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Reviews 501 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: No one cares about athletics, but the gym is nice

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would not want my child to go here.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have loved every professor I've had at Wellesley, without exception. They are devoted, brilliant, and incredibly attentive to the student body. Think of it this way: They could have chosen to teach at a large university where TAs do a ton of the grading and grunt work, but they chose to come to Wellesley where their day-to-day workload and interactions with students is so much higher.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: When people hear the Wellesley name, there is recognition. I've held many wonderful internships and have landed a great job for after graduation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: We leave our doors unlocked, usually. It's that safe.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived in Tower Hall in a wonderful room that overlooked the lake. Our RA held many really cute events, and I felt very close to my neighbors.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The best professors, the most beautiful campus, and like-minded overachievers. I loved it here.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: No one pays particular attention, but I think we all support our fellow student athletes.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Both parties (frat or otherwise) and clubs/dance halls are pretty easy to get to if you're willing to spend an hour on the Senate Bus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I actually really enjoy the way the party scene is kept distinct from 'campus life' - if you want, you can turn up all weekend in Boston, but if you want a quiet weekend in it's very easy.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: There's a pretty significant but largely manageable workload. Don't take more than one lab your first semester, and don't try to 'challenge yourself' with more than four classes before you know you can handle it.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Wellesley is amazing with regards to sex/gender/sexual orientation diversity, and is making strides in other areas. Islamophobia remains a commonly cited problem with campus culture, but while a problem, the perpetrators are a small but vocal and largely anonymous minority.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Wellesley is a very safe place with regards to alcohol use - there is alcohol, but it's not easy to obtain, and no one will judge you negatively if you don't go that direction.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't always had the best experiences with Health Services, but I don't like working with doctors and they make the process as painless as possible. Make sure you ask how much tests cost before you agree to them!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have met amazing professors and learned just as much in their classes from the students - everyone here is just so incredibly smart, and has such interesting stories to tell!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: CWS is amazing with regards to internships - sometimes it can be slow to get info back, but overall they are extremely helpful. I know there are some complaints about grade deflation, but a 3.0 at Wellesley is worth a 3.5 at a state school in terms of the opportunities it opens up.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Dower House, and honestly I had the most amazing experience as a first year! We don't get a lot of love from the community at large, but there's an abundance of friendship and support no matter what part of the campus you're housed in!

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I actually really love that we don't have a greek life on campus - there are lots of alternatives for that sort of scene off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I adore the volleyball team and have been to most games! There's not an ENORMOUS turn out, but there are always students ready to support their friends and siblings.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have literally never been happier than I am here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Small class sizes are great. Professors and staff genuinely seem to care about you. So far I feel very supported.

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.

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5 College Freshman

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

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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.

26 people found this useful Report
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.

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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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