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Wellesley's location is really nice. The campus is 500 acres (manufactured in some cases) with a lake, about 30ish minutes o...
Wellesley's location is really nice. The campus is 500 acres (manufactured in some cases) with a lake, about 30ish minutes outside of Boston. I love that it's a small, green campus, with trees and trails, but that the city is just a bus ride away-- which Wellesley provides for free during the week. And while most everyone is really motivated at Wellesley to get good grades and graduate with honors and hold about 15 internships throughout their college career, you can make of the school what you will. There is such a diverse population on campus, so you're sure to find someone that you can relate to, who has similar interests or passions, as long as you put yourself out there to look for them. And yes, it's a women's college, but there are plenty of universities nearby, and again, your social life is what you make it. The bad news: Parties won't be knocking at your door when you want to have fun. The good news: Parties won't be knocking at your door when you are tired/ writing a paper/ studying for tomorrow's exam. The town is rich folk but there is pretty good food and buses and vans to take you to Boston and Natick if you need to get away. The administration is pretty weird at Wellesley. Some things seem progressive and some just seem stick-in-the-mud. School pride is underlying, I think. We don't have craziness with sports teams, but you'll see plenty of people wearing Wellesley apparel and such. And the school is pretty good about holding events on campus, like mini fairs. Which is pretty cool. We also get really good speakers, and the bands that come (twice a year) are awesome, and run by organizations and student council.
Sure, but not for everybody. And not for the majority even. You'd find someone at every university or college who fits into those categories, and even more people who fit into none of the above.
The class sizes are generally small. Some classes, like writing classes and seminars, have a cap at fifteen students. I don't think I've ever been in a class where the professor didn't know my name (and I don't speak that often) and they are really good about going the extra mile for students, giving extensions (it's kind of an unwritten rule that you don't ask unless you really need it, so they are generally not denied), extending office hours, meeting on weekends, sometimes inviting classes to their house for dinner. Flying under the radar is not easy at Wellesley, but I suppose it could be done. Competition at Wellesley is not really blatant, but some students always need that A, and will study as much as possible in order to do it. Mostly it's a competition with oneself. And studying depends on the person; the sciences are pretty hard, as well as economics, but I myself don't study very often. Unfortunately, the academics are more geared towards getting a job, meeting the requirements, etc. than towards learning for the sake of learning, with a few exceptions. The creative writing department is amazing, as is the history department; think further, deeper, ask more questions is to be found in some classes, but I would recommend these departments for sure.
Stereotypes? A bunch of lesbian. Power-hungry, wanna-be world dominating femi-nazis. Fuck professors, cafeteria workers, anything with a Y chromosome.
Come here if you want a good education. I have learned more academically, been more challenged and inspired and been taught w...
Come here if you want a good education. I have learned more academically, been more challenged and inspired and been taught what I am capable of at wellesley than every before anywhere in my life. Teachers here hold you to a high standard, and I feel that I am much better for it.
I think some girls give our school a bad name in terms of the slut factor, but I don't think we are any different from girls at other schools. People just like to paint the picture of the whole "despearte sex starved girl from an all girls school".
Wellesley admits girls who upon entry may not be quite at the level academically of students entering the ivys (harvard, princeton, yale), however after spending four years at wellesley, girls here come out at the level or above their ivy educated peers.
I think we get a bad rap for being slutty. Also I have yet to figure out the meaning of the response ("ohhh a wellesley girl" )I get from frat boys when they learn I'm from wellesley.
The best thing about Wellesey is the high quality of the faculty and the courses. The next best thing is the amount of freedo...
