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Founded in 1870, Wellesley College. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,482 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Wellesley College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 7:1. There are 350 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Wellesley College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,32% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 78% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Wellesley College.
76 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
47 Students rated off-campus housing 1.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.
78 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
78 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.
78 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.
27 Students rated Wellesley College
The academics at Wellesley College are absolutely spectacular. I've walked away from all of my classes having learned something new, even if the subject wasn't suited to my specific interests. For example, though math has never been my strong suit, I still enjoyed the calculus class I took during my first semester due to the quality of both the material taught in class and my professor. I've never met a Wellesley professor that I didn't love -- all of them are incredibly knowledgeable and kind. Additionally, the campus is beautiful. The architecture of the older buildings stuns me, and the nature (especially Lake Waban) is breathtaking.
However, Wellesley College is far from perfect. Many of the students there are entirely focused on academics due to the College's culture, which can have very detrimental effects on their mental health. During my most recent semester, a few people I knew (and a lot of people I didn't know) suffered from food poisoning after eating food from one of the on-campus dining halls. Although Wellesley heralds itself as an inclusive space, and I've met so many wonderful, beautiful, and accepting people, the College still suffers from problems like racism and transphobia.
My experiences at Wellesley, all in all, have been quite mixed. I'll always remember the friendships I've formed, and, of course, the academics are stellar. On the other hand, sometimes the environment at Wellesley can be, summed up in one word, uncomfortable.
I'd advise any incoming college first-years to deeply consider their preferences and personal goals before choosing Wellesley (or any school, of course). If you're most focused on a liberal arts education and an academically intense four years, Wellesley might be right for you. Otherwise, I'd encourage you to consider other schools. Even with access to Boston, campus becomes isolating and often toxic. When I visited other Boston schools, I was shocked by the friendliness of most students compared to those at Wellesley. Within my first weeks on campus, I felt like no one actually wanted to be there. I'll always cherish my academic experience at Wellesley, but am thankful I found ways to socialize at other colleges and universities.
If you are okay with not having the "typical" college experience, and if you are extremely devoted to academics day-in and day-out, then perhaps Wellesley is the school for you. It is constantly laden with stress, but also filled with the most hardworking, driven women you will ever meet. If you want a social life, then you will have one (but you have to make it happen). You will enjoy Wellesley more if you do not procrastinate (see above- I repeat, extreme stress, blood, sweat, and tears are daily occurrences); try to remember, too, though that time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time at all. Sometimes Wellesley students are so caught up in academics and work that they forget to simply be young undergraduates who are still figuring things out. Cherish every opportunity that comes your way. And sleep. Please sleep.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Wellesley College is 28%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
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Wellelsey women are strong independent women who know what they want out of life and are willing to go achieve it. My classmates are very competitive both inside and outside the classroom, but are also very easy to communicate with and always willing to give a helping hand to get some of their classmates through a struggling time. At wellesley your classmates easily transform into a family community, so the constant support system is always behind you, pushing you to strive and achieve your goals in becoming a success.
Academics are the heart and soul of Wellesley. Academics are the reason that we are there, and it shows. People study like crazy everywhere, all the time. Each one of my professors knows my name and my interests (a few even know my life story). I am on a first-name basis with quite a few of my professors. My favorite class has probably been econometrics, but that's because I love economics and I love practical statistics- I guess you could say that I am a typical geek. In class participation is what classes here are made of. Almost everyone participates in active in-class discussions all the time. Even outside of class, students are constantly having academic discussions...we love to use our brains! Academic competitiveness is apparent in some departments, but for the most part, students are very helpful and supportive of one another. The distribution requirements can be annoying sometimes, but I honestly think they are for the better- I would never have discovered my love of economics if it weren't for the distribution requirements. All in all, an education at Wellesley is about the love of learning, but you will get such a good education in whatever major you choose, that you will be able to do almost anything you want after you graduate! It's the best of both worlds!
I think that there are a couple of stereotypes about Wellesley students: one that we're all walking around with pearls and cardigans thrown over our shoulders - very Mona Lisa Smile - and another that the campus is full of, if not man hating dykes, at least a lot of lesbians and feminists (sometimes conflated). And, of course, I think that a lot of other local college students can see Wellesley students as traveling in packs in search of booze and boys, but some of that has to do with who goes off campus to frat parties on the weekends.
