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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.


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: wellesley.edu/summer/immersive


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,” and “3D Computer Modeling," "Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling," "Crafting Your Personal Brand,” and more. For more information, please visit: wellesley.edu/summer/exploratory


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: wellesley.edu/summer/sports


High-school girls who are interested in furthering their choral artistry through rehearsal of imaginative repertoire and the development of vocal and musicianship will gain the skills and confidence to take ensemble singing to new heights! Singers will benefit from exploring ensemble music-making from every aspect, culminating in a public performance in Wellesley’s beautiful Houghton Chapel. For more information, please visit: wellesley.edu/summer/choral


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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