The best thing about Wellesey is the high quality of the faculty and the courses. The next best thing is the amount of freedom you have to explore the different departments; don't waste the opportunity! All across the board your professors will consistently impress you and challenge you. Every position of authority in the student body is (obviously) held by a woman, which is something you will never encounter anywhere but an all-women's college. It is a small school, so there is a sense of sisterhood and community on campus. Last but definitely not least is the campus itself. Just take a look at the photographs; it's a beautiful place! Wellesley sits on a lake flanked by a small stretch of pine forest. There is a boardwalk, a forest trail, and a well-known flock of swans who call Lake Waban home. If you need to escape the quiet of "the Ville" (what we call the town of Wellesley), just take the school shuttle or your own car to Boston. It's only 12 miles away.
Wellesley supports over 150 student organizations dedicated to dance, world culture, sports, religion, social issues, comedy, music, student life, literature, self-defense, performance art, and politics. LGBT organizations such as Spectrum, cultural organizations such as WASAC (Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures), and singing groups such as the Widows are very active on campus. The organizations reflect the diversity of the student body. All 50 states and 66 different countries are represented at Wellesley. Surprisingly, a lot of Californians call Wellesley home. Not surprisingly, the political atmosphere is mainly left or center, and the students are very active.
Absolutely not. There's a niche for everyone at Wellesley, including LGBT. But the majority identifies as heterosexual. In order to meet men we need to commute, and it's inevitable that the jealous women at other colleges will call us slutty for taking a few of their men.
Professors come to Wellesley because they want to get to know their students. The classes are small, and barely any of them have TAs. Instructors are mostly friendly and approachable, and they practically beg their students to come to office hours. Whether or not you come to office hours, the professor will know you by name and major within a few weeks. Wellesley is both politically charged and socially conscious; you'll find a lot of people debating with each other outside of class. While academics matter to students, they don't war with each other for grades. A lot of people tutor one subject or another, and overall classmates support each other. The education at Wellesley is geared toward learning for its own sake, and celebrating the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum. Recruiters come to Wellesley from top professional schools and companies because they know Wellesley produces smart, talented, exceptional workers.
The greek "societies" are very popular, and so are sports teams such as rugby, volleyball, and crew. The hip-hop dance troupe Freestyle and the two most active singing groups, Widows and Blue Notes, are flooded with auditioners every year. The dating scene, considering the circumstances, isn't so bad. MIT, Harvard, and Babson boys flood the college on the weekends for society parties and campuswide events. I'll admit, our parties aren't the best. Practically every night of the week there is some kind of campuswide event, whether it's a performance, a guest speaker, or a party. On quiet nights you could go to the campus pub or drive into the city (the shuttles run until 1am on the weekends). The campus is small and the student body is all women, so Wellesley is kind of its own sorority. School spirit is high, and we look out for one another.
Either we're sluts, lesbians, or both.
Wellesley is an academically stimulating environment. People work hard. Students are very determined and focused on themselve...
Wellesley is an academically stimulating environment. People work hard. Students are very determined and focused on themselves and their close group of friends. While people are friendly, Wellesley is an environment where you would most likely sacrifice a party for work. That being said, students quite quickly self-select their peers, those who prefer to live in the libraries versus those who would rather have a personal relationship with the MIT frats. One of the great things about Wellesley is how everyone is accepted: studying on a Saturday night is not "weird" like getting drunk and sleeping all day Sunday is not considered "stupid". Wellesley students respect one another. If you want to be successful here you have to work; and I believe that regardless of individual pursuits and decisions everyone appreciates one another because of this common thing, work ethic.
Many different people thrive at Wellesley. While one may look around campus and see predominantly white people, we have many students of colour and from various ethnic backgrounds. Most students are from the New England area and California. Of course, there are students from all over the United States and the world. Yet you will be surprised by how many MA natives attend Wellesley. The "international" kids tend to hang out together, like the "black," "asian," and "rich white" kids. While breaking down stereotypes and cultural barriers is a constant point of discussion at Wellesley, students do self-segregate. I believe this is natural, and my comments of course are generalized.
No. If I have come to learn one thing from attending Wellesley, it would be that women from all socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds and of different sexual orientations can work together and challenge one another to be successful.
