Pre-College Immersive Program

Experience college life first-hand 

Join us this summer to find out what it is like to experience college. Live and study on Wellesley College's idyllic 500-acre campus for four (4) weeks, while earning college credit. Meet motivated and intellectually curious young woman from around the globe and immerse yourself in the academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in any 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). 

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Students in the Pre-College Immersive program earn college credit by completing the equivalent of a 12-week course condensed into four weeks.

You will take two (2) courses including a college prep writing class and an elective chosen from Wellesley College’s most popular courses taught by our world renowned faculty.  

We think 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. 

As a pre-college student you get to work with these amazing people!

You also get to learn alongside small, motivated group of peers, and have access to our trained student Teachers' Assistants. 


Writing Courses | Non-credit

WRTG 009: Creating New Worlds: Analyzing Sci-Fi/Fantasy for a Better Future

In this class, you will be a world builder. How can you create/imagine new possibilities
for ourselves and others through your writing? What kinds of futures have you been made aware of through
recent science fiction/fantasy films, and how can you use your analyses of the films to affect the way people see
the world? By studying recent fantasy films, you will find inspiration for your own constructions of the future.
While practicing the basics of expository writing (developing ideas, polishing our prose, making clear
arguments, and organizing paragraphs), you will read other writers’ published work about how to make our
world better. But it will be your words that push the boundaries of what others believe is possible. Join me in
suspending disbelief and believing in your power to change the world.


Class is currently full. When registering for classes choose another writing course. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist email

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 have 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

In this course, students will read celebrated memoirs that are noteworthy for both their writing styles and the stories they tell. These memoirs offer diverse perspectives on the joys and challenges of young adulthood, parent-child relationships, and the various ways in which humans seek out physical and emotional healing. Ideas about language and literature take center stage in many of our readings, and we will pay attention to how these themes guide our authors’ attempts to arrive at collective truths through self-exploration. We will also delve into the texts to determine why literary elements essential to fiction--such as character development, dialogue, and metaphor--are also important in creative nonfiction. We will then put these lessons into practice, writing analyses of the texts we read as well as creating our own brief memoirs.

Class is currently full. When registering for classes choose another writing course. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist email

Elective Courses | Credit

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.  It will also cover 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 following: 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
This course offers an introduction to the international system of politics with an emphasis on contemporary theory and practice. Topics to be examined include the following: 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
This course offers 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

This course offers an 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.

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Life at Wellesley College

We’re taking a big breath before we say this, but: Wellesley is like no other place on earth. It’s global, it’s interconnected, and it is, frankly, awe-inspiring.

When you come here, you’re grounded in a stunning 500-acre campus built for women—a place that has stood for nearly 150 years as a foundation for our shared promise and inspiration.

We’re 12 miles from Boston and Cambridge, a source of world-class culture, and pretty much unlimited opportunities.

What's the Pre-College Immersive Program like?

Daily life includes rigorous coursework with plenty of room for hanging out with hall-mates and laughing with your new friends. In the afternoons, you will get some “you time:” your choice of personal downtime, fitness options or simple walks around Lake Waban. Evenings bring fun activities like movie-nights, walks to "The Ville," and outings around Boston. 

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A Sample Pre-College Summer Day

We're often asked what a day in the life of pre-college student looks like. There are so many exciting things that happen it is hard to cram all the details onto one page.  So, we tried to give you an outline below.  The main take-away? It's a lot of fun and there are people here to guide you every step of the way.  



  • Breakfast in the Dining Hall – It's not like a high school cafeteria. The food is really good. We promise!
  • Morning Class– Start the day off with some powerful learning.


  • Lunch at the Dining Hall – Everyone eats lunch at the same time.  Don't worry.  There's plenty of room and no one gets left out.  
  • Afternoon Class
  • Free time - There are lots of options every day. If it’s hot, we might head to the pool. Other choices might include oversized soccer ball games, disc golf, fitness challenge, ultimate, volleyball, yoga, lake walk, or trips to The Vil!


  • Dinner at the Dining Hall – There are so many options, it's hard to choose. 
  • Planned Activity – Evenings are 100% fun! Activities include game show night, scavenger hunt, movie night, jewelry making, and much more.
  • Back to the Residence Halls by 10 PM curfew – Time to hang out with your hall-mates before bedtime. 


Application Requirements


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



Step 1. Complete the online Pre-College Application Form

Step 2. Submit one letter of recommendation (no specific form), from a current teacher or from your school guidance counselor

Step 3. Submit an academic transcript

Step 4. Verify English language competency through an InitialView Interview (international applicants only)

Step 5. Pay non-refundable application fee: $100 (domestic students); $200 (international students)


*April 12, 2019 | All application materials completed and submitted (international students)

*May 10, 2019 | All application materials completed and submitted (domestic students)

*June 17, 2019 | Full payment received (both international and domestic students)

*July 7, 2019 | Program Start Date


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