Wellesley College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, is easily the most beautiful college campus in the state. It recently ranked 19 of the 25 featured campuses on Travel and Leisure’s annual list.
What makes this college so stunning? Find out more about the area and what makes it so desirable.
A Brief History of Wellesley College
Wellesley’s expansive 500-acre campus was founded in 1870 by Henry Fowle Durant and Pauline Fowle Durant. Durant’s goal for this college was to offer educational opportunities to women. Not only was the school made for women, it was primarily staffed by women, too. They wanted 19th-century women to have the same educational experiences that men were afforded!
While the college has adapted and progressed over the past 125 years, they seem to hold the same values as they did when the college first began. It is devoted specifically to education for women. Thousands of women from over 60 countries and various ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds continue to seek out this school!
What the Campus Offers
This unique college is renowned for its close-knit, mindful student body. Each student is afforded an extra-long twin bed and mattress, a desk and chair, and a bureau in their dorm rooms. All students are automatically enrolled in meal plans and have several dining rooms.
Tower Court, Bates, Stone-Davis, and the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center all have dining rooms. They even have a kosher and vegetarian dining hall! Study and common rooms dot the many different residence halls as well. They offer a wide range of programs to study and various programs to give their students a well-rounded education. The private lake, Lake Waban, and numerous trails are often visited, too.
Student Life at Wellesley College
There are over 180 student-run organizations, with new ones popping up yearly. There are also cultural groups supporting the students’ ability to celebrate different cultures and traditions. They also offer religious and spiritual support through events and programs as well as student-led organizations. There are also several traditions specific to Wellesley College! Hooprolling began as a fun activity for students back in 1885. Though it was initially a way for students to blow off steam at the end of the year, it has recently become a pretty competitive race.
Stepsinging, which began over 100 years ago, has evolved to include a champagne toast to seniors, marking the last day of classes and allowing students to try to out-sing each other. Many students also partake in “traying” once there is significant snowfall, which sees students speeding down a hill on dining hall trays. Flower Sunday is the oldest tradition. It’s a way to welcome new students by matching them with big sisters with beautiful bouquets.
Flora and Fauna Found on Campus
You can expect to see plenty of wildlife on Wellesley Campus. Not only are there hawks, owls, deers, and rabbits, but there are also a famous pair of ravens that come back to nest! The campus has a “Ravencam,” so you can watch “Pauline” and “Henry,” named for Wellesley College founders Henry and Pauline Durant, as they nest. Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, an educational garden, spans over 22 acres! This is one surefire way to be involved in the local flora.
Did you know that the campus boasts over 8,000 trees? This is thanks to the tradition of tree planting during Friends and Family Weekend! There are oaks and birches, but the dawn redwood, the Franklinia, and the golden larch are the rarest trees found here.
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