Athletics

Location
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$43,554
Admission Difficulty
Hard
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews

{{ error }}
close
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a student athlete, athletics are my favorite part of my Wellesley experience. A large number of students are also varsity athletes, and it is among these people that I've found some of my best friends. All varsity athletes fully support other teams on campus. It is among non- student athletes where support is lacking. Many students are not aware that Wellesley even has varsity teams.

Thankfully, the athletic facilities are being updated with summer. It's comforting to know that the administration values athletics enough to spend this kind of money on improvements- and it is much appreciated but the athletes!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many people highly involved in sports. Our crew team seems really intense, from an outsider's perspective. There's no consequence for not being involved.

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.

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

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
View all previous student authors

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
  • NAA
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 29% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 68% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 41 responses

  • 34% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 32% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 51% 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.
  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

Videos

4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!