For Sophomores

Navigating Sophomore Year - Class Deans Resources

Welcome to the start of your sophomore year!  As your Class Deans, we are delighted to be able to get to know you better as you continue your Wellesley journeys.  Whether you are on campus or elsewhere during the Fall, we are available to meet with you, guide you through important academic decisions, and help you connect with other resources that you may find useful.  

This Fall, of course, is unlike any other, and we are all beginning to adjust to the school year and the world in multiple and complicated ways.  Sophomore year brings thoughts about choosing a major, studying abroad, seeking future internships, and perhaps pursuing new leadership opportunities.  Please know that we want to hear about your hopes and dreams, along with your worries and concerns, so that we can better understand how to offer support and guidance to you and your classmates as you continue to pursue your goals.


Fall Semester Timeline


Monday, September 5th (Labor Day):   No Classes 

Applications for Spring Study Abroad are due by September. Contact the Office of International Study (OIS) with exact date, and for further questions and guidance.


Be aware of academic deadlines.  These can be found on the Academic Calendar:

  • Deadline to ADD a Fall course
  • Deadline to submit paperwork for a cross-registered fall course
  • Deadline to submit Spring & Summer 2021 incomplete work to instructors

The Federal Student Aid applications (FASFA) open.  Get your forms in as early as possible for the best shot at financial aid.  Questions or need assistance? visit Student Financial Services.

Celebrate your class with the Sophomore Tree planting tradition.

Some summer internships have October applications deadlines.  Now's the time to find the right internship for you!  Career Services can help with any questions you have.


Monday, October 10:  (Indigenous Peoples' Day):   No Classes

Tuesday, October 11:  No Classes, Fall Break

Wednesday, October 12:  Classes Resume


Be aware of academic deadlines.  These can be found on the Academic Calendar:

    • Deadline to declare a Fall course CREDIT/NON
    • Deadline to DROP a Fall course

    Learn more about Spring 2023 courses at the Academic Open Houses

    Register for Spring 2023 classes

    Interested in Studying Abroad? Check out the Office of International Study - Planning and applications begin in Sophomore year.  *Applications for Junior fall study abroad are due by the end of December of your sophomore year.

    Deadline to declare your major if you will be studying abroad is the beginning of December.   Check the Registrars page for exact date and meet with your Class Dean and faculty advisory with any questions.

    Wednesday, November 23:  Thanksgiving break

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    Monday, November 28:    Classes resume


    Be aware of academic deadlines.  These can be found on the Academic Calendar.





    Deadline to declare your major if you will be studying abroad  

    Applications due for Study Abroad


    Be aware of academic deadlines.  These can be found on the Academic Calendar:

    • Deadline to withdraw from a Fall course
    • Reading period
    • Final Examinations

    Spring Semester Timeline


    Welcome back!  The spring terms start in the winter wonderland of Wellesley.  Need some winter clothes?  Visit the WSAS Clothes Closet.

    Winter doldrums?  Come and talk with us.  We'd love for you to stop in.  There are no drop in hours, but you can always email your class dean for an appointment, or call the main office at 781-283-2325 to set one up. 

    Staying over and need to know about housing? Contact Res Life

    The Albright Institute is in session - take time to listen to the incredible speakers

    Please be aware of academic deadlines, which can be found in the Academic Calendar:

    Deadlines in January are:

    • Deadline to submit Fall incomplete work in late January
    • Deadline for Fall/Winter make-up final exams




    A decision on your major is due early March.  Now's the time to meet with your Dean and faculty advisor with any questions, especially if thinking about designing an individual major.

    Deadline for Fall Study Abroad applications.  Office of International Study.


    Please be aware of academic deadlines, which can be found in the Academic Calendar:

    • Deadline to ADD a Spring course
    • Deadline to DROP a Spring course
    • Deadline to declare Credit/Non grading option

    Interested in alternative break trip? Career Education can provide more information.

    Spring Break!





    Learn more about fall courses at the Academic Open Houses.   Check in with your Class Dean to ensure that your distribution requirements are being met.  

    Register for Fall Classes.  Questions? We can help

    Marathon Monday

    Thinking about a summer term at Wellesley.  Lots of information is available.

    Choose your housing for your junior year.  Find more information on the Fall Housing Room Selection Process

    The Ruhlman Conference is held in late April.


    Thinking about studying abroad for Spring, Junior year?  Applications are due anytime between July and September.  Office of International Studies.


    Junior year is waiting!  Check out the Junior information page of the Class Deans Resources and have a great summer!



    Please be aware of the academic deadlines, which can be found in the Academic Calendar.

    • Deadline to WITHDRAW from a Spring course
    • Reading period
    • Final papers are due
    • Final examinations


    You are not on this journey alone, in life or at Wellesley.  Your class dean will be there for you every step of the way to make sure that you have the individual attention & support you need to realize your goals.

    Nayanika Das, Class of 2021