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:

  1. Review descriptions of campus visit activities (below). 

  2. 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.

  3. Use the registration form to view available times and to reserve spaces for you and any guests. You'll need a confirmed appointment for most options, although we can usually accommodate walk-ins for tours and information sessions during non-peak times. Be sure to check your confirmation email and review the parking instructions.

Campus Tours

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 depart promptly on the hour. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to park and check in. During busy periods you may have to park in overflow parking which is a 15-minute walk from our office. 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:
    The 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tours (when offered) complement the info session that precedes them. Register for both for a complete experience. The 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tours are stand-alone tours best for people who can only visit campus for one hour. 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 one-hour, 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. Please check our overview Visit Calendar to see dates when student tour guides are available. 
     
  • For groups of 10 or more, see Special Groups.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.

Register for your Campus Visit now!

 

Information Sessions

Information sessions are offered twice daily—at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.—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. Walk-ins are accommodated to the best of our ability. 

These ~50-minute sessions 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.

  • These are the first half of a two-hour visit experience. Residential life, social opportunities, etc. are all addressed on the tour that immediately follows the session (see Campus Tours above). For a complete experience, plan to attend the tour that immediately follows your session (two hours total).
     
  • Groups depart for the session room five minutes before the hour.  Sessions begin promptly on the hour. Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to park and check in. 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 will accommodate visitors who are more than 15 minutes late 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? 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.

Register for your Campus Visit now!

 

Interviews

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.

Wellesley is a little unique in that most candidates interview before they apply - keep in mind the interview deadline for your chosen decision plan.

  • On-campus interviews:
    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) through mid December only. 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 lpelham@wellesley.edu.
  • 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. Complete the Off-Campus Alumnae Interview Request Form.

Class Visits

Many professors are eager to open their classes to high school juniors and 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. 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. Registration is open until one hour before class begins (exception: registration for 8:30 a.m. classes closes at 3:00 p.m. on the previous business day) and you must pick up your ticket from Admission a minimum of 35 minutes before class begins. There's no limit to the number of classes you may visit. 

  • Class times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 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, 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.
  • 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: registration for class visits opens one day before the first day of visits. (If class visits begin on February 15, registration for the semester will open February 14.)
  • A class visit ticket is required: Please register online at home or in our office at least one hour before class begins, and pick up your class visit ticket in the Admission Office on the day of your visit. Your ticket is available until 35 minutes before class begins.
  • Arrive 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.

Register for your Campus Visit now!

Lunch with a Current Student

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 to early December. Spring lunch visits are available from early February to 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. 
     
  • 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 early January.

 

Register for your Campus Visit now!

Overnight stay with a current student

To experience Wellesley’s fun and engaging residential life, we invite high school seniors to spend the 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, and April only, on most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. We do not offer overnight stays on weekends, 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.
     
  • To stay over in April, you must be an accepted first-year student, or a "likely" Early Evaluation candidate.
     
  • Registration for Fall overnights begin in September. Registration for April overnights will be available after you receive your admission decision. 

Register for your Campus Visit now!

Special Group Visits

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.

Registration Tips

We look forward to welcoming you to campus. Everyone can participate in available campus tours and information sessions when offered, and we're happy to accommodate walk-ins to the best of our ability. Additional visit options (lunch visits, class visits, on-campus interviews, and/or overnight visits) vary depending on your year in high school and require an appointment. Please follow these registration guidelines:

On-line registration: Register in advance for a campus visit. This will allow us to communicate any last-minute changes to you.
If you register on site: Arrive at least 20 minutes before your first activity, and pay close attention to parking and arrival instructions. During high volume times, overflow parking is a 15-minute walk away.
Required registration: You must register in advance for interviews, overnight visits, lunch visits, and class visits. (You can register for classes on site until one hour before class begins.) We'll send you a confirmation email with detailed information.
Recommended registration: Register for information sessions (April, June, July, August, October) and tours (nearly year round, with a few exceptions); it will speed your check-in once on campus and guarantee you a spot. We can often, but not always, accommodate walk-ins.
Other visitors: Visitors (including parents and guidance counselors) who are not prospective applicants should not register. Please call ahead to check availability, or if you are five or fewer you may walk in.
Group visits: Groups of 10 or more require a special reservation. Please see Special group visits.
Disability services: If you require any accommodations for your visit, please call us at 781-283-2270 and ask to speak with our Disability Services Liaison. We kindly ask for three days advance notice whenever possible.

 

Questions after your tour or info session? Talk with an admission counselor.

Each day, an “on-call” admission counselor is available to answer any lingering admission and financial aid questions in the lobby, or to speak with you by phone. The counselor typically goes to lunch from noon – 1 p.m., and also might not be available if she is conducting the information session. At all other times, she’ll gladly help you as soon as she can. We also have student volunteers in our lobby who are eager to answer questions about their experience at Wellesley. We try to have volunteers available throughout the day.