Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College


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Recent Reviews

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

Its funny, because before college and all throughout college, whenever someone was commenting on, or adressing the experience...

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

Its funny, because before college and all throughout college, whenever someone was commenting on, or adressing the experience of college, two phrases were repeated frequently: "Those were the best years of my life" and "college is where you learn how to learn, you learn how to study." Looking back now, summing up college into two phrases would be quite difficult, and maybe impossible. I dont feel Ive gained the insight or experience to comment on whether college was in fact the "best years of my life." I will say that college was an incredible experience. It is most likeley to be one of the most mentally challenging experiences you will ever have to muster. And while you learn an incredible amount, you surely must be mentally prepared, or at least motivated to accept the intellectual challenge college provides. In the simplest terms, my advice would be to make sure you can see yourself living and enjoying your surrounding environment, both social and academic. Make sure the location suits you. I would say know yourself, but so much of college is about growth and learning about yourself, that allowing yourself room to grow is imperative, and ultimatley the most rewarding.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That the social environment was going to be very strange and isolated. It was difficult for me to feel like I had an active enough social life, and a balanced enough social life. That is why I moved to the city of Boston for two years. Also, I wish people would have told me that everyone turns gay.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is gay, someone who is wealthy, someone who likes nature and suburban areas, someone who has a very good work ethic, and someone who is ok being on an isolated same sex campus

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

Take some time and think about what qualities in a school matter most to you: think about location, religious affiliation, an...

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

Take some time and think about what qualities in a school matter most to you: think about location, religious affiliation, and class size. Once you have made a list ?school qualities,? look through a college guide to see which schools fit your profile. Take the time to visit your top few schools. When visiting, bring a notepad to write down your thoughts. Here?s a tip for moms and dads. Stay silent during campus tours to let your child get a true first impression. We may not admit it, but your opinion still influences us. After jotting down notes, students can hear their parents? input and still have their own thoughts to look back on. Trust your gut feeling when you are on campus and know that sometimes schools choose you. Once you choose your future school, come with an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow. College will bring more opportunities and challenges than you can imagine. Remember that anything that seems like a problem is just an opportunity to learn, as long as you don?t get scared. Enter college with courage and conviction, always ask questions, try new things, and have fun!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is self-motivated, enjoys learning, and wants to grow. Applicants should also be comfortable in an all-female environment.

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

Wellesley women have fabulous communication skills and are very vocal in their opinions, unfortunately many conversations about controversial topics etc. were had in online forums rather than in person. I think face to face communication is a weakness.

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

Be yourself. Don't worry about who your parents want you to be, or even who you should be. If you just let life happen, meet new people, and live the experience, you will have a greater understanding of who you are. Also, don't give up on making friends just because orientation ends. Keep a positive attitude the whole year, and new friends will flock to you!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

People don't seem to smile enough, especially during the winter.

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

Wellesley is a competitive, academic, serious school with a fabulous, diverse student body engaged in learning.

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

Wellesley is a competitive, academic, serious school with a fabulous, diverse student body engaged in learning.

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

Find the school that fits you and your learning style. Find a place where you will have a mutual relationship-the school will have things to offer you and you'll have things to offer it. Find a place that you will be happy at geographically. If you want to be in the city, go to the city. If it's not important to you if you're close to the hustle and bustle go to the country, and if it's nice to have but not necessary go inbetween. Find a school that has a strong program focused on your areas of interest. If you know what you want to do learn from the best whether that's pre-med or medieval studies. If you don't know what you want to do go to a strong liberal arts school and take courses about things you've never even thought about. Be open-minded and find a place where you can enjoy learning and becoming who you will be!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who isn't competitive, can't handle pressure or needs a lot of encouragement in order to do well.

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

Don't limit your child (or yourself) to an in-state school. If you or your child want to go out-of-state for college, maintai...

