Dean of First-Year Students

Within the Class Deans' Office, the Office of the Dean of First-Year Students intentionally serves the academic and personal needs of all our first-year students, helping them prepare for their arrival at Wellesley, planning and implementing extensive programming for new students, and providing advice and counsel throughout the entire first year. The Dean of First-Year Students and Advisor for New Student Programs jointly support the New Student Orientation program, including the recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of the undergraduate Orientation Coordinators (OCs) and Orientation Mentors (OMs).

Students are invited to meet us in our offices on the second floor of the Schneider Center. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can call us at 781.283.2327. Our mailing address is Office of the Dean of First-Year Students, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Schneider Center, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203.

Please be sure view our Especially for Entering Students and New Student Orientation pages for advice on how to make the most of your first year at Wellesley. 


Shanté Brown

Dean of First-Year Students

Shanté Brown serves as Dean of the First-Year Class each year. As Class Dean, Dean Brown provides guidance and support to first-year students as they make the transition into the college environment. Students meet individually and in groups with Dean Brown throughout the academic year, to plan their course schedules, discuss options, interests and challenges, and begin to identify their academic goals. The First-Year Dean’s Office also is responsible for New Student Orientation and the Orientation Mentor program. Dean Brown holds a B.S. in History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from SUNY College at Brockport and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. To get in touch with Dean Brown, sign up for an appointment or email


David Todd

Advisor for New Student Programs

David Todd serves as the Advisor for New Student Programs and works collaboratively with the First-Year Dean to support the New Student Orientation program, including the Orientation Mentor program, in addition to assisting the Class Deans. David holds a B.S. and B.A. in Computer Science and Theatre, respectively, from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. To get in touch with David, email