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Pre-College Honors Immersion


Wellesley Residential Summer Programs have been canceled for Summer 2020. More information can be found here.

Program Details | June 27 - July 24, 2020

Who should attend?

The Pre-College Honors Immersion Program is designed for students who want to fully immerse themselves in the college experience and push their academic boundaries by taking two undergraduate courses alongside Wellesley students. Residential only.

  • Designed for young women entering their junior or senior year of high school
  • Open to domestic and international students (Visa support provided for international students)
  • Recommended for students who want who want a credit-bearing academically challenging summer experience

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.

โ˜• 8:00 AM - Breakfast

๐Ÿ“š 9:00 AM - Elective Courses Meet

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 12:00 PM - Lunch

๐Ÿ“š 1:30 PM - Writing Courses Meet

๐Ÿ“ 4:00 PM - Studying/Social Activities

๐Ÿ• 5:30 PM - Dinner

๐Ÿ’ป 7:00 PM - Free Time/Evening Activities

๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ 10:00 PM - Residence Hall Check-in


Course Design

College-credit Elective Courses meet weekday mornings. Elective courses are also open to Undergraduate students so Pre-College students will truly get the feel of a college level class. All courses are taught by Wellesley Faculty.

Writing Workshops meet weekday afternoons and focus on building writing skills needed for applying to college.

Students in the Pre-College Honors Immersion Program must take one elective and one writing workshop.  Spots fill on a first come, first served basis. See a list of the Summer 2020 courses here.

Students are expected to attend all course sessions. Students who are dismissed or leave the program early will not receive college credit.


Social Activities & Excursions

Students are expected to attend scheduled weekend group excursions. Excursions are designed to help participants explore the city of Boston, get to know other students, and build a strong community -- just like in college. All planned activity fees are covered in the cost of the program.

Weekend excursions may include:

  • Boston Duck Boat Tours
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Louisa May Alcott House
  • Prudential Center
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Escape the Room
  • Harvard & MIT
  • Freedom Trail
  • Plymouth Rock

Besides weekend trips, students are also encouraged to engage in regular group social activities on-campus and in the dorms.

Past on-campus activities:

  • 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

Optional Add On: Road Trip! East Coast College Tour and Cultural Experience | 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. Learn More.

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?

Students will be able to move in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 27.  If necessary, early move-ins may be accommodated up to 24 hours prior. However, early move-ins will be charged an additional fee. Students will need to move out no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, July 24. 

Honors Immersion Calendar


"The professors really care about the students. [They] are so nice and theyโ€™re so willing to help you out. Youโ€™re really getting that personalized experience." 

Taylor Pre-College Honors Immersion 2018

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"I think what impressed me or surprised me is how strong the community is here. There are so many women who have so much potential and they just push each other to do better and better."

Nuha Pre-College Honors Immersion 2017