as possible so we can best accommodate you.
- To guarantee your space: Register in advance online. We accommodate walk-ins to the best of our ability but always guarantee space to those who register. Remember to register your guests, too!
Information sessions are offered twice daily most weekdays in April, June, July, August, and October. There are occasional Saturday morning information sessions in the fall and April. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer information sessions, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time. Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve a seat for yourself and all of your guests in advance. Walk-ins are accommodated to the best of our ability.
These ~50-minute sessions are typically led by a senior student and provide a chance for you to learn what makes Wellesley unique. Topics may include the first-year experience, classroom dynamics, faculty mentoring, research opportunities, internships, study abroad, benefits of attending a women's college, and the admission and financial aid process.
- Information Sessions are usually held on a set schedule. On weekdays when we offer Information Sessions, they're usually offered at 10am and 2pm. Saturdays and Open House events have a different schedule. Exact availability is noted in our online registration system. Some days might offer only a morning presentation or only an afternoon presentation, so be sure to register to guarantee your spot.
- These are half of a two-hour visit experience. Residential life, social opportunities, etc. are all addressed on our campus tours. Plan to attend an information session and a campus tour for a complete visit experience. You may schedule a tour before or after your information session.
- Sessions begin promptly on the hour, and groups depart for the presentation space 5-15 minutes early. During the summer, our presentation space is a 10-15 minute walk from Admission. In October and April we experience high volume and many visitors will be required to park in overflow parking, a 15-minute walk from our office. We recommend you arrive in our office at least 15 minutes early. If you're 5-10 minutes late, we can usually give you directions to catch up with the group on your own. Visitors who are 15 or more minutes late will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
- In months when we do not offer information sessions, tours include details normally presented in the information sessions.
- Still have questions after your tour and information session? Ask to speak with the "on-call" admission counselor. Please note that the counselor typically goes to lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
- To guarantee your space: Register in advance online. We accommodate walk-ins to the best of our ability but always guarantee space to those who register. Remember to register your guests, too.
Interviews aren’t required at Wellesley for first-year or transfer applicants, but are required for our non-traditional age applicants and post-baccalaureate candidates. A one-on-one meeting with someone who knows the community well is a great way to discover if Wellesley is the right place for you. We’ll talk about what excites you, what you’re most looking forward to in college, how you like to learn, what you do for fun, and how Wellesley might match your goals and interests. Leave your suit and resume at home, but bring your questions.
On-campus interviews are typically conducted by trained senior students; off-campus interviews are conducted by trained alumnae volunteers. Advance appointment is required.
Wellesley is a little unique in that most candidates interview before they apply - keep in mind the interview deadline for your chosen decision plan.
For the best selection, book your interview at least two weeks in advance.
- High school seniors and spring transfers: Interviews Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pm (plus select Saturdays in the fall) from the summer through early December only. There are no on-campus interviews offered after early December, regardless of application plan. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer interviews based on your student status, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time.
- High school juniors: Interviews beginning in April. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer interviews based on your student status, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time.
- Fall transfer, and Davis Degree candidates: Interviews in January and February only on select weekdays. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer interviews, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific time.
- Postbaccalaureate candidates: Contact Lucy Pelham, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, at 781-283-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Off-campus interviews:
Available to high school seniors, spring transfer, postbaccalaureate, and Davis Degree candidates starting in late September. See off-campus interview information to request the appropriate off-campus interview for your decision plan. Typically the last possible date to request an off-campus interview is the application deadline, so you will be requesting your interview before you apply. Complete the Off-Campus Alumnae Interview Request Form*.
Many professors are eager to open their classes to high school seniors, transfer candidates, and Davis candidates. Classes at Wellesley are very small and typically there is space for 1 or 2 visitors per class, so reserve your seat early. An appointment is required and must be made at least one full business day before your visit. Class visits are held most weekdays, starting in early October (fall) and mid February (spring) and ending one week before the end of the semester (typically late November in fall, late April in spring). Registration is open until one day before your visit date and you must pick up your ticket from Admission a minimum of 30 minutes before class begins. There's no limit to the number of classes you may visit.
