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4 College Student

Athletics: There are many opportunities for students to participate in sports on campus. The equipment and facilities are well kept.

3 College Freshman

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

3 Recent Alumnus

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

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.

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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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 59 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 64% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 59 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 8% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 59% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 59 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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