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Given the need for physical distancing in residence halls and classrooms, the academic program will be delivered through a mix of in-person and remote classes. Instead of two semesters, the curriculum will be delivered in four, seven-week terms, with each student taking two courses per term. This will allow for a greater level of concentration and focus for our students, particularly those studying remotely, and it will also allow us to pivot quickly to fully remote instruction if needed due to the public health situation. Whether the course is in-person, entirely remote, or a hybrid, faculty will provide energizing educational experiences that will challenge students to do their best work and set them up for success both at Wellesley and beyond.

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Academic calendar

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Start Date

Add Deadline

Drop Deadline

End Date

Reading Period & Finals

Term 1

Aug 31

Sept 4

Sept 11

Oct 13

Oct 14–17


Oct 18

Oct 25

Term 2

Oct 26

Oct 30

Nov 6

Dec 11

Dec 12–18 (remote)

Term 3

Feb 8

Mar 23

Mar 24–27


Mar 28

Apr 4

Term 4

Apr 5

May 19

May 20–25

Resources for faculty

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Below is a list of resources for faculty regarding in-person and remote instruction, scheduling office hours, and other helpful contact information. For additional information, please visit the Provost Course Planning FAQ.

Reserving rooms for office hours

  • This fall, faculty are encouraged to host remote office hours. In the event that an in-person meeting is necessary, faculty may reserve rooms for office hours. The rooms are large enough to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained during the meeting. 

Support with in-person and remote instruction

Library resources

  • Faculty teaching remotely can arrange for curbside pickup of books and other materials from the Clapp, Music, and Art libraries. Library staff will be available during the weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m; faculty should email to make a request.
  • If faculty teaching remotely (or on sabbatical) require additional library access, they should make a request to the Provost’s office. The College’s expectation is that such visits would be very infrequent and occur only when absolutely necessary. To the extent possible, visits to the library should be scheduled for the weekend, when there will be no students in the building.
  • See the LTS FAQs for more information about LTS support.

Cleaning classrooms

  • Facilities will be cleaning classrooms and restrooms in academic buildings daily. All classroom spaces have been assessed in terms of air handling and will be monitored to ensure air is circulating three to four times per hour, in accordance with ASHRAE standards.
  • For classroom issues related to health and safety (for example, if cleaning supplies are missing or used up) that occur between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., please contact Facilities at 781.283.2767. For emergencies occurring after 4:30 p.m., please contact the Campus Police emergency line at 781.283.5555. 

Resources for students

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Academic support and counseling

  • Class deans are available to meet with students remotely via phone, email, Google Hangout, or Zoom. Please email your class dean to schedule an appointment. 
  • Students can find a remote tutor through the PLTC.

Technology support

Finding places to study

  • Common spaces are first-come, first-served on weekdays and follow building hours:
    • Founders Link: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Knapp Atrium: 8 a.m.– (note: swipe access ends at 7 p.m.)
    • Science Center Data Lab: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Clapp is available by reservation between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Students can also request a reservation for extended hours until 10 p.m. during the week and from 2 to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Access to Clapp during extended hours is available only through the Knapp entrance. See the LTS FAQs for more information.



  • There will be no in-person courses or programs and no travel programs during Wintersession 2021. Any Wintersession programming that does occur will be conducted remotely.
  • The College is developing a new virtual program, called the January Project, that will give all students important opportunities for community building, leadership development, and reflection.

Study Abroad

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Currently, we anticipate that students will be able to participate in spring semester study abroad programs, subject to program capacity and international travel and health and safety restrictions. We encourage students planning to study abroad to register for remote Wellesley courses as a backup.

The Office of International Study (OIS) is preparing a set of term 4 study abroad programs offered exclusively to Wellesley students. For further information about the location and academic focus of these programs, which are designed primarily for first-years and sophomores, please consult the OIS website.


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Spaces and seating

Facilities has assessed all classrooms to determine occupancy limits. Furniture placement has been designed to maximize seating capacity while maintaining physical distancing requirements. Faculty and students should not move furniture within classrooms, although they may turn around chairs and tablet arm desks to face each other. While students may come to the board to present, all faculty and students must maintain 6 feet of distance at all times. Although this will significantly limit the ability of students to move around the classroom, it is the best method of supporting and protecting each other.

Eating and drinking

Faculty and students are required to wear masks during classes. Faculty and students are allowed to bring covered beverages to class and briefly slip down a mask to drink, but should keep masks fully on when they are not drinking. Eating in classrooms is not permitted. 


Many classrooms have been outfitted with enhanced audiovisual technology. You can see what technology is available by looking up an individual space in 25Live or see the full list in this classroom technologies spreadsheet.