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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is high priority on campus. CampPo are really active on campus, and do a great job of advising students of precautions they should take to stay safe on campus. There are low amount of crime on campus, and the level of trust among students/ staff is high enough for people to feel comfortable leaving their computers and belongings alone for short amounts of time. Overall, I fell extremely safe on campus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Stone Center and Health Services are severely lacking. I don't always feel that I'm receiving adequate support when/if I need to visit.

Campus po is okay. There isn't much to address at Wellesley (it's extremely safe), but they are available if you need anything.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Wellesley is one of the safest campuses I have been on. I have never felt unsafe during the week when I walk alone at night. Only times I feel uncomfortable is when I go to on campus parties and guys just invade your personal bubble.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There could be better sexual assault liasons especially in the legal process


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1318th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1336th
    Most Visible Campus Police

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Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
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On the whole, Wellesley students feel very comfortable on campus, largely due to the efforts of campus police. The bells system is under fire from those who say it's unnecessary—it's a system left over from before the dorms were locked, but now they are—and those who argue that it is not strict enough—bells coverage can be spotty. The Horizontal-Vertical rule is supposed to keep unescorted guests from roaming from floor to floor, and while stray men are usually rounded up quickly, female guests can move without problems. Occasionally, a rash of thefts occurs, but serious crime is almost unheard of.

Many students wonder whether serious crime genuinely never happens on campus or if the administration excels at keeping things quiet. Wellesley has always seemed very safe, but there are enough stories to realize that problems may not always be acknowledged. This is detrimental because Wellesley can seem so idyllic that some students think nothing of wandering around the arboretum with headphones on in the middle of the night. Though Wellesley is very safe, prudence should not be abandoned just because you are inside the Wellesley bubble.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 16
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Wellesley College Police Department
Davis Parking Facility
(781) 283-5555 (emergencies); (781) 283-2121 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Campus escort program
  • Community-Policing Officer Program which assigns individual police officers to specific residence halls
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Self-defense/sexual assault prevention classes
Health Center
Wellesley College Health Service
Simpson Hall
(781) 283-2810
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol education
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • Primary care
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • A Wellesley One Card (student, faculty, or staff ID) is necessary to get into the dorms, and underclasswomen spend from a half hour to an hour a week "sitting bells." This means that students sit at the bells desk, located in each dorm's front hall, and check IDs as people come in.
  • Wellesley's Honor Code is supposed to ensure that students don't cheat or steal. Its effectiveness is debatable-last year there was a rash of package thefts from the bells desk-but most students leave their doors unlocked all four years with no problems. Be warned, though, occasionally you'll find your bottle of Pantene gone from its shelf in the hall bathroom.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 32 responses

  • 41% None
  • 15% Unlit pathways
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 32 responses

  • 22% High quality, very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 31% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 44% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 91% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 9% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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