Designed to give you a taste of college life
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At a Glance
Explore a subject of interest of your choice for two weeks
Experience what it is like to live at Wellesley College
Cultivate connections with a community of young women from around the globe
Open to young women in high school ages 15-18
Who should attend?
The Pre-College Summer Focus Program is designed to give you a taste of the undergraduate experience. Students will investigate a subject that excites them or discover a new one. Residential only.
Designed for young women entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school
Open to domestic and international students (Visa support not provided for international students)
Recommended for students who seek a non-credit yet intellectually stimulating summer experience
Attend one or two sessions
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 - Courses Meet
12:30 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - Courses Meet
4:00 PM - Studying/Social Activities
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Free Time/Evening Activities
10:00 PM - Residence Hall Check-in
Courses will meet from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday - Thursday. Students can only take one course per session. In your chosen course, you'll attend lectures alongside a small group of motivated young women, gaining exposure to a specific area of academic interest.
Students are expected to attend all course sessions. Students who are dismissed or leave the program early will not receive a certificate of completion.
Social Activities & Excursions
Students are expected to attend scheduled weekend group excursions. Excursions are designed to help participants explore the city of Boston, get to know other students, and build a strong community -- just like in college. All planned activity fees are covered in the cost of the program.
Weekend excursions may include:
Boston Duck Boat Tours
Louisa May Alcott House
Museum of Fine Arts
Escape the Room
Harvard & MIT
Besides weekend trips, students are also encouraged to engage in regular group social activities on-campus and in the dorms.
Past on-campus activities:
Kayaking and Canoeing
Movies Night at the Davis Museum
Optional Add On: Road Trip! East Coast College Tour and Cultural Experience | July 24 - 29, 2020
This year, we are excited to offer an additional optional experience for students who attend one of our pre-college programs this summer: The East Coast College Tour and Cultural Experience.
Join us for 6 days and 5 nights as we explore cities and colleges from Boston to Washington, DC. This is an ideal opportunity to combine the Wellesley Pre-College experience with an exciting road trip visiting colleges and learning about US history and culture.
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?
Students will be able to move in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on their respective program start date. If necessary, early move-ins may be accommodated up to 24 hours prior. However, early move-ins will be charged an additional fee. Students will need to move out no later than 12:00 PM on their respective end dates.
Course Descriptions | June 28 - July 10 & July 12 - July 24, 2020
Our professors are supernaturally talented people who also happen to be grounded, generous, and dedicated to you. In fact, current Wellesley students frequently cite the excellence of our faculty as a core component of what makes Wellesley such a special place.
Below is the list of Summer Focus Sessions for Summer 2020.
Session 1: June 28 - July 10, 2020
LEADERSHIP | A Modern Girl's Guide to the F-Word: Feminism for the 21st Century
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Flip it and Reverse it: An Introduction to Drawing and Printmaking
ARTS & HUMANITIES | La Dolce Vita: A Taste of Italy
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Philosophy of Friendship
ARTS & HUMANITIES | What’s Beneath the Surface: Engaging the World as a Scholar
SOCIAL SCIENCES | Life in the Big City: Understanding the Urban Experience
STEM | Circuit Creations: Designing and Programming Electronic Devices
STEM | Defending Your Data with Mathematics
STEM | Getting to E=MC^2: Space, Time and Einstein's revolution
STEM | Modern Astronomy: Scanning the Solar System
Session 2: July 12 - July 24, 2020
LEADERSHIP | Leading Yourself into the Future: Building Your Personal Brand
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Art and Political Protest
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Design and Technology for the Stage & Screen
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Flash Fiction and Travel Writing: Mastering the Short Form
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Let's Think in Spanish (immersion)
STEM | Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and the Future of Energy
STEM | Girl Code: Gender and Identity in the Programming World
STEM | The House (and Senate) Always Wins: Mathematics in Voting and Politics
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.