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Reviews 472 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been both very good and not so good.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The feeling of independence and strength that I feel whenever I am on campus is so incredibly refreshing. I feel empowered. I walk around campus with a purpose. I know I have a purpose and that my school is going to help me carry out my goals.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The only hard part about getting into the neuroscience major was really just registration. Neuroscience courses are very popular.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very easy to see.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The neuroscience program is established and well supported, with many well known professors in the department. The curriculum is slightly too open in my opinion; it does not really compare with other colleges in that it doesn't include some very important and common requirements. Most neuroscience students are premed/

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are undoubtedly rigorous, but I didn't find that there was any focus placed on improving individual performance. You were evaluated harshly and that was it; hardly any feedback or expectation that you could do better. The registration process is stressful, and a few students are not able to get into the classes they need each semester. In my opinion, the workload was a bit ridiculous; some courses had some 10+ hours of outside instruction that were practically mandatory (about 75% of the students attended them) if you wanted to even pass, let alone do well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is very beautiful.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I didn't make any friends and I had bad experiences with supposedly great professors. I felt like many of my peers AND professors were only concerned with things like rankings and their reputation. I knew people who lost friends over exam scores. I got very depressed and isolated. I really regret choosing Wellesley.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had a bad year. My professors usually gave me the same grade every assignment, did not give me a lot of feedback on my work, and didn't seem to expect me to improve. I was always beating myself up because I wasn't doing very well academically, and so was everyone else, so everyone's negative feelings were feeding off of each other. I don't feel like a learned a lot, and now I have anxiety around school that I didn't used to have.

My major had a strong program, but the electives I actually wanted to take were limited. Class sizes were small, which was good.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is great, and everything I've heard suggests that Wellesley has good recognition among graduate schools and employers. There is a career fair every year.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's just boring. There is a nice bookstore and some expensive clothing stores and boutiques. Wellesley is a very wealthy town.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The hours are awful, and care is rudimentary. Health services has a couple of walk in hours every weekday, usually during class time, and everything else must be scheduled over the phone. The services are really only equipped to treat minor ailments and chronic conditions.

Counseling services are also rudimentary; I was told when I visited that they were not equipped to treat my obsessive compulsive disorder. However, my counselor was very nice. They can prescribe any necessary psychiatric medications.

There is almost no crime on campus and it feels very safe to walk around even in the middle of the night.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek life, we have societies. Some people are obsessed with getting into a society, but most seem to look down on the whole idea. It's an endless source of low key drama. Most societies advertise themselves as having a specific academic theme (like Classics), but it doesn't sound like they are really involved with their theme and mostly get together to party.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I've heard there isn't much support for athletes, who often have to miss class and penalized for it, and nobody really cares about sports here besides athletes.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off campus. The only person I know who does has a medical reason.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everyone mostly gets drunk in Boston and then they have to find their way back to campus, which is a 40 minute shuttle ride at least. (As you can imagine, said shuttle is absolutely disgusting.) I haven't gone to any off campus parties. It's just too inconvenient and sounds a bit dangerous to be honest.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly too expensive to afford. Everyone orders takeout from the same Thai restaurant.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is fine, not AMAZING but certainly edible, and you'll find all the food groups you need. You never have to worry about budgeting your meals. The main downside is that there are very few gluten free options.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've heard horror stories about the aid decreasing after the first year, but my first year financial aid package was very good and the highest out of any schools I applied to. If you don't get the package you need, APPEAL LIKE CRAZY.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of my peers had to live in single rooms converted into doubles, and most of the physically attractive and historical buildings are run down and moldy. Bathrooms can get pretty gross in the older buildings. In my opinion, living on east side is just much more pleasant because the buildings are new ish and livable, with spacious rooms, even if many consider Tower to be the "best" dorm. But I can certainly imagine it being worse.

The housing process this year was pretty messed up because large groups would block together across classes and take all the good rooms. Lottery numbers are given out according to class year, with rising seniors having the highest numbers and first years having the lowest. If you knew a junior with a good lottery number as a first year, you would get first pick of the rooms among your peers, leaving the rest of us either unhoused or in a crap room.

People are a bit obsessed with being quiet in the dorms, even in the middle of the day or on a Friday night. Even as someone who hardly ever makes noise and doesn't party, listening to people whine about how they can't study because someone is talking to their friend OUTSIDE the building gets old really fast.

Students speak disdainfully about "THOSE dorms" that are located far away from the social areas of campus and whine incessantly if they get assigned to these dorms, even if said dorms are really not bad at all. In fact, most dorms are located quite close to the academic buildings, which is convenient.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is no place to rent around Wellesley! It's extremely expensive and if you manage to find a place, it'll be far from campus. Better off living in Boston and making the commute (if you're a senior with 1 or 2 Wellesley classes).

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: On campus, it's pretty bad. But off campus, it's awesome!!! We have Boston!

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Off campus it is great, on campus it is relatively quiet

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is bragged about but it is sometimes more of a pain than expected

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Like the food a lot, find many options for anyone.

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The nightlife stinks, it's too darn strict, and students constantly battle the fear of four years of celibacy. Hold on, why do Wellesley students love this place again? Oh, right—the academics rock, it's possible to make shockingly amazing friends, the campus is gorgeous, and graduates wind up with a prestigious name on their diplomas. Some students might feel they're missing out by coming to Wellesley, while others say they're gaining incredible resources of support, critical thinking, and endurance. Whether or not they're happy about it, this latter group is right.

A community like Wellesley College would be difficult to achieve in a coed environment because living at Wellesley is like living with 2,300 sisters—you complain, you fight, and you talk about sex in ridiculously frank ways. You hate and love each other at the same time. Wellesley is intense and bizarre, both restrictive and liberating. Students learn to adapt, or they learn to overcome. Most importantly, though, they become Wellesley women—an unexplainably close bond that they hold with all of their sisters who have attended this fine institution.

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