What is WellesleyPlus?

WellesleyPlus is an innovative first-year experience program designed to assist first-generation and under-resourced students with their transition to college by building upon their academic skillsets and helping them develop their social capital on campus. WellesleyPlus provides specific academic and social opportunities to ensure that the students have the support needed to successfully navigate their first year of college.

Ahead of the fall semester, eligible incoming first-year students are invited to participate in WellesleyPlus. Soon after their acceptance, they are matched with a faculty advisor and peer mentor, who will provide ongoing guidance and support throughout the first year. WellesleyPlus students will also participate together in a non-credit-bearing monthly seminar led by the Office of Student Success director during both the fall and spring semester, and a monthly community hour led by Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs). 

During the 2024-25 Academic Year, the WellesleyPlus seminars and community hours will take place on Thursdays from 12:45-2PM. These sessions will be held during students' activity hour so that they do not conflict with scheduled classes. A complete list of meeting dates and locations will be shared with all program participants prior to the start of the fall semester.  

In addition to the monthly seminar, WellesleyPlus students have the benefit of being able to enroll in several first-year courses that offer:

  • enhanced learning experiences
  • smaller class sizes
  • dedicated faculty who are sensitive to both the challenges and opportunities that go along with being a first-generation college student.   

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Jamie D. Motley, Director of the Office of Student Success, at (781) 283-2122 or studentsuccess@wellesley.edu.


2023-24 WellesleyPlus participants enjoy a community hour featuring special guest, Alejandra Campoverdi.