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Wellesley, MA
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2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 698 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Scholarships: Wellesley is great about financial aid! If you want to be there they will ensure you have the money necessary.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys dont go to Wellesley, but you will see them pretty often especially on the weekend.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I really love the campus housing. The buildings are beautiful. My building has awesome custodial staff, but I've also experienced probably the worst.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining options are repetitive and you get tired of the offerings very quick. I also don't think they pay much attention to cleaning a lot of the vegetables. My friend once found a caterpillar in some greens cooked in Tower.

5 College Senior

Majors: Unlike many schools, declaring a major at Wellesley is extremely easy. All you have to do is select a faculty adviser, have a meeting with them where you go over potential class options and how you plan to fulfill the requirements, and then you take it to the registrars office. Simple as that. I find getting into classes is really easy --- I've never had difficulty getting into a class for my major.

3 College Senior

Majors: I think the political science department at Wellesley leaves a lot to be desired --- this is a bit surprising since poli sci is one of the most popular majors. I am interested in American Politics (POL 1) and the classes are just lacking. I wish the offerings were more diverse or focused on marginalized or minority communities.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Wellesley because of the classes I've been able to take. Most of them are extremely interesting and challenge me to be a better student. I also like the small class sizes and the availability of professors.

I do believe there is a great and unaddressed imbalance of work and play though. I often feel stressed while at Wellesley due to the work and I often feel there isn't enough fun. Going into the city is an option, but who wants to travel 45 minutes to get to Boston any time you're looking for an escape? Sometimes it feels like I'm trapped in a Wellesley bubble.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Wellesley has been great with regard to the opportunities I've been afforded (e.g. spending a summer teaching in Uganda or interning in DC ---- all paid for by Wellesley). There are so many opportunities to take advantage of.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Stone Center and Health Services are severely lacking. I don't always feel that I'm receiving adequate support when/if I need to visit.

Campus po is okay. There isn't much to address at Wellesley (it's extremely safe), but they are available if you need anything.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I think many try to paint Wellesley as an incredibly diverse place, but it's not. There is little political diversity and the racial/ethnic diversity is laughable. I will preface that last bit by saying Asian students at Wellesley are well represented, but that is it. There is little Latin@ or black representation at Wellesley. I believe the percentages are 7 and 6 percent respectively. There is a diverse representation of sexual orientation. Although I am straight, if I identified as LGBTQ I feel that I would be very accepted and comfortable at Wellesley.

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1 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I have been verbally assaulted on numerous occasions by residents of Wellesley and this makes me feel incredibly unsafe. I no longer go into the Ville alone. I think residents are generally unfriendly and not accepting of Wellesley students.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The outer aesthetic of the campus in general is beautiful and breathtaking. However, some of the buildings are very old and are in need of repair

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Wellesley is strict in some aspects and in other aspects it is totally not. One thing that is strongly enforced is the honor code. There even is a council that holds a hearing if you violate a major honor code rule. For alcohol and drugs, there isn't much of it out in the open on campus, so it's rather lenient. RA's won't get you in trouble, and you won't get in trouble if the Good Samaritan policy is in act.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Wellesley is one of the safest campuses I have been on. I have never felt unsafe during the week when I walk alone at night. Only times I feel uncomfortable is when I go to on campus parties and guys just invade your personal bubble.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Seriously, academics here is the best hands down. I have yet to decide what I want to major in, but there is not rush or hurry to. Wellesley really gave me the opportunity to explore before I need to settle down. I am majoring in a STEM major, and I really think that, despite the fact that W is a liberal arts school, the science department here is very close knit and student oriented. I think that is what is so unique about the STEM department on campus. In many other colleges and universities, my friends always complain how professors care more about their research and getting grants that they really don't put a lot of effort in their undergraduate studies. I feel like every professor I have worked with, genuinely care that we learn and that we are there number one priority on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are seriously the best. Every single one of my professors I have had so far were willing to help me understand topics that were confusing to me. The class sizes are super small, so it really forces you to not skip class and also pay attention in class as well. Classes here are more interactive, and I really like that aspect because students become more involved and have more say.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Wellesley's policies allow students to have enough freedom to do most of the things they would like to. Wellesley is very good at drawing strict lines when activities impede upon the safety of students and faculty. Basically, Wellesley will let its students have all of the freedom they need to create new organizations, events, or to simply enjoy themselves but will stop any illegal and dangerous behaviors quickly and authoritatively.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Wellesley is all women. The students at Wellesley are all eager to learn and support others to do the same. The academic environment is one of the best I have ever experienced. Socially, everyone involves themselves in the groups that most interest them and over-scheduling is very common. Everyone is eager to lend a hand and help to make Wellesley an even better place for all.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Political Science and Economics are two of the best departments

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships and research opportunities are available through the CWS and school. Most students, however, are very motivated and find internships on their own accord.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town of Wellesley is small and boring, but Boston is close-by and a vibrant, beautiful and safe city to live near.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Many students have different experiences with it. They can often get the numbers wrong but if you hassle them enough you will get the money you want

5 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the best liberal arts educations you can get in the country

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is a lot and the academic environment can be very stressful. Professors are very attentive and helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There could be better sexual assault liasons especially in the legal process

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Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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The nightlife stinks, it's too darn strict, and students constantly battle the fear of four years of celibacy. Hold on, why do Wellesley students love this place again? Oh, right—the academics rock, it's possible to make shockingly amazing friends, the campus is gorgeous, and graduates wind up with a prestigious name on their diplomas. Some students might feel they're missing out by coming to Wellesley, while others say they're gaining incredible resources of support, critical thinking, and endurance. Whether or not they're happy about it, this latter group is right.

A community like Wellesley College would be difficult to achieve in a coed environment because living at Wellesley is like living with 2,300 sisters—you complain, you fight, and you talk about sex in ridiculously frank ways. You hate and love each other at the same time. Wellesley is intense and bizarre, both restrictive and liberating. Students learn to adapt, or they learn to overcome. Most importantly, though, they become Wellesley women—an unexplainably close bond that they hold with all of their sisters who have attended this fine institution.

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