Other Credit Options

Other Credit Options

Recreation and Clubs / Independent Study / Other Colleges / MIT / Incoming Transfer Students

Recreation and Club Activities

Students may earn PE credit for participating in college-sponsored recreational programs that include at least 10 hours of physically active, formal, progressive instruction under the guidance of a qualified instructor. This option is available to students only once during their Wellesley career, for a max of two credits, regardless of activity or the number of times a student participates. Participants on PERA-supported club sports may earn a max of four credits. 

Attendance Log (for club president)


  • Students may earn credit if the dance or club has been constituted by Student Involvement and College Government for at least three consecutive semesters.
  • To be eligible for credit, students must complete the online club credit request form above. Deadline to request club credit is mid-semester 
  • Students’ 10 hours of physical activity can include practices and/or competitions
  • At the conclusion of the semester, the club president must submit an attendance log that includes all the students eligible for credit and the dates and lengths of the practices they attended. No attendance log=No credit 
  • PE credit for club activities is not awarded retroactively.
Recreation programs for credit
PERA-supported Clubs (4 cr max) Student Orgs (2 cr max)
Archery Aiko
Equestrian Club AscenDance
Ice Hockey Ballroom Dance Team
Rugby Club Belly Dancing Society
Sailing Team Cielito Lindo
Ski Team (Alpine and Nordic) Culture Shows (KSA, CSA, Slater, WASAC)
Ultimate Frisbee FreeStyle
Water Polo GLOW
Wellesley College Dancers Gumboot
Certification Programs (2-4 cr max) Martial Arts at Wellesley
Aerobics instructor (2 cr) Outing Club
Lifeguard certification (2 cr) Quidditch Club
RAD Self Defense (2 cr) WADO
Emergency Medical Team (4 cr) Wushu
MIT ROTC (4 cr max) Yanvalou
  BOW Climbing Club

Recreation programs not for credit:
Walk-in recreation fitness classes
Intramural leagues
One-day recreation programs

Independent Study Programs (2-4 units)

The Physical Education department strongly encourages students to meet the graduation requirement through regular physical education classes, but recognizes the need for an independent study option for students with extenuating circumstances. Specifically, the independent option is for:

  • Students whose level of expertise in an activity is beyond the scope of regular course offerings and who will be training under the guidance of a highly skilled coach/instructor 

  • Students with medical conditions that require modified physical activity. Students with medical restrictions will develop their programs with Niki Rybko, in partnership with Health Services and Accessibility and Disability Resources.

Student may earn a max of four (4) units of physical education credit through the standard independent option. Students may not receive credit retroactively.


A student must submit a written proposal to Keri O'Meara, Associate Professor of Physical Education, prior to starting their independent program. To be considered for approval, the proposal must include:

  • The student's full name and ID number
  • List of PE classes already taken and credits earned
  • Detailed answers to the following questions:

1) What sport or fitness activity will the student be doing and what level of expertise?
2) Where will the student engage in the activity?
3) What is the anticipated schedule (dates, times, length of sessions).
4) With whom will the student work? What are her/his qualifications?
5) What are the student’s specific learning/performance goals?
6) How will the student assess attainment of these goals (letter from coach, daily log, etc.)?

​To help the PE department make informed decisions about independent study proposals, s​tudents must include as much detail as possible: activity, location, dates, times, instructor(s) qualifications, etc. ​Learning/performance objectives are particularly important, so students must emphasize the educational components of their programs.

If a student's program gains approval, the student will be responsible for weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with the independent study coorinator. At the conclusion of the program, the student will submit an attendance log (signed by the instructor) and a 1-2 page paper summarizing what they learned and the skills/knowledge they acquired.

Independent programs for two PE credits must include at least 10 hours of activity. For four credits, programs must include 21 hours of activity.

Credit for classes at other colleges

Students may earn credit for physical education classes taken at other colleges by asking the host institution’s Physical Education Department to send an email to the Wellesley Physical Education Registrar confirming the students’ satisfactory completion of the class. This policy applies to M.I.T., all schools in the 12-College Exchange and any certified institution of higher learning, provided the courses are part of the host institution’s Physical Education Department’s curriculum and taught by faculty members of that department.

Credit for PE classes at MIT

Already Cross-registered at MIT? You're eligible to register online for MIT Physical Education courses during the same registration window as MIT students. Confirm with the MIT registrar (mitpe@mit.edu) for eligibity. The MIT PE Online Registration calendar (for cross-registered student reference) can be found by clicking on “Calendar” at mitpe.com (first come, first serve). 

Wellesley students who are not cross-registered: Please follow the registration instructions here. After the close of online registration, MIT Physical Education will post a list of courses with open spots for Wellesley students to consider.

Receiving PE credits at Wellesley: Students should email mitpe@mit.edu to request that confirmation be sent to the Wellesley Physical Education registrar. Include your name and the course you took at MIT (including days of week and time of the course).

Incoming Transfer Students

Transfer students are admitted as if they have completed some PE credits in physical education prior to admission at Wellesley. The number of physical education points awarded to a student depends on the number of academic credits they bring from their previous institution. In general, students admitted as first-semester sophomores (with 8 academic credits) receive 4 credits, which means they have fulfilled half the PE graduation requirement and need to earn four more. Students admitted as first-semester juniors (with 16 academic credits) receive 8 credits, which fulfills the requirement. Transfer students may petition the Department for additional credit.