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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 Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very easy to see.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I think many try to paint Wellesley as an incredibly diverse place, but it's not. There is little political diversity and the racial/ethnic diversity is laughable. I will preface that last bit by saying Asian students at Wellesley are well represented, but that is it. There is little Latin@ or black representation at Wellesley. I believe the percentages are 7 and 6 percent respectively. There is a diverse representation of sexual orientation. Although I am straight, if I identified as LGBTQ I feel that I would be very accepted and comfortable at Wellesley.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse. Mostly everyone is liberal though. Conservative views often aren't respected in the way they should be though.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Super diverse student body. There are always people willing to share their experiences so that others know more about how people different from them are treated. This can result in movements, or at the very least, empathy.


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Compared to other private colleges and universities, Wellesley is doing great in terms of diversity, but according to actual population sizes, Wellesley is not very diverse at all. Yet because the school puts such a premium on racial and religious diversity, minority groups have quite a high on-campus profile, though perhaps not as high as they would like. Some students worry that the desire not to offend anyone keeps frank discussions from taking place, and that cliques form, further preventing students from educating one another. Meanwhile, the administration constantly reminds students and anyone else who will listen that Wellesley is as diverse as can be.

It is true, however, that whatever their background, students tend to be liberal, resulting in polarization between the liberal majority and those at other points on the spectrum. Aside from politics, however, Wellesley attracts women from a variety of backgrounds, and the administration's staunch pro-affirmative action stance likely portends even greater diversity in the future.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 5%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Wellesley is extremely tolerant; many straight students graduate as self-proclaimed "cultural gays." Dyke Ball is a Wellesley institution, and National Coming Out Day is practically a holiday, where a large portion of the school community-including students, faculty, and staff-share their support for the gay community.
Political Activity
Students tend to be very liberal, so much so that conservatives report that they often feel oppressed. Conservative views do tend to be shot down rather quickly in class, an interesting phenomenon in a community that prides itself on its open-mindedness. Nevertheless, the majority of students have similar views on topics such as women's rights and social responsibility.
Economic Status
Wellesley students run the gamut from high-society girls (even some royalty) to first-generation college students from low socioeconomic situations.
Most Common Religions
Wellesley has a very diverse mix of the religious, the spiritual, and the agnostic. Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Pagan groups are very active.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a large number of minority clubs, including religious, cultural, and racial groups. Ethos and Mezcla have large memberships, and many performance groups (such as Yanvalou, an Afro-Haitian dance group) are inspired by minority cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 30% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 39 responses

  • 31% Progressive/very liberal
  • 56% Liberal
  • 3% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 40 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 25% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 78% Very accepting.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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