Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College


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Recent Reviews

Alicia
Describe the students at your school.

They look intimidating, but when you get to know them they're usually pretty nice, if rather intense.

Describe the students at your school.

They look intimidating, but when you get to know them they're usually pretty nice, if rather intense.

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

Trust yourself. You know what the right school for you is. Don't think about where you want to go the most, think about where you'll regret most not going.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The social scene is very constricting- once you have friends, it's hard to branch out and make new ones, since no one else is looking anymore.

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

I think students should keep their options open when apply to college. They should not restrict themselves to a location or a...

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

I think students should keep their options open when apply to college. They should not restrict themselves to a location or a type of school if they have interests in others. Every family does have financial concerns, so it is difficult to follow your heart and select the best fit or dream school, but sometimes you have to think about which decision would be the best in the long run. Once you are at college, you should definitely make an effort to create new friendships because those you meet at the beginning are most likely to be the friends you will have throughout your years, so make use of the early years. Join what your interested and don't overwhelm yourself with commitments.

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

All women environment lacks an active social life

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

On a beautiful campus just outside of Boston, twenty-two-hundred female students go crazy from estrogen overdrive and wild co...

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

On a beautiful campus just outside of Boston, twenty-two-hundred female students go crazy from estrogen overdrive and wild competition, but food is plentiful.

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

Before making a final decision, the following should be considered: tuition and financial aid, location, climate, social network, campus housing, meals (quality, affordability, availability), religious customs, sports and extracurricular activities, transportation, facilities, demographics, job availability, professors (availability, teaching ability, status of reknown), alumni network, and of course, the quality of education. Although some of these aspects seem trivial, these will all come to be of importance during the student's time at school. Remember: it will be his home for four of his most important years in terms of character and educational development. Where he chooses to attend college will very much affect who he becomes. The absolute best advice is to visit: sign up for a tour, find a host(ess) for some insider tips and a night's stay in a dorm, sneak into several lectures, and wander the campus and poke into its nooks and crannies. Visit the dining halls for a sampling of the daily fares, curl up with a book at the library, attend a sporting event or concert, and stop by the trendy cafe on the corner. Make an appointment with the dean to discuss the future. Photos and words just do not suffice.

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

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.

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

Wellesley College is a place that creates and develops amazing, assertive, confident and intelligent young women.

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

Wellesley College is a place that creates and develops amazing, assertive, confident and intelligent young women.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Its liberal arts education and strong femal alumnae, such as Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albreight.

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

Do not select a school based upon rankings, but rather one for personal growth in addition to academic growth. In relation to personal growth, I mean a school that will challenge your personal beliefs, identity, ethnicity, and etc

Marjorie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Success and Hillary Clinton.

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

I knew Wellesley was the right school for me from a gut feeling. I have never regretted the decision, but every student needs to find the school that is right for them (cause I am positive there is one). Ask questions and if people aren't sure of the answer ask again. Once at school, ask for help when you need it and help others when they struggle. Help form a community and don't forget to help your community. Volunteer, reading to children, etc. And if you don't like your school transfer. There is no reason to be unhappy.

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

A small community focused on academics.

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

A small community focused on academics.

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

I would say to trust your instincts. Figure out if you want to be in a city or a suburb because that decision changes the entire dynamic of the college and its experience. In addition, the size would be another key component I think both should take into consideration. Try to pinpoint what means most to you in your life and match that to the college's aims and reputations.

What's unique about your campus?

The campus. It is beautiful and very open.

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

Wellesley College is an academically rigorous, grade-deflating college that is overly concerned with its image and its ethnic...

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

Wellesley College is an academically rigorous, grade-deflating college that is overly concerned with its image and its ethnic diversity. In actuality, there is very little socioeconomic diversity on campus, so it mainly consists of private-schooled, "priveleged" girls seeking law school, med school, or (before the economic depression) financial-political status.

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

Go with your gut instinct when it comes to choosing the school that is right for you; don't attend based on reputation, or anything intangible like that. Strongly consider the surrounding area, campus living environment, and things of this nature, which may seem to be minor at the time when you're looking more closely at academics. You will be surprised how these "little things" will actually impact your experience. Ask students who are NOT tour guides/affiliated with admissions about their opinions of the school; if you have the ability to, visit during times that are not official open-campuses/prospective student dates. Pick up and read STUDENT campus publications! They lend such an insight into the environment of the school. Finally, don't consider a major program as the determining factor in your decision to attend a university that you are otherwise luke-warm about--chances are you will change, and you want to be in a position where you can feel comfortable doing so!

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Someone else on here captured it perfectly when she said that your relationship with Wellesley feels almost romantic. It is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Someone else on here captured it perfectly when she said that your relationship with Wellesley feels almost romantic. It is a passionate and charged environment conducive to exploration and growth. Because you feel safe there as a woman, you come to feel an intense sense of ownership and connection to place. The Olmstead designed landscape and Collegiate Gothic architecture lend a certain mystery and gravity. Wellesley doesn't lock any doors, literally or figuratively, so you can come to know the campus intimately, from tunneling below ground to sunbathing on the roof of the science center. You will make great friends there, but the college is more than the sum of the individuals that go there. The alumnae network is incredible and deeply loyal to the school - I have found an instant connection with other Wellesley alums, even ones with whom I don't otherwise have a lot in common.

What are the academics like at your school?

People care about ideas and are committed to their causes at Wellesley. You are likely to vehemently discuss Foucault and Butler in the dining hall before having a whipped cream fight with your friends. There is an emphasis on originality in your scholarship and research. Women aren't afraid to be smart and a lot of people have a real love of learning. I found people much more interesting and intellectually curious at Wellesley than at law school. The distribution requirements are not onerous, so you have a good deal of discretion in selecting your classes. Both the classes and the school itself are the right size, which is to say pretty small. You are not anonymous here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

As a lesbian, I can say that if you are too, or think you might be, you should come here - it is a lot of fun. Lots of on-campus women's parties with plenty of dyke drama and debauchery. Good times. For all women regardless of sexual orientation, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live for four years in an all-women community and really experience what it is like for women to be in charge and to relate primarily to each other rather than to men. You will get a core feminist sensibility and confidence that will serve you well throughout life. Another thing I love about Wellesley is how its very progressive politics exist alongside the many longstanding traditions, which help connect you to all the women who have passed through this place before you: Hoop Rolling, Flower Sunday, Step Singing, Lake Day, Dorm Crew, Big and Little Sisters, etc.

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

What is important, first and above all else, is to be happy. Find a college at which you can imagine yourself happy and fulfi...

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

What is important, first and above all else, is to be happy. Find a college at which you can imagine yourself happy and fulfilled, and when you get there, find something to be passionate about. Whether it is a class, a subject, a club, a sport, or whatever else, find something that you enjoy and that matters to you. Also, find friends. They don't have to have the same major as you or be in class with you; you just have to enjoy their company. You shouldn't feel guilty about relaxing in your dorm room, but remember to get out when you can! There are so many fun and amazing enrichment opportunities, and you will never be in an environment like that after college. Go to that cultural show, or concert, or football game, or student film screening. Go with friends, and you'll have fun. (And maybe you'll learn something - that's the point of college, right?)

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