Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
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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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It went smoothly, and I received the financial aid I needed.

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Greek Life: Rather than Greek Life, we have societies.

4 College Freshman

Majors: No academic complaints. Academics here are fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a ridiculously safe campus. It's awesome.

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Drug Safety: No peer pressure. It exists if you want it to, but it's virtually invisible if you want to be removed from that.

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Campus Housing: There are some very good options. The west side is farther away from everything and very quiet, but has bigger and newer rooms. The east side has smaller rooms, but is more social and closer to everything on campus.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one really cares too much about athletics, but they are perfectly adequate.

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Local Atmosphere: It's a nice town center, but overpriced and upperclass.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are so many options and the food is quite good! We even have a fully vegetarian/kosher dining hall.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have several good places that deliver int he area for a decent price, but outside of that, not many options. There are really nice restaurants around, but that's money.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have societies rather than sororities. The main difference is that members still live in dorms. Societies aren't huge here, but people know what they are and what each one is known for. You're not really judged for being a part or not being a part of one.

3 College Freshman

Computers: If you don't have a laptop you can still complete your work, but it may be a little inconvenient.

5 College Freshman

Academics: We are well renowned for our fantastic academics, and for a good reason.

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Academics: The professors are very accommodating and friendly, and since the class sizes are so small, they love to meet with students and help with the difficult course load.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Our campus is the most beautiful campus I've ever seen in my life. I feel like I go to Hogwarts, but at the same time, the student center is new and modern.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We are (obviously) all women's, but aside from that we have a physical education requirement.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus is extremely diverse. My best friends are Indian, Korean, Italian, and American.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We have a super strict honor code, but campus police doesn't really care about drugs and alcohol. We are an all-girls school...How crazy can we possibly get. They understand people drink and smoke or whatever, but they also understand that we're safe and we all know how to moderate.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Wow you will truly meet ALL TYPES of people here.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't wanna drink, you don't. People respect that here. Alcohol is actually pretty hard to come by. We're a very dry campus. There is basically no drug culture.

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Greek Life: No greek life but we do have societies.

TZE- Tau Zeta Epsilon. Their reputation is rich, party girl.

Phi Sig - Alpha Phi Sigma. They seem very nice, put-together. Recently, they've become more popular.

ZA - Zeta Alpha. The chill ones.

Agora. They're the political society. Not too much prominence on campus.

Shakespeare - They're known as a very, very weird bunch.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Basically everyone lives on campus. People live closest to where their classes are. For example, the dorms on the east side of campus (Mcafee, Bates, Freeman, Stone - D and Dower) are filled with math/science majors because they're closer to the science center. Humanities and other majors usually live on the west side because the dorms are closer to the academic quad. Dorms aren't too big. Some are carpeted, some are wood floors. Lights are very dim, so buy a lamp.

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Weather: New England weather: It gets cold around November and the worst is usually end of January/Feb. It finally gets warmer around April. Beautiful foliage in the Autumn. Winters don't usually dip below 20 too often, but it does happen.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is the campus shuttle that takes you to Cambridge or the nearby mall/movie theater. It's $6 roundtrip to Cambridge and only $3 to the mall/movie theater. We also have a shuttle to Olin/Babson, two schools we have an exchange program with. The public transportation is just a pain, because you'd have to walk half a mile to the nearest stop. It's also pretty expensive. Taxi's usually take 30 minutes to come. We do have a nice system of zip cars. It's 7.99 per hour and pretty reliable.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one really cares. I think our teams are all decent, but most students are way too focused on other stuff to care too much about athletics. Our athletic facilities are really old. The school is starting to renovate them, but it won't be a while until everything is new and fixed.

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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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