Pre-College Immersive Program

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Spend your summer experiencing college life first-hand. 

If you are a motivated and intellectually curious young woman entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school, then join us this summer to find out what it is like to experience college. For four weeks, you will have the opportunity to take courses with college students while earning college credit. You will enjoy academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in a high school program. 

Want to stay longer? Sign up for one of our exploratory workshops and stay one to two weeks longer. Additional discounts are available. Meals, housing and activities are provided during the lay-over weekend(s). 

Program Details

The Pre-College Immersive Experience

  • Rigorous coursework

  • Safe and intimate setting

  • Motivated peers

  • World-class liberal arts and sciences institution with renowned faculty

  • Diverse community of women from all around the world

  • Award-winning architecture of Wellesley College's 500 acres of rolling hills and woodland

  • Tranquil beauty of Lake Waban

  • Exciting social outings to Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA

  • Holistic summer experience for personal growth and discovery

A Typical Day

  • 8 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Hall

  • 9 AM: Morning Class

  • 11AM: Lunch in the Dining Hall

  • 2PM: Afternoon Class

  • 5PM - 6PM: Free Time (homework, trip to "The Ville")

  • 6PM: Dinner

  • 7PM: Residential Life Staff Planned Program

  • 8PM: Free Time

  • 10PM: Curfew

Immersive Courses

The Pre-College Immersive Program consists of two intensive courses.

In the Pre-College Immersive Program, students challenge themselves in Wellesley's renowned academic environment by taking two intensive college courses. Over four weeks, students will take a required writing course and elective of their choosing. The elective course will be a credit earning course. The writing course will be non-credit and focus on building skills needed for college level courses. Students are required to take a writing course because the ability to write and express oneself concisely is paramount for all future college students. Students also choose a college-level for credit elective course which they have an interest in or hope to improve their skills in. 

 

Pre-College Writing Courses (non credit)
WRTG 003 Expository Writing in Contemporary Publications
WRTG 004 Portrayal of Sharks in the Media
WRTG 005 Studies in Memoir
Pre-College Elective Courses (for credit)
ARTS 105: Drawing 1
CLCV 104: Classical Mythology
MATH 115: Calculus 1
ES 102: Environment & Society: Addressing Climate Change
POL3 221 01: Introduction to World Politics
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology
THST 101: Can We Have an Argument?
WGST 120: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

 

In taking a required writing course and elective, Immersive program students will work with full-time Wellesley professors and learn with a small, motivated group of peers. Though pre-college students will face the rigor of Wellesley's academic environment, they will have access to dedicated faculty and trained student Teachers' Assistants.

Course Descriptions:

Pre-College Writing Courses

WRTG 003: Expository Writing in Contemporary Publications 
Through studying articles and essays in contemporary publications, we’ll learn and practice the basics of expository writing: finding inspiration, developing ideas, planning, structure, and organization, incorporating supporting material, being clear, concise, and specific, and grammar and mechanics. We’ll use all different types of stories—news, sports, travel, food, entertainment, technology, science, health, opinion, profiles, personal essays—as models for our own writing.

WRTG 004: Portrayal of Sharks in the Media
Sharks have inhabited the world’s oceans for over 400 million years. While their biology and evolutionary history is a story of triumph, the portrayal of sharks in various forms of media is largely negative, focusing on sharks as monsters and “man-eaters”, and often times, is biologically inaccurate. These representations are one of several factors that has led to the decline of shark populations worldwide. This course will enable students to understand shark biology and evaluate the accuracy of the portrayal of sharks through various forms of writing, including an exploratory essay, an editorial, a popular press article, and a research paper. Students will read and discuss popular and scientific articles on shark biology and literary excerpts to develop ideas for writing assignments, share their writing through peer review, and respond to constructive criticism to develop their writing skills and gain a better understanding of this impressive group of animals.

WRTG 005: Studies in Memoir
Personal essays and memoirs are forms of writing that attempt to arrive at truths through self-exploration. In this class, students read celebrated personal essays and memoirs that are noteworthy for their writing styles as well as for the stories they tell. In many of our readings, language and literature play significant roles in the lives of the authors/narrators. In classroom exercises and homework, students analyze literary elements such as conflict, characterization, dialogue, exposition, setting and metaphor and then apply these elements to their own personal writing. This course combines reading, writing, workshopping, revision and discussion. Writing assignments include both analytical/expository essays as well as creative nonfiction.

