Wellesley College Visit Report by catsushi

Visit to Wellesley College in October 2007 by catsushi
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since September 29 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - I had an alumni interview, and my interviewer was wonderful. She was very enthusiastic and helpful. I brought her my art to show her, and we talked about my interests and activities.

Information Session: Yes - I went to Wellesley for the special day they had for all prospective students. A student panel talked about their experiences, and we had a chance to ask the admissions officers questions.

Campus Tour: Yes - I was very tired by the time we got to the tour, but the guide was cheerful and the campus beautiful, so I woke up. :) It amazes me how they are able to walk backwards so well.

Classroom Visit: Yes - I observed a beginning Japanese class. Even though I have taken three years of Japanese, I learned something new! The class was small and energetic, and the teacher was cute and cheerful.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I got lost a lot on campus, but students were always eager to help, even if they were in a hurry. I struck up a chat with a girl in the cafeteria about ice cream, and it seemed perfectly normal.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I didn't have too much personal interaction with the staff when I visited, but I have been able to maintain contact with staff members through phone calls and emails. It's amazing!



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I have already mentioned that the campus looks like Hogwarts. My mom took a picture of a heron near a pond when she was walking around the campus. I visited during fall, so it was so lovely.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
3 - Good
3 - Good
While some of the buildings/dorms are old, everything is spick and span.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Some of the dorms were slightly old, but its age is what is charming.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
A student mentioned that the campus is pretty safe, and students are always able to call for a ride to another building if they do not want to walk by themselves late at night.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Lovely. You will just gasp when you the see the campus. Some might not like how quiet it is, but it's fine for me!


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Immediately, you will find trees around the campus, and trees are always "very good"!



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
There are little shops, boutiques, banks, and churches. It is said that students use the Bank of America. I never looked too closely at the stores, but they seemed to be pretty expensive.

Campus Visit Notes for Wellesley College


Visit Description:

I visited the campus and spent the night for a type of "preview" day. I was able to meet other prospective students, current students, observe a class, spend the night, eat the food, and do everything else imaginable.

I have already praised the appearance of the campus, but I was also able to get a glimspe of the student body. I liked how the students were able to laugh at themselves for going to an all-girls school, yet you could see how much they enjoyed being there. I have heard that Wellesley students study A LOT during the weekdays, and some use the weekend to unwind.

The girls I stayed with were nice, but they brought up some interesting "inside information" while we were having tea with ruffles and cheese. I'm not a party person myself, but they told me that if a student really wants to find a party, then they can always find one. "MIT frat parties are usually good," one girl told me. The rest of the information included describing those parties, which I shall not go into. One girl was constantly getting a text from a boy from a neighboring college (started with a "B", I forget), and was going on and on about how she already had a boyfriend. It seems that there is no shortage of boys in the area of Boston.

Another thing they went into was the topic of women who are lesbians at Wellelsey. The particular girls I stayed with seemed to be very disdainful about the fact that Wellelsey had lesbians, but I was able to gather another perspective. When I visited Wellesley, I happened to find my friend, who is a Wellesley student and lesbian. She absolutely loves Wellesley, and said that it has a wonderful lesbian community. Whether you are gay or straight, I get the sense that Wellesley is pretty open minded about who you are as a person, not just as a student.

Another interesting thing that is worth mentioning is sports. I was particularly interested in swimming, so I was able to look at the pool and talk to the swim coach. The swim coach at first appeared to be very mellow, but my friend assured me that she is very active with the team. Wellesley offers many other sports, too, such as rugby or crew. The girl I had stayed with had joined crew for the first time, and was hooked on it.

And Wellesley has awesome ice cream. That is always worth mentioning.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

There was a wide variety of food when I visited. There are always vegetarian options, too.