Athletics

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

3 College Freshman

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

2 College Freshman

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

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.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The PE classes are great, but only a few people seem to really care about the sports teams.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 859th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1319th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Sports are not big in general at Wellesley, but as any Division III athlete can attest, they're big for students who participate. Balancing intense academics with demanding athletics isn't an easy task, so it's safe to say that Wellesley athletes are under-appreciated. Even when teams perform excellently, the college community rarely takes notice.

Rugby and ultimate Frisbee players, however, can count on a decent amount of attention, only because they often seem like social clubs. No Wellesley D-III varsity team is pulling in big spectators for home games and meets, but the crew team always has a big campus contingent turn out for the Head of the Charles regatta in the fall. It would be nice to have a team that drew all the students together, but for a D-III school whose main focus will always be academics, that probably isn't going to happen.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Blue
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 8%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aiko
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Strength and fitness
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Training Room
  • Boat House
  • Chandler Pool
  • Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse
  • Fields Complex
  • Keohane Sports Center
  • Multipurpose Gymnasium
  • Nehoiden Golf Course
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Weight Training Room
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, softball, track, tennis, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Pretty much all of them
School Spirit
For every student that walks around campus with an "I'm Applying for Transfer" scowl pasted on her face, there are two or three that are wearing "And on the Eighth Day, She Created Wellesley" T-shirts. First year, the doubters and the fans are about equal in number; after four years, sentimental seniors can't say enough about the bizarre institution that has become their home. Despite sticking us in the `burbs, sequestering us from men, working us until our brains are exploding, and making us pay ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege, students wind up grateful for the experience.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is certainly not a worry. The bigger problem, unless you know someone on the team, is finding out when the games are.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around Lake Waban, through the Arboretum

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 36% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 31% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 31% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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