 

Pre-College Elective Courses

 

ARTS 105: Drawing 1
A foundational course in observational drawing with attention to the articulation of line, shape, form, gesture, perspective, and value. Studio work introduces a range of traditional drawing tools and observational methods while exploring a variety of approaches to image making and visual expression. In-class drawing exercises and weekly homework assignments address a range of subjects including the human figure. 

CLCV 104: Classical Mythology
Achilles' heel, the Trojan Horse, Pandora's Box, an Oedipal complex, and a Herculean task. These themes and figures from classical mythology continue to play an important role in our everyday life. We will read the original tales of classical heroes and heroines as depicted by Homer, the Greek tragedians, Vergil, Ovid, and others. Why do these stories continue to engage, entertain, and even shock us? What is the nature and power of myth? Readings from ancient sources in English translation.

MATH 115: Calculus 1
Introduction to differential and integral calculus for functions of one variable. The heart of calculus is the study of rates of change. Differential calculus concerns the process of finding the rate at which a quantity is changing (the derivative). Integral calculus reverses this process. Information is given about the derivative, and the process of integration finds the "integral," which measures accumulated change. This course aims to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts of differentiation and integration, and covers techniques and applications of differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions. MATH 115 is an introductory course designed for students who have not seen calculus before.

ES 102: Environment & Society: Addressing Climate Change
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Environmental Studies, with a focus on climate change. Major concepts that will be examined include: the state of scientific research, the role of science, politics, and economics in environmental decision-making, and the importance of history, ethics, and justice in approaching climate change. The central aim of the course is to help students develop the interdisciplinary research skills necessary to pose questions, investigate problems, and develop strategies that will help us address our relationship to the environment.

POL3 221: World Politics
An introduction to the international system with emphasis on contemporary theory and practice. Analysis of the bases of power and influence, the sources of tension and conflict, and the modes of accommodation and conflict resolution. 

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to some of the major subfields of psychology, such as developmental, personality, abnormal, clinical, physiological, cognitive, cultural, and social psychology. Students will explore various theoretical perspectives and research methods used by psychologists to study the origins and variations in human behavior. 

SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology
Thinking sociologically enables us to understand the intersection of our individual lives with larger social issues and to grasp how the social world works. Students in this course will become familiar with the background of sociology and the core analytical concepts employed by sociologists. Students will also gain familiarity with the major substantive topics explored by sociology, with focused attention given to the study of social structures, material, cultural, and institutional explanations of social action, and using concepts for real world problem solving.

THST 101: Can We Have an Argument?
This course will apply theatrical performance training to the art of public speaking or rhetoric. One of the three original Liberal Arts, the art of discourse has long been recognized as fundamental to the creation of knowledge, and the development of thought. Employing dramatic and nondramatic texts, original student-written work, and an occasional Saturday Night Live sketch, students will discover the power of words to change hearts and minds, as well as their ability to undercut the speaker who does not know how to use them properly. The course is intended to develop communicative and expressive skills in students who might not be drawn to the fine arts, but who might benefit from theatrical training to become more effective thinkers, writers, and speakers.

WGST 120: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies with an emphasis on an understanding of the "common differences" that both unite and divide women. Beginning with an examination of how womanhood has been represented in myths, ads, and popular culture, the course explores how gender inequalities have been both explained and critiqued. The cultural meaning given to gender as it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality will be studied. This course also exposes some of the critiques made by women's studies' scholars of the traditional academic disciplines and the new intellectual terrain currently being mapped.

Immersive Faculty

Pre-College Immersive Program students learn from renowned Wellesley faculty. 

In the Pre-College Immersive Program, students take two courses taught by Wellesley's accredited, exceptional faculty. At Wellesley College, students can expect to have professors who feel passionately about what they teach and who consistently go the extra mile for their students. In fact, Wellesley students frequently cite the excellence of the faculty as a core component of what makes Wellesley a transformational learning environment. 

Application Requirements

To apply to the Pre-College Immersive Program applicants must complete and submit the following no later than April 12, 2019 for international students; May 10, 2019 for domestic students. 

Admissions is on a rolling basis until all spaces have been filled therefore students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Students and parents with questions should contact the Summer Office at 781-283-2200 or summeradmissions@wellesley.edu.

  • Complete the online Pre-College Application Form

  • Submit one letter of recommendation (no specific form), from a current teacher or from your school guidance counselor

  • Submit an academic transcript

  • International applicants must show proof of English language competency through an InitialView Interview

  • Pay a $100 non-refundable application fee for domestic students; $200 non-refundable fee for international students

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