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Wellesley Pre-College Summer Programs

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.

4-Week Program | June 27-July 24

Designed for students who want a credit-bearing, academically challenging summer. For rising 11th-12th graders.

Young women in high school 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 Honors Immersion Program. During the four weeks spent on Wellesley’s campus, students will become members of the Wellesley community, taking a required writing course and a rigorous elective of their choice.

Our courses this year, taught by renowned Wellesley faculty, include: "ARTS: Digital Imaging", "Intro to Sociology", "Intro to Psychology", "Exploring Gender Dynamics with Leadership" and several Writing Workshops. 

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Apply Now to get up to $250 off by March 9th!

2-Week Program | June 28-July 10 OR July 12-July 24

Designed to give students a taste of college life. For rising 10th-12th graders.

For young women in high school who seek a non-credit yet intellectually stimulating summer. Students will explore a subject of interest of their choice for two weeks and experience what it is like to live at Wellesley College.

Students will have a great opportunity to cultivate connections with a community of young women from around the globe while participating in weekend group excursions to local sites such as: Boston Duck Boat Tours, Faneuil Hall, Louisa May Alcott House, Prudential Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Escape the Room, Harvard & MIT, Freedom Trail, or Plymouth Rock. 

Our courses this year, taught by renowned Wellesley faculty, include: "LEADERSHIP | A Modern Girl's Guide to the F-Word: Feminism for the 21st Century", "ARTS & HUMANITIES | Flash Fiction and Travel Writing: Mastering the Short Form", "SOCIAL SCIENCES | Life in the Big City: Understanding the Urban Experience", "STEM | Girl Code: Gender and Identity in the Programming World" and many more.

Learn More about all of our course offerings.

Apply Now to get up to $250 off by March 9th!

1-Week Program | July 26-July 31

Designed to give students a sneak peak of college life. For rising 9th-12 graders.

Young women in high school interested in learning more about college life-- the dorm, social, and academic experiences-- are encouraged to apply to Wellesley’s Pre-College Exploratory Workshops. This program is a great way to instill confidence, especially if it's your first time away from home.

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. 

Our workshops this year, taught by renowned Wellesley faculty, include: "Leadership | American Feminism", "STEM | Climate Change and the Paths to a Sustainable Future", "ARTS & HUMANITIES | Putting Words in Your Mouth: Writing about Food and Culture", "SOCIAL SCIENCES | My So-Called Online Life: The Impact of Technology on our Social Lives", and many more.

Learn More about all of our course offerings.

Apply Now to get up to $250 off by March 9th!

Session 1: June 2-June 26
Session 2: June 29-July 24

Earn credit and interact with some of Wellesley College’s top professors in a close-knit, inclusive environment. For rising 11th-12th graders.

Take full-credit classes drawn from a sampling of courses taught during the academic year by Wellesley College's world-renowned faculty. Co-ed undergraduates, professionals, adult learners and rising high school juniors and seniors can explore challenging topics and new areas of interest.

Explore challenging topics and new areas of interest in our state of the art classrooms and laboratories on our spectacular lakeside campus just outside Boston. 

Learn More about all of our course offerings.

Apply Now to get up to $250 off by March 9th!

5-Week Program | June 27-July 31

Designed for undergraduate students looking to develop their personal leadership identity.

A new immersive approach to personal leadership and success, designed for undergraduate students. Take two college credit courses, exploring gendered business issues. Connect with current women leaders in the Boston area and young women from around the globe. Develop a professional portfolio and apply what you learn in the classroom through an experiential week.

Learn More about all of our course offerings.

Apply Now to get up to $250 off by March 9th!


What draws teens to your program?

Wellesley is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts' colleges, and one of the US's most prominent women’s colleges.  Our motto is “Non Ministrari sed Ministrare”: ""Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."" Wellesley values disciplined thinking and diversity, and challenges its students to pragmatic leadership, service, and making a difference in the world. But Wellesley is not just educational, it's empowering. More than a step along the academic path, spending a summer at Wellesley is a step toward becoming someone who will make a difference in the world. 

What type of teen attends your program?

Motivated high school girls who are open to learning and ready to experience college life, be challenged by Wellesley's renowned faculty, explore Boston and its surrounding areas, and make lifelong friendships with girls from around the world.

Where do your participants come from?

Around the country and the world! Multiculturalism is a way of life at Wellesley. Being with girls from around the world will change your world.

What's a typical day like?

A typical day has students going to class in the morning and afternoon, eating in the dining halls, doing homework and spending time with friends. Students have complete access to Wellesley campus amenities over the summer and easy access to "the Ville" - Wellesley's downtown.  We also have plenty of evening and weekend activities planned (on and off-campus) for students so they never get bored!  We like to take advantage of our proximity to Boston.

What should participants expect to learn or take away from your program?

Students should expect to grow personally and challenge themselves at Wellesley this summer.  Not only will they explore their passions, but they should expect to become a more confident, focused individual.

What are past participants saying about your program?

"I think what impressed or surprised me most [about the program] was how strong the community is here. There are so many women who have so much potential and they just push each other to do better and better." - Nuha, Saudia Arabia

"We have discussions in class, and we can ask whatever questions come into our mind... I really have fun talking to the professor and my classmates." - Eleanor, Russia

"I've never felt so welcomed by a group of people before." - Fiona, USA

"During field trips and activities, such as the Karaoke, I sang for the first time in two years because I felt like it wouldn't be humiliating or embarrassing to sing in front of these people." - Sing, China

"The [program] at Wellesley really allowed me to see the power of women more. With my female professors and my female RAs, it really just allowed me to see what women can do." - Olivia, USA

"Just within the first 24 hours I was just blown away by all the amazing girls, all the different experiences... I found myself being less afraid to express my writing and write about more topics that I would never really think of discussing. I didn't have to be afraid or nervous that people would judge me." - Chloe, USA

"If I had to describe this experience here at Wellesley, I would use the word 'Empowered.' I feel so empowered being at a place where I am valued, and I am not thought of as someone who is a second-- I am one of many in a pool that is equal." - Rachel, USA

Gender: Girls-Only

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA United States 02481

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I was more than a little nervous entering Wellesley’s campus this past June, considering I had never been away from home for more than three consecut...
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