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4 College Freshman

Administration: Things are pretty strict here in general. But that's why it is safe and comfortable for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Generally lenient as long as you don't hurt yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Wellesley is strict in some aspects and in other aspects it is totally not. One thing that is strongly enforced is the honor code. There even is a council that holds a hearing if you violate a major honor code rule. For alcohol and drugs, there isn't much of it out in the open on campus, so it's rather lenient. RA's won't get you in trouble, and you won't get in trouble if the Good Samaritan policy is in act.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Wellesley's policies allow students to have enough freedom to do most of the things they would like to. Wellesley is very good at drawing strict lines when activities impede upon the safety of students and faculty. Basically, Wellesley will let its students have all of the freedom they need to create new organizations, events, or to simply enjoy themselves but will stop any illegal and dangerous behaviors quickly and authoritatively.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: If you are generally respectful of your peers you will not get in trouble.


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For many students, perceived campus strictness is a result of the administration's tendency toward hypocrisy. Why all the rhetoric about "independent women" if you're not going to let legal women drink in their own living rooms? Why assume students are responsible enough to take on complicated, important ideas and then make them sign up if they want to have a party? Why treat students like adults in the classroom but like children outside of it? Sometimes campus police or res staff will pretend they don't know what's going on, but more often, any violations of the extremely strict alcohol policy will get you a date to defend yourself before your peers and faculty on the Alcohol Hearing Board.

Of couse, it is a liability issue—if Wellesley were to get slapped with a serious lawsuit, it would affect their ability to educate. And obviously the law says you must be 21 to drink. But students understand all this and still see more leniency and less "parenting" at similar schools. A word to prospies: You're not going to win this battle, so if you like the idea of keg parties, having some beers on the dorm lawn, or even a quiet dinner with wine in the dorm kitchen, reconsider Wellesley.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being loud during quiet hours
  • Drinking underage or in common spaces, including your room if the door is open
  • Having an unregistered party, i.e. not telling Campus Police you'll be getting a big group together
  • Parking illegally
  • Violating the fire code (shoes or boxes left in hall, for example)
Visitation Policies
Students are allowed to have three guests each for a maximum of three consecutive nights' stay in a dorm room.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 59 responses

  • 58% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 37% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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