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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…

  • Jan-21-2013 Read More
  • Meagan from Wellesley, MA
  • 3
  • Each dorm has its own different culture, east side is generally more quite and less social, west side is louder and known for more poartying…

  • Jan-11-2012 Read More
  • 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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  • Gina from Wellesley, MA
  • 4
  • it really depends on the dorm. the new dorms have a reputation for being quieter, and west campus is known to be more social. i don't know that many people…

  • Feb-06-2012 Read More
  • Erin
  • 5
  • Living away from home was my single biggest worry about college. I was disgusted by the idea of being forced to live with a stranger in a dreary, little room.…

  • Oct-09-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • lily
  • Jun-16-2016 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
  • Dec-30-2015 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
  • Jul-06-2015 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
  • Nov-29-2014 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
  • Feb-02-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 3
  • Mackenzie from San Francisco, CA
  • Jan-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Everyone who lives on campus is obligated to be on the unlimited meal plan, which makes for a great community atmosphere because the dining halls become universal gathering spaces. The food is pretty good and there are a lot of options, especially for vegetarians. Wellesley could do a bit better in the gluten-free department. There are no classes from 12:30-1:30 pm, so virtually everyone has a lunch hour together.

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  • 4
  • Theresa from Wellesley, MA
  • Sep-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Honestly, the food here is great! We have healthy options, and the dining halls try to mix up the menu as much as possible. Not to mention no meal counts, we have ice cream endowment, allowing us to have ice cream anytime anywhere!

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  • 4
  • Sessen from Wellesley, MA
  • Jul-27-2013 I am a current student here

    We have five dining halls, two of which are open until 10pm and you can go at anytime to get food. You don't have a registered number of points, you simply have buffets ready for you. That being said, some people really do not like the food.

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  • 4
  • Olivia from Springfield, VT
  • Jul-01-2013 I am a current student here

    I'm a vegetarian and a full- year athlete, so my dietary needs are slightly different than the average students. There is always a vegetarian option, or something in the salad bar for me to find to eat. I live off cereal, and that's always available. All my meat eating friends enjoy the foods, and the desserts are addicting. It's kind of annoying that all the dining halls except the Lulu close pretty early for dinner, but you can manage.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • lily
  • Jun-16-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon


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  • 0
  • Sessen from Wellesley, MA
  • Jul-27-2013 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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  • 0
  • Kiana from Worcester, MA
  • Jan-21-2013 I am a current student here

    Technically Wellesley has no sororities. That said, there exist three or four societies which are really sororities in all but name. They have initiations and secret traditions, they have their own houses, they hold their own parties... if you want to be part of Greek life, you can. On the other hand, you could consider Wellesley itself to be one giant (and expensive) sorority--and sometimes it does feel like that in all the best ways.

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  • 0
  • Erin
  • Oct-09-2012 I am a current student here

    None! Though there are societies that some students enjoy including an Art and Music society and a Shakespeare society.

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