Profs are outstanding, classes stimulating. Small classes, lecture style. Fundamentally, I chose to attend Wellesley because of the intimate learning environment. I have not been disappointed.
There are alway events being held on weekdays and weekends. We have a pub and a small cafe that are open everyday. If you want to be social you can easily find places and people. I ended up spending the majority of my weekends in Boston, socializing either at Harvard or the MIT frats. We have some societies. While everyone knows about them, the majority of students are not members.
Since I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was unaware of common Wellesley College stereotypes. I only became familiar with Wellesley stereotypes after coming to Wellesley and talking with other students during fall orientation. During this time, students would encourage us not to take any comments like "Wellesley girls are too intense" or "undateable" seriously. I suppose the most basic stereotypes would be: -wellesley students are white and rich -wellesley students take themselves too seriously
Wellesley is a great school for many reasons. Foremost, the size of the college is perfect-- not to small and not too large....
Wellesley is a great school for many reasons. Foremost, the size of the college is perfect-- not to small and not too large. Due to the small classroom size, each student receives individualized attention from the professors and generally, professors are open minded, accessible, and approachable. The town of Wellesley is nice, albeit a little too upper class; Wellesley's proximity to Boston is a huge advantage. Though people are often shocked at the prospect of attending a single sex college, it is another huge advantage that Wellesley College has to offer. It develops a certain, Wellesley-specific confidence and ambition in each student. Wellesley women also form a very tight community: students and alumnae. The network is far reaching and powerful; alums are willing to exercise their "Wellesley" connection as far as jobs, and summer internships go.
The stereotype that everyone at Wellesley is a lesbian or bisexual is completely false. But, like any great institution, Wellesley has a great myriad of different people from different places and different walks of life. I truly believe that this is one of its greatest assets. Most students are quite laid back, and supremely friendly. There is nothing out of place with sitting with a group of people you have never met before in the dining halls. There is great diversity in the socio-economic, and international communities at Wellesley as well. Women at this college are also very politically oriented and opinionated, which is great! That being said, there are also people who take no interest in politics, but the political Wellesley woman is another stereotype-- quite an accurate stereotype actually.
It is 99% wonderful going to a womens college but that 1% is very difficult. While I don't miss boys at all in the academic setting, it is very difficult not to have them on campus socially.
NOT AT ALL! As at any college, the student body at Wellesley is diverse and includes all types of people.
Academics at Wellesley are very rigorous; classes are not easy. But, the Wellesley faculty is so approachable and friendly and helpful that if there were a problem in terms of not understanding something, they'd be the first to help in the classroom and outside in office hours or even in the student center. They are willing to assist you in any way you need help, within reason. Classes are small which provide a very intimate learning environment where professors know their students' names and classmates know each others' names. The sciences are very strong at this particular college and it has turned out a disproportionately large number of women scientists. This being said, I am a humanities person and I feel the social sciences are equally, if not stronger, than the hard sciences. My favorite classes have included Art Histories, Political Sciences, South Asian Studies, Spanish, and Economics. I feel that Wellesley's academic requirements are reasonable, and truly encapsulate the essence of a liberal arts college. This institution really stresses the well rounded individual who has taken courses in a wide variety of subjects.
There are literally TONS of different organizations and clubs on campus ranging from a capella singing troupes to political organizations to international clubs. There are lots of performances on almost a regular basis too-- from guest speaker lectures to concerts to theaters. People generally are quite social, and it isn't unusual to have impromptu hallway dorm parties for even just a few minutes. There are also lots of traditions, such as a nondenominational service in the fall called Flower Sunday, Senior Hoop Rolling and Step Singing. All of these traditions keep the Wellesley community a tight community of sisters. People can party at fraternities at nearby universities, or on campus but there are always options for different people. It is absolutely not necessary nor expected of each student to party with alcohol every weekend, though if that is what the student wants to do, she can. Off campus, people usually walk to the nearby "ville" to run errands, or enjoy a coffee. Also, people go into Boston and Cambridge quite often just to people watch, shop, eat out or hang out.
