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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.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Academics are much more important than sports. We don't even have a school mascot. However, for those students who are interested in athletics, I think the facilities are sufficient.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wellesley is a D-3 school, so athletics aren't a priority for most of the students here.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a student athlete, athletics are my favorite part of my Wellesley experience. A large number of students are also varsity athletes, and it is among these people that I've found some of my best friends. All varsity athletes fully support other teams on campus. It is among non- student athletes where support is lacking. Many students are not aware that Wellesley even has varsity teams.

Thankfully, the athletic facilities are being updated with summer. It's comforting to know that the administration values athletics enough to spend this kind of money on improvements- and it is much appreciated but the athletes!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many people highly involved in sports. Our crew team seems really intense, from an outsider's perspective. There's no consequence for not being involved.


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Sports are not big in general at Wellesley, but as any Division III athlete can attest, they're big for students who participate. Balancing intense academics with demanding athletics isn't an easy task, so it's safe to say that Wellesley athletes are under-appreciated. Even when teams perform excellently, the college community rarely takes notice.

Rugby and ultimate Frisbee players, however, can count on a decent amount of attention, only because they often seem like social clubs. No Wellesley D-III varsity team is pulling in big spectators for home games and meets, but the crew team always has a big campus contingent turn out for the Head of the Charles regatta in the fall. It would be nice to have a team that drew all the students together, but for a D-III school whose main focus will always be academics, that probably isn't going to happen.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 8%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aiko
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Strength and fitness
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Training Room
  • Boat House
  • Chandler Pool
  • Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse
  • Fields Complex
  • Keohane Sports Center
  • Multipurpose Gymnasium
  • Nehoiden Golf Course
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Weight Training Room
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, softball, track, tennis, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Pretty much all of them
School Spirit
For every student that walks around campus with an "I'm Applying for Transfer" scowl pasted on her face, there are two or three that are wearing "And on the Eighth Day, She Created Wellesley" T-shirts. First year, the doubters and the fans are about equal in number; after four years, sentimental seniors can't say enough about the bizarre institution that has become their home. Despite sticking us in the `burbs, sequestering us from men, working us until our brains are exploding, and making us pay ridiculous amounts of money for the privilege, students wind up grateful for the experience.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is certainly not a worry. The bigger problem, unless you know someone on the team, is finding out when the games are.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around Lake Waban, through the Arboretum

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 31% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 52 responses

  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 37% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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