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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Women's college, therefore all sports are played in women's league. Athletic facilities very good, but small because student population is very small, due to Wellesley being a small liberal arts college.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been a wonderful experience thus far.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wellesley has such a unique environment that is definitely incomparable to other schools. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you're someone who is academically inclined, involved in extracurricular activities, and alright with not partying every single day of the week, then it's definitely a school to check out. I think one factor that drives many people away is the "all-women's thing," but I personally don't think that's an issue at all. Coming into Wellesley, I had a boyfriend at a nearby school, but Wellesley students frequently go to MIT, Harvard, and other schools on the weekends. We have a bus that goes to both of these universities literally every hour (or even more frequently on Saturdays), and we have access to both a train and a T (which makes it possible to go to any other school in the Greater Boston area). In our classes, we'll occasionally have students from Babson and Olin as well. There are also so many student organizations at Wellesley, and you'll often have mixers with similar clubs at nearby schools. All students at Wellesley are friendly -- this is something that is definitely special to a close-knit environment, and first-years or sophomores never feel intimidated or threatened by upperclassmen. Additionally, Wellesley has so many traditions which really reinforces the sense of a "sisterhood." When describing my Wellesley experience to friends from other universities, they're jealous of how welcoming and comforting this school truly is. It's almost like "girl's camp" every night -- we have pizza or cooke-making, late nights at cafes, nail-painting and Netflix, mini concerts, or larger parties that draw in guys from surrounding schools. I think that Wellesley's academics are a given (which is why I haven't talked about it too in depth), but essentially every part of Wellesley has made it such a great experience so far.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I didn't choose Wellesley because it was an all girls school, but that aspect of it has made my experience so much better. It is wonderfully refreshing to live and learn in an atmosphere where women are consistently empowered and respected and not overshadowed by immature college guys.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Wellesley College is a great place. Supportive staff and faculty. You will meet your best friends here.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The community is PERFECT, welcoming, challenging, and intense.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wellesley is amazing -- the women are so empowered. I have never been amongst a crowd that had such a passion to learn and grow from each other, while still having fun. Wellesley is the place where you will meet friends with whom you can do crosswords and have slumber parties one night, and a discussion about the 7th dimension the next. Don't believe me? Come visit us, and you'll fall for it, I promise.

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is tremendously difficult. I regret coming to this school because the girls here are very competitive and don't like to help anyone. They are very focused on their schoolwork and they are very uptight. There is a very small percentage of minorities (majority are caucasian and asian).

2 people found this useful Report
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.

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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/

3 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is very beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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.

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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.

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3 College Sophomore

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

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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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