The New Ivies 2012 Page 9

These top 10 schools are the next generation of excellence

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Wellesley College

Wellesley College

Though antiquated Wellesley stereotypes conjure images of intense, hairy-armpitted girls who haven’t seen a fella in so long they’ve become lesbians by default, at this extremely small and competitive all-women’s university in Massachusetts, the actual students are incredibly bright, social women of all sexual orientations, happily taking on mountainous workloads with a fierce intensity. No matter what the major, academics at Wellesley are extremely rigorous, and the intimate class sizes and personal relationships between students and professors make it impossible to slack off. Wellesley women say they love the active class participation fostered by their tiny course sizes. “It isn’t unusual to get an email from a professor if you missed class to see if you’re okay,” says a sophomore economics major. “There just isn’t any inconspicuous way to skip a class. Your absence will certainly be noticed.” Professors receive rave reviews, and it isn’t uncommon for students to spend time with them outside of class, or to have dinner with profs and their families. The student body at Wellesley is very diverse, and students say that everyone is welcome. “I have never been in such an accepting environment of different beliefs, lifestyles, sexualities, race and economic status,” writes one. Though another counters, “Wellesley students can be overly concerned with political correctness.” “Anything you say or do will be scrutinized by other students to see if it could possibly have been meant in a discriminatory type of way. Even if you are just stating your preference of ice cream, I assure you that there is a Wellesley student out there waiting to call you prejudiced because you don’t like the same ice cream as her.” Overall, “though students can be crazy sometimes, everyone wanting to prove they have the biggest workload and thus deserve the most praise”, “Wellesley is definitely the place to be if you’re a woman seeking an excellent education.”