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5 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. All of the paths are very well lit and crime is not common.

5 Recent Alumnus

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

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!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The hours are awful, and care is rudimentary. Health services has a couple of walk in hours every weekday, usually during class time, and everything else must be scheduled over the phone. The services are really only equipped to treat minor ailments and chronic conditions.

Counseling services are also rudimentary; I was told when I visited that they were not equipped to treat my obsessive compulsive disorder. However, my counselor was very nice. They can prescribe any necessary psychiatric medications.

There is almost no crime on campus and it feels very safe to walk around even in the middle of the night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally you will feel really safe on campus. Sometimes there could be theft.


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On the whole, Wellesley students feel very comfortable on campus, largely due to the efforts of campus police. The bells system is under fire from those who say it's unnecessary—it's a system left over from before the dorms were locked, but now they are—and those who argue that it is not strict enough—bells coverage can be spotty. The Horizontal-Vertical rule is supposed to keep unescorted guests from roaming from floor to floor, and while stray men are usually rounded up quickly, female guests can move without problems. Occasionally, a rash of thefts occurs, but serious crime is almost unheard of.

Many students wonder whether serious crime genuinely never happens on campus or if the administration excels at keeping things quiet. Wellesley has always seemed very safe, but there are enough stories to realize that problems may not always be acknowledged. This is detrimental because Wellesley can seem so idyllic that some students think nothing of wandering around the arboretum with headphones on in the middle of the night. Though Wellesley is very safe, prudence should not be abandoned just because you are inside the Wellesley bubble.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 16
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Wellesley College Police Department
Davis Parking Facility
(781) 283-5555 (emergencies); (781) 283-2121 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Campus escort program
  • Community-Policing Officer Program which assigns individual police officers to specific residence halls
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Self-defense/sexual assault prevention classes
Health Center
Wellesley College Health Service
Simpson Hall
(781) 283-2810
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol education
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical therapy
  • Physicals
  • Primary care
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • A Wellesley One Card (student, faculty, or staff ID) is necessary to get into the dorms, and underclasswomen spend from a half hour to an hour a week "sitting bells." This means that students sit at the bells desk, located in each dorm's front hall, and check IDs as people come in.
  • Wellesley's Honor Code is supposed to ensure that students don't cheat or steal. Its effectiveness is debatable-last year there was a rash of package thefts from the bells desk-but most students leave their doors unlocked all four years with no problems. Be warned, though, occasionally you'll find your bottle of Pantene gone from its shelf in the hall bathroom.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 45% None
  • 13% Unlit pathways
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 45% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 93% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 7% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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