For Sophomores

Navigating Sophomore Year - Class Deans Resources

There's lots happening in your Sophomore year!  Your new class dean that will support you in your student success throughout your time at Wellesley.


View the Sophomore Timeline and find more detailed information below about the academic year.


Fall Semester Timeline


Re-Orientation! Come meet your new Dean at the fair!  Find out the process of declaring your major and reorient yourself to other campus resources.

Applications open for the winter-break Luminare:  A Career Retreat only for sophomores.

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

Study abroad applications due for Spring, Junior year.  Office of International Studies


Midterm examinations scheduled

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.

Family & Friends weekend

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.

The Tanner Conference is usually held in late October. 


Learn more about spring courses at the Academic Open Houses

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.

Thanksgiving break!


Register for spring classes

Deadline to declare your major if you will be studying abroad  

Applications due for Study Abroad

Be aware of academic dates and deadlines in December.  You can find the dates in the Academic Calendar:

  • Deadline to WITHDRAW
  • Reading period
  • Final Examinations

Interested in an Alternative Break in Wintersession?   Alternative Breaks are service-oriented, substance-free breaks in which we volunteer with a variety of community partners in order to explore the social, cultural and political issues in that community.  Career Education can provide you with more information.

Wintersession and Spring Semester Timeline

Wintersession / January

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. 

Luminare Career Retreat by Career Education occurs during Wintersession and is solely for Sophomores!

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

If you are doing wintersession, please be aware of academic deadlines, which can be found in the Academic Calendar

  • Deadline to ADD a Wintersession course
  • Deadline to declare a Wintersession course CREDIT/NON
  • Deadline to DROP a Wintersession course
  • Deadline to WITHDRAW from a Wintersession course

Other deadlines in January are:

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

Fall final grades are released in early January


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.

Be aware of upcoming academic deadlines.  View the Academic Calendar

  • Deadline to ADD a spring course
  • Deadline to submit paperwork for a cross-registered spring course
  • Deadline to DROP a spring course

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


Midterm examinations held

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 usually held early May

Be aware of the academic deadlines.  You can find them in the Academic Calendar.

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

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!

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

Contact: Dean Susan Cohen | Schneider Center, Room 223 | | 781.283.2325