Wellesley College

Educational Resources


In addition to the main Margaret Clapp library,which also houses special collections (rare books) and archives, Wellesley has four additional libraries: Science, Art, Music, and Astronomy. The total collection has 1.3 million volumes and 2,500 active periodical subscriptions.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 832,415 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 13,983 current serial subscriptions.
  • 535,938 microforms.
  • 28,139 Audio/Visual items.
  • 17,720 e-books.

Museums & Art

The Science Center's equipment includes an X-ray diffractometer, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers, electron microscopes, and argon and dye lasers. The Davis Museum & Cultural Center's extensive collections and exhibitions distinguished the Davis as one of the leading art museums and cultural institutions of the Greater Boston area. Whitin Observatory has three permanent telescopes: 6-inch and 12-inch Alvan Clark refractors and a 24-inch telescope. The Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses, the Alexandra Botanic Gardens, and the Hunnewell Arboretum contain one of the largest teaching collections of plants in the Northeast.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Other

Campus Resources

  • 468 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 200 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 325 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, health insurance


minority student, career, personal, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 97% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 61% of housing units are Singles.
  • 32% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 6% of housing units are Triples.
  • 1% of housing units are Apartments.
  • In total, there are 22 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Flower Sunday (fall semester); Spring Weekend concert; annual cultural shows by Wellesley Association of South Asian Cultures, Ethos, Mezcla; weekly Film Society offerings; annual Ruhlman and Tanner Conferences that showcase student research and off-campus learning; cheering Boston Marathon runners; spring hooprolling race for seniors.
  • Student activities: choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 170 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Epsilon, international economics honor society; Psi Chi, honor society in psychology; Pi Sigma Alpha, national political science honor society; Sigma Xi, a science honor society.
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Al Muslimat; Awaken the Dawn (non-denominational Christian music based ministry); Asian Baptist Student Koinonia; Bahai Student Association; Buddhist Students at Wellesley; Christian Science Organization; Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints; Darshana: The Wellesley College Hindu Community; Hillel; Episcopal Canterbury Club; Newman Catholic Ministry; Quaker Fellowship; Real Life/Campus Crusade for Christ (non-denominational Christian); Sikh Students at Wellesley; Wellesley College Protestant Christian Chaplaincy; Wellesley Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (non-denominational Christian); Unitarian Universalist Association;
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Alianza; Asian Student Union; Chinese Students Association; Club Filipina; Ethos; FUSION; German Club; Hellenic Society; Italian Society; Japan Club; Korean Students Association; Mezcla; Native American Student Org; Pakistani Students' Assoc; Russian Club; Slater International Association; Taiwanese Cultural Committee; Taiwanese Students Association; Vietnamese Students' Association; Wellesley African Students' Association; Wellesley Arab Women; Wellesley Asian Alliance; Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures; Women for Caribbean Development;
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) There are nearly 170 student organizations at Wellesley College, encompassing nearly every cultural, political, and social interest. A sampling of organizations include Marine Biology Club; Film Society; WXLY college radio station; Best Buddies; Comittee for Political and Legislative Action; Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED); Latin American Concerns; Organization for Mental Health Awareness; Whiptails Ultimate Frisbee; Equestrian Club; National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Mock Trial; International Relations Council; College Republicans; Dead Serious improv comedy; PRISM Jazz; Shakespeare Society; and 5 a cappella singing groups.
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Wellesley News (weekly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Boston (15), Providence, RI (40)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Boston (13)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Boston (13)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 23% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 20% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,500
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (M.I.T)
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (M.I.T.)
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code

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I disliked everything offered. I believe since this is a private college and pay lots of money the dorms should be for free.

You guys are a ripp off.. posted Oct 21st, 2010 10:28 pm

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