30 Facts About Wellesley College


Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States.

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Wellesley College is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations.

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Wellesley College athletes compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

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The original name of the college was the Wellesley Female Seminary; its renaming to Wellesley College was approved by the Massachusetts legislature on March 7, 1873.

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Wellesley College first opened its doors to students on September 8, 1875.

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At the time of its founding, Wellesley College's campus was actually situated in Needham; however, in 1880 residents of West Needham voted to secede and in 1881 the area was chartered as a new town, Wellesley.

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Between 1875 and 1921, Wellesley employed more female scientists than any other U S institution of high education.

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Wellesley College Hall was both an academic building and residential building.

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Wellesley College began to significantly revise its curriculum after the war and through the late 1960s; in 1968, the college began its exchange programs between other colleges in the area such as MIT.

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Wellesley College wrote: "I must admit that the exceedingly intricate and complex topography and the peculiarly scattered arrangement of most of the buildings somewhat baffled me".

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Campus offers multiple housing options, including Tower Court, which was built after Wellesley College Hall burnt down, the Quad, the “New Dorms”, referring to the east-side dormitories erected in the 1950s, and multiple “Branch Halls”, including both a Spanish and French-speaking house.

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In total, Wellesley College offers 17 different residence halls for students to live in.

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In 2011, Wellesley was listed by Travel+Leisure as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

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Wellesley College is home to Green Hall, completed in 1931, the only building bearing the name of famed miser Hetty Green; the building was funded by her children.

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Wellesley College offers support to nontraditional aged students through the Elisabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program, open to students over the age of 24.

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Wellesley College offers research collaborations and cross-registration programs with other Boston-area institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Babson College, Olin College, and Brandeis University.

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Wellesley College began its program for non-traditional students in 1971, when the Continuing Education Program was launched.

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Wellesley College allows applicants older than 24 who had begun but have not completed a bachelor's degree to apply to the Elizabeth Kaiser Davis Degree Program.

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Wellesley College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Wellesley College offers housing for Davis Scholars as well, though not for their children or spouses, which is a point of frequent debate on campus.

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Wellesley College has four dining halls, one each in Tower Court, Stone-Davis, and Bates Halls, and another in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.

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Wellesley College has approximately 180 student organizations, ranging from cultural and political organizations to community service, publications, campus radio, and club sports.

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Wellesley College is a member of the NCAA NCAA Division III and the Eastern Conference Athletic Conference and competes primarily as a member of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

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Wellesley College has taken home two team national championship, three individual national champions, and one individual boat champion in its history.

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Wellesley College has many traditions, some from the late nineteenth century.

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Wellesley College campus sits just before the halfway mark on the Boston Marathon course, and students come out to cheer runners in what has become known as the "Scream Tunnel".

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Ruhlman and Tanner Conferences, supported by Wellesley alumnae, are held every year for students to share their learning experience within the college community.

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In 2015, 58 percent of all Wellesley College students received financial aid; not including outside scholarships, the average grant awarded is $39, 000.

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Wellesley College's alumnae are represented among business executives and work in a variety of other fields, ranging from government and public service to the arts.

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Journalists Callie Crossley, Diane Sawyer, Cokie Roberts, Lynn Sherr, and Michele Caruso-Cabrera graduated from Wellesley College as did Sandra Lynch, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and political scientist Jane Mansbridge, class of 1961.

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