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At a Glance
Explore a topic of interest of your choice for one week
Experience what it is like to live at Wellesley College
Cultivate connections with a community of young women from around the country
Open to young women in high school ages 14 -18 (Domestic only)
What will we do?
A Sample Day
We're often asked what a day in the life of a pre-college student looks like. There are so many exciting things that happen it is hard to cram all the details onto one page. The main take-away? It's a lot of fun and there are people here to guide you every step of the way. Below is an outline of how your day will be structured.
8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Workshops Meet
12:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - Workshops Meet
4:00 PM - Social Activities
5:30 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Free Time/Evening Activities
10:00 PM - Residence Hall Check-in
Workshops will meet from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday - Thursday. Students can only take one workshop. In your chosen workshop, you'll attend lectures alongside a small group of motivated young women, gaining exposure to a specific area of academic interest.
Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop. Students are expected to attend all classes. Students who are dismissed or leave early will not receive the certificate.
Students are encouraged to engage in regular group social activities on-campus and in the dorms. All planned activity fees are covered in the cost of the program. Past examples:
Kayaking and Canoeing
Movies Night at the Davis Museum
Students will have free time while on campus where they are encouraged to explore all that Wellesley has to offer. Students of Pre-College programs can stay on campus, or walk to the Wellesley Village fondly known as "The Vil." However, they are prohibited from going beyond The Vil outside program-planned outings. Some potential free time activities include taking a stroll along Lake Waban, visiting the on-campus Davis Museum, yoga on the lawn, working out in the Fitness Center, or spending time in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.
Meals will be available for the students in the residence hall.
WiFi access is available to students across the entire campus.
Margaret Clapp Library, which contains over a million volumes, will be open during the day for students to read, relax, and explore.
The Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center includes facilities such as a convenience store (The Emporium), a coffee bar, a bookstore, and an ATM, all open throughout the summer.
Students will also have access to the Nehoiden Golf Course and Keohane Sports Center which offers gym facilities, pool, dance studios, multipurpose gymnasiums, as well as sporting equipment for check-out.
Laundry facilities are located in the residence hall.
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When do I need to be there?
Residential participants will be able to move in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 26. Due to the short nature of the program, no early arrivals or late departures can be accommodated for the Exploratory Workshops. Students are expected to attend all workshop sessions. Students living in the dorms will need to move out no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, July 31.
Commuting participants will check-in and out at Stone-Davis Residence Hall Monday-Thursday, July 27-30. Check-in will be between 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM, and students must check-out and be picked up by 9:00 PM unless otherwise agreed upon with Residential Staff. Lunch and dinner are included for Commuting participants. Commuting students are welcome to join the orientation on Sunday, July 26, from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, but are not required to be there.
2020 Workshop Offerings
Leadership for Young Women | Forging Your Path
Cryptography: The Mathematics of Secret Writing
Introduction to Astronomy
Climate Change and the Paths to a Sustainable Future
Political Musical Chairs: The Mathematics of Gerrymandering
Arts and Humanities Workshops
Exploring Children's Literature
Introduction to Digital Photography
Putting Words in Your Mouth: Writing about Food and Culture
Social Sciences Workshops
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
My So-Called Online Life: The Impact of Technology on our Social Lives
Why spend your summer at Wellesley?
Wellesley College changes lives
Wellesley 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.
We are leaders in women’s education
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.
We welcome diversity
Multiculturalism is a way of life at Wellesley. We’re thrilled to welcome students from 81 countries and all 50 states. Being with women from around the world will change your world.
Wellesley is 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. Come discover the difference One Wellesley Summer can make.
Wellesley students frequently cite the excellence of the faculty as a core component of our transformational learning environment. At One Wellesley Summer, you can expect small class sizes, engaging discussions, and a professor who remembers your name.
500 acres of blissful summer living
A private lake. A golf course. Winding, woodsy paths. Grassy meadows. Wooded hills. A botanic garden. An art museum. Architecture that deserves to be called architecture. 500 acres of all-yours-all-summer amazement. It’s all here.
The town of Wellesley offers shops, restaurants, and services for students, all within easy walking distance. In addition, Wellesley is only 12 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, a city with rich historical sites and a renowned hub for innovative services among industries.