boat house and Galen Stone Tower as seen across Lake Waban

Summer Term 2021

Summer Term 2021 course offerings have been posted in the Wellesley College Course Browser. Registration opened on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Please note that registration for Summer Term 2021 is limited to Wellesley College students; we will not be enrolling high school students, visiting undergraduate students, or auditors this summer.

NOTE: All instruction for Summer Term 2021 will be remote. Students are required to have access to Zoom with video capabilities for classes. Audio-only Zoom will not be considered sufficient.

One 7-Week Term: June 7 - July 23, 2021

  • All classes will be taught remotely, using both synchronous (live, in real-time) and asynchronous (on your own time) instruction. There will be no classes on July 5, 2021, in observance of Independence Day.

  • Synchronous instruction will take place using block scheduling. Faculty will be responsible for coordinating their synchronous and asynchronous elements; we are also asking faculty to review their remote attendance and participation expectations with students.  

  • Reading and Exam Days: Reading Days are July 20 & 21, 2021; Exam Days are July 22 and 23, 2021. 


Wellesley College is offering an outstanding Summer Term program of classes (for the most part taught by our regular faculty) at the pricing set forth below. This pricing is part of the overall academic program offered to students in 2020-2021, and is only available to current Wellesley College students. Visiting students, pre-college students and incoming first-year students are not eligible for Summer Term 2021. Financial aid is available to eligible students. 

  • Summer Term 2022 pricing will be posted in early Spring 2022

*Costs includes registration fee. Does not include course books and/or materials (which may vary from course to course). 


Classes will be offered on a letter-graded basis; students will have the option to choose credit/non-credit. The Credit/Non-credit deadline will be available through the academic calendar


Registration is now open for Summer Term 2021.*

Wellesley College students can self-register for summer term classes through their Workday Portal. We recommend registering early as we anticipate classes filling. If you have a hold on your account, please contact SFS prior to registering. Please see the Course Offerings page for more details. 

*Summer Term 2021 is open only to Wellesley College Students.

Joining the Waitlist

Each class will maintain a first-come, first-serve waitlist. After the class fills, a student is automatically added to the waitlist when they attempt to register through Workday. If a seat becomes available, the student next in line in the waitlist is notified by email. The seat offer expires in 24 hours. If a student does not respond before the 24-hour expiration their priority will drop to the bottom of the waitlist and the seat offer is automatically offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Students may take only two courses in Summer 2021.

Students may self-register in a maximum of 2 summer courses (2.25 units total) as long as they meet the prerequisite(s) stated in the Course Browser and there are no class schedule conflicts. 

Financial Aid (Wellesley students only)

Federal financial aid is available for students who meet federal eligibility requirements, and institutional financial aid is available to students who qualify for need-based financial aid during the academic year. Wellesley students who receive financial aid during the academic year will be assessed for summer aid automatically upon registration (there is no formal application to complete). Financial aid is not available for Wellesley College students who were not enrolled in 2020-2021. There is no separate application process for summer aid, but students are expected to comply with any individual requests made by SFS.

Once you register, your eligibility will be determined and you will receive an updated eligibility notification via email. SFS will will release notices of aid eligibility (or revised eligibility) on a weekly basis during the spring. We will provide a more specific date once it becomes available 

Please note that financial aid is not available for costs associated with summer housing and meals (not applicable in 2021). Additionally, financial aid eligibility is subject to change if registration changes.

We are unable to offer financial aid to non-Wellesley College students (not applicable in 2021).

Billing and Payment
  • Wellesley College records billing and payment activity on the student account in MyWellesley Portal.

  • Billing assessment begins in April. All class and billing communications will be sent through the student's email address.

  • Payment Deadline: May 21, 2021. Students who register after May 21 must remit payment immediately. Students may be dropped from their registered courses if payment is not received before classes begin. 

  • If a student is assessed a registration hold for Fall 2021 (due to an outstanding past due balance), students may be dropped from their summer courses and placed on a financial leave of absence until the balance is resolved. 

Refund Policy

Students should double-check the class schedules and meeting dates prior to registering. Students can drop themselves from a class through Workday. 

  • Students who drop from a course by 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, May 28 will receive a 100% refund of tuition and related fees. A dropped course does not appear on the transcript.

  • Students who drop from a course by 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, June 9 will receive a 50% refund of tuition and related fees. A dropped course does not appear on the transcript.

  • After 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, June 9, students will not receive a refund. If a student withdraws from a course after 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, June 9, their transcript will show a grade of “WDR.” 

Who Can Attend?

Current Wellesley College Students

Wellesley College students of diploma-grade standing may enroll in Wellesley College Summer Term courses. Wellesley College students not of diploma-grade standing may enroll with the permission of their class dean. Students on leave may not register for summer courses. Wellesley College students are required to register on-line for classes through Workday on the MyWellesley portal.

Please note: Only registered students may attend classes.

Wellesley College Students Starting in the Fall

High school graduates who plan to enroll as full-time first-year students at Wellesley in the fall are not eligible for participation in Wellesley College's Summer Term prior to their first semester at the College. 

Visiting Students, Auditors, and Alumnae

Visiting students, auditors, and alumnae are not eligible to attend Summer 2021. 

Rising High School Juniors and Seniors

High school students are not eligible to attend Summer 2021. 

Accessibility and Disability Services

Students can request accommodations due to a disability. Students will need to have a Wellesley College ID to access the system. There are also additional instructions on how to request accommodations. Inquiries can be sent to

Student Acknowledgment of Responsibility

As a part of the application process, all students will be required to acknowledge the deadlines, cost of tuition, relevant fees and refund policy prior to submitting their application.  Students who did not sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) for Spring 2021 will be required to sign one before registering for summer courses.  Please contact SFS directly with any questions about the FRA form. 

Course Offerings

One 7-week Term: June 7 - July 23, 2021

Registration is now open for Summer Term 2021. 

Courses for Summer 2021 are visible below with details and meeting times. Please note it may take a few seconds for the complete course list to load. 

Travel Courses

Travel courses have been cancelled for Summer 2021.

Classes are subject to change.