Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College


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Recent Reviews

Kate
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wellesley College is a dynamic, stimulating learning environment for women who, as the slogan goes, "will make a difference i...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wellesley College is a dynamic, stimulating learning environment for women who, as the slogan goes, "will make a difference in the world."

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Wellesley is a women's college, so there is a really close-knit community. The academics are still rigorous, but women get the opportunity to excell in a really supportive environment where they can be leaders.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to apply for colleges earlier and apply for more scholarships. However, I do not believe that there is anything I would do differently to prepare myself for college- I had good study habits and was involved in a lot of stuff my senior year as well.

Kyle
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All women's environment provides a unique positive place for it's students.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

All women's environment provides a unique positive place for it's students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be more positive about the college experience. It's not a obstacle to overcome, it's a brilliant opportunity to make new friends, learn from amazing professors, try new things, and develop as a person. College is about planning, making decisions, and putting foward a best effort, but it is also about seizing opportunities, letting things happen as they may, and learning about yourself and others. It is the time to figure out your interests. Be open to the unexpected and take chances.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Small classes, good professors, engaging social life

Olivia
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The single most important thing to think about when finding the right college is whether or not the school feels right to you...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The single most important thing to think about when finding the right college is whether or not the school feels right to you. It could be the best school in the country but not be the best school for you. There is more to your college experience than rankings and that is definitely something to consider in your college search. To make the most out of your college experience you have to have a good balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Spending too much time on any one thing, even academics, can be overwhelming and lead to stress and general unhappiness. It is important to use your time wisely and make the most out of your time spent in classes and on your coursework. The more efficient you can be, the more time you have to relax and catch up on those things that you need to balance out your life. My main advice would be to go to a school that feels like the perfect place for you; the people are open and accepting, the coursework is challenging, and the atmosphere is inspiring and just right for you to make the most of your college experience.

What's unique about your campus?

Wellesley College is extremely challenging but does not seem overwhelming. Learning becomes fun because you are engaged with your peers as well as your professors. I love the environment of the school and knowing that I can do whatever I want to when I graduate. Working hard at school pays off in the end.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My school is extremely well known for its wonderful academics. I tell people that Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright went to my school. I think that it is important for people to know that even though it is an all women's school, Wellesley still produces extremely successful and smart women who go out into the world and are able to make a difference.

Anna
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its incredible academic rigor and its very loyal alums who are always interested in how their school a...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its incredible academic rigor and its very loyal alums who are always interested in how their school and its current students are faring. Wellesley is known for its strong-minded and strong-willed women who are determined to change the world, but only on their terms.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is a subject that has been hashed and rehashed countless times and students receive advice from many sources. Often these sources give conflicting advice and make the decision to find the RIGHT college seem insurmountable. What many students don't realize is that it often comes down to a single moment when a student just knows that THAT particular school is right for them. For me, that moment happened to occur during a school tour. It's true that once a student enrolls in a college, the grass might start looking just a little bit greener on the other side of the fence. What I have learned is that while the decision of what college to attend to important, the best advice that a student can heed is to throw themselves into wherever they end up. Join a club, go to optional lectures or play a sport. Pay attention when an upperclass mentor tells you that tutors are available, and DON'T skip out on office hours. Use the resources your school provides, and above all, get some sleep. With a rested and open mind, a student can enjoy their experience at any school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Wellesley can definitely become a little intense at times, and it's hard to compete with so many talented, intelligent women. Sometimes the pressure to have something intelligent to contribute in class is a little intimidating.

Katherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

visit the college, see how happy students are, and remember, an elitist instutition is not necessarily a better one!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

visit the college, see how happy students are, and remember, an elitist instutition is not necessarily a better one!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is comfortable seeking out opportunities to have fun, someone who can handle stress, someone who can thrive when others around him/her are stressed

Sara
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women's only college - great opportunity for girls to take on leadership roles, rasies maturity level of campus, lots of dive...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

women's only college - great opportunity for girls to take on leadership roles, rasies maturity level of campus, lots of diverse activities

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't let your feelings get lost along the way. When I first visited Wellesley it felt right, and I really wanted to go there. But by the end of the process I had convinced myself to take a step back from that feeling, and consider the other options. I was really worried about college, and ended up picking a different school because I had friends and relatives who had gone there and so it seemed like less of a scary unknown. It ended up being completely the wrong school, and so I transferred to Wellesley. I wish I had made the decision based on my initial gut feeling that Wellesley was the right school so that I could have spent all four years there. As for making the most of the college experience - don't be afraid to try new things. Take classes in subjects you've never heard of, join new clubs, play new sports. This is the time to find out what else is out there beyond your previous experience.

lisa
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all-women, supportive alums, sisterhood

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To a future college student: I'd say to really think about the kind of person/student you are. You want a campus that fulfills your needs, socially, physically, emotionally, etc. You want a campus that has people who are similar to you, in terms of ambitions and social scenes, but also enough diversity to learn about other interests and people. You want a college that will help you find yourself as well as what you want to do with the rest of your life and help you reach your goals. The kind of person you are and the kind of person you may want to become makes a difference as well, if you are introveted, but would like to get more involved, maybe seek a smaller school that has more personal attention and encouragement for each student, etc. Good luck, and you'll be fine!

Kelly
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Expect to work hard, but understand you have a lot to gain.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Expect to work hard, but understand you have a lot to gain.

Describe the students at your school.

"Women who will make a difference in the world."

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for a college that fits your personal qualities and you academic expectations. Always visit the campus before accepting.

Lindsay
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to spend 50% of their time on academics and the other 50% on social activities and extracurricular. If...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to spend 50% of their time on academics and the other 50% on social activities and extracurricular. If you overspend on one or the other, you will either sacrifice crucial self growth/networking/relationship building or you will sacrifice your GPA. Spend a night at each school you want to go to. Talk to MANY students of all majors and years. Everyone's college experience is unique so you need as many perspectives as you can to achieve a full understanding of the school.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Any woman who is not wanting to work hard, be stressed, overloaded, or enjoys the company of men too much. Also, men would not be ideal either, unless they are the son's of faculty or staff. Prospective students who are used to the city and could not live even a stone's throw outside of the city would not be satisfied by attending this college.

What kind of person should attend this school?

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.

Rachel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wellesley is best known for it's powerful alumnae and the college's resources. We have an exceptionally beautiful campus, ste...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Wellesley is best known for it's powerful alumnae and the college's resources. We have an exceptionally beautiful campus, stellar professors, and noteworthy student facilities. Wellesley is known as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the U.S., and we're all-female to boot. And the Boston Marathon wouldn't be the Boston Marathon without the Wellesley Scream Tunnel.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To parents: The college experience and life after college has nothing to do with the name of the school. Everything rests on what the student makes of his or her time in school. Let your child (apply to and) choose the school that will let him or her thrive - psychologically, socially, and intellectually. To students: Choose the school that will give you options. What you want to do with your life right now could be and probably will be entirely different than what you will want in two years, or even a semester. Even though it makes it hard to figure out what you want to major in, having flexibility and being open to new fields of study will enrich your academic experience. So choose the place that will let you play around with your studies. Take classes that oppose each other in doctrine, practice, or theory. It will make your mind work and expand, and you will feel intellectually stimulated/fulfilled. When it comes down to it, college is about your growth as a person and as a student. Pick the most fertile place and the place that will tend to you. Most importantly, seek happiness.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

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.

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