Pre-College Immersive Program

Pre-College Immersive Program

Four-week program runs June 30 - July 27, 2018

Looking for an exciting way to spend your summer and experience college life first-hand?

Wellesley College invites motivated female high school juniors and seniors to join us this summer for a unique, immersive college experience—The Wellesley Pre-College Residential Program. For four weeks, students will have the opportunity to become members of the Wellesley community, taking courses with college students while earning full college credit. Students will also enjoy academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in a high school program. 

Pre-College Program for High School Women

June 30 - July 27, 2018



  • Provide high school students with the opportunity to experience college life in a supportive, yet challenging setting

  • Enable students to take rigorous courses and work closely with Wellesley's renowned faculty

  • Offer insight into undergraduate residential life, cultivate community with their peers, make friends from around the world

  • Enjoy Wellesley’s campus, renowned for its beauty, its award-winning architecture, its setting on Lake Waban (ideal in the summer) with 500 acres of rolling hills and woodland, and proximity to Boston and Cambridge (scheduled trips provided)

The Academic Program

Students will enroll in two college-level courses:

One Mandatory Writing Course
This course will help students grow as writers and better prepare them for college-level written coursework. Choices include these two timely topics:

The Selfie in American Life 
Studies in Memoir
See course descriptions

​One Elective
Students may choose from a range of level-one elective courses to either explore new areas of interest or further develop existing passions.  Pre-College classes have included:

Arts: Drawing I; Two Dimensional Design
Classical Civilization: Classical Mythology
English: Introduction to Shakespeare
Psychology: Intro to Psychology
Sociology: Introduction to Sociology
Theatre Studies: Can We Have an Argument? Understanding, Employing, and Delivering Sound Rhetoric
Women's & Gender Studies: Intro to Women's & Gender Studies
See course descriptions

Level of challenge: Pre-College students will take two intensive college courses, and their fellow students will primarily be college undergraduates. Pre-College students will not be treated any differently and should expect to work very hard to make the most out of their experience. The degree of difficulty varies per class. However, the required writing course and the 100-level elective course are both introductory level.  

Computer and Wi-Fi access: Students will have access to the computer clusters and laboratories throughout the campus, but will find it very convenient to have their own laptops. In many classes, professors permit students to use their own laptop during class. The College has free Wi-Fi for all students.