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

Weather: Most of the year, it's very cold and brutal. There is some sun at the beginning and some at the end, but it's really pretty sucky. Most of the time it's harsh outside and you have to wear a ton of layers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I graduated a couple years ago, so I wasn't there for most of the terrible winters. The weather was always fine to me. In the winter, the administration stay committed to always having classes. Since I've graduated, though, there have been days when the campus was closed due to inclement weather, so the admin still consider our safety important.

3 College Freshman

Weather: New England weather: It gets cold around November and the worst is usually end of January/Feb. It finally gets warmer around April. Beautiful foliage in the Autumn. Winters don't usually dip below 20 too often, but it does happen.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is wonderful during all of the seasons except winter/ winter to spring because the school is in the north east, so that is expected.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The four-climate is very different from my home town but I enjoyed that difference very much. I love the different vegetation and color schemes shown throughout the campus every season. It does get very cold and snows a lot during winter. The ice and snow are hazardous to travel through, especially when one is in a hurry to get to class. However, after some minor time adjustments, getting to class on-time and safely is achievable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 192nd
    Coldest Winters
  • 359th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Students clearly hate Wellesley winters: They're cold, snowy, and depressing. It gets dark at 4:30 p.m., you have to wrap yourself in layers until your arms stick straight out from your sides, and it takes a half-hour to get warm after five minutes outside. Some years, winter arrives in October and stays until April, and everyone despairs that the gray will never go away. Then suddenly it's May, the non-air-conditioned dorms are saunas, and it seems like everyone goes from cold and irritable to sticky and irritable.

So, yes, New England winters are rough, but fall is gorgeous, and spring makes you believe that all good things are possible. The first days that you can smell spring in the air, everyone walks around grinning, wearing as little clothing as possible. But if you bring a really great jacket and some boots that can handle scandalously unsalted sidewalks, you'll be alright. Just keep something pretty and small hanging up in your closet to look at when the weather gets really bad. Then, sometime in May, you'll finally be able to wear it.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 59 °F
Spring - Low: 37 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 43 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.28 in./month
Summer: 3.97 in./month
Fall: 4.16 in./month
Winter: 3.99 in./month
What to Pack
  • Boots with Gortex
  • Heavy down winter coat
  • Layers
  • Rain coat
  • Rainboots
  • Thick gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Warm scarves
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