-Wellesley women are "loose" -Wellesley women are all lesbians -Wellesley women are uptight -Wellesley women just want to get married
It's a very small school, but I like the attention I get from all of my professors. People have very extreme reactions when I...
It's a very small school, but I like the attention I get from all of my professors. People have very extreme reactions when I tell them that I go to Wellesley; they either are very surprised and proud, or they have no idea what school it is. When I am on campus, I'm normally in the campus center, or science center. I'm pretty close to Boston, which is a huge college town, but the town of Wellesley itself is very quiet. Wellesley's administration is very helpful and very kind for the most part. The biggest recent controversy on campus was about the students from different backgrounds not mixing with each other. For the most part, there is a lot of school pride. The most frequent complaints from students is the amount of work, or probably about the food during crunch time.
People at Wellesley are generally very accepting, although different groups may not necessarily interact, I have never felt not welcome going anywhere. I don't think any kind of student would feel out of place at Wellesley, because there is so much diversity on our campus. Most students wear sweats, or pajamas to class.
The worst thing about Wellesley is that there are many students who will do anything to get ahead in class, even if it means holding back the rest of the class with things like questions that the teacher has already answered, or being overly competitive in class, refusing to help anyone around them. Another negative thing about Wellesley is that students from different cultural backgrounds tend not to mix; if you belong to a certain race you will most likely have all, if not most of your friends from that race, only with a few exceptions.
All my professors know my name, and most make it an effort to know it within the next few days. My favorite class would be either chemistry or German. My least favorite class would be calculus, just because I don't like math, but the professors are great. Most students probably study at least ten hours per week. Class participation is pretty common, and students in the same class would normally discuss the topics spoken about in lectures outside of class, sometimes for hours on end. Most students are not too competitive with each other; they are willing to help each other out, but there are some students that will do anything just to be the best in the class.
The most popular groups would probably be the cultural organizations, because they normally are the ones that throw parties and organize other events on campus, and then the college government. Living at Wellesley I feel pretty safe, because many students leave their dorms unlocked, and theft is really not a large problem on campus. There are a few different traditions that happen each year, some of which people don't know about unless they come to this school. During the week, most students work pretty hard, so that they have the weekends to relax and go off campus. Most people go out to party on Fridays and Saturdays, sometimes Thursdays and Sundays as well, or go to dinner, or movies, but if you want to stay on campus, you can hang out with friends, or watch a movie, or just relax. Greek life is not a large part of Wellesley's activities, because there are no sororities recognized on campus, but there are Boston chapters that you can pledge to.
They are very assertive and driven women, but they can also put themselves out there a lot.
best thing about Wellesley- Professors, campus, and intelligent friends One thing I'd change- Increased accessibility to soc...
best thing about Wellesley- Professors, campus, and intelligent friends One thing I'd change- Increased accessibility to social activities on campus and off People's reaction to me going to Wellesley- Wow, good school, is that still all girls? Yes, yes it is Time spent on campus- outside when it's warm, boston on weekends, campus center during the week not a super college-friendly town Wellesley admin- okay, financially generous, but sometimes difficult to work with controvercies- often feminism-related, professor-related, food-related school pride- some, not much from sports though, even though we win a lot unusual Wellesley- all girls environment = pretty unusual unforgettable experience- lying in pool floats on the lake student complaints- food
diverse ethnically, socially, religiously, LGBT etc... In most ways except politically
Come here if you want an excellent education and are willing to get out there, be independent, and find your own way. Wellesley environment is supportive in most ways during the day and empowers young women, however the night and the weekend are your own to figure out and make the most of, so you need to make the effort to enjoy them outside the academic context.
