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Wellesley College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 117 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

98% Women
2% Men


Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association

New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Basketball - - - Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Soccer - - Yes Yes
Squash - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Tennis - - - Yes
Volleyball - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 23.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.2%
Hispanic 7.3%
Non-resident alien 9.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 12.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 40.8%
Percent of students with disability 10%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 5

Notable Alumni

  • Cokie Roberts (Class of,64), Broadcast journalist, television producer, writer
  • Diane Sawyer (Class of '67), Journalist
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (Class of '69), Senator
  • Jean Kilbourne (Class of '64), Feminist, activist, writer
  • Judith Martin (Class of '59), Miss Manners columnist
  • Linda Wertheimer (Class of '65), Radio journalist
  • Lynn Scherr (Class of '63), Print and broadcast journalist
  • Madeleine Albright (Class of '59), Former Secretary of State
  • Nora Ephron (Class of '62), Screenwriter and producer
  • Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (Class of '14), Author of Nancy Drew series, pen name Carolyn Keene
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Kiana from Worcester, MA
  • 4
  • The dorms are awesome: many of the buildings are in the Gothic architectural style, so they're really pretty. That doesn't mean the facilities are old--the bathrooms are pretty nice, and…

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  • Wellesley First-Year
  • 5
  • As 98% of Wellesley women live on campus for all four years, residential life at Wellesley College is lively and full of both fun and support. In any one residence…

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  • Anonymous from Miami, FL
  • 4
  • Depending on personal preference, Wellesley dorm life encompasses a variety of atmospheres. Each of the Wellesley dorms (or dorm complexes) are known for their own traditional type of population. For…

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  • Emmet from San Franciso, CA
  • 4
  • The dorms are absolutely beautiful. There are not many dorm parties as the campus tends to be more mellow. There is a lively dorm community with Dorm tea and Dorm…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Cava, from Wisconsin
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There are five dining halls, a few serving specific food types. The food has been described as "high mediocre". The classics, pizza, salad, and pasta, are served daily. This is usually the hive of social life on campus, as in the dining halls, people are free to be loud.

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  • 3
  • Wendy
  • I am a current student here

    There's 5 dining halls and options for every restriction. One hall is 100% vegetarian/kosher, another nut free, and all of them have gluten free options. Wellesley Fresh is hit or miss. There's a nice website which allows you to see the menu for each dining hall and decide where you want to go. Salad and pizza are always options, as well as basic pasta. There's a few spectacular dishes but food is mainly on the good side of mediocre. Dining halls are probably the most social spots on campus since people can be loud and there's lots of room.

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  • 5
  • Lindsey
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    It's great. Lots of options for every palate

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  • 5
  • lily
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    outstanding food and since the meal halls are in the dorms, you can eat in your pajamas!

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  • 4
  • Wellesley First-Year
  • I am a current student here

    Wellesley College has five dining halls for just over 2,000 students. One of these dining hall is kosher and vegetarian, and one of these dining halls is located in the campus center. The other dining halls are located within residence halls. Wellesley Fresh does an excellent job of providing students with fresh, varying, and wholesome meals. Each dining hall offers multiple options per night, with a meat option, a vegetarian option, grill option, fusion (usually asian) option, and a full salad, sandwich and soup bar. There is plenty of food available, and I have found it to be well-prepared, delicious and, very healthy. The only reason I have rated Food and Dining four stars out of five is because I feel as though Wellesley Fresh could provide more variance in options for fruit - such as fresh berries and the like, though it does offer a nice selection of fresh whole fruit.

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  • 5
  • Jasmine from Redding, CA
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Students collaborate with the school dining staff on menu offerings! Unlimited Meal plan!

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  • 4
  • Mina from Ontario, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Better than most places, but not perfect. The ultimate thing: There's ice cream at every dining hall, ALWAYS. Also, they try to make ethnic foods and only sometimes do they succeed.

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  • 4
  • Classof2017
  • I am a current student here

    We have five dining halls and a great variety of desserts every meal!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • from San Francisco, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Societies are not extremely prominent, but those who are in them love them. You either use them to party or to be super artsy. PhiSig and TZE are like the only real ones, and they'll give you connections with people at other schools.

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  • 0
  • Emmet from San Franciso, CA
  • I am a current student here

    There is no Greek life because there is not a Greek system in place. However, there are societies that students can apply to join. The application is difficult and has either a project or a written portion. There are many different societies that have different reputations. You have your artsy societies like ZA and Shakes, and you have you party societies like PhiSig and TZE.

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  • 0
  • Sessen from Wellesley, MA
  • I am a current student here

    We technically do not have greek life, but we do have societies in which each society has something they represent (lecture, literature...) and they become a close group that holds events which concern their topic.

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