Wellesley, one of the most diverse colleges in the United States, is a liberal arts women’s college located 12 miles from Boston. Wellesley believes that every woman can—and should—make a meaningful contribution to her world. There is a growing recognition that women’s empowerment and leadership are crucial to their own advancement, and to worldwide societal change. This mission is woven deeply into all aspects of life on campus.
Students can select from 1,000+ classes in over 50 departments, majors, and programs of study ranging from Architecture to Astronomy to Middle Eastern Studies. First-year students enroll in seminars designed exclusively to help ease the transition from high school to college and to learn and discuss various subject areas in more depth. Further explore your academic interests through Wellesley’s study abroad program, or choose to supplement your education with an internship or community service projects locally or abroad. Outside of the classroom, Wellesley students take advantage of the 160 existing student-run organizations and are encouraged to lead and create new organizations. Students are also connected and supported through hundreds of events per year, including concerts on campus, as well as trips and events in nearby Boston and Cambridge.
Did you know that Flower Sunday is the oldest and longest-surviving Wellesley tradition? Held annually in September, Flower Sunday is a day of sisterhood and celebration, featuring a multicultural and multi-faith day of activity filled with song, music, and dance. Famous Wellesley alumnae include: Hillary Clinton ’69, 2016 Presidential Candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State; Callie Crossley '73 broadcast journalist and Academy Award-nominated producer for the documentary Eyes on the Prize; Michelle Caruso-Cabrera '91, Chief International Business Correspondent for CNBC and Emmy-award winning reporter; and Pamela Melroy '83, retired Air Force Officer and former NASA astronaut.
Fun Fact: Students have cheered on Boston Marathon competitors since the first race in 1897, but the Scream Tunnel is a slightly newer Marathon Monday tradition—positioned at the midpoint of the marathon, Wellesley students motivate runners with shouts of encouragement, high fives, hugs, and personalized signs, providing a thrilling boost of energy for the miles ahead.