there is a strong gay-straight allianace and thus the lesbian crowd has a strong presence, but I believe that the majority of students are straight. Yes, Wellesley students are driven and yes, they are incredibly competitive, which seems to have been enhanced by the grade deflation policy. Wellesley itself indeed has incredible academics and professors WANT you to succeed even if that means your grade won't necessarily reflect this. The campus is gorgeous for sure, and unfortunately it is true that it is difficult to find a social. life. YOU need to be the one that makes the effort to get out into Boston or join some club or whatever. Social events DO NOT fall into your lap, they need to be sought out, but once you get involved, life is a lot easier and happier.
overall, the academics are amazing and I would only change the grade deflation policy
I joined Waterpolo, which has been amazing. There's a million other things though if you're not into sports.
students-lesbians, driven, highly competitive Wellesley- incredible academics, beautiful campus, no social life
Wellesley is amazing. The best thing is how it looks- the campus is something of a wonderland with the buildings and the tre...
Wellesley is amazing. The best thing is how it looks- the campus is something of a wonderland with the buildings and the trees and the storybook lampposts. A close second is how diverse everyone is. I come from a small, mostly white catholic area and was drawn to Wellesley in part because there are so many international students and people from all walks of life. I was able to perform in an southasian dance show with a southasian friend and buy origami earrings from a Japanese friend at a cultural festival. Downtown Wellesley, or the Ville as we rather mockingly call it (Wellesley the town is quite rich!!), is nothing to write home about, mostly really expensive stores. But the bus to Boston is used quite frequently for both academic (classes at MIT) and social reasons. The size was good for me. After 4 years, I saw a lot of faces I know but always a bunch that I did not recognize as well.
Wellesley is very culturally diverse and very supportive of the LGBT students as well (although we have had some trouble getting a full time advisor). Socioeconomically, Wellsley maybe pretty diverse but the awareness about hese issues is very low compared to the cultural sensitivity. Some girls have quite the sense of entitlement. Students wear all levels of things to class, mostly jeans. A few get dressed up and the later you get into the semester, the more pjs you see in class! :) Wellesley is extrememly politically aware. Mostly liberal, there are student groups that focus on these issues but the most action probably happens in discussions at meals. A great thing about Wellesley is that if your friend is brainstorming this idea at dinner, you'll find the whole table is joining in and signing up to help. It's a very take charge atmosphere!
Wellesley students are not all gay or all wealthy, as stated above. I would not classify my classmates as cutthroat either- having studied at a few schools, I've seen that there is a group of students, like at every other school, that is really competitive but I find that most students would rather not pitch GPAs back and forth to you over lunch. That being said, it is a very academically minded campus. People put a lot of pressure on themselves, but not necessarily on others. We are definitely an involved group!
Academics are what makes Wellesley, Wellesley. You will have a lot of reading and writing and problem sets- it will stretch you intellectually like you cannot even imagine. Classes are small (especially as you take higher level courses) and the professors know you and most departments have some sort of weekly event (example- math tea on Wednesdays, lunch with professors every few weeks in Psych) where you can sit with professors and other people in your course or major. Wellesley students do carry intellectual conversations out of class. There are no classes held during lunch (the entire campus has a break from 12:30-1:20 every day and people generally meet up with friends or student orgs and it's amazing to see what everyone has done that day! You'll be surprised how many times you end up staying awake much longer than you anticipated because you got caught up in a discussion with your friend across the hall about her philosphy class. The Wellesley network is an amazing way to find a job- take advantage of the alums that want you to succeed! The Center for Work and service, which assists in career activities and post Wellesley education, provides services to you FOREVER, even after you graduate-- yo can even store letters of recommendation from professors there in case you ever need them!
There are a ton of organizations on campus. Attending all of those events alone, you would be too busy to go to class. Sometimes people complain that Wellesley is too quite socially; it is not a big party school so in that way that is an accurate complaint. But people do have parties and the new student center has a space that is being utilized for bigger parties and a lot of people go into Boston to party there. There are two societies (basically sororities) with houses on campus and they throw big parties every so often. People date at nearby schools (or at Wellesley!) or visit with significant others from home. Sports are not very popular but if you know someone on a team, you'll probably see them play. Guest speakers are huge- we have great funding for student orgs to apply to to bring people from all over. Cultural shows are big as well. The campus is really safe- a ton of people don't lock their doors. You'll meet a lot of people in your dorm. I met most of my friend during my first year, in what is called my First Year Mentor Group which is like your orientation group.