- Class times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday most classes start at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., and 4:10 p.m. On Wednesday, most classes start at 8:30 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. Most classes last 70 minutes so plan for 90 minutes total (10 minutes extra on either end).
- Available dates: See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer class visits, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific class. Note: online registration for class visits opens one day before the first day of visits. (Example: If class visits begin on February 20, registration for the semester will open February 19.)
- A class visit ticket is required: Register online at home or in our office at least one business day before class begins, and pick up your class visit ticket in the Admission Office on the day of your visit. Your ticket is available in Admission until 30 minutes before class begins; please plan ahead! We are unable to distribute tickets if your class is beginning in less than 30 minutes. For 8:30 classes, your ticket will be taped to our front door the night before. You have until 8:00 a.m. to pick it up.
- Arrive at your class 10 minutes early: Our campus is large and you will need time to find your way to your classroom. Walking from the Admission Office may take 10-15 minutes. In order for you to arrive to class 10 minutes early you'll need to start walking to your classroom 20 minutes before class begins. The Professor will notice you, so arrive early enough to introduce yourself!
- Class visit expectations: Current students and their professors take this class time together seriously. Please remember that you are a guest. Silence and put away your electronic devices, and plan to remain for the entire class.
We invite prospective applicants to have lunch with a Wellesley student in a residence hall dining room. It's a fun and effective way to learn more about Wellesley from someone immersed in the community. And lunch is on us!
- Fall lunch visits are open to high school seniors, and to transfer candidates and Davis candidates who are within one year of applying. Spring lunch visits are open to high school juniors and seniors, and to transfer candidates and Davis candidates who are within one year of applying.
- Lunch visits are offered most weekdays excluding break and exam periods. Fall lunch visits are available from early October until early December. Spring lunch visits are available from early February until early May. See our overview Visit Calendar for dates when we offer lunch visits, then use our registration system to view exact availability and to register for a specific date and time. An appointment is required.
- Lunch visits always begin at 12:30 p.m. and last about 50 minutes. You'll meet your Lunch Ambassador in the Admission Office at 12:20 p.m. Please arrive a little early - because lunch is inside the (locked) residence halls, we can't catch up latecomers!
- Spaces fill quickly, so register early. The Lunch Ambassadors can view your academic and extracurricular interests when they sign up so the earlier you register, the more likely it is that your Lunch Ambassador will share some of your interests.
- We typically begin taking appointments for the fall in early September, and for the spring in mid January.
To experience Wellesley’s fun and engaging residential life, we invite high school seniors to spend a night in a residence hall. A Wellesley student volunteer will be your host. The Admission Office covers the cost of your dinner and breakfast.
The earlier you register, the more likely it is we can find someone who shares your interests.
- Overnights are available in October, November, early December, and April only, on most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. We do not offer overnight stays on Fridays, weekends, immediately after Spring Open Campus or Discover Wellesley Weekend, or during break or exam periods.
- To stay overnight in the fall: You must be a high school senior, or a transfer or Davis Degree candidate within one year of applying. Please note that most Overnight Ambassadors are traditional aged students. We ask for as much advance notice as possible, and at a minimum, three business days.
- To stay over in April, you must be an accepted first-year student, or a "likely" Early Evaluation candidate. You must book your overnight at least one full business day in advance (although more notice is always appreciated), and space is limited so reserve as early as possible!
- Registration for Fall overnights begin in September. Registration for April overnights will be available after you receive your admission decision.
For counselors who would like to bring a group of students to campus during our normal business hours, we may be able to accommodate you for our regular visit options or we may be able to offer special tours and information sessions. Schedule your group visit request here. Groups of 10 or more visitors require a reservation for all visit options and should not register via the general registration form.
- We welcome groups to visit our campus throughout the summer, but have no availability for student-led tours May 11th - June 11th given our students' schedules. Self-guided tours are an option and encouraged for groups who want to learn more about Wellesley. Requests for information sessions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- We recommend that groups who would like to visit Wellesley’s campus schedule their trip for either the morning or afternoon. Both options would involve an information session lasting thirty to sixty minutes, followed by a tour of campus; the morning option would ideally run from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m., with the afternoon option ideally taking place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If your group’s schedule cannot accommodate these itineraries, we will consider separate itineraries on a case-by-case basis.