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Pre-College Exploratory Workshops

Program Details | July 26-31, 2020

Who should attend?

The Exploratory Workshops are designed for students to get a sneak peek at life on a college campus and the feel of an academic class. Residential and commuter option available.

  • Designed for young women entering or currently in high school
  • Open to domestic students only (Wellesley College does not provide immigration support for the Exploratory Workshops)
  • Recommended for students who are looking for their first experience away from home

How To Apply

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


Workshop Design

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. See a list of the Summer 2020 workshops here.

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.


Social Activities

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:

  • Spa Night
  • Karaoke
  • Water Olympics
  • Yard Games
  • Paint Night
  • Glow-in-the-dark party
  • Observatory Visit
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Tie-Dyeing
  • Game Night
  • Movies Night at the Davis Museum


Free Time

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.

Campus Amenities

  • Meals will be available for the students in the residence hall. More details about housing and dining can be found here.
  • 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.

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.

To see a detailed calendar of the program and deadlines, click below.

Exploratory Workshop Calendar




"You are going to grow intellectually and socially [and] have an overall really great experience that will prepare you for your future." 

Virginia Pre-College Workshops 2018

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"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 Pre-College Workshops 2017