The application: an overview
Wellesley is proud to be a QuestBridge partner school. This nonprofit organization links bright, motivated, low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges.
If you are a QuestBridge student, we are thrilled you are considering Wellesley and congratulate you on being recognized for your outstanding academic and personal accomplishments by the QuestBridge program. Applying to college can be challenging, confusing, and stressful, but we’re here to help! Above all, we want you to be successful.
Wellesley does consider international, undocumented, and/or DACA students for the QuestBridge Match Program. See this video to learn more about QuestBridge National College Match.
Important updates for First-Year Applicants
Suspension of Standardized Testing Requirement
Wellesley has temporarily suspended its requirement that first-year applicants submit SAT or ACT scores given the fact that many high school students are unable to sit for standardized tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means testing will be optional for first-year applicants applying to the College for entry in the fall of 2021. If an applicant wishes to have their standardized test scores considered as one component of their application, we will consider those scores in a nuanced and contextual way alongside all other application credentials. If applicants choose not to submit standardized test scores, we will evaluate their application in a nuanced and contextual way without scores. Our holistic, committee-based application review process gives us the flexibility to evaluate each applicant’s academic and extracurricular accomplishments within individual context. For more information on the Test Optional Policy, please read our Standardized Testing FAQs.
Suspension of Regular Decision with Early Evaluation
We are suspending the Regular Decision with Early Evaluation option for first-year applicants to the College for entry in the fall of 2021, in light of the aforementioned change to our standardized testing requirement and an understanding that many secondary schools have changed coursework and grading for their students. We believe this will allow us to provide a more in-depth, equitable, and consistent application review process to all Regular Decision applicants, enabling us to review all Regular Decision applications synchronously and over a longer period of time.
Change of Regular Decision Deadline to January 8
Since the Office of Admission will require more time to consider all Regular Decision applications, we have changed the Regular Decision deadline to January 8 (previously January 15) so that we can continue to thoughtfully review all Regular Decision applications and release admission decisions in a timely manner.
Financial aid and QuestBridge
Wellesley has a need-blind financial aid policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and we meet 100 percent of calculated need. For international, undocumented, or DACA students, please note that while we meet 100 percent of calculated need for all admitted students, we are only able to fund a limited number each year.
I didn’t match with Wellesley but I’m still very interested. Can I still apply?
Yes. If you’re not selected with the National College Match with Wellesley College, you will have additional options for applying to Wellesley through one of our decision plans. In order to complete your application, please explore our application instructions for QuestBridge applicants.
QuestBridge Scholars Network at Wellesley
The QSN chapter at Wellesley aims to promote issues of access to education and leadership for students drawn from underrepresented segments of society and to provide members with services offered by the national QuestBridge Scholars Network, including but not limited to leadership opportunities, professional development resources, internships, and fellowships.
Our chapter provides a space for low-income students to join together to share their joys and work through their obstacles, as well as get suggestions for finding jobs, academic preparation, career planning, and more.