Diversity

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse. Mostly everyone is liberal though. Conservative views often aren't respected in the way they should be though.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Super diverse student body. There are always people willing to share their experiences so that others know more about how people different from them are treated. This can result in movements, or at the very least, empathy.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It is pretty diverse but there are still a lot of rich, white, straight people. There are definitely a lot of non-straight, non-cisgender people. That is probably the strongest community.

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.

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5 College Freshman

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 56th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1338th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Compared to other private colleges and universities, Wellesley is doing great in terms of diversity, but according to actual population sizes, Wellesley is not very diverse at all. Yet because the school puts such a premium on racial and religious diversity, minority groups have quite a high on-campus profile, though perhaps not as high as they would like. Some students worry that the desire not to offend anyone keeps frank discussions from taking place, and that cliques form, further preventing students from educating one another. Meanwhile, the administration constantly reminds students and anyone else who will listen that Wellesley is as diverse as can be.

It is true, however, that whatever their background, students tend to be liberal, resulting in polarization between the liberal majority and those at other points on the spectrum. Aside from politics, however, Wellesley attracts women from a variety of backgrounds, and the administration's staunch pro-affirmative action stance likely portends even greater diversity in the future.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
21%
Hispanic
9%
International
11%
Native American
0%
White
43%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
89%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 5%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
58%
Male Faculty
42%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Wellesley is extremely tolerant; many straight students graduate as self-proclaimed "cultural gays." Dyke Ball is a Wellesley institution, and National Coming Out Day is practically a holiday, where a large portion of the school community-including students, faculty, and staff-share their support for the gay community.
Political Activity
Students tend to be very liberal, so much so that conservatives report that they often feel oppressed. Conservative views do tend to be shot down rather quickly in class, an interesting phenomenon in a community that prides itself on its open-mindedness. Nevertheless, the majority of students have similar views on topics such as women's rights and social responsibility.
Economic Status
Wellesley students run the gamut from high-society girls (even some royalty) to first-generation college students from low socioeconomic situations.
Most Common Religions
Wellesley has a very diverse mix of the religious, the spiritual, and the agnostic. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Pagan groups are very active.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a large number of minority clubs, including religious, cultural, and racial groups. Ethos and Mezcla have large memberships, and many performance groups (such as Yanvalou, an Afro-Haitian dance group) are inspired by minority cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 31% Liberal
  • 29% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 3% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 59% Liberal
  • 26% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 35 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 17% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 83% Very accepting.
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