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

Don't limit your child (or yourself) to an in-state school. If you or your child want to go out-of-state for college, maintain high grades, take risks, and especially be active at your high school. Even for in-state schools, be active. Many state schools (and also ivy leagues and other private colleges) are cracking the whip down on the admitted students. Being active in high school is almost becoming more important than grades. Getting things done early is also highly recommended.

What kind of person should attend this school?

One who is a hard worker and (prefereably) who enjoys that aspect of life.

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

Some of the dorms aren't the cleanest. I live in the best dorm and love the showers. Other showers on the campus are scary. I'd be afraid to touch the walls.

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

Wellesley is a beautiful campus full of ambitious, hard-working, strong women who want to make a difference in the world.

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

Wellesley is a beautiful campus full of ambitious, hard-working, strong women who want to make a difference in the world.

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

First off, be sure to visit any schools you're interested in - seeing the campus is invaluable. If possible, go during the school year to see what it's like when students are around, try and sit in on classes, and just make a day of it. That's the best way to see if a school is a good fit for you. The college experience is unique in that it's often the first time you're away from home and without rules, so it's easy to go a little crazy at first. Be sure to have fun and try new things you never thought you'd try - whether it's extra-curriculars, classes, foods, or anything! Take classes just because they sound cool - it's the last time you can do that. Try not to stress out about grades too much or you'll end up driving yourself nuts, especially at a hard, top-tier school. Make yourself available to do fun stuff with new people. Force yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time. And have fun!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Wellesley students are very driven and take their academics very seriously, but it's important to be able to maintain balance. There are a ton of things going on on campus all the time and it's really easy to get off campus into Boston, so it can be hard to pick between clubs, classes, parties, and other opportunities. You have to be able to work hard and still make time for fun so you can remain sane!

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

It's very academically challenging but worth it in the end because the professors are wonderful and you get a chance to devel...

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

It's very academically challenging but worth it in the end because the professors are wonderful and you get a chance to develop your character and knowledge.

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

FIrst off, it's an all-girls school which is very different from any other school. It was the only all-girls school that I applied to and I really thought I was going to end up regretting that decision but I'm glad I made the choice that I did. It's also ridiculously challenging here. You really have to push yourself. I applied mostly to big schools but I'm really glad I made the choice to go to Wellesley. It's a perfect fit.

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

When you apply to colleges, apply to the ones that you genuinely have an interest in. Don't base it on cost or rank -- base it on a fantastic writing program or amazing professors because in the end, that's what really matters. When I was applying to schools, I picked my schools based upon which school was the best and not really, the one that I wanted to go to the most and I felt that swayed my final decision. I was lucky that I ended up at a school I truly love.

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

As a Christian, i would definitely pray about it. I would consult the people that know me best. I advise being open-minded ...

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

As a Christian, i would definitely pray about it. I would consult the people that know me best. I advise being open-minded yet intentionally aware. the decisions that you make in these 4 years affect your socio-economic class, your social skills...I would advise students to choose a school that would help you become who you want to be.

What kind of person should attend this school?

smart, intellectually engaging, liberal

What's unique about your campus?

I love the community at wellesley. the types of women that wellesley attracts are amazing. they are deep, intellectual and believe in big and great things even if it is selfish.

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

Wellesley is a small liberal arts school that emphasizes academic excellence and social acceptance but it somewhat lacks the ...

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

Wellesley is a small liberal arts school that emphasizes academic excellence and social acceptance but it somewhat lacks the typical "college life" because it is so small.

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

The first thing I would recommend to students looking at colleges would be to visit the campus. Once you visit the campus you can get the feel of the surroundings. It helps you figure out if you could picture yourself at the school. Students and/or parents inquiring about different colleges should also take tours of not only the campus but the surroundings (for example: the city or town close by) because that is also an important factor. Students should try to sit in a class and see if they enjoy the class size or if they like the way the professor lectures.

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

The worst thing about Wellesley is that it can become a very tense, uptight, and stressful because everyone is so focused on grades.

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