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Wellesley, MA
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2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 641 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I thought the food was delicious and plentiful. There are no limits on how much you are allowed to eat. And the dining halls are vegetarian- and special diets-friendly.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I loved the education I received from Wellesley, and it has deeply affected me since I've graduated. I have become more comfortable with public speaking, and I enjoy sharing my experience there with others. I now help students find their best match for college, because I want everyone to have the experience I did.

Wellesley's academics are so great that I had the hardest time in choosing my major. I didn't decide on it until my senior year, because I was interested in so many other topics. My professors were demanding yet understanding. When I struggled in a class, my professor would ask me to come to his office hours to improve my grades. When I had questions or just wanted to talk, my professors were available for office hours to listen to me. I never knew professors or teachers could be so committed to me. Since Wellesley, I have decided to go into education. Furthermore, I have realized that I can learn forever, and I plan to return to school as many times necessary to become knowledgable and skilled in my areas of interest.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: My major was pretty fun. I learned Japanese, Chinese and the history of both countries. My major was important to me because I wasn't fortunate to learn about East Asia in public school, and I was incredibly curious about the region. And I still am. My only criticisms are that it needed to develop the Korean Studies department more (it has since done so) and to require some kind of research project for every student in the major to make us more competitive in the real world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: I worked with a lot of technology while on campus, but not a lot of computer technology. The Internet speed was just fine. Everyone was always online. The only times people got mad at computers were during registration (actual speed problems) and perhaps midterms and finals- but that's normal. Printing is free, unless you print in color. And there are no limits! Some of the tech in the classrooms was old and A/V specialists were called, but hopefully they're getting replaced. There's no free or discounted software to my knowledge, except for Cisco. Tech support was always helpful.

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Parking: Actually, I haven't seen much off-campus parking. There's just the meter in the small town of Wellesley, or free spots in front of a few shops and at the commuter rail stop. That's it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I'm not into drugs, and I tend to stay away from people who do them. But alcohol availability is practically unlimited, unless you're underage. If you are, your legal friend can buy you a drink and no one cares. The drinking scene is most noticeable if you like to go out on weekend nights, or if there's an on-campus party. It's VERY noticeable at those times. I've never heard anyone get in trouble for doing non-alcoholic drugs- and I know users are on our campus- so I assume doing drugs is uncommon but also not bad. And people tend to be very safe with their drug use.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's just expensive. Night options are few (Chinese, Thai, and Dominos Pizza) and Dominos is the only late night option. I don't like Lemon Thai, by far the most popular place for Wellesley students to order from, but it's the only other spot that delivers to the dorms. And it's cheap. If you have a lot of money to spend on food, the town of Wellesley isn't so bad. But there's just a few restaurants (lots of ice cream, though) and most don't cater to student budgets. Good places for graduation dinners, though.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have had friends live off-campus or live in the Wellesley housing that's not on the main part of the campus. The quality is pretty good; the houses look like or better than the dorms on-campus. Most of the housing is pretty close to the campus, but science majors are luckier as the Science Center is on the side of campus closest to the town of Wellesley. For those residing in local housing, it's incredibly expensive (but so is room and board at Wellesley). The savings are minimal, and unless you are vegan, you might as well live on-campus, where dining is unlimited.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I graduated a couple years ago, so I wasn't there for most of the terrible winters. The weather was always fine to me. In the winter, the administration stay committed to always having classes. Since I've graduated, though, there have been days when the campus was closed due to inclement weather, so the admin still consider our safety important.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Okay, it's a women's college, so almost everyone is very liberal. The celebration of Obama becoming president included almost the entire campus, so I believe it's hard for very conservative people to go to school here.

The other topics of diversity are so often discussed, it can make you sick. That is how important it is to the students and staff for the campus to be incredibly diverse. They are always in the conscience of most students.

There are, however occasional moments of close-mindedness amongst students, and very rarely staff. But we are encouraged to speak up about anything we may disagree with or find harmful to ourselves and other members of the community. Wellesley students are very involved in shaping the campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There are no Greek chapters at Wellesley College. Students do get inducted into the local Boston chapters, but that's it. Instead of sororities, Wellesley has four societies, and each one has its own house. These houses are used for their events and parties. All members of societies live in the dorms. The societies also have rules and "tea" periods, during which students interested in joining must do something well to be inducted into the society.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Wellesley is in a dry town, so your access to parties and alcohol are within the boundaries of Wellesley, Babson College and Olin College (all in the same town). However there is a nice pub on-campus with good, cheap drinks, and some of the dance and student orgs host parties on-campus. But Wellesley is small, and is a women's college, so going to Cambridge and Boston where the bigger, co-ed universities are is your best bet for having fun and meeting new people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I think individual students are pretty involved with athletics at Wellesley, however the general body doesn't give them a priority. I do think that more than half of the students get involved in some sort of sport, whether it be Ultimate Frisbee, crew (dorm crew, first-year crew and the actual crew team), rugby, track, or some type of martial arts. Also, in recent years more sports organizations have emerged, such as the figure skating club.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Wellesley is really not that strict. The administration and student policies are most strict on the creation of new organizations and funding for approved orgs. Transportation for orgs and parking on-campus are also more strict topics, but in general Wellesley is lenient. I believe the administrators think we're mature enough to set few rules, give us some guidelines, and allow us to conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: My dorm was like a hotel! Residents were very nice

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not the most important thing on campus, but many students still participate and attend events.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car.

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Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience ha been good.

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Majors: I have not yet had an internship.

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Majors: I have not yet had an internship, but there are a lot of opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: While there are multiple gender identities on campus, tho is classified as a women's college.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Wellesley places a lot of importance on its honor code. As such, students are trusted and given a lot of freedom.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am not familiar with the drug scene at my school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Living near Boston allows for a large variety of cuisines.

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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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