There are no traditional Greek social organizations on campus, but Wellesley has its own "societies" that students are welcome to join. Of course, Wellesley students view any kind of exclusive group with suspicion, especially one whose acceptance process requires going to "teas" and schmoozing. And while the stereotype of the Wellesley society girl doesn’t really hold up, the societies end up with a bad rap because there are always a few token members who totter around campus in their Manolos while clutching their Gucci bags.
The societies aren’t very popular on campus, but their parties are usually well attended. First-year students quickly figure out whether these parties are their scene or not, and upperclasswomen take advantage of the free booze. Though students may ridicule the societies as a whole, most members have many friends outside their society. What’s more, the dues that members pay go to funding lectures that the whole campus can attend. So, while mentions of the societies can induce eye-rolling, they’re well integrated into campus life.