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Wellesley College

Wellesley College Academic Summer Programs

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Wellesley College is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years—women who are committed to making a difference.

Wellesley’s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty—often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects.

A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the “real world” in terms of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest. And now, in addition to the traditional undergraduate Summer Term, Wellesley College is offering academically motivated high school women a Pre-College Residential Program where they will have the chance to experience college life, take classes, and make new friends.

Commitment to Women
Everything about Wellesley College bespeaks its commitment to women, and to providing them with an unequaled educational experience that honors and cultivates not only what is best about each of them, and their own potential, but about what women offer our world.


About Wellesley's Pre-College Residential Programs:

Wellesley College offers Pre-College Residential Summer Programs to motivated high school girls ready to experience college life, be challenged by Wellesley's renowned faculty, explore Boston and its surrounding areas, and make lifelong friendships. Students participate in Four-Week Immersive Programs or One- and Two- Week Exploratory Workshops.


Rising junior and senior high school girls looking for academic challenge, personal growth, and exciting new experiences with friends from around the world are encouraged to apply to Wellesley’s Pre-College Immersive Program. During the four weeks spent on Wellesley’s campus, students will become members of the Wellesley community, taking a required writing course and rigorous elective of their choice. Past courses, taught by renowned Wellesley faculty, have included “Theatre Studies: Can We Have an Argument?,” “Psychology: Intro to Psychology," “Arts: Drawing I; Two Dimensional Design,” "Intro to Women & Gender Studies," "The Selfie in American Life," and more. For more information, please visit:


Rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in learning more about college life-- the dorm, social, and academic experiences-- are encouraged to apply to Wellesley’s Pre-College Exploratory Workshops. In the Academic Exploratory Workshops, students challenge themselves academically in classes taught by Wellesley’s full-time faculty, subjects ranging from writing to computer science. Past workshops have included: “Writing Flash Fiction,” “Writing Poetry,” “3D Computer Modeling," "Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling," "Crafting Your Personal Brand,” and more. For more information, please visit:


Rising sophomore, junior, and senior high-school girls looking to grow as an athlete and leader are encouraged to apply to Wellesley's Sports Leadership Exploratory Workshops. Students can participate in the workshop "How Golf Helps Women Succeed" or "Team Building Through Rowing." For more information, please visit:

To learn more about Wellesley College and its Academic Summer Programs, please visit:

Summer 2018 Dates:

Pre-College Immersive Program:

June 30 - July 27, 2018

Pre-College Exploratory Workshops:

One-week Academic Workshops: July 29 - August 5, 2018

One-week Sports Leadership Workshops: August 5 - August 10, 2018

Two-week Academic Workshops: July 29 - August 10, 2018

Application Deadline:
Pre-College applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all spaces have been filled or until the May 15, 2018 deadline for the Immersive Program and June 15, 2018 for the Exploratory Workshops. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How to Apply:
Applicants must complete the Pre-College Application Form, pay the application fee and submit any requirement documents. To learn more please visit:

Tuition and Fees:

Pre-College Immersive Program

    -  Application Fee for domestic students (nonrefundable): $100
    -  International Application Fee (nonrefundable): $200
    -  Tuition: $5,400
    -  Room and Board: $3,150

    -  Total (without Application Fee ): $8,550

Pre-College Exploratory Workshops

   -  Application Fee: $50
   -  Tuition: One-week Workshops $1,050; Two-week Workshops $1,800
   -  Room and Board: One-week Workshops $300; Two-week Workshops $600

   -  Total (without Application Fee ): One-week Workshops $1350; Two-week Workshops $2400
Scholarships & Financial Aid:
Wellesley College will provide NSHSS members a 10% discount off tuition for their summer pre-college programs.

Contact Summer Session Office:

Address: Wellesley Summer Term Office, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Telephone: (781) 283-2200