boat house and Galen Stone Tower as seen across Lake Waban

Summer Term 2023

One 7-Week Term: Monday, May 22 - Tuesday, July 11, 2023

  • Classes will begin on Monday, May 22, after Commencement (Saturday, May 20, 2023).  

  • Registration for Summer Term 2023 is limited to Wellesley College students; we will not be enrolling high school students, visiting undergraduate students, or auditors this summer.

  • Most classes will be taught remotely, using both synchronous (live, in real-time) and asynchronous (on your own time) instruction. Synchronous instruction will take place using block scheduling.  Students are expected to be available and present on Zoom during scheduled class times.  Students are required to have access to Zoom with video capabilities for class; audio-only Zoom will not be considered sufficient.

  • 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 at the first class meeting.  

  • Two courses (CHEM 211 and BISC/BIOC 219) will be taught on campus. These courses do not have a remote option and have a minimum enrollment requirement in order to run this summer.  Students will be notified by March 20, 2023, whether these courses have enough students to run this summer. If an on-campus lab course is canceled, students will receive an email from the Summer Term office letting them know of this decision.  The dropped course will also be reflected in the student's Workday account.  We strongly recommend that students consider a summer backup plan in the event that their course is canceled.

  • There are three holidays during Summer Term 2023:

    • Monday, 5/29/2023: Memorial Day

    • Monday, 6/19/2023: Juneteenth

    • Tuesday, 7/4/2023: Independence Day

  • There will be a 4-day reading period (two weekdays and a weekend) after classes have concluded and prior to exams being administered.  Final exams will be administered Monday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 11.

  • Summer Term 2023 course offerings will be posted in the Wellesley College Course Browser. Registration will open on March 1, 2023, at 8:00 am. 



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 2022-2023, 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 2023. Financial aid is available to eligible students. 

  • 1.0 Credit: $3,940
  • 1.25 Credit: $4,925

*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 for Summer Term 2023 will open on Wednesday, March 1, at 8:00 am.

Wellesley College students will be able to self-register for summer term classes through their Workday Portal. We recommend registering early as we anticipate classes filling. Students should double-check the class schedules and meeting dates prior to registering. 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 2023 is open only to Wellesley College Students.

Changing registration, accepting waitlist offers, academic deadlines

Students manage their registration and schedule changes themselves (including accepting a waitlist seat, dropping or withdrawing from a course) through Workday. Academic deadlines are available on the Academic Calendar

May 21 Sunday Deadline: Summer Course Drop deadline with 100% refund - 11:59 PM
May 22 Monday Summer Classes Start
Deadline: Summer Course Add deadline - 11:59 PM
May 23 Tuesday Deadline: Credit/Noncredit Grading option deadline - 11:59 PM
Deadline: Summer Course Drop deadline - 11:59 PM


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 2023.

Students enrolled in a 7-week summer term may enroll in no more than 2 courses and 2.25 units of credit. Exceptions to this policy are made by student petition to the Academic Review Board.






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 2022-2023. 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. Additionally, financial aid eligibility is subject to change if registration changes.


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 12, 2023. Students who register after this date 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 2023 (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. 


Refund policy: 

  • Students who drop from a course before the start of classes (by 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, May 21) will receive a 100% refund of tuition and related fees. 
  • Once classes begin (Monday, May 22), students who drop a course will NOT receive a refund. 


Who Can Attend?

Students who are eligible to enroll in summer courses:

  • Wellesley College students enrolled in a spring semester (either on campus or in approved international or domestic study away programs) are eligible to enroll in summer courses in the same calendar year. 
  • Wellesley College students on a one-semester personal leave, academic conditional leave or financial conditional leave in spring (and were enrolled in and completed the fall semester) and who are approved to return and are registered for the fall semester are eligible to enroll in summer courses in the same calendar year.
  • Wellesley College students on a full-year academic conditional leave may enroll with the permission of the class dean (especially to fulfill the academic conditions of the leave and complete eligibility requirements to return from the leave). Note that students who were not enrolled during the previous academic year are not eligible to request or receive financial aid. 


Students who are not eligible to enroll in summer courses:

  • Wellesley College students on medical leave in spring are not eligible to enroll in summer (in accordance with the leave of absence policy).
  • Entering students who will begin at Wellesley in the Fall semester (including First Year, transfer and Davis Scholar students) and students who are approved for readmission in fall are not eligible to enroll in summer courses.
  • Students on leave of absence for the full academic year (both the fall and spring semesters) are not eligible to enroll in courses in the following summer semester, except as described above.
  • Summer 2023 courses are not open to visiting students, auditors and alumnae.



Former Students With Permission to Complete Outstanding Degree Requirements:

Students no longer enrolled who have permission to complete outstanding degree requirements are eligible to enroll in summer courses for the purpose of completing unmet degree requirements.

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


Information about summer housing is available on the Summer Housing website. ​​Summer 2023 Housing Registration will be available in the Housing Portal April 20th - May 1st. Please be aware that registration for remote classes does not qualify students for summer housing. 


If you have questions about housing, please direct them to Residential Life (; the Summer Term office does not handle any requests regarding summer housing.

Student Acknowledgment of Responsibility

All students will be required to acknowledge the deadlines, cost of tuition, relevant fees and refund policy prior to registering.  Students who did not sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) for Spring 2023 will be required to sign one before registering for summer courses.  Please contact SFS directly with any questions about the FRA. 

Course Offerings

One 7-Week Term: Monday, May 22 - Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Registration will open in late winter for Summer Term 2023. 

Most Summer 2023 courses are offered as remote-only courses.  There are 2 courses being offered on campus: CHEM 211 and BISC/BIOC 219; these two lab classes do not have a remote option.  Students enrolled in these two courses will be notified by March 20, 2023, as to whether these courses will run this summer.

Courses for Summer 2023 are visible below with details and meeting times.  Students are expected to be available and present for all scheduled class meeting times.

Please note it may take a few seconds for the complete course list to load.  All courses subject to change.

Travel Courses

We will not be offering any travel courses for Summer 2023.


Questions about registration and summer course waitlists: contact the Registrar's Office (

Questions about advising / course recommendations should be directed to your Class Dean.


General questions about summer term can be directed to Jean Bae (