Wellesley College

Introduction

Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture.

But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years—women who are committed to making a difference.

A Transformative Educational Experience

Every year, some 2,400 of the world’s top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield—whether in their own communities or on the world stage—is a testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience.

Wellesley’s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty—often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects.

A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the “real world” in its graduates, in terms of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.

The “Full-Engagement” Advantage

Wellesley’s full-engagement academic philosophy extends to the running of the College itself. The student voice is central to decision-making here; students serve on major committees of the Board of Trustees, participate in faculty search, and contribute to strategic planning.

Students participate in a wide range of extracurricular projects: The College and its surrounding community and the greater Boston area offer hundreds of internships, advocacy projects, and the rare advantages of being a vital member of the single largest academic “hotspot” in the country.

Expected to be fully engaged while at Wellesley, students carry this sense of purposeful involvement and personal commitment throughout life. It is the signal mark of a Wellesley woman.

A Widely Envied Campus Environment

The sheer sense of the scale of the breathtaking natural environment, in which buildings are thoughtfully sited, distinguish Wellesley’s physical setting in the classically New England town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

Home to leading institutions such as the Albright Institute, the Knapp Social Science Center, the Davis Museum, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, and the world-renowned Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley’s resources are a magnet not only for the surrounding community and metropolitan area; they attract attention—and scholars—from around the world.

Commitment to Women

Everything about Wellesley College bespeaks its commitment to women, and to providing them with an unequaled educational experience that honors and cultivates not only what is best about each of them, and their own potential, but about what women offer our world.

Wellesley’s Mission

"To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world."

Non Ministrari sed Ministrare. "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister," proclaims Wellesley's motto, capturing in four Latin words the College's mission: To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world.

Smart, serious women choose Wellesley because it offers one of the best liberal arts educations—and total learning environments—available anywhere. But they graduate with more than a highly regarded degree and four memorable years. They leave as “Wellesley women,” uniquely prepared to make meaningful personal and professional contributions to the “real world”—and to be major influences in it.

The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley is known for intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service (and putting that belief into practice), and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership.

Wellesley Believes In

Making a Difference

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. Wellesley and its alumnae have supported and championed women’s intellectual and social development and autonomy for over 100 years.

Disciplined Thinking

Inquiry and intellectual exchange lead to disciplined thinking. Wellesley challenges students to explore widely, interrogate closely, and make the creative leaps—synthesizing disparate ideas, perspectives, and experiences—that lead to new levels of understanding. A culture of collaboration (with our world-class faculty as well as with her peers) refines a student’s intellectual habits, hones her judgment, and increases her sense of mastery, while teaching her to take a considered position and defend it with conviction.

Valuing Diversity

There is no greater benefit to one’s intellectual and social development—and to the vitality of an academic community—than the forthright engagement with and exploration of unfamiliar viewpoints and experiences. Wellesley encourages students to try on new ideas, try out new courses of action, and interact authentically with others whose beliefs or choices challenge their own.

Pragmatic Leadership

A contemporary liberal arts education must enhance real-world leadership skills. The rigor of a Wellesley education is part of what makes our graduates so effective “out in the world.” But Wellesley women are also taught to be strategic thinkers who can “read” environments, navigate their challenges, and bring people together to achieve a goal.

Service

Knowing how to serve is a key element of effective leadership. True leaders inspire rather than control, and they dedicate their intellect and energy to the hard work of creating a sense of commitment, responsibility, and common purpose in the pursuit of a vision. Wellesley has long dedicated itself to the idea that former Wellesley President Diana Chapman Walsh described as "trustworthy leadership," and subscribing to this ideal is integral to the Wellesley experience.

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Summer Course: Contemporary Women’s Leadership Institute

Campus Full time 5 weeks June 2019 USA Wellesley

The Wellesley Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute offers the Wellesley experience -- incredible faculty and classes, supportive mentoring, and lasting friendships -- in a five-week, life-changing journey. [+]

Empower undergraduate women with education and confidence for leadership, at the place where thousands of accomplished women began their path.

As one of the world’s preeminent colleges for women, Wellesley is pleased to offer the Contemporary Women’s Leadership Institute – an immersive approach to personal leadership and success.

Wellesley is proud of its strong history of educating female leaders from around the world, across all industries and walks of life. Wellesley's ability to mold the next generation of female leaders comes from its own investment in gender equality and women's empowerment. At Wellesley, we have a high percentage of female-tenured faculty, a history of only female presidents, and countless opportunities for young women to engage in student leadership roles. In this environment, students discover in themselves unparalleled possibilities. The Wellesley Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute offers the Wellesley experience -- incredible faculty and classes, supportive mentoring, and lasting friendships -- in a five-week, life-changing journey.... [-]


Summer Course: Pre-College Immersive Program

Campus Full time 4 weeks June 2019 USA Wellesley

Spend your summer experiencing college life first-hand. Wellesley College invites rising high school junior and senior girls to join us this summer for a unique, immersive college experience—The Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program. [+]

Wellesley's immersive summer program, designed for intellectually curious high school girls.

Spend your summer experiencing college life first-hand. Wellesley College invites rising high school junior and senior girls to join us this summer for a unique, immersive college experience—The Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program. For four weeks, students will have the opportunity to become members of the Wellesley community, taking college level courses, earning full college credit and exploring the great city of Boston. Students will also enjoy academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in a high school program.

The Immersive Experience Rigorous coursework in an intimate setting, with highly motivated peers and Wellesley's renowned faculty Life-changing opportunity to cultivate close connections with similar-minded women from all around the world Exposure to undergraduate residential life at a world-class liberal arts and sciences institution Wellesley campus' 500 acres of rolling hills and woodland, award-winning architecture, and the renowned beauty of Lake Waban in the summertime Classes, residential life, and planned outings to Boston and Cambridge that encourage a holistic summer experience for personal growth ... [-]

Summer Course: Wellesley College Summer Term

Campus Full time 4 - 8 weeks June 2019 USA Wellesley

Wellesley College Summer Term offers students a unique opportunity to interact with some of Wellesley’s top scholars and professors in a close-knit, inclusive environment. [+]

Wellesley College Summer Term offers students a unique opportunity to interact with some of Wellesley’s top scholars and professors in a close-knit, inclusive environment.

Summer is an excellent time for exploring challenging topics and new areas of interest. Wellesley College Summer Term combines academic excellence in our state of the art classrooms and laboratories with a spectacular lakeside campus that is close to Boston. Summer Term features full-credit classes drawn from a sampling of courses taught during the academic year at Wellesley.

At a Glance Program Length: 4 or 8 Weeks (2 sessions of Summer Term offered, each runs four weeks) Eligibility: Must be female and 18+ to live on campus; Males can take courses, but are not eligible for housing or immigration support Credits: Full academic course credit Residential Hall: Historic Wellesley Residential Hall (separate from tuition) Meal Plan: Weekly meal plans available (separate from tuition) International Students: Must take 2 courses (with in one Summer Term) and live on campus to be eligible for immigration support Summer Term Fees ... [-]

Contact

Address Central Street,106
02481 Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA