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East Coast College & Culture Tour for High School Students

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Road Trip!  Pre-College Optional Add-On | 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.

What Will You Do in 6 Fun-Filled Days in July?

  • Visit 6 of the top US schools (you’ve already seen Wellesley, of course!)
  • Attend a cultural event at Yale
  • See a Broadway show
  • Have a walking tour of lower Manhattan including Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Attend a major league baseball game
  • See a show at the Kennedy Center
  • Tour the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress
  • Visit famous historic sights in Philadelphia and Baltimore
  • Have insider access and speak with students at these colleges
  • Have the time of your life!

Wellesley and our strategic partner, CET together offer this trip. Students will gain first-hand exposure (and insider access) to a range of elite colleges and universities on the Eastern seaboard. Students are able to pack in a slate of visits to prestigious institutions that would be laborious and time-intensive to arrange on their own.  Download full program itinerary.

What you’ll get

Enjoy both cultural enrichment and experiential learning. With days spent on campus visits, evenings and later afternoons will be packed with activities both fun and educational.  For students from overseas or elsewhere in the US, visits to key cultural and historical sites in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. add a sense of context, experiential learning—and yes, fun!—to the Road Trip experience.

During this excitement packed 6-day trip, you’ll visit the following cities and colleges:

  • New Haven, CT (Yale)
  • New York, NY (Columbia)
  • Princeton, NJ (Princeton)
  • Philadelphia, PA (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Baltimore, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  • Washington, DC (Georgetown)

The tour leaves from your Wellesley residence hall at the conclusion of the academic program so students are free to enjoy their travel and take in as many details as they can about college options.  Activities and excursions are designed to offer participants a sampling of local flavor at each stop, as well as broader experiential education on US culture, society, and history. We have planned a robust slate of field visits and events, including trips to historical and cultural sites, performances and sporting activities, and meetings with locals.   

During your trip, you’ll enjoy:

  • Meetings with American college students who have studied abroad and Washington-area Wellesley alumnae
  • Visits to historic and cultural landmarks, including Independence Hall and Times Square
  • Museum exhibits with insider access and lectures by experts
  • Performances on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center’s new Reach space 
  • Baseball game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
  • A visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
  • Night visits to iconic D.C. monuments
  • Tour of the U. S. Senate, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress 


The trip begins at Wellesley College and ends in Washington, DC. (IAD). The trip is chaperoned by CET and Wellesley staff members.  Students will share double rooms in three-star hotels in New Haven, Princeton, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. All meals will be provided, including hot hotel breakfasts.  On a few occasions, students will be given a set cash amount to enjoy lunch or dinner on their own in areas where there is a variety of restaurants from which to choose, such as in Georgetown or in Times Square.   

All transportation will be in an air-conditioned motor coach. 


We need a minimum of 20 students to run this trip, and there is a maximum of 36 participants.  Spots will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. The firm registration deadline is March 15.  A $500 deposit is required upon registration, and will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.

**On March 16, we will confirm whether or not the trip will be held.  Please do not make return airfare arrangements until the trip has been confirmed.**


$2,495 includes:

  • All accommodations and meals with drinks as outlined in the itinerary 
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary 
  • Campus tours by college admissions staff or student ambassadors
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, housekeeping at group hotels
  • Transfers to and from airports for those arriving or departing according to the designated itinerary
  • Comprehensive pre-departure mailings and materials with information about the destination and what to expect on tour.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included:

  • International and in-country airfare 
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax and internet charges, laundry, room service, beverages not specified as included
  • Gratuities for non-group services