Wellesley College Visit Report by phanatic
Admissions Interview: No - I had an interview with an alumna instead.
Information Session: No - No need. :)
Campus Tour: Yes - I took the tour in April of 2009 on my first visit. The tour guide, a senior, was extremely eloquent and accomplished. She went out of her way to show me what I wanted to see.
Classroom Visit: Yes - As I said later, "That is how a college class should be." Incredibly engaging professor who asked some challenging, thought-provoking questions, and the students were very eager to join in.
Campus Visit Notes for Wellesley College
I visited Wellesley twice: as a junior in April of 2009, and as an accepted senior in April of 2010. Each time, I took a little something different away from my visit, but the basic impression was the same. Wellesley's student body is composed of extremely intelligent women who are clearly very enthusiastic about their academic and extracurricular interests alike. As the abundant political posters and chalk drawings demonstrated, they are very politically active and involved, which is a major plus.
The facilities seemed to be top notch and in good repair. The library was brightly lit and well-supplied; the science center was architecturally fascinating and a great location for laboratory work; the humanities and social science buildings were similarly fantastic. The presence of the greenhouse and museum on campus was a nice plus, and I can see myself enjoying having those around.
Regarding class visits, I sat in on a class about the history of the US in the 20th century. The professor was well-known for being one of the best in the department, and that definitely shone through in his teaching. The students were eager to respond to his fascinating questions, and their opinions were elegantly stated and evidently well-informed. They had a good relationship with the professor, who knew all of their names; he was also extremely friendly toward me and warmly said that I was more than welcome to sit in on his class. He even engaged in a brief conversation with me after the class had ended, but after his students had approached him with all of their questions, to which he provided prompt and useful answers.
The campus is beautiful. Need I say more? Definitely bring a bike for those long rides from the gym to the "new" dorms. A lot of the campus is walkable, however, but I'd imagine the small hills would get to be tiring after a long day. Those same hills also provide a lovely view for all dorms on the campus. Oh, and there's a lake. It's a nice lake.
While I wouldn't imagine that most students have the opportunity to visit Boston on a regular basis, the proximity of Wellesley to the city is a major plus for the college. During my visit, I heard two students making plans to visit the city and take advantage of its many resources and sources of entertainment. The MIT exchange also seems to be a bonus for Wellesley women interested in pursuing sciences at a research university.
Oh, and those who would worry about the all-female nature of the campus: there were plenty of guys roaming about, and many of them were hand-in-hand with a girlfriend. You won't be living at a convent.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Can't make any. We stayed in Boston.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Parking is very limited. Be aware.