Summer Term 2020


Summer Term course offerings for 2021 are in the planning stage. Information on dates and schedules will be released later this year. Please check back and be on the lookout for an email with more details.


One 6-Week Term:  June 1 - July 10, 2020

  • All classes will be taught remotely, using both synchronous (live, in real-time) and asynchronous (on your own time) instruction. Unfortunately, due to the remote format, we are unable to offer all of the classes we had originally proposed.  

  • Synchronous instruction will take place using block scheduling. (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday mornings, afternoons, or evenings; there will be no synchronous classes on Fridays). Faculty will be responsible for coordinating their synchronous and asynchronous elements; we are also asking faculty to review their remote attendance and participation expectations with students.  

  • Online Courses (WRIT 231D and CLCV213D) will run 8-weeks as planned. Start date will move to June 1 and end July 26, 2020. Learn more at Wellesley Summer Online.


1.0 Credit: $2,925*
1.25 Credit: $3,650*
Visiting Application Fee: $50

Only Wellesley College students are eligible for financial aid for Summer Term courses.

*Cost includes registration fee. Does not include course books and/or materials (which may vary from course to course). 


Classes will be offered on a letter-graded basis (please note that this is different from Spring 2020 classes). Students will still have the option to choose credit/non-credit. The Credit/ Noncredit deadline is Monday, June 8 at 11:59 PM EST (through Workday). 

Course Offerings

If you are interested in enrolling in a Summer Term class, the revised 2020 Summer Term offerings and schedules will be available in the Course Browser and in Workday as of Monday, April 20. See Course offerings here.


Registration will re-open in Workday at 8:00 AM EST on Tuesday, 4/21; Deadline to register is 12:00 PM EST Friday, 5/15. EXTENDED to 12:00 PM EST FRIDAY, 5/22. Classes filling fast so don't delay!

Wellesley College Students

The new list of Summer Term offerings and schedules will be available through the Workday Portal by April 21 at 8am. We recommend registering early as we anticipate classes filling.

Visiting Students

All Summer Term Applicants will need to fill out an application and pay the one time application fee. Admissions is on a rolling basis until all spaces in the program have been filled; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Once all application materials have been submitted, the Summer Office will review the student's application and render a decision. After being accepted students will need to set up their Wellesley account, and then they will be able to register for courses. 

Joining the Waitlist

First come, first serve waitlists will be utilized for Summer Term. If a spot becomes available you will be notified and have 24 hours to join the class. If you don't join an invitation will be sent to the next person on the waitlist.

Special Permission Required to Register for a 3rd Course

Students may self-register in a maximum of 2 summer courses (2.25 units total) as long as they meet the prerequisite(s) stated in the Course Browser and there are no class schedule conflicts. For Wellesley College students permission of the Class Dean is required to register for a 3rd course this summer. Visiting students should email if they would like to take more than 2 summer courses.


High School Students

For Summer 2020, all high school students must first have permission from the Summer Term office and the course instructor prior to registering for classes. Please email

Financial Aid (Wellesley College Students Only)

Federal financial aid is available for students who meet federal eligibility requirements, and institutional financial aid is available to students who qualify for need-based financial aid during the academic year. There is no separate application process for summer aid, but students are expected to comply with any individual requests made by SFS.

Once you register, your eligibility will be determined and you will receive an updated eligibility notification via email. SFS will will release notices of aid eligibility (or revised eligibility) on a weekly basis beginning May 1, 2020. 

Please note that financial aid is not available for costs associated with summer housing and meals. Additionally, financial aid eligibility is subject to change if registration changes.

Refund Policy

The deadline to drop a summer course is Monday, June 8 at 11:59 PM (through Workday). Students should double-check the class schedules, given the new block scheduling and length of term to ensure it works with their summer schedules.

  • Students who drop from a course by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 8 will receive a 100% refund of tuition and related fees. A Dropped course does not appear on the transcript. The visiting application fee of $50 is non-refundable.

  • Students who withdraw from a course after 11:59 pm on Monday, June 8 will not receive a refund of tuition and related fees. A withdrawn course appears on the transcript with a grade ‘WDR’.

Billing and Payment

Wellesley College records billing and payment activity on the participant account, which will be available in the participant's MyWellesley Portal.

Billing assessment begins April 28, 2020. Communications will be sent through the participant's email address. We recommend that students who don't check their Wellesley email often forward their email to their personal email.

Payment Deadline: May 22, 2020

Who Can Attend?

Current Wellesley College Students

Wellesley College students of diploma-grade standing may enroll in Wellesley College Summer Term courses. Wellesley College students not of diploma-grade standing may enroll with the permission of their class dean. Students on leave may not register for summer courses (on campus or online). Wellesley College students are required to register on-line for classes through Workday on the MyWellesley portal .

Please note: Only registered students may attend classes.

Visiting College Students

Undergraduates, men and women, who are matriculated and in good standing at other colleges and universities are welcome to enroll in Wellesley College Summer Term. To register, follow the How to Apply Instructions.

Rising High School Juniors and Seniors

For Summer Term 2020, all high school students must first have permission from the Summer Term office and the course instructor prior to registering for classes.  Please email

Wellesley College Students Starting in the Fall

High school graduates who plan to enroll as full-time first-year students at Wellesley in the fall are not eligible for participation in Wellesley College's Summer Term prior to their first semester at the College. 

Accessibility and Disability Resources

Students can request accommodations due to a disability at Students will need to have a Wellesley College ID to access the system. There are also additional instructions on how to request accommodations at Inquiries can be sent to

Student Acknowledgment of Responsibility

As a part of the application process, all students will be required to acknowledge the deadlines, cost of tuition, relevant fees and refund policy prior to submitting their application.