One is that everyone is a lesbian. This is not true although Wellesley is a very liberal campus and so we are maybe more open about our acceptance of anyone, wherever they are on the gender spectrum. There may also be a stereotype that Wellesley students are Wellesley- I can speak from personal experience and say that is definitely not the case. Another is that we're rather cutthroat. And very involved!
Wellesley is not very friendly towards conservative or Republican viewpoints. If the school wants to be truly academically d...
Wellesley is not very friendly towards conservative or Republican viewpoints. If the school wants to be truly academically diverse, it must also accept and encourage these opinions in addition to liberal or Democrat opinions.
No. Neither are true.
Wellesley students are sexually repressed and sex crazy. Also, most Wellesley women are lesbians.
Wellesley is the perfect size. Small enough so you know everyone by two degrees of separation, but large enough to avoid peo...
Wellesley is the perfect size. Small enough so you know everyone by two degrees of separation, but large enough to avoid people is necessary. Many people on the west coast have never heard of Wellesley. The best thing about Wellesley are the female professors. Half of the professors I have had have been women. Being a science major this is especially rewarding since females are underrepresented in that field. The most frequent student complaints are the type of people Wellesley attracts. Hate to say, but there are some students who completely lack social grace. Another complaint is the lack of a social life on campus. One will notice on the weekends the campus is dead since everyone escapes to neighboring schools in Boston. The town of Wellesley is quite boring. Yes, it is upper-middle class, but the town is full or chain stores and very few restaurants. Did I mention it is also a dry town.....enough said.
The LGBT is very active on campus. I would say that our openness towards sexuality is one of the best in the country. We have a very socio-economic diverse student body. Racially, I feel like Wellesley students self-segregate themselves. There is no blatant racism, but if you take the look at the social groups on campus, people of the same race tend to stick together. I think you will find this at 90% of the country's campuses.
If you want a top-notch education, come to Wellesley. If you want to have the time of your life, go to a state school.
I would say we are definitely more feminist than your typical college; however, coming from a very liberal part of California, Wellesley is nothing different. Wellesley is filled with extremely smart women who are determined to break the glass ceiling. Like most, if not all, stereotypes, there is some truth in them.
The class sizes are small. Professors always know your name and encourage students to come to office hours. Wellesley students are extremely hard working. I feel like the college is trying to prove the rest of the world that just because we are an all-women's college, doesn't mean we still study etiquette and square dancing....we now have grade-deflation (unlike Harvard) and a rigorous curriculum to prove we mean business. Many girls take classes at MIT, Babson, and even at Harvard....99% come back saying that they were easy compared to Wellesley. The intense academic atmosphere has caused the campus to be a stressful environment. Students are less likely to help one another (however, this could be due to the fact that most of my classes are filled with pre-med girls). I feel like Wellesley hires its faculty based only on their resume . It rarely matters if the indivual is a good teacher or not, if he or she has a Ph.D from an Ivy, MIT, or UC Berkeley, he or she is hired. I have had many bad teachers in the Chemistry department. Yes, they are brilliant, but my high school teachers are better at explaining concepts.
Athletes definitely tend to stick together. They are the most carefree group of students. Non-athletes don't care about sports..... Guest speakers are always popular. Everyday there seems to be something going on. Everyone leaves campus to have fun. Whether is be a party are a different college or just to go hang out in Bosotn. There is no greek life. There are a few societies, which are basically sororities, even though they claim not to be.
Common stereotypes include that we are all bra-burning lesbians, extremely liberal, unattractive, husband-hunting females. Another stereotype is that we are all wealthy spoiled brats who major in Women Studies because in reality our degree doesn't mean a thing.
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