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Academics

For more than 150 years, Wellesley College has given ambitious young women an education in the liberal arts with a global perspective by offering more than fifty majors and hundreds of funded internships around the world. The school’s financial support allows “students to pursue internships and research [opportunities] that they would otherwise not take because they are unpaid.” The school stresses leadership, service, and the idea of Wellesley students contributing to the world both now and after graduation. To enhance that education even further, enrollees are able to cross-register (or even dual degree) with other nearby colleges. Students are “pushed to explore different departments through the distribution requirements, providing them with a liberal arts education that shapes their personhood and education.” And each department is “provided with ample resources and handpicked professors” who “truly value building relationships with their students.” It’s not uncommon for faculty “to take their class out to a restaurant, or even invite students to their home for a meal.” The First-Year Experience at Wellesley further helps ease students into college, including mentor groups, a required writing class, and First-Year Seminars where new students “have the chance to dive deep into a specific topic without feeling the pressure of having [senior students] dominate the conversation.”

Academic opportunities extend beyond the classroom: The school’s reputation and alumnae network “open so many doors for you in the future,” and students can “take part from the moment [they] accept the enrollment offer, and for as long afterwards as [they] wish.” Wellesley works to create an environment “where students can naturally progress through leadership positions on campus, whether that be through research, residential life, or student-run organizations.” There are also “vast opportunities [for] study abroad programs in so many locations.”

Student Body

Among this “study-focused group of diverse people who hail from many countries and backgrounds,” students “can be who [they] want and explore different identities.” Thanks to that aspect of the student body, everyone is “exposed to countless cultures and viewpoints.” These “intellectual, driven, [and] inclusive scholars” are “uplifting and kind to each other both in class and outside of class,” and part of the campus culture “is the ‘Why not?’ attitude that we all share.” “Everyone at Wellesley is nonjudgmental,” says a student, and there’s a “large feminist culture and LGBT population” on campus. Another student sums up the campus environment, saying Wellesley makes a huge effort “to cultivate and facilitate a strong support network for all.”

Campus Life

While the average Wellesley “workload is not for the faint of heart,” students find balance “with extracurricular activities, social life, and self-care.” One student explains, “Even when classes are stressful, there is a beautiful campus that sparks happiness at random moments.” That joy is apparent because almost everyone here is passionate about their extracurriculars, and “each organization at Wellesley is full of members who intensely love what they do.” Outside of clubs or organizations, tons of students engage in “the weekly Thursday pub night” on campus, and Wellesley “usually has some cultural shows or lectures going on in the afternoon” which are well-attended. When they need a change of scenery, people often head to “neighboring universities to have fun on weekends” and “there is a bus that provides easy transportation” into Boston; many also “take advantage of [the] proximity to other east coast cities and states and take weekend trips.” One student sums up the campus life at Wellesley: “Going to a party is just as acceptable as staying in and watching a movie or playing board games,” and the school is “very much a choose your own adventure” environment.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admission Office

Address
Board of Admission
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone
781-283-2270

Email
admission@wellesley.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wang Campus Center
Davis Museum and Cultural Center
Clapp Library and Knapp Media Center
Science Center
Lake Waban

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston Public Garden/Boston Commons
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall
Shopping and people watching on Newbury Street
Fall foliage, skiing, and hiking can be enjoyed in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont which are one to three hours away. Providence, RI is only a 45 minute train ride from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri & some Sat during academic year
8:30am-4:30am and 8:30am - 12:30pm
781-283-2270

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 9am&1pm Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
http://wellesleyblue.com/information/recruiting

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Mon-Thurs when classes are in session. Report to Admission Office by 4pm day of visit.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
AIRPORT: Boston Logan International Airport is approximately 15 miles from campus. Travel time to campus from the airport varies widely depending on traffic. Public transportation, taxis, and rental cars are available for the ride to campus. AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS: Take the Logan Express bus to Framingham (call 800-23-LOGAN for schedules) and then a taxi from Framingham to campus. SUBWAY: Take the free airport shuttle bus to the Airport MBTA stop. Take the inbound Blue Line 4 to Government Center. Go upstairs and change to the Green Line marked Riverside-D. Get off at Woodland (next-to-last stop). From Woodland take a taxi to campus. By public transportation, the trip from airport to campus takes approximately 2 hours. Have plenty of change since exact fares are required. TRAIN: Amtrak trains serve South Station in Boston. From there, take the subway Red Line to Park St. Change to the Green Line marked Riverside-D. Get off at Woodland and take a taxi to campus. BUS: If you travel by bus, take the Greyhound or Peter Pan bus to the Riverside Terminal at Route 128. From there, take a taxi to campus. TAXI: Veteran's Taxi 781-235-1600 Colonial Cab 508-653-5600 Wellesley Transportation 781-235-2200 Yellow Cab Newton 617-332-7700

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the west, take I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike (a toll road) to Exit 14 (Weston). Take I-95 South (also called Rte. 128) for a half mile to the Route 16 exit. Follow Route 16 West through the town of Wellesley for 4 miles to the college entrance, opposite the golf course. From the east, take I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike (a toll road) to Exit 16 (West Newton). Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point. From the north, take I-95 South (also called Rte. 128) to Exit 21B/22 for Route 16 West. Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point. From the south, take I-95 North (also called Rte. 128) to Exit 21B for Route 16 West. Take Route 16 West and follow the preceding directions from that point.

Local Accommodations
Wellesley College Club Wellesley College Campus 781-283-2700 Babson Executive Conference Center One Woodland Hill Drive Babson Park, MA 02547 781-239-4000 Crowne Plaza 1360 Worcester Road (Route 9) (on top of Mass Pike Exit #13) Natick, MA 01760 508-653-8800 Residence Inn by Marriott 400 Staples Drive Framingham, MA 01702 508-370-0001 Hampton Inn 319 Speen Street Natick, MA 01760 508-653-5000

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