None of these stereotypes are true! While it's true that LGBT issues play a prominent role on campus, it is more because the students feel safe and comfortable expressing their sexual preferences than at many other universities. I am not gay, nor do I (or have I ever) gone to Harvard or M.I.T. with the purpose of seeking out men. It is NOT a finishing school, for heaven's sake! We pride ourselves on our outstanding academics, and our status as "Wellesley Women" has everything to do with being outspoken, independent women, not future housewives.
My friends and I love Wellesley as it is. Wellesley is so unique in character, and I have the closest girlfriends that I have ever had in my life (probably because there are no men)...who needs guys when you have your best friends?! As I say, "Hos before bros!" Besides my friends, the best thing about Wellesley are the amazing professors. I love each and every one of my professors- they are all willing to go out of their way for their students. It is obvious that they truly love what they do.
Most of the time, I think Wellesley's student body is just the right size, but there are other times (like when finals come around) when it does feel a bit too small because of high stress levels.
I spend my time all over campus, but the I probably spend the most time in the following areas: my room, my friends' rooms, Pendleton (more specifically, the economics department on the fourth floor), the dining hall, and when the weather is nice, on Severance Green or the Tower Courtyard.
Make no mistake, Wellesley, MA is not a college town. It is a quiet upper class suburb of Boston with some cute shops (the Cheese Shop is to die for!), but the town basically shuts down after 8 pm. That said, however, it is extremely easy to get into Boston to access its never-ending nightlife. Wellesley has buses that go into Cambridge and Boston once every hour (more often on the weekends) and they run late into the night. The ride can take anywhere from 25 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.
Each dorm has it's own social characteristics: the new dorms are predominated by science and math majors and tend to be pretty quiet and boring. The Quad is a bit crazy sometimes and you can find large groups of friends all sharing one hallway. The tower complex is where the party is at (if there is any party on campus) and is the biggest of all. Stone-Davis has the best food and is a healthy balance between the New Dorms and the Tower Complex. Athletic events are popular if you are on a team, but otherwise, don't expect a large fan base. Speakers are everywhere all the time, talking about all sorts of things. I met my closest friends because I lived in the same hallway with them during our first year. If I am awake at 2 AM on a Tuesday, I am studying, finishing a problem set, writing a paper, or still hopelessly procrastinating with my best friend by watching YouTube videos.
Wellesley actively encourages students to explore different areas. I took the college's advice and walked out of my comfort zone my first semester, taking computer science and a class about Jewish and Muslim exiles. I had zero background, but they sounded interesting. I ended up loving coding, and I also want to continue studying the Middle East! This wouldn't have been possible without: 1) excellent teaching, (In 2012, Princeton Review rated Wellesley professors as #1 in the nation), 2) A mentality that people excel in what they love to do, so they should find what they love first.
Expect to work hard, but understand you have a lot to gain.
Wellesley is known for its prestigious liberal arts education and all-women's environment. It is also known for its beautiful campus.
The campus. It is beautiful and very open.
A driven, ambitious, open minded, tolerant, and intelligent woman who is well-rounded. This prospective student must have an excellent high school academic record, but also a great social service, community service and extra-curricular activities. She must be a leader and not be afraid to be challeged, or to doubt herself, or pushed, stressed, possibly depressed, afraid of diversity, and she definitely cannot need the constant presence of testosterone.
How competitive and unfriendly people can be
Nothing! I love Wellesley so much.
Any student looking to learn outside of the classroom and to have time to explore the world as they wish should not come to Wellesley. Wellesley is very academically-focused, which is fine, and has an amazing ability to get its students into high-powered careers and places. Still, there isn't time to learn from the community, or in/from nearby Boston. Attending classes, sticking to one's books and going to professor's office hours is the only kind of learning given time and space to flourish.
The all-female atmosphere allows students to focus on academics, develop a voice, and excel. Yes, females are catty, but females are also fiercely loyal to each other. The alumni network (which includes Hillary Clinton) is second-to-none.
Sometimes the academic pressure gets frustrating. The work load is intense and although thr classes are very interesting, the academic demands of the school can beocme tedious and stressful.
No way! I know very few people at Wellesley who fit that entire stereotype. There are a few of each type, but that's what's great about Wellesley...it's so diverse. Culturally, economically, intellectually (well, usually) and socially diverse. I was almost scared to come here because I bought into that stereotype, but being here for almost two years has taught me that there is so much more about the school than just those labels.
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66% of students
attending Wellesley College receive some sort of financial aid.
20% were awarded federal grants